Clean Eating Challenge: Day 1

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.

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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

 Dinner: Portobello mushroom, red pepper, quinoa and spinach bowl with lemon vinaigrette dressing.

(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
*100 crunches
*100 squats
*50 (girl-style) push-ups

 

Ready for Day 2!!!

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