I really didn't know what to expect physically from eating unprocessed. Now that I've been in the true swing of things for a few days, I'm starting to notice things about my body. Apparently, it turns out that even the reasonable (or at least so I thought) amount of processed foods in my diet was enough to possibly affect how I felt.
As someone who reacts to too much sugar (or too much of several other things), I know what it's like to feel bad because of food. But with processed foods, I find that if you feel tired, you might reach for something processed, which perks you up for a bit before making you feel super tired again. It's a vicious cycle.
Today is my long day at school--I'm on campus from 9am to 9pm, teaching and learning and working (not to mention that I get up before 5am to go run). I packed my unprocessed lunch and dinner and snacks, and I noticed that while I felt the desire for my Wednesday afternoon caffeine jolt, I didn't really need it. And I never really felt sluggish like I normally do in the afternoon, and I felt really alert in class.
Could this all be because of not eating any junk on Wednesdays, like I tend to? I certainly feel better overall; lighter and cleaner. I'm not completely willing to dismiss that it could be psychosomatic, but I have a feeling that it is a real difference, even if it has only been a couple of days. One clue: a dress I bought this weekend was a bit looser in the midriff, and although I feel like I'm eating plenty, I seem to be losing weight because I'm also not as hungry and can't exactly reach for something when I'm just bored or out of habit.
All I have to say is: thank goodness for unprocessed foods that are filling and easy to make into a meal, like almond butter and cheese and apples, bananas, peaches, and salad mix. And leftovers. So many leftovers.