I almost failed today. More accurately, I totally failed to plan dinner tonight. This was a challenge due to many considerations:
- I can’t eat meat today. (It’s still Lent for one more week, y’all.)
- Sandwiches or and the like are out too. (Because I chose to give up bread for Lent, by far my toughest Lenten pledge EVER. Yes, tougher than the year I gave up booze.)
- I’m on Day 12 of the 24 Day Challenge. (This means I should be avoiding fried foods, added sugars and sodium, and creamy sauces.)
It’s not terribly difficult to follow the challenge’s suggestion for a healthy protein, complex carb and fruit/veggie at each meal when one cooks at home or plans meals ahead. It would have been pretty easy to give in and just pick up an “easy” option that didn’t follow my three stipulations. But, I already had a little hurdle yesterday with a work lunch featuring really limited menu options … which resulted in me eating a little non-whole wheat spaghetti for the sake of having SOME carbs and being polite 🙂
After searching Yelp and Foursquare for ideas and coming up pretty empty, I remembered I live near a Whole Foods. Surely, I could cobble something together here.
And I did! The Sweet Chili Grilled Tofu was tasty (flavor makes all the difference with tofu), as were the Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and Kale Slaw. Plus, I have enough left for lunch on Sunday pre-personal training.
Estimated 354 calories for the meal and cost about $7.50 ($15 total). Not bad for a “night out!”
So I have made it to Day 10 of the 24 Day Challenge. I’ve had a lot of friends asking if I can eat. YES! In fact, I think I am eating quite a bit more, at least for breakfast than usual.
The challenge focuses on clean eating…here’s a link to the diet guidelines. I’m in the cleanse phase, so that means I am taking some probiotic and fish oil vitamins (in addition to my daily multi). Some days I have a fiber drink. With 10 grams of fiber, it really fills me up!
As you can see, there’s a big emphasis on hydration. Most days, I’ve consumed 80 oz. of water, but I’m not perfect. The days I do, I feel and look better.
On page 10 of the guidelines are suggested foods. Basically, each meal is a healthy protein, complex carb and a fruit or veggie. Most restaurants can accommodate this, but of course it is easier to prep my own food (though that is some work!). I also threw in a few My Fit Foods meals this week to help with a busy schedule and menu variety.
Tomorrow I move to the Max Phase. I plan to get back to the gym tonight and keep that part up for the remaining days so I can continue to see progress and feel healthier 🙂
Quinoa for breakfast! In my quest for non-bread complex carbs in the morning (less than 2 weeks left of my Lenten pledge!), I tried this recipe for apple cinnamon quinoa. Think of it as a crunchier oatmeal 🙂
PS…today is Challenge Day 7 and I am down 4.7 pounds!
Tonight’s dinner: wheat penne pasta with ground turkey, red bell pepper, mushrooms and a creamy cheesy sauce. The sauce was actually low in sodium sugar (rare for a jar sauce) so I splurged.
Had a side salad with balsamic vinegarette so the whole meal was just under 700 calories. Not bad for pasta and the day’s biggest meal.
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