First of all, in case you missed the yoga mat giveaway, there is still time to enter until Friday night. Tons of great, calming mantras in the comments.
It's the evening of the fourth day of the Clean Food Challenge, and that means we are more than half way there, and frankly, I feel fantastic. I feel energized and healthy from head to toe. Today I realized that two things are happening:
1. No lulls in energy during the day: I teach straight from 8-12:30, then eat lunch, and then immediately sit at my desk with a pile of papers between 1:00 and 2:30. Every day since the school year started, I get really sleepy after about 20 minutes and have a hard time being super productive during this time. I usually have to get up and walk around to keep from letting my eyes start to close, and I almost always drink coffee right after school. This week I have not had this experience at all. I've been bringing green tea with me to work, but not using it b/c I'm not sleepy in the slightest, just plowing through my work with no trouble. I feel even all day, no dips. I was very skeptical that I would actually have any major differences in how I feel, but this is pretty undeniable. And tonight I was actually skipping around my kitchen feeling like a million bucks.
2. Clean Sweat? I was able to go running for a quick 3 miles, and am I imagining this? Or is it possible that when my sweat from my run felt different? Cleaner? Because I swear, that when I got off the treadmill and I was wet with sweat on my face, that it felt like I had been sprayed with mineral water, my sweat was not sticky at all like it usually is. My skin feels really soft and clean. Anyone else having this?
1 cup of coffee with agave. Oatmeal with the BEST TOPPINGS EVER. I thawed out a big spoonful of frozen Wyman's Maine Wild Blueberries last night, and added them to my oats plus one tablespoon of maple syrup. It was so good and sweet that I felt like I must be cheating. It was the first morning that I ate every bite of my oatmeal and I cannot wait for breakfast tomorrow.
On the way to work: Smoothie made from carrot juice, frozen mango, frozen banana, 1 cup spinach, more blueberries.
Snack: almonds and apple
Lunch: small bowl of Curried Sweet Potato Soup and a banana.
When I got home from the gym, I was starving. I just knew that I could not prepare dinner and deal with cooking for the kids too if I was so starving, so I had another bowl of the same soup (and that was the end of it, but I'm going to miss it!) to hold me over. Worked perfectly.
Dinner: I planned to cook soup, but when I got right down to it, I was craving a garlicky stirfry, so that's what I made:
4 big cloves garlic, 1/2 of an onion, 1 thing of crumbled tempeh, 1 head of broccoli, green beans and 1 cup of mushrooms, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Steamy! I served it over brown rice and sprinkled it with peanuts that I ground up in the food processor. Loved it.
Updates from other Clean Food Bloggers:
Stephani in Colorado, at limbo.
Jodi in Connecticut at Live Free and Run
Brooke in Arizona at Action Mama
Kirsten in Wisconsin at From Inside to Outside
Laura in Japan at Ichigone