Cutting it Out! Final Day

Hey Y’all!

I made it through my final day of cutting bread out yesterday! I feel very accomplished! Overall, the experiment I believe was a success and in the process I found out a lot, especially in my experience today when I slightly reintroduced bread into my diet. When I started this self-experiment I decided to keep track of three major things, what I ate, my weight, and my nail growth.

Overall, I did a pretty good job of keeping track of what I ate everyday. For the most part I ended up eating under 1500 calories a day because I was eating food that was so high in protein all the time. There were days when I hit over 100g of protein and I believe I read that the average human should try to strive for around 80g per day.

On the weight front, the only reason I kept track of this was because I am within the range that would be considered healthy for someone of my height (5’10”). When I started last Sunday I weighed myself at 168.5 lbs and when I weighed myself this morning before my workout I weighed 162.5 lbs (a difference of 6 lbs for those like me who don’t feel like doing mental math πŸ™‚ ). So not a drastic change which is good (too much weight loss in a short period of time is definitely not good).

With regards to my nails, they did get longer in the week that I did this. They all grew in pretty evenly (give me a few more days and they’ll be all jagged again, but for now they look good! πŸ™‚ ). Here is a picture of the before and after. The nail down by the cuticle feels a little bit stronger than the nail up by the tip, however, this may not be caused my my weekly change of eating habits.

As for today, my first day able to eat bread again, it’s like a double edged sword. I craved pizza all week last week and when I was able to eat it today, it was sooooooo good. However, any other kind of bread just seemed kinda, meh. I didn’t really want it as bad as I had in the past. I also found out that after I ate my pizza for lunch, that it made my stomach hurt (probably because my stomach hadn’t had it for a week). Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that I probably won’t be eating as much bread as I did before because I now know what it feels like to not be weighed down by it. Also, after going through this experience I found that the pizza I had for lunch today tasted so incredible (even though it was just pizza from the dining hall). Who knows maybe I’ll start making some days where I eat bread, some days where I don’t so I can start to enjoy my food a little bit more.

Overall, it was a successful self-experiment! I thank all of those who were supportive during the process and for following along with me here at College Girl vs. The World!

 

~Molly

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Cutting it Out! Day 6

Hi Everybody!

I hope you all had a great start to the weekend! I made it through day 6 and am now on my final day of Cutting it Out! It makes me incredibly happy that I made it through to the final day! Yesterday was interesting in my exercise because it was so nice here in Alabama that I was able to go for a walk and wasn’t freezing to death! This is why I moved to Alabama for school, so I could wear shorts and a t-shirt for a few days in January! Yesterday I also attended a social dance with the ballroom dance club I am a member of here on campus. I forgot how much fun triple-step swing, foxtrot, tango, and all of the ballroom dances are! If any of you ever get a chance to learn ballroom dance, I highly recommend it!

Here is what I ate yesterday during day 6 of Cutting it Out!

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I know they look a little dark, but I promise, they weren’t burnt, I’m just not the best pancake maker in the world πŸ™‚

Breakfast:

  • Homemade flourless pancakes (the recipe to be shared in another post, they were so good!)
  • 3/4 serving of Land O’Lakes spreadable butter with olive oil and sea salt
  • 1/2 serving of Aunt Jemima syrup

Lunch:

  • Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar – Peanut Butter
  • 1 Gala Apple

Dinner:

  • 4 pieces of Kirkland fully cooked bacon
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter

Evening Snack:

  • 2 cups of air popped popcorn

And here’s my calorie breakdown for the day,

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With tomorrow being my last day, I will wrap up all of the observations I have seen in myself over the past week and I will make some conclusions about this experiment of mine. As I’ve been keeping track of what I’m doing this week, I’ve observed some things I think you all will find interesting πŸ™‚ .

I hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday! And I will post that recipe for flourless pancakes soon!

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out! Day 5

Good Evening Everyone!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Friday! I cannot tell y’all how happy I am that it’s the weekend! Overall, today went really well for me as I continued on my journey to cut bread out of my life for a week. Like I said when I started this, I really just wanted to test my willpower to reach a goal and so far I have been impressed that I made it this far. Friday’s are probably my favorite day of the week exercise wise because that’s when I get to do a group exercise class at the student rec center called Power Daze. It’s a combination between dance cardio and weights and it is amazing! Doing it makes me sooooo happy! And it’s that little boost of happiness that is going to get me through to Sunday!

Here’s how the breakdown of my meals went for today,

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For whatever reason, this breakfast was insanely delicious this morning, could just be my love of bananas and peanut butter though πŸ™‚

Breakfast:

  • 3/4 C honeydew melon/cantaloupe fruit salad
  • 1 Red delicious apple
  • 1.5 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Banana

Lunch:

  • 1 Gala Apple
  • 1 Ground beef patty (93%,7%)

Dinner:

  • 1/2 C Lentil vegetable soup
  • Small salad (Romaine lettuce with cucumber and carrots, topped with Caesar dressing)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Golden Delicious Apple
  • Approx. 2.5 Tbsp peanut butter

Evening Snack:

  • 1 Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream cup
  • Whip Cream

Daily Breakdown (anyone else feel like that’s the name of a playlist??)

I also figured out how to measure how many miles I walk per day on the health app my phone has and apparently I walked 8.52 miles. Additionally, I figured out the average distance I walk in a day to be around 6.65 miles. Just something I found interesting as I sit here and write this. Tomorrow I believe will be the first time since I’ve been back on campus that I haven’t gotten up to an alarm going off πŸ™‚ . Well I will keep you all updated and I hope that you have an incredible weekend!

 

~Molly

 

Cutting it Out! Day 4

Hey Everyone!

I have officially made it through day 4 of what I like to call, Cutting it Out! It was another good day despite the fact that I didn’t feel very good. I was very productive and because of that, I will have an almost completely free weekend (besides the French project I have to do, but hey I’m in college right, wouldn’t seem right if I didn’t have work 24/7).

Today, I was happy with what I ate, mostly because for dinner I made a pepperoni and mozzarella stuffed burger. It took like an hour and a half to cook, because go figure I bought the wrong kind of meat. I bought 93%,7% when I quickly realized I should have bought something with a slightly higher fat content. What I found funny about this, was I remembered I had done this before and my mom said that was what I needed to do. Mom, you were right πŸ™‚ . However, once cutting the burger into thirds, and cooking it on it’s side, my friend and I were able to get it cooked, and it was delicious!!!! I also made a few small cheese chips with a slice of pepperoni on top, also delectable!

My meals for the day are as follows,

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Breakfast:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon
  • 1 serving Heinz tomato ketchup
  • 3/4 of a Breakfast Burrito (w/eggs, cheese, & ham)
  • 2 Sausage Patties

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Lunch:

  • 1 Power Bar Triple Threat – Peanut Butter Caramel
  • 1 serving of Siggi’s vanilla yogurt
  • 1 packet of Nestle fat free hot chocolate

Evening Snack:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 serving of natural pressed peanut butter

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Dinner:

  • Turkey Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Ground Beef (93%, 7%)

 

Other than that, I have nothing else to say for today. Tomorrow I know I will have something slightly better because tomorrow I get to go to Power Daze! Yay!!! I hope you all have a great day tomorrow (or today I guess, since it’s after midnight) πŸ™‚ .

 

~Molly

 

Cutting it Out! Day 3

Hey Y’all!

I apologize I didn’t post at my regular time yesterday! Last night I had a late class and came home and fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow! Anyways, yesterday was another good day! I managed to not eat anything on my no eat list even though I really, really wanted pizza! I’ve come to the conclusion that at the end of this week, for dinner I will eat mac and cheese or pizza (along with some salad of course πŸ™‚ ). Yesterday I consumed over 100g of protein! I was also very active yesterday, which is why I’m making today my rest day, because I’m exhausted (the 6 hours of sleep I got last night probably has something to do with that too). However, the exercise I do on Wednesdays are my favorite, I walk on an incline trainer at our rec center here for about 50 minutes (incline ranging anywhere from -3% to 25%) and then in the evening I have a ballroom dance class and then dance practice for the ballroom competition team.

When looking back at what I ate yesterdayΒ  I found it interesting how my calories broke down for the three meals I normally eat in a day. Typically they are pretty even, but yesterday they were about average for breakfast, high for lunch, and really low for dinner. Here’s the breakdown of what I ate yesterday (also I apologize again, I realized last night thatΒ  I forgot to take pictures of what I ate yesterday! But I’m remembering today!).

Breakfast:

  • Β Gladiator vanilla smoothies from Smoothie King with strawberries and banana

Lunch:

  • 1 serving of spicy pork loin
  • 1 grilled chicken breast
  • 1 small salad (iceberg lettuce) with blackbeans, carrots and a small amount of Caesar dressing (I don’t know about you all, but I can’t have my salad dripping in dressing, it just doesn’t work for me).
  • 1 red delicious apple
  • 1.5 servings of peanut butter (to put on the apple of course!)
  • 1 serving of soft serve vanilla ice cream with the colorful sprinkles (I told my friend I was eating with yesterday that the sprinkles reminded me of when I was little and my parents and I would go to Dairy Queen)

Dinner:

  • 1 packet of Nestle fat free rich milk hot chocolate
  • Topped with fat free Reddi Whip (don’t get me wrong I love the full fledged heavy cream stuff Reddi Whip has, but for whatever reason, I think this kind just tastes so much better!).
  • 1 serving of Mussleman’s Original Apple Sauce

Overall, I think all of the protein I had for breakfast and lunch helped me get through my long day (I had 45g at breakfast and 58.5g at lunch). On the nail front, my nails are getting longer and growing in pretty evenly. From what I can tell I think they are a little bit stronger than they were before, but I won’t exactly know until they get past the ends of my fingers.

I hope you all have a great rest of the day, I am going to continue to document my journey today and will report back later tonight (before I fall asleep!).

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out! Day 2

Evening Everyone!

I officially made it through day two of cutting bread out of what I eat! Yay! Today was slightly more difficult than yesterday, but after all that’s part of the reason that I’m doing this, to test my will power! Much like yesterday I managed to get a lot of protein today (98.9g! Yes!). My exercise today wasn’t as vigorous as in previous days because I honestly felt a little tired and had a late class, so I did a 30 minute group exercise ab class at the rec on campus. As for eating today, I used up one of my days with rice (I am going to try to budget two or three more, mostly because that’s all the rice I have left in my pantry πŸ™‚ ). I also, ate more vegetables today than I did yesterday. I’ve come to the conclusion that I subconsciously like to switch between vegetables and fruit. One day I will have hardly any fruit, but lots of veggies, and the next day I’ll have hardly any veggies but lots of fruit. Does anyone else do that or is it just me??? Anyways, here is the breakdown of what I had to eat today,

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I put the cheese on the egg and flipped it over to create this nice cheese crust on one side. Can you say delicious???

Breakfast:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 mixed Italian cheeses
  • 1 serving of Siggi’s blueberry yogurt (by far my favorite kind of yogurt)
  • 1 serving of Kirkland’s bacon
  • 1 serving of Simply Heinz ketchup
***I apologize, I forgot to take a picture of my lunch and afternoon snack because I was consumed with my work. I’ll remember tomorrow though πŸ™‚ ***

Lunch:

  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (I also have black beans in mine just to get a little more protein)
  • 1 serving of Skippy natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana

Afternoon Snack:

  • 1 Luna Cookie Dough protein bar
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I make the mixed veggies by just taking cans of vegetables (usually with low sodium) and dumping them in a colander and rinsing them off. They last for quite a while stored in the fridge.

Dinner:

  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetables
  • 3/4 cup Uncle Ben’s ready rice – whole grain brown (I love these because they’re super easy to cook in my dorm room)
  • Approximately 5 oz. roasted turkey breast (I went and got it from the dining hall next to my dorm and brought it back to my room to mix in with my own stuff!)

The following is a breakdown of how my calories, carbs, fat, and protein changed throughout the day,

 

Today I was definitely more hungry than I was yesterday, but my day also started earlier and ended later, so I attribute my hunger to being up and active for so long. However, I was more awake like I was yesterday even though I got less than 7 hours of sleep last night (I’m currently crossing my fingers and hoping I get more tonight). Because I was actually awake and aware, today was very productive for me in the homework department. I now feel like the rest of my week will be much more relaxed. I also got the good news today that I can live on campus next year! Talk about a day maker! I hope y’all have day makers like that in the future!

I will live to continue this experiment another day, but for now I’m off to bed to get some sleep!

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out: Day 1

Hey y’all!

So today was my first day of going without bread and I have to say, I am genuinely surprised how easy it was. I kept track of everything I ate and ended up with a good amount of protein (82g of it to be precise!) Also since today is Monday, I participated in a group exercise class at my school’s rec center that focused on arms, abs, and back as well as ballroom competition team practice.

Today I kept track of everything I ate on the health app that came pre-installed on my phone. I ended up eating the following,

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I know it seems weird to put ketchup on eggs, but it’s something my dad taught me when I was younger, and now I can’t eat eggs without it. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend.

Breakfast:

  • 2 large eggs (I scrambled them and put a little bit of ketchup on them)
  • 2 slices of Kirkland’s Bacon
  • 1 glass of fat free milk (I know for some of you, that is considered white water, but that’s all I can get down πŸ˜› ).
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I have to say, overall, Panda Express isn’t my favorite, but I absolutely love their mixed vegetable! Cooked perfectly!

Lunch:

  • 1 serving of Panda Express’s mixed vegetables
  • 1 8 count chicken nugget from Chick-fil-a (with a touch of ketchup of course!)

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Dinner:

  • 1 Power Bar (20g protein, chocolate peanut butter flavor)
  • 1 small gala apple

Evening Snack:

  • 1 serving Good Health apple chips (cinnamon flavor!)

Here’s how my caloric, protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake changed during the day,

 

What I was surprised at the most, was that I wasn’t hungry for most of the day (gotta love that protein!) and because of that I didn’t want to eat bread. The fullness that I felt wasn’t the kind you feel after Thanksgiving where you want to go take a nap, it was the kind that I felt I could keep moving on with my day without stopping by my dorm to take a cat nap. I was also happy with how awake I was today. Last night I probably got around my normal 6 to 8 hours of sleep, which is what is typically recommended, but even with that, usually around 3 or 4 I get really tired. Today I was completely awake and focused the whole day! I hope it continues to happen since tomorrow through Thursdays are my long days of the week, gotta love night classes πŸ™‚ . On the nail front, my nails have grown a little bit, but there isn’t much of a difference (go figure, it’s the first day).

Well, I will continue this experiment for another day! I hope you all had a good day today and have a great Tuesday!

 

~Molly

Cutting it Out!

My lovely readers,

For years I have always wanted to work on my eating habits, not because they were horrible or anything, I just always wanted to eat more fruits and veggies. However, like what happens with most people, life gets in the way and I found myself making excuse after excuse to not eat better. Then when I got to college I realized I had complete control over what I ate and since starting I have improved my intake of vegetables and fruits and decreased my intake of processed sugars and things of that nature.

In the past few weeks I have carefully looked at what I eat daily, and while I do eat a lot of the good stuff, I found out that I eat an awful lot of carbohydrates, specifically in the form of bread, pasta, oats, etc, etc. After this realization I decided to try an experiment on myself just to see what happens. I have decided to cut out bread for the next week of my life. I am choosing to do this not only because of articles that I have read over the years or conversations I’ve had with my doctor, but because I want to know that I can do it, that I can survive a week without my favorites like mac and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I want to prove to myself that I can exercise the amount of restraint and discipline that I know I will need to make it through the next week.

So here’s the rules: I can eat anything I want so long as it’s not bread.

My Definition of Bread:

  • Bread (If it’s in a bag and labeled bread, I don’t care what kind, white, whole grain, etc)
  • Bagels
  • Pasta
  • White Rice
  • Pizza (One of my other favorite foods and one that they serve in our dining halls here on campus daily, I will miss it for sure, but I must be strong πŸ˜› )
  • Cake
  • Pancakes and Waffles (Whether they’re homemade or frozen, most of em have flour or quinoa, or oats, or something that is on this list, or can be inferred to be on this list).
  • Did I mention pasta?
  • Cereal or Granola
  • Crackers
  • Chips (Ah yes, something I know we all love to snack on sometimes, it’s quick, easy and delicious, but I will be chipless for the next week, and I will be as happy as a bird with a chip)
  • Potatoes (Now I know that potatoes have their health benefits, but for me they are something that weighs very heavy on my stomach, so we’re going to just cut ’em out and see what happens)
  • Oatmeal (On my poster that I put on the back of my door, I have oatmeal as something I can eat, but I decided at the last minute to cut it out!)

Now for all of the fun stuff that I will be able to eat!

  • Meat (As my dad always says, you can never have too much meat, and in my opinion, he is correct)
  • Vegetables (except potatoes)
  • Fruits
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt and Milk
  • Brown Rice (only a night or two during the experiment)
  • Tortillas
  • Ice Cream (Just plain old vanilla an evening or two during the week to make life a little sweeter)
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I made this little poster to put on the back of my door to remind me of what my goal is for this week

Being the engineering student I am I have also come up with a few different factors to look at during this experiment on myself. The first thing that I really want to look at is how I feel physically. At the end of this experiment will I still feel as tired and sluggish as I do now (even though I get plenty of sleep)? If the case ends up being that I do feel better, I will adjust my future eating habits to continue to feel better.

Something else I wanted to look at is my nail strength and growth. I don’t know about y’all, but I hate having weak nails that break all the time, it’s just a pain. So for this purpose, I have cut all of my nails down and will look at them throughout the week and see if I see improvement.

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Here’s my nails as of today, we shall see what they are like at the end of the week….

Lastly, even though I am not doing this to lose weight, I am curious as to if it will affect my weight. I weighed myself tonight when I went to the gym (Yes, I know that the best time to weigh yourself is in the morning, because you don’t have all of the food and other factors effecting your weight, but this was when I remembered to do it). I found out that I weigh exactly 168 pounds which I’m happy with, we shall see if that changes at all by next week.

So now that I have a clear plan for what I want to do and what I want to look at I can start my self experiment. For the next week, I will be a bread free college girl and I hope y’all will learn some new things along with me!

 

Smile today!

~Molly