In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s post in which I introduced my Eat Clean Challenge.
So, as I mentioned yesterday, I started planning my meals for this week by listing all of the types of food I can eat and then meals I can make with those foods. I then made my weekly meal chart of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Here’s what my week looks like:
|Monday||oatmeal & smoothie||omelette and beets||soup & ezekiel bread||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
|Tuesday||oatmeal & smoothie||baked sweet potato & soup||burrito bowls||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
|Wednesday||oatmeal & smoothie||burrito bowls||soup & ezekiel bread||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
|Thursday||oatmeal & smoothie||ezekiel bread, hummus, carrots, portobello mushrooms & brussels sprouts||roasted root vegetables and eggs||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
|Friday||oatmeal & smoothie||soup & ezekiel bread||spaghetti squash with grilled eggplant and homemade marinara sauce||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
|Saturday||oatmeal & smoothie||ezekiel bread, hummus, and vegetables||Birthday Party!||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
|Sunday||oatmeal & smoothie||omelette & roasted sweet potato||portobello mushroom “steaks”, roasted baby potatoes, & steamed broccoli||soy yogurt, raspberries, nuts|
I’m looking forward to all of my meals as much as I am every week. I know I won’t feel hungry or deprived, and I’m not worried about missing alcohol, caffeine, or meat, but I am wondering how strong my cravings for sugar and bread (mmmm, bread) will be. I love carbs. Oh, and those breakfasts and snacks are all the same because that’s what I almost always eat for breakfast and snacks, not because this diet is so restrictive!
There are three exceptions to my no processed foods/refined sugars rule: almond milk (processed), soy yogurt (processed, sugar), and the mention of my birthday.
I decided to include unsweetened almond milk because it’s a good source of calcium and a big part of my healthy breakfast. The yogurt is something I already have and I don’t want it to go bad, so I’m including it. I won’t buy more if I run out before my challenge ends, because it has quite a bit of sugar. I’m having a party on Saturday night and will be having drinks, snacks, and cake. I considered waiting until after my birthday party to start my challenge, but once I get an idea in my head, I get impatient. I don’t think that these small additions will hamper my efforts, though.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of my meals and an update on how I’m feeling!