Another 21 Days: Eat Well

21DayChallengeButtonHAPPPPYYYYY NEEEWWW YEAR!!!! We're well into 2015 and I decided this was the year to "Just Do It". My motto came from my desire to truly live the life of my dream. I can't help but feel I've been doing a lot of talking but not much action. I've read a lot and studied a lot but again not much getting things done. I feel like in many ways my life is out of control and I need to start this year off in a way that gets this train back on track. So how do I hop into just doing it? A 21 day challenge of course! The word is that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. In 2014, I established some pretty great habits - breakfast daily, drinking enough water, green smoothies, prayer and meditation. So in 2015 I'd like to create habits that help get me from where I am to where I'm going.

I decided to start with something I know I can control - my eating habits. At the end of the day, even though it is difficult, I'm in total control of what goes into my body. I have the ability (and privilege) to decide what I eat. I've opted to start this year with a 21 day challenge I did in the past with a group of people and had great success. I heard about this challenge from the guru herself, Oprah. She did this cleanse and shared her journey with readers on her blog as well as her show.

So what's the plan? This plan focuses on a plant based diet and eliminating toxins in overly processed foods. For 21 days, the plan is not to eat meat/animal products (which would include eggs and diary), gluten, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. It seems overwhelming when you focus on what you can't have BUT when you look at what is allowed, the choices are plentiful. I've completed one week and have not had much drama at all. I did have a lot of headaches this week but because I'm a female and experienced my monthly visit from Aunt Flo during week one, I'm not sure what was the true source of those headaches. I'm so excited about what the next two weeks will bring up. It is my hope that by completing this challenge, I'll be better equipped to get my life train back on track!

WEEK ONE RECAP

MONDAY

Breakfast - steel cut oats with chia seeds and blackberries

Lunch - Burrito bowl at Chipolte with sofritas, veggies, black beans, brown rice, guac (no cheese or sour cream)

Evening Snack - Banana with all natural peanut butter

Dinner - Protein shake with hemp pro with fiber added (almond milk, fruit, power greens)

TUESDAY 

Breakfast - steel cut oats with chia seeds and blackberries

Lunch - Salad from Subway with veggie patty and veggies

Dinner - Ok this was a real test; at the last minute I got to go to a premiere and after party and while they had food, they didn't have anything on my plan; I didn't plan ahead well enough so went to bed VERY hungry only having some vegan popcorn that came in a gift bag to our office :( I do not recommend days like this! I woke up extremely hungry and with a severe headache.

WEDNESDAY

Due to the previous days experience, I was prepared. I took a more substantial evening meal for the day.

Breakfast - steel cut oats with chia seeds and blackberries

Lunch - chargrilled veggies with white rice and black beans

Linner (lol that between lunch and dinner meal) - the rest of the beans and rice and veggies I'd brought from home

Dinner - Protein shake with hemp pro with fiber added (almond milk, fruit, power greens)

THURSDAY

Breakfast - steel cut oats with chia seeds and blackberries

Lunch - Salad with spinach, arugula, tomato, cucumber, walnuts

Linner - the leftovers from Wednesday's lunch

Dinner - Protein shake with hemp pro with fiber added (almond milk, fruit, power greens)

FRIDAY

Breakfast - steel cut oats with chia seeds and blackberries

Lunch - Salad with baby kale, arugula, almonds and fennel; french fries (no ketchup though which has a surprising amount of sugar)

Linner - Rice and veggies from home; banana with peanut butter

Dinner - Protein shake with hemp pro with fiber added (almond milk, fruit, power greens)

SATURDAY

Breakfast - Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and cashews (no greek yogurt is not on plan but I had one plain container left and needed the protein boost before my workout)

Post Workout - Vegan protein and strawberries

Lunch - Sweet potato fries and kale salad

Dinner - Avocado and sweet potato tortilla chips

SUNDAY (today)  

Breakfast - 2 gluten free, whole grain waffles, Morning Star veggie patties, blueberries and blackberries

Lunch - sweet potato fries and kale salad

Linner and Dinner - cooked power greens in vegetable broth with brown rice and quinoa with garlic

 

At this point I'm feeling great about this decision. Life still seems pretty chaotic around me but I'm in control of what I'm ingesting. I survived the premiere - which had an open bar and dessert table by the way! Also our office got chocolate covered strawberries and ginger snap cookies this week! I made it and look forward to the next 14 days!