Yesterday was a semi-clean day since Mike and I went to hang out with Rena and her boyfriend in Ithaca for the day, more on that later.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries and coconut milk and a hazelnut latte from Dunkin Donuts (not clean)
Lunch: Thai Chopped Chicken Salad from Panera (mostly clean except the dressing and wonton strips) and an apple
Snack: Bubble tea: almond milk black tea with tapioca (I'm assuming this is not 100% clean)
Dinner: Leftover stuffed pepper and butternut squash from Friday
Now that this challenge is over I want to try to continue to eat as clean as possible, but add back a few things that I enjoy eating here and there. Since I am fairly confident I do not have a gluten allergy I will add whole grain bread back into my diet. I have also missed peanut butter this week, I didn't want to shell out more money on clean peanut butter so I went with tahini butter instead, so that is coming back! (I live on peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch every work day).
That said, the few times I did not feel like myself, yet like my old self, during this challenge were the times that I ate dairy. I don't want to completely eliminate it from my diet, but I think that my body would really appreciate me consuming less cheese.
This challenge also helped curb some of my soda cravings, which I am thankful for! I also lost about 2 pounds, but I am sure that most if not all of that was water weight.
Would I do a clean eating challenge again? Yes I would, but I would need to prepare food ahead of time. I think I experienced a slight anxiety attack the second day and that was definitely not the intention of the challenge! I was supposed to feel better, which I did in the end, and my unpreparedness caused me some anxiety. Next time I will be more prepared!
Thanks again Emilie for a great challenge!
As I said earlier, Mike and I hung out with Rena and her boyfriend yesterday.
We went out to lunch, drove the course of the half marathon all four of us are running in less than a month (it took us a couple of times to drive the exact course but it doesn't seem too hilly) and went out for bubble tea!
A better picture than last time!
Rena's boyfriend, Rena and Mike
All four of us, from Rena's phone
Rena also gave me a birthday present, lots of yummy running fuel.
I had the Chocolate Raspberry GU on our run today
It was so much fun hanging out with them and I can't wait to see them again at the Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon!
Don't forget to report your time for the "One Year Older" Birthday Virtual Race on the "Finish Line" post, here!
Do you like to drive the course of a race you've never run before?