Yesterday I kicked of the first day of my clean eating challenge hosted by 2FabFromFat Fitness. For five days we’re sticking to real, unprocessed food and sugar. As I write this post, I’m suddenly struck by the unsettling fact that eating all-natural food is considered a “challenge” at all. It’s the food we we’re supposed to eat, food that nature gave us, but at the end of Day 1 I was feeling the painful effects of cutting out processed sugar cold-turkey and I realized how much of a challenge this week is really going to be.
After years of failed attempts at giving up sweets for Lent, I’ve come to realize that my affection for cookies and cakes (and all things sugar-coated) is something far beyond a sweet tooth – it has become a true physical addiction. The cravings have been tough to break since Lent started, but after switching to a strictly clean diet – even after one day – I realized how much of a hold sugar has on me. By the end of the day, I had a splitting headache, I had light sensitivity, I felt nauseous and lethargic. Thankfully, my challenge group assured me that this is, sadly, normal and that I’ll feel so much better if I just power through, which I’m doing!
Despite the head-splitting side-effects, I really did feel amazing choosing healthy food for every meal yesterday. I had so much motivation and excitement to stick to the regimen and I looked forward to each meal and snack.
Here’s my menu for Day 1:
Morning: I’m not much of a heavy breakfast eater, so to start the morning on the right foot I had a Boathouse Farms Daily Greens and Fruit Juice. It’s sweetened with fruit, no added sugar, and the natural sugar content is relatively low: 16 grams.
Lunch: Tuna fish with tomatoes, cucumbers and pepper with a handful of almonds
Work Snack: Banana
(I have to admit, I did start to get hungry again between lunch and dinner, so I ate dinner a little earlier than normal to settle the hunger pangs. Also, tomorrow I’m also going to bring an extra serving of Kiwi to work for a late snack in case I start to feel another headache coming on.)
Exercise: (Confession: I am not a gym rat and I need serious motivation to do any sort of workout!) Today’s workout – although it may seem like the bare minimum – was actually a big step in the right direction for me!
*30 minute power walk
*50 (girl-style) push-ups
Ready for Day 2!!!