Monday, November 29, 2010

CFC Day One: I feel cleaner already

Our day did not start out well.  When I woke Skyler up for school, she was feverish and I knew that the sore throat and ear ache she'd been complaining about could not be ignored anymore.  It was stressful and Sam and I argued and I started my Clean Food Challenge with my emotions all in a frenzy and a sick kid.  I also had a sore throat and general achy body.  Awesome.

But then I went to work and got into a groove, drank my water, did deep breathing.

Keep Calm.  Carry On.

I decided that I might as well add in more patience and kindness to this Clean Food Challenge.  Here's to a healthier December in all kinds of ways.

Breakfast:  Oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup.  1 cup coffee with a little agave (really missed the creamy element here).  Smoothie with carrot juice, kale, banana, strawberries and ice.

Morning snack:  almonds, pear.

Lunch:  Quinoa Salad, tea, some grapes.

Afternoon snack:  rice cakes with almond butter and banana slices

Dinner:  big bowl of Curried Sweet Potato Soup and 2 plates of greens with this Japanese Peanut Salad Dressing that is amazing.  I substituted the sugar with 1/4 cup agave which was more than enough.

Overall, my eating day went great.  What was weird was in the after-school hours when I'm usually constantly snacking, I really wasn't hungry, even though I kept asking myself:  "Are you sure you aren't hungry?"  I did prepare tortellini for my kids and a platter of cheese and crackers for Lila and Joe, and I had to stop myself several times from automatically helping myself, but I stayed true to the plan.  My only struggle today was getting enough water.  I think I drank a little over half of what I should be drinking, so we'll see if I can get more tomorrow.

We just said good bye to Lila and Joe after a great visit with them.  I'm off to bed and hoping for a healthy Skyler in the morning.

Here is SARAH's take on Day 1:
I woke up at 5:45am and drank 2 glasses of water which I never do.  So good to rinse out in the morning!  I DID drink coffee but just one cup, with a tablespoon of soy milk.  For breakfast: huge salad with balsamic vinegar dressing and apple slices and almond butter.  For snack: rice cake with almond butter and honey.  lunch was leftover turkey, cranberries, and another big salad with olive oil and salt.  I plan to have a snack this afternoon of salted avocado and red pepper slices, and maybe some almonds.  dinner is turkey rice soup and baked sweet potato.

I  feel good so far, but it's only been 8 hours. In order for me to get in a gallon of water/day, I need to d
o several "guzzle" sessions which makes me feel like I'm back in college pounding beer.  har har!!!

Other Clean Food Challenge Participants Blogging (leave a comment if you want to be added to this list that I'll post daily)

Jodi in Connecticut at Live Free and Run
Brooke in Arizona at Action Mama
Kirsten in Wisconsin at From Inside to Outside
Laura, my former student who now teaches in Japan, at Ichigone

Good work, team!


SNW said...

blogging, too. xo

Kirsten said...

In all, good. The food went well but not so much the liquids. I have to be better about water tomorrow! I focused mostly on food and my lack of half-n-half today :-) no sugar before bed though!

Laura said...

So far so good!

Jennifer said...

I agree that getting in all of that water is tough. I filled a gallon container and put it in the fridge, knowing I needed to be done with it by the end of the a little over half finished. On a really positive note, I discovered that I can adapt my black bean and pumpkin chili to be vegan, so I throughly enjoyed that for dinner last night...and breakfast after my run this morning! :)

Jodi said...

Day two was a success! It's been fun reading everyone's first day experiences!

Michelle said...

Hi all,
I am going to wait to do this next week so I can pick and choose from all your recipes :)
My goal for this week is to up my water intake. I bought one of those Camelback water bottles that Emilie blogged about last week... how many times do I need to fill that baby up a day? Like 5???

Way to go everyone!! Happy cleansing!

bondo-5 said...

I have not "committed" in its entirety to the CFC. (So I did not "officially" sign up!) But I found myself intrigued with the thoughts of how I could feel if I committed 100%! My day started out like yours...2 sick children and a grocery list I made after checking out what everyone was eating. Needless to say I had to improvise and tried my best at eating clean foods with whatever I had on hand! So curious to try your Carrot/Quinoa salad! Thanks for coming up with this great idea right after Thanksgiving!

bodegabliss said...

I am embarrassed to say that I was not able to start this week. It was bad timing all around and I also couldn't justify wasting all of the Thanksgiving leftovers! But I am starting this Sunday once I am able to go grocery shopping, and you guys are all really making me excited to do it! I also bought one of the Camelbak water (maybe they'll sponsor you!). So Michelle, I'll be with you next week!

And nice job so far, ladies! You're inspiring!