I’ve learned quite a bit in the last six days about eating clean:
- Tempeh, though not easy to find, tastes pretty good in stir fry.
- Eating clean, including all the vegetables, takes dedication and planning.
- Leftovers are manna from heaven.
- I can go to Applebees and not feel deprived. (steak and broccoli)
- When you are really hungry, it is harder to stay on the plan when presented with pizza.
- Homemade concoctions of healthy stuff are time-consuming and hard to enter into My Fitness Pal—I still think I like pen and paper, even if it’s not as thorough of a tracking calorie-wise.
- I love the Dr. Hyman’s Whole Food Protein Shake. It’s made with a bunch of nuts and seeds, blueberries and a banana. It really is filling.
I’m pretty pleased with how it’s been going. I really only craved sweets this afternoon. I was standing at the kitchen sink, and out of nowhere the thought of something sweet just jumped into my head and I really had to work to shake it. I was tired today, and was getting ready for lunch, but it did pass. I have felt good and not hungry, which I was afraid of when beginning this detox part of the plan.
Now I have to be honest, tonight I was “off plan”. The girls and their moms from Erin’s basketball team went to Pizza Street. I rarely show self-control at buffets, but I did better tonight. First, I made a really big salad and, knowing it wasn’t on the plan (crust and cheese!), put one slice of veggie pizza on my plate. I was still hungry, so I had a second piece and then a third. (They weren’t very big pieces.) I’m just really glad they didn’t have the chocolate desserts out, or it would have been all over!
I only feel a little bit guilty about tonight, because I have been totally on the plan the rest of the time, and I did eat a ton of vegetables today. If I feel bad tomorrow, I will think otherwise! I didn’t eat mindlessly, and I savored each bite. Also, no soda. And in contrast to how I usually eat, I wasn’t so bad!
Does the proceeding sound like justification? (I’m good at justifying my bad behavior!) So yes, I caved, but it’s done and I need to just go forward. Tomorrow is another day.