That’s kind of how I approached the whole first week of my “no junk food” fast (for lack of a better word). I had to rethink how I ate breakfast (which was usually a gluten free, chocolate chip muffin with a cup of tea), how I snacked, and how to beat my post meal dessert cravings.
Strangely, I didn’t have as much issue giving up soda this time around. I think it’s because I added a little “True Lemon” to my water (not the lemonade, but the crystallized lemon packets) when I started to get sick of plain water.
So here’s what a typical day looked like last week for me.
- 6:00 a.m. Breakfast – 2 egg and asparagus omelette, oatmeal with half a banana, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds. (For my 21 Day Fixers, the containers worked out to: 1 red , 1/2 green, 1 yellow, 1 purple, and 1/2 blue)
- 9:00 a.m. Snack – 2 thin slices of Boar’s Head roasted turkey and 1 ultra thin slice Sargento Swiss Cheese (I think that’s roughly 1/2 red and 1/2 blue; because all three together barely hit 2 oz. But please do your own measuring to make it work for you!)
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch – This delicious healthy chicken curry recipe by FitMenCook.com, and a green container of blanched grean beens. I don’t really know how it breaks down in containers, but I just counted it as 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 green. As a side note, if you’re looking for healthy recreations of your favorite meals, or healthy meal prep period, please check out his site. It’s one of my favorites. (And he has no idea who I am, so I haven’t been asked to endorse his site or anything.)
- 3:00 p.m. Snack – 1/2 banana and 10 whole, raw almonds (1 purple, 1 blue)
- 6:00 p.m. Dinner – dinner varied, of course. One night, we had chili. Another, we had a zesty chicken and rice dish from my Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook. Delicious. So I generally used up what was left of my tallied containers for the day at dinner.
A couple of things I did that I think helped me not crave junk was:
- I had veggies at each meal.
- I tried to have carbs at each meal. Real carbs. Not cookie carbs.
- I spaced my food intake out evenly.
- I drank enough water (with some tea mixed in)
Now in the interest of full disclosure, I did have an accidental failure this week. My British Husband likes the fried cod that Cracker Barrel serves on Fridays, so that’s where we ate dinner. Cracker Barrel also sells my favorite maple sugar candy and my wonderful hubby bought me some. Without even thinking that it was “candy” I tore open the box and ate one. Then had my “oops” moment. So, the rest of it is stored safely away until Labor Day.
Now here are a few things I noticed this week.
- I wasn’t spending $5 per day on 48oz of soda (yikes) and two vending machine runs.
- By the end of the week, my skin cleared up a little bit.
- I actually have a little more energy.
- I sleep a tad bit better.
I can’t wait to see how I feel at the end of this next week. And not spending $25 per week on complete junk means my favorite shake is more than paid for next month!
All right, Friends. I’ll quit rambling on now. But as always, feel free to share what you’re doing with your food! I love recipes and tips. So don’t be shy. Post your thoughts here or on our Facebook page. And we’ll see you next week!