Thursday, December 2, 2010

CFC Day 4: I feel like superwoman.

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?

Today's eats:

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. 

Right now I'm drinking Detox tea and in a bit I'll have a rice cake with almond butter and honey. I'm working on my fourth bottle of water.   And tomorrow is Friday!

Thanks to all of you participants and cheerleaders for the blog posts, comments and emails that are making this so much cooler than I thought it would be. 

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


Anonymous said...

I feel great! I can support your energy surge, but I haven't noticed a sweat change (it just felt so good to do hot yoga yesterday i was already esstatic)

This is only difficult when I see food like pizza, nachos, etc. pass by me. When it comes to my choices i'm doing pretty well, especially for a college student surrounded by fried food, pizza, and beer.
I'm thinking about making this a "first week of the month" ritual. We'll see how the end of the week goes!

-Kelly G

Zoe Kreitzer said...

I am so incredibly jealous right now. The only "clean" food I can afford to eat right now is a salad with olive oil or lemon, or perhaps an apple from the Union (and I don't brave their fruit often, it looks questionable to me). I have been daydreaming about having a kitchen and funds for FRESH groceries a lot lately. Bummerrrrr. It sounds so freeing. You go, girl!

Emilie said...

Kelly: that's a very cool plan! and ambitious!

Zoe! Come live with me for a week and I'll feed you! xo

Mary IronMatron said...

What is agave, where do you get it... and what does it taste like???
(I am an ignorant... I know.)

Jonesinmaine said...

Feeling great myself. My work schedule is definitely testing my will though. Everyone here ordered pizza tonight...torture!! This may be a 4 day cleanse for me as I may not survive another night at work without a latte. Overall, I feel great!

Brooke said...

Yes! The sweat thing!! I noticed it today after my run. It was more slippery or something. Then after it dried I felt it again and it was the same salty leftovers so I thought I was imagining it. Weird.

I'm so glad you're feeling good! This definitely should be a tradition.

Kirsten said...

Feeling really good here! Let you know about sweat in the morning. Thurs is typically my day off. I will say that I can't believe how well I'm doing on one cup of coffee. Mostly I like feeling that I'm only putting good stuff in-- I keep remembering throughout the day and it's confidence-boosting.

Jodi said...

I love that you got to run and I love that your energy is up! Who knew that food could make you feel so good! You're doing's so great to read everyone's stories!

Anonymous said...

Day 5 -- ate some gluten free, whole grain, all natural chips. Is that cheating? Loving my sugar free existence! If I don't eat any then I don't want more.


Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I'm thinking of trying to eat like this during the week, then cutting some slack on the weekends.

Susan (again)