Monday, February 27, 2012

Clean Food Challenge Day One and Done

Well it's not surprising from the title of this post, but I made it through day one of One Mom in Maine's Clean Food Challenge. It might not be quite as obvious, though, that I already had to cheat, more on that later.

I first wanted to do this challenge, or something similar, because I know that I am sensitive to certain types of food, namely dairy (I was lactose-intolerant when I was a baby). I don't feel horrible when I eat the foods that I normally eat but I know that I could feel a lot better. Mike and I are both busy twenty-something year old individuals and we do cut corners here and there. If anything I would love to give up over-processed foods (almost any food is processed unless you get it in its natural state, even frozen vegetables) and start to make more things from scratch.

In addition, I want to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diet. We do eat fruits and vegetables daily, but not as much as I would like.

What I have learned through the one day that I have done this challenge is that it is extremely difficult for people to buy healthy food that is reasonably priced. In addition, it takes so much more time going through the grocery store checking labels and back-tracking through the aisles to make sure you didn't overlook that one item you want. I do not envy people with severe food allergies!


This took me quite awhile to find and buy!

Yesterday I ate really well and the food I ate is not to blame for me "giving up" on this challenge. I am disappointed in myself, though, and I had to make sure that Mike still loves me even though I gave up. He does.

Here's what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries (I made so much of it that it started to bubble over in the microwave, oops!)

Yum!

Lunch: Brown rice cake with tahini butter (sesame seed) and a banana


I like almond or peanut butter better, but this was still good!

Snacks: Handfuls of almonds and kale chips with olive oil and garlic powder (so good!)


Mike even liked these!

Dinner: Salad with spinach, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and an omelet (no cheese of course) with mushrooms and broccoli


Eggs for dinner? Don't mind if I do!

Dessert: Strawberries with honey

The biggest shocker was that I drank the entire 1 gallon (128 ounces) of water yesterday. I think I got a little bit of a water headache because my body is NOT used to me drink that much water. I made sure to space it out throughout the day, 40 oz in the morning, 40 oz at lunch and 48 oz with dinner so that I wouldn't constantly be in the bathroom.

Now for the bad news. Today I ate a bagel and a pop-tart because I realized that this challenge is too much for me. While I was in the shower I was thinking about everything that I had to do for the challenge this week and I noticed my heart started to race. Then I felt sick and everything started to get dark, which signaled to me that I was about to pass out. After sitting down and trying to get Mike's attention, he was downstairs with Bernie, I finally got out of the shower. I called Mike upstairs and I just realized that I was stressing out too much about this challenge.

As I said earlier, I do not blame what I ate yesterday for what happened to me AT ALL. I ate food that gave me more energy than what I normally eat and I definitely had enough of it! Clean eating, in Emilie's words, does not mean that you are only eating celery or salads.

I realized that I still want to somewhat participate in the challenge, but in moderation. I am going to try to eat clean as much as possible, drink as much water as I can (but definitely not 128 oz worth) and avoid over-processed food. I want this to be a lifestyle change for us, not just a one time thing, so easing into it will most likely be the better choice!

I hope that I didn't disappoint anyone and don't worry our new recipe this week will be clean, most likely something with quinoa since I'm dying to try it!

How do you incorporate a healthier diet into your busy life? Any tips on how to make it affordable?

16 comments:

  1. I can't speak for everyone but I am sure this won't disappoint anyone. What is the point of a CFC that is meant to make you feel better if the stress of it is making you feel worse? I tried a juice fast last year that was supposed to last a month... I lasted 5 days before I ended up in Danny's office bawling my eyes out because I felt terrible and it was costing us a fortune. I think that a big part of making a healthier lifestyle more affordable is spending more time in the kitchen which is unfortunate given how time is at such a premium... This world of ours seems to be made to make things as quick and easy as possible with health falling by the way-side.
    I try using one weekend day every couple of weeks or so to work on making all my staples (beans, meat replacers, vegetables that can be frozen) so that they are in my freezer and ready to go.

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    1. Thanks Kristin!

      I definitely agree! It's no fault of the CFC, I just need to prepare meals better!

      My officemate also told me that she and her husband (my other officemate) spend time on the weekends preparing food for the week and freezing some of it. I really should do that more often!

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  2. Wow. Stress really has a huge physical affect on you. But you did the challenge a day more than lots of people were able to do, so you should be proud!

    And it probably doesn't count as much as Mike's love, but I still love ya! :P

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    1. Yea it's happened before, maybe not always stress-related, but the hot shower also had something to do with it.

      I am proud of what I accomplished and I have ideas for healthy meals in the future! (We are eating a semi-clean meal tonight, brown rice with pineapple, salsa and some cheese on top).

      It does mean a lot to me, love you too Rena!

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  3. It is so expensive. We did a plant based 2 weeks of eating a while back and I couldn't believe how much it cost. We stuck with it for the 2 weeks and while we're not 100% with it now, have incorporated a lot of it into our eating habits. It's hard because it takes a lot of time to label read, as you said AND you don't even realize what products/preservatives/etc are IN the things that you eat regularly! I found out that the bagels I wanted had anchovy in them!! Seriously? lol
    Good for you for trying. I'd bail for a poptart too. :D

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    1. Really, what bagels have anchovy? Maybe I should check mine!

      I'm just a little bit disappointed, but the pop-tart was good and necessary at the time!

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    2. Wegman's whole wheat with omega 3s. I guess that's the source of the omegas. Blech!

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    3. Good to know! I checked one of the bagels that we have from Wegmans and we are fine. We don't buy the Omega 3 kind though and now I probably won't!

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  4. Glad that you gave it a try... drinking so much water probably shocked your system a bit though!! I didn't realize that you had a problem with dairy in the past. I am such a carb- person that the bagel and poptart sounded good to me!! And if you weren't feeling good after one day of the diet, probably a good idea to back off from it somewhat! Sounds like you guys are eating pretty healthy though!

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    1. The food wasn't to blame for what happened to me, it was the stress that got to me (plus I might be getting sick and when I do I tend to get dizzy). Other than those two things, plus a little bit of cheese on our dinner, I still ate completely clean yesterday (and some people do consider cheese "clean", you just might be allergic to it).

      The bagel was fine, but the pop-tart was a bad choice since it is way over-processed. We eat sort of healthy, we just have some really bad habits that we need to change. That's another reason I wanted to do this, not as a "diet" but as a lifestyle change for both of us!

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  5. Don't beat yourself up over it! Going so hard core so fast is a huge challenge, it's a lot of change! Do as much as you can, and no worries if you're not perfect. I think that's a more balanced way to approach eating in the long term, too. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura! We are going to try to eat as clean as possible but if we indulge here and there it's not a big deal!

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  6. I'm a (relatively) new follower, and I love your blog! So it's really hard to see you being so hard on yourself!! It's obvious you're making an effort and taking the steps to eat healthier. Would you expect to PR in a race without practice and training? Think of your diet the same way! Small steps and little improvements over time. Don't think of it as quitting, think of it as modifying :)

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    1. Aww thank you so much Jenn! That was a very sweet comment!

      I have done really well today so hopefully I can keep it up, I have definitely modified it a little bit and I am not worrying as much. I don't know the extra stress :)

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  7. Planning meals ahead of time helps to eat healthy. Try home cooked meals versus fast foods. Some people do make a weekly food journal to plan what to eat for the week. Prepare healthy snacks in advance so it is easy to grab: steam vegetables, oatmeal cookies, fresh fruits, dried fruits and nuts.

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    1. Thanks for the tips Matt!

      I think that I might try to start a weekly menu (we used to sort of do that a long time ago) so that way I will be more prepared for the week ahead!

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