As you know, I worked hard at changing some of my eating habits before NYCM. I was already pretty careful about what I ate, but still had some things to work on. I had been eating my fruits and veggies, but sugar and processed foods were still on the menu (and not just occasionally). Before NYC, I cut my sugar intake in half and worked toward eating clean(er). My two vices continued to be Lean Cuisines for lunch (it’s easy!) and my daily Diet Coke. The result? I lost about 8 lbs and felt fantastic!
In my effort to eat clean(er), I decided to try something that I had been curious about for awhile - Ezekiel bread. I had seen the bread mentioned time and time again on clean eating blogs. I read a little about the bread - Apparently, this Ezekiel bread is made the way the Bible intended. Who knew. I figured if Jesus ate it, then why not try it? (I also found this post, which I found a bit humorous!)
So, the interesting thing about this bread is that it contains no flour or yeast. It is made from sprouted live grains instead. The label states:
We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread - from all vegetable sources - naturally balanced in nature. Ezekiel 4:9® Bread is made from freshly sprouted organically grown grains, is naturally flavorful and bursting with nutrients. Rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and natural fiber with no added fat.
And, the ingredients were simple and easy to read. No crazy chemicals listed here:
INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.
I really liked the sound of this!
I excitedly picked up my first loaf, which was found in the freezer section of my local grocer. Holy cow, over $5 for a loaf of bread? I thought to myself, “Okay, okay…it’s healthy, so it’s worth it right?” WWJD?
I was anxious to try it, so I tried making a sandwich with it later that day. The verdict?
It tastes like cardboard! I tried it as toast with fruit spread and thought it was a little better. I tried it again as toast, but this time with almond butter and honey. Better. I kept trying the bread. I even bought another loaf once we finished off the first one. I thought that maybe the taste (or lack of) would grow on me.
Sorry folks, but Ezekiel bread is just not for me. I know some of you out there love this stuff, but it's just not my thing. And my kids? They wouldn't touch it. Instead, I found healthfull bread from Oroweat. Actually, the Hubby spotted it first and recommended it, so I can't take credit for it. The bread is tasty and has some of the same benefits – 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per slice. And, it has "no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives." And again, it's TASTY!
However, this bread is made with flour. And yeast. And, it is pricier than the store brands and Mrs. Baird's. Oh well! Seriously, I know that we should eat to live, not live to eat and I have been working to mentally change my attitude toward food - “Fuel the Machine” has become my motto. But what’s the point if you just don’t enjoy it at least a little?
Do you have a food motto? How have you changed your eating habits since becoming more active and fit? Do you eat things that you don’t really think taste good because they’re healthy?