Two weeks ago I started my five-day clean eating challenge with my running friend Beth. My goal – to simply clean up my sloppy eating habits I’d slipped back into during the cold winter months.
Our grocery list suggestions had us shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. We stayed away from processed foods, added sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and made sure we stayed well hydrated with delicious plain water. It was just what I needed for a spring reset to my less than stellar winter eating habits I’d allowed myself to slip into the last two months.
Bill loved that I made us a hot breakfast each morning. We had either scrambled eggs or hard boiled eggs each morning during the first five days, and I made steel cut oats that we topped with a little milk and strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries. It was a big change from my usual Fiber One bran cereal topped with fruit that I usually have.
A couple of days for lunch I made roll-ups with green leaf lettuce, turkey, and scallions. Sometimes I added tomatoes, cheese, and bell pepper strips. Other days I had a banana with freshly ground peanut butter, yogurt, and raw veggies (this is a typical lunch for me most days, anyway).
The first night I made tilapia with blackened redfish seasoning. We liked it so much that I made it again last week.
In the meal pictured below, I overcooked the chicken. Seriously, who overcooks food in a slow cooker? The recipe said to cook for six hours so I set my Crock Pot to 6-hours. I should have set it to 10-hours (lowest setting), and left it for six hours. The flavor was good, but it was dry. I’ll try the recipe again with the changes I mention, and check it periodically while cooking.
During the weekend and week after the challenge I have tried to continue to make good choice with my eating, AND eat things that I enjoy. I will not go on an eating plan that contains things I don’t like and denies me the opportunity to eat things I love, even if only occasionally. I’ve mentioned before that my strategy toward life is to eat well most of the time, so I can thoroughly enjoy myself some of the time, and without guilt.
While traveling to Mom’s house I stopped at Panera and had their chicken avocado salad. For fast food, it seems like a good choice. There’s a Panera that located conveniently right off the interstate about a third of the way to Mom’s house. I stopped to stretch my legs and catch up on a little blog reading while having lunch. It was lovely.
- What is one food that your family always makes when together?
- What is your most decadent food temptation?
- Who raced this weekend?