Small (pie-shaped) hurdles aside, I appreciated the opportunity to check my habits for a week. I spend so much time eating on auto-pilot, especially the sweet stuff (a little leftover holiday candy here, a bowl of chocolate granola there) that I’m no longer in touch with how frequently I actually crave sugar.

Who: Aislyn Greene, assistant editor

What I gave up: Sugar, booze, dairy

The biggest challenge: The daily grind. It's easy to stay pure when you have plenty of time--and no stress--on your hands. It's much tougher when you're slammed at work and pie presents itself just when you're jonesing for a sucrose hit.

My takeaway: Small (pie-shaped) hurdles aside, I appreciated the opportunity to check my habits for a week. I spend so much time eating on auto-pilot, especially the sweet stuff (a little leftover holiday candy here, a bowl of chocolate granola there) that I’m no longer in touch with how frequently I actually crave sugar. It turns out I really only want something a few times a week. Same thing goes for wine and beer: Last night, I wanted nothing more than to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book. Instead, I sat in the sauna at the 24-Hour Fitness behind my house, and then curled up with a good book. Just as relaxing, but without the immediate gratification. Good life learning!

But that wine-free sauna time also led me to deeper reflection about the food values I hold. Sure, I want to feel healthy—eat my leafy greens, curb the sugar intake, treat my body like a temple, ya da ya—but, of equal importance, I want my actions to support a healthier food ecosystem. For me, that means keeping up with my CSA, shopping the farmer’s market when I can, avoiding Trader Joe’s ridiculously overpackaged snacks, and spending more time in the kitchen. Which I tell myself is tough when I'm busy, but is really just another habit. So this week, I reaffirmed my food values: I used up almost every single fruit and veggie in my CSA box—this easy recipe was a favorite—I ate out only once, and I spent some time exploring local food options in the Bay Area.

I'm celebrating with: Whiskey, American Hustle, and the most perfect piece of pie I can get my hands on. I thought for sure I'd run out and do this after the challenge but, after a week of self-denial, I don't want to waste my splurge on ho-hum treats.

Next time I'll: Make it an eat-local challenge! Can I eat only foods grown within 100 miles of my home for a few weeks?

Photo courtesy of bartendingnewsflash.com


The initial challenge: Sunset Eat Fresh

Day 1: Bye bye, Candyland

Day 3: I cracked

Keep in touch! Twitter (@aislyngreene) and Instagram (@aislynj)

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