You may remember that I had decided to do a 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge. 100%whole foods and just a general emphasis to eat healthier, in general. And to be fair, I have indulged in condiments that aren’t entirely “whole,” but I’ve stayed away from anything with high fructose corn syrup! I’ve also tried to somewhat follow the food pyramid diet you can read about here. Basically, it’s a diet consisting of mostly vegetables, followed by fruit, then meat (or protein alternatives, but I eat meat), and only a limited amount of whole grains. This is very different than the typical American diet, which consists largely of grains. This low(ish) carb diet is somewhat inspired by Atkins or Southbeach, but no where near as extreme!!!
So here you go, WIAW: Clean Eating Edition!
Berries, bananas, oats, yogurt, protein powder, and chia seeds x 2
spinach salad with berries, apples, almond slivers, and feta cheese
more salads (plus LOTS that are unpictured). I’ve also had lots of veggie-based snacks: mostly carrots and celery with almond butter or hummus. Sorry, no pics.
Mini-meatloaves (with tons of veggies mixed in)
Lots of meat and veg….and more salads
and pizza! on TJ’s whole wheat dough. A special carb-heavy “treat” dinner
Ripe fruits and veggies!
dark chocolate almonds
oh, right….and lots & LOTS of water!
with fresh lemon and strawberry slices thrown in
sparkling water when I’m in the mood for something fizzy, and watermelon chunks in ice. Have you ever tried mixing fruit into water for a little flavor burst? Delicious!
So far it really hasn’t been bad. I miss my grains (love pasta and bread!!!), but it’s really not a big deal. And prior to the challenge I already ate mostly whole foods, so making the leap to all whole foods wasn’t a big problem. I did have to add another grocery store trip mid-week because I’m FLYING through the produce! But that’s a good thing!
And the thing I’ve missed most? I would have thought it was my sweet indulgences (yes, I’m like a 10 year old and love gummy worms/sour patch kids/etc.) But, no – the #1 thing I’ve missed was the one, the only:
Diet Dr. Pepper!!! How I’ve missed you!!!! I know how horrible soda is and all that. But I just loooooove my DDP! And I would only have 1-2 a week prior to the challenge so its not like I had them all the time, but I sure do miss those couple drinks per week!!!
Meanwhile, it just keeps raining like crazy over here! On one hand, I love how it has had the effect of cooling things down a little (like 95* instead of 115*), BUT, we live in a house with a swamp cooler. If you’re unfamiliar – the things do not work when there is humidity or moisture in the air, so we’ve just been chillin in our un-AC’ed house that measures in at around 95*. Very nice.
At least someone is enjoying all the thunder storms!
Are your pets scared by storms or are they not bothered? Rocky is intrigued!!