Today marks day six. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this for nearly a week.
I’m feeling really good. Not starving. Not even hungry. Not tired. Not angry. I can honestly say that while this challenge has certainly been more work than just eating what I please, it hasn’t really been much of a challenge at all.
My eats have been pretty boring, partially because I’ve been busy, and partially because I haven’t been craving much of anything.
According to the plan, someone in my weight range should have 8 egg whites + 1/2 cup complex carbs + 1 cup vegetables for breakfast. I don’t love egg whites and this is a LOT of food. I also don’t have a huge appetite in the morning so this was really tough for me to tackle two days in a row.
On day 3, I made the switch to Meal Replacement Shakes for breakfast. I have the chocolate mocha flavor and it’s fab. This has been the ideal breakfast for me. This particular shake looks a little pink because our ice machine decided to take a break for a day and we were out of ice cubes. I like my shakes ice cold so I threw a couple frozen strawberries in before throwing my mason jar on the blender to get my icy, smooth breakfast shake.
Most of my snacks have been the same. A small fruit + 1/4 cup healthy fat is suggested so I’ve been going with small, organic, Gala apple. I found a bag of these little guys at Trader Joe’s and I just love ’em. See, soooo tiny!
I’m usually content with one of these apples and a handful of raw, unsalted pistachios for my snack, but every once in a while I’ve been cutting up the apple, sprinkling it with cinnamon and drizzling it with a little unsalted, natural peanut butter.
I don’t see myself getting sick of this anytime soon.
Lunch and dinner have been pretty redundant too. Lean protein in the form of grilled chicken or canned (rinsed) tuna + 1 cup of vegetables + 1/2 cup complex carb. I usually only go with the carb at lunch or dinner, not both.
I know these meals don’t look big or filling, but I assure you, with the supplements I’m taking*, the loads of water I’m drinking, and the consistency of eating every 2-3 hours, I am more than fulfilled by these small meals.
I kid you not when I say that over the past six days I have not craved or desired much of anything. Sure, I’ve been tempted by goodies in front of me and I even cheated a little bit in Chicago over the weekend (more on that tomorrow), but it was all because I chose to. I know that I’ll only get out of this what I put into it, and luckily, following the plan is keeping my cravings at bay.
*The days I take each supplement change throughout the plan, but here’s the lowdown on what I’m taking.
The Three-Part Herbal Cleanse helps rid the body of toxins and waste:
1. Fiber Drink- scrubs the intestinal tract, taken first thing in the morning.
2. Herbal Cleanse Tablets- cleanses impurities & toxins from the liver, kidneys & blood, taken just before bed.
3. ProBiotic Restore- strengthens immune & digestive systems to help maintain normal, healthy bacteria, taken first thing in the morning.
OmegaPlex– helps promote & boost a healthy metabolism, assists with transporation of nutrients to essential organs, taken with breakfast and dinner.
Meal Replacement Shake– 220 calories, contain 50% DV of calcium, high in dietary fiber and protein, delicious replacement for breakfast or lunch.
And last, but certainly not least, SPARK! This stuff is awesome. I’m not allowed to drink coffee or soda, so Spark has been my go-to when I need a little pick-me-up. Similar to Emergen-C, Spark is full of vitamins and minerals to help sharpen mental focus and alertness. I’ve been having a Spark or two each day as needed. I have both the mandarin orange and fruit punch flavors, both of which are super tasty. On cold days like we’ve been having, I prefer it mixed with piping hot water, but it’s great cold too.
Just four more days of the cleanse, and then I’m on to the Max Phase of my 24 Day Challenge. My supplements will change and I’ll have a bit more freedom with my food choices.
I’m loving this challenge so far. It feels great to make healthy choices and say no to things I shouldn’t have. Despite fighting a cold for the past few days, I haven’t really felt too run down or exhausted at any point. Maybe it’s just a mild cold, or maybe it has something to do with the Spark, tons of water, and nutrient-rich foods I’m eating. Your guess is as good as mine, but I don’t think the extra vitamins and nutrients I’m taking in are hurting.
This week I hope to use a bit more creativity in my meals, and add some more exercise to optimize my results.
Stay tuned! 🙂