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Clean(ish) Food Diary

Posted Jun 18 2013 8:09am
Still feeling somewhat toxic , but I know this stuff takes time. I think the best way for me to come clean, so to speak, is to make myself accountable. That means sharing everything I'm eating -- the super duper healthy stuff to the not-so great treats. Yesterday? I definitely had a mix of both.

Here we go!


BREAKFAST:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats cooked in 1 cup unsweetened almond milk.
Added dash of cinnamon + vanilla extract.
Topped with blackberries and strawberries.
Drank tea.


SNACK:

1/2 large banana,
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (nonfat),
1/2 cup water, handful greens,
1 tablespoon cocoa powder,
1 teaspoon raw honey,
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter.
Blended until smooth.


LUNCH:

2 hard boiled eggs mashed with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
+ dash smoked paprika and dill.
Spread on 7-grain sprouted Ezekiel bread.
Large glass of water.

SNACK:

Apple with handful of raw almonds.
Glass of water.


DINNER: 

Broccoli rabe sauteed in olive oil, garlic, onions
+ canelli beans. 1/2 cup wheat berries.
Dash parmesan + sriracha.
I washed it down with a sparkling water versus a beer.
Not the same, but not entirely bad either.



DESSERT:


1 tablespoon each peanut butter, honey, coconut oil (virgin).
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. 1/8 teaspoon baking powder.
1/2 cup old fashioned oats. 1 serving dark chocolate chips.
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 15-17 minutes.) 
Based off this recipe .


EXERCISE:

Still feeling sick, but Ada and I took a walk to the grocery store, which ended up being around 45 minutes round-trip. Then I started out for a light jog, but all the coughing has given me a huge headache + it was a really hot, so I stayed indoors and peddled on the indoor bike for 20 minutes. I drank a glass of water while exercising.

The numbers . . .


These meal calorie totals are low, I'm looking specifically at you, dinner!, but -- though I am eating food -- this is a sort of detox. My activity level is much lower than normal and I'm not terribly hungry after this sickness. This isn't how I plan to eat for the rest of my life. It wouldn't be sustainable.

The plan I'm loosely following isn't vegetarian, so I think that some of my substitutions could be better for the fish. Have you come across any good clean eating plans that are specifically vegetarian with lots of protein in them? What do you suggest?

As you can see, snacks took up more than half of what I ate, which is fine. However, when you break it down to see what took up half of the snack calories (deep dish cookie). Hmmm. You guys/gals have told me that just forgoing dessert will help, so I suppose I need to try it. Even with all the "healthy" substitutions, that treat is glaring in all areas.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

Overall, a good day. Eating little meals every few hours and adding protein where it's usually lacking helped keep my energy levels stable, and I could tell a huge difference in that regard. I do wonder how lighter meals will stack up once I get back to my normal activity levels, but this week I'm taking it easy -- so it won't be an issue.

Also: I'm capable of not eating dessert every night. However, it seems like every time I set out to NOT eat it, I HAVE to have it. Funny how that works. I don't even think it's the sugar so much as it's the ritual of baking and then eating something warm and satisfying. And yes, probably the sugar. My dinner wasn't enough, so tonight I'm aiming to make a much larger meal and see if it satisfies.

Have you started eating clean this week? Or started again? How are you doing?

Onto day 2, which you can follow on Instagram . . . 

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