As you can ascertain from the title of this blog post, I have finally arrived back in GA with my family. For those of you that don’t know, we took a trip to Northern NY for the week of July 4th and then went down to Rochester, NY (just my husband and myself, we left the kids with my in-laws) to begin packing up my parents house and tie up loose ends there.
The second part of our trip was long and arduous.
This is where I like to have a blog, to show how a real person (myself, of course) deals with everyday frustrations that may or may not be common situations for others. I would also like to share with you, that honestly, I fell off of the clean eating bandwagon. The second week, I ate out ever meal except for breakfast. Toward the end of the week, I gave up and ate breakfast out too. I began to feel physically awful. I blew up like a balloon (really – 10 pounds) which I am more then certain that it was from the sodium, fried, and preservative laden foods that I was ingesting in the restaurants.
The great thing about clean eating is that even if you stop, for any amount of time, you can start making wiser decisions at your very next meal.I came home with a plan. It’s a detox plan, but not detox in the traditional sense (um, anyone heard of the water with lemon and cayenne cleanse?) I’ve never tried it and probably never will. (It sounds disgusting!)
Detox clean eating style is cutting out the sugar, the unhealthy fats, and bad carbs, while drinking boat-loads of water to get rid of excess sodium, which causes bloat. I try to drink 80-100 ounces a day.
I shall get off my soap box now! I tried to make better choices at times, and wanted to share the better (and worse choices) that I made with you.
TGIFriday’s (which was incidentally next to the hotel):
This meal was under the “Right Portion, Right Price” part of the menu. The description: Parmesan Crusted Chicken: “A sautéed chicken breast basted with Caesar dressing, then finished with a Parmesan-crust topping. Served with three cheese tortelloni tossed in spinach Alfredo sauce and a side of our fresh tomato Mozzarella salad.”
The other meal that I had was a salmon meal: (called Dragonfire Salmon)
The description: “Norwegian salmon fillet fire-grilled and glazed with spicy Chinese Kung Pao sauce. Served over jasmine rice with pineapple pico de gallo, Mandarin oranges and broccoli.”
Those two meals weren’t terrible. It was all of the rest of the yuck that I ate that put my body over the edge! Like these:
Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Let the detoxing begin:
Boars Head preservative free chicken and low sodium cottage cheese with Mrs. Dash on a whole grain preservative free thin-bun.
Tortilla Soup in the Vitamix. So as some of you remember, I can sometimes cook and sometimes not so much and this was one of those recipes that needs some doctoring (so I guess it wasn’t my fault, lol…it’s not my recipe!). It kind of tasted like veggie soup with taco seasoning. Hopefully I can fix it tomorrow with the addition of more taco seasoning (organic) and boneless, skinless chicken breast!!
3 ounces of steak, boiled cauliflower and roasted sweet potato. (Can you believe that the potato is just over 100 calories? All of that potato is only 1 cup!!)
Rotisserie chicken breast eaten sans skin with broiled broccoli with Mrs. Dash. On the side I had leftover greek salad with Newman’s Own Lighten Up Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing.
I was disappointed today because the farmer down the road from my house was out of fresh eggs. He told my husband that his chicken’s weren’t laying that many. We’re supposing because it’s been so hot. I only have one egg for tomorrow! I guess I need to stop at the grocery store. Jeremy did come home with a boat load of tomatoes, though!
So it’s been a couple of weeks of ups and downs. I was sad when I came home, but then my girlfriends all decided to stop by the night I got back: