A Clean Eating Update
So I don’t want this to become another blog about clean eating, but I thought I would provide a few updates along the way, for those of you who are interested.
As a reminder, I am doing The 30 Clean, which is 30 days of clean eating: no gluten, grains, dairy, sugar or anything processed.
What does that leave, you ask? Protein, veggies, fruit (though limited), nuts, more veggies and one glass of wine per week.
Why am I doing it? For a few reasons: a little weight loss, to address some digestive issues, to see if diet may be affecting my chronic cough and frankly, to see if I can do it.
Today is day three. I am 1/10 of the way there.
I will say this: I am not hungry, in the traditional sense. The program recommends three meals per day, no snacking. I am not there quite yet and have relied on 1-2 small snacks per day, but overall, I am not hungry and feel satisfied after a meal. I do, however, feel a serious energy shift at certain times of the day. I feel a little light-headed, a little fatigued, and a lot like I want a cupcake. Or a piece of cheese. The good news? Those moments pass and within an hour I can be feeling great. And apparently once my system gets used to the detox from all the sugar and grains and goodness it has stored up, those spells will pass as well.
What am I eating? Not enough in the morning, it appears. The program wants you filling up your plate with veggies, which I have a very hard time incorporating into my morning routine, and then adding in a protein and a good fat (avocado, coconut oil, nuts). This prosciutto salad pictured above has been a delicious go-to for lunch that is tasty and keeps you going and this spaghetti squash bake we made last night tasted exactly like homemade lasagna, sans noodles or cheese. There are lots of hard-boiled eggs and berries and homemade sweet potato fries, which I have perfected. No cream or sugar in my coffee which has been very tough and the recommended substitutions of coconut milk or almond milk just aren’t doing it for me.
Overall: still on the fence. I hear that you start to feel AMAZING in week two, so I am looking forward to that. It has been easier than I thought it would be and the online support that this particular program offers is amazing…but I am still seriously craving everything bad.
But maybe that’s why it’s so good that I am doing it, right??
Will let you know how week two goes.
*recipe and image above via here