This is the end! I completed my 5-day clean eating challenge last week (I’m just a little late with my wrap-up post!)
I’ll start with a recap of my meal plan and then dive in to the takeaway from this experience.
Morning: A Boathouse Farms Daily Greens and Fruit Juice.
Lunch: Southwest Spinach Salad with Chicken
Snack: Almonds, string cheese, kiwi
Dinner Out: (DATE NIGHT!) Veggie Fajitas at a Mexican restaurant
My goal for this week was pretty simple: eat strictly clean, real food for 5 days straight (and hopefully feel better!)
It was a rough road at the beginning. If you’ve been following along, the week started out with intense headaches and nausea, which is out of the ordinary for me so I can only attribute it to the fact that I cut processed sugar, bread and caffeine all at once, cold turkey. In general, I consider myself a healthy eater, so I was shocked by how severely I felt the withdrawal symptoms. I knew I had a problem with eating every sugary treat I could get my hands on, but I didn’t realize how much my eating habits actually revolved around coffee, bread and processed sugar. It was a wake-up call.
I can honestly say though, that I was happy to endure the throbbing in my head because I knew I was making a change for the better.
I’m nearly a week removed from this challenge, and I’m determined to keep up many of the good habits that I’ve developed.
- I’m looking for more clean foods at the grocery store
- I’m back in the habit of food prepping so I have healthier meals to take to work instead of scrounging for something fast that probably isn’t the best choice.
- I’m cutting out processed sugar for the rest of Lent (This will be the year I make it all 40 days!)
- I’m reintroducing coffee and bread, but in moderation.
- I’m managing expectations. I can’t say that in the future I won’t fall off the wagon completely, but if I do, I have the success of one clean eating challenge under my belt. I know now that I’m capable, and I can do it again!