- 1 grapefruit topped with 1/4 cup Straus Family Creamery Organic Yogurt
- 1 packet organic oatmeal sprinkled with 1 tsp raw turbinado sugar
- Mixed green salad with persian cucumbers, mini heirloom tomatoes, 2 tbsp feta cheese and 2 tbsps Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2 tbsp eggplant hummus
- 15 Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers (it’s becoming clear what I have in my snack drawer at work)
- 15 raw organic almonds
- 1 donut peach
- Trader Joe’s roasted vegetable enchiladas (enchiladas don’t sound healthy but this version from TJ’s is really good for you. Not fried, low in fat, lots of veggies, little to no cheese)
- 1/2 c Greek yogurt with honey
- small bowl frozen blueberries
I have to say, I feel really frickin’ awesome. I’ve only been doing this for 3 days but I got on the scale today and I lost 1 pound in 3 days. The point of this diet isn’t really about weight loss, it’s about athletic performance, but weighing less will help me run more efficiently (and faster) so I can’t complain about the outcome.
There is a withdrawal period though. French fries, waffles, ice cream, mac & cheese, beer. It’s like a bad relationship. You end it because you know it’s not healthy for you, but you can’t just wake up the next day and forget all that passion. The memories (and cravings) linger for a little while. You try to stay strong, knowing that time heals all wounds and the cravings will eventually fade. It’s a very strange sensation to not be hungry, but to “want” food. Eating a super healthy diet has given me tons of energy in just a few short days. I do not feel weak. I do not feel hungry. I feel like I could, well, run a half marathon. But I still “want” bad food. This just makes me realize how dysfunctional my relationship to food has always been. Historically, when I am hungry I just eat what I want or whatever is around even if it’s unhealthy. Then I feel full so I go about my merry way. I’ve fed my stomach and the beast in my head that feeds on crap. Now, I’m hungry so I go out of my way to make special arrangements to eat something supergirl-worthy. I’m full, but it’s harder to go about my merry way. I have not satisfied that evil beast so of course it’s still there no matter how full my stomach is. It’s not about my stomach. To me, this gives scientific proof that there is absolutely no healthy or justifiable reason to eat crap. Your body (which is really the most important thing you own) will NEVER thank you because it’s not your body that you’re feeding when you eat that junk, it’s your addiction. It’s the demonic part of your brain that did not keep up with how rapidly we evolved. Fat and grease taste AWESOME because they last a long time in your body (and on your thighs) and if you’re going to be stuck in a cave for 3 days until that sabertooth tiger finally goes away, you need some extra calories stored up. Get with the program evolution! Now fat costs 99 cents and you can buy it on every street corner in America. Make it taste bad already. I’d like the experience of eating ice cream and the experience of eating beets to swap places.
Is it wrong to splurge every once in a while? Well, that depends on you. Some people can have a drink every now and then or a cigarette once every 6 months, and others can’t take a sip without drinking a bottle or a puff without taking the pack. You have to figure out what kind of junkie you are.
I’ve been feeding my addiction and in the process polluting my body. I won’t go so far to say “my body is a temple” but it is my most important piece of real estate. Glad I’m getting to some renovations on this old fixer upper.