Well, I made it through my first day of detox and I feel pretty good. Of course, it's only been one day. Still a way to go - but at least the first day was completed with good progress...although it wasn't perfect. I know what you're thinking, I couldn't even make it through on day of detox without cheating? While that's true - take a look at how I cheated before making rash assumptions, m'kay?
For breakfast yesterday, I had 3/4 cup of Kashi Go Lean Toasted Berry Crumble cereal and 1 cup of whole milk. I LOVE the Kashi cereal. It tastes yummy, and I know what every ingredient is in it. There's no artificial or processed stuff or sugar...so it works for me.
In between breakfast and lunch I had 8ozs of Acai Pomegranate 100% juice. Non sweetened. It was my first time trying this brand. It had a great mixture of tartness and sweetness that made it very refreshing.
Lunch was where I cheated. If you want to call it that. I had two poached eggs and two slices of Sara Lee Multi-Grain 45 calorie bread. I cheated because I'd sworn off bread for the entire week. I wouldn't have eaten it, though, if it wasn't multi-grain. I wasn't supposed to eat it - but there were MUCH worse things I could have eaten. I bought a new microwavable egg poacher on Saturday, and I wanted to try it out. It works really well, but that will be the last time I eat bread for the rest of the week.
I cheated again at dinner. I know, not a great start for my very first day at a strict detox plan, but again in terms of "cheating" it was hardly pizza. Hubby has recruited Peanut to start learning how to cook. A couple times a month, she is going to get to pick any recipe she likes to make with Hubby's guidance. Well, for her first time cooking she went straight to my Better Homes Healthy Choice cook book. Gotta love her for that! She picked out Fajita Salad bowls. I had to go to Wal-Mart and pick up some more detox food, so I did that while she stayed home with Hubby to cook.
When I got home, I was greeted by this...
She made every part of it, and Hubby just chopped up the veggies. She baked whole wheat tortillas to make the bowls, and then filled the bowls with fajita meat, peppers, salad greens, tomato, onion, fat-free sour cream, natural guacamole, and shredded cheese. One bowl only has around 280 calories!! I ate two for dinner, and ate less than 600 calories. Again, as cheating goes - I ate the whole wheat tortillas. But, I wasn't missing out on my daughter's first homemade meal - especially when she went to the trouble of finding something healthy to prepare.
The tortilla bowls were absolutely delicious! They had the same feel as the fried bowls you can find on other taco salads - minus the greasy, dipped in fat taste. All of the ingredients were fresh. It was my first time eating natural guacamole. I have a feeling it's going to be one of my new favorite foods! I've only ever eaten the commercial dip kind that's full of all kinds of unknown ingredients, the natural kind was so much better. The fajita meat was lean cut sirloin. So, all in all, my daughter did a FANTASTIC job with her first cooking project.
Want to hear how many calories I consumed for my first day? Drum roll, please..... My total caloric intake for yesterday was a whopping 1258. That's 212 calories under my limit! I did go over by 1 on my fat intake and 18 on my protein intake. It's weird to see me go over my protein intake - it's almost always carbs that I go over with.
All in all, I consider the day a fantastic success.
When I went out to buy additional detox food, I didn't get a single urge to buy anything that wasn't on my detox food list. And I was starting to get hungry when I went, too. I had already bought tons of salad stuff the day before, but I needed more steamed veggies and snack foods. I picked up about a gazillion bags of different forms of steamable veggies. I picked up pears, apples, and baby carrots. I also got some natural hummus to eat with the carrots. And I got a bag of dry roasted, unsalted almonds. Those will serve as a snack, maybe, sometime during the week. I don't want to eat too many nuts while on my detox - but I figure unsalted almonds is the way to go if I do decide to eat some.
I must say that it was kinda exciting to think about how I'll be eating this week. For some reason, the clean, almost vegetarian eating plan I have for myself gives me a lot of hope. I don't feel scared. I don't feel like I'll be depriving myself of anything. Actually, I believe my body is going to love the shock to the system of nothing but this way of eating for a week.
Of course, being at work will be the true test. There's no doubt that this is going to be one crazy, hectic week being that it's the week before spring break. I'm going to need all my strength to avoid any sweet treats or comfort foods that may get in my line of vision over the next 5 days. I'm strong, though, and I'm determined to make it through.
Till next time. ;)