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
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?