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Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

This morning, we rallied our motivation and got to the gym first thing. Recently it’s been tough to get up at 5:15 AM like we typically do, so that we can get to the gym before Ryan has to go to work. I really like getting my workout done in the morning. Then you just feel awesome for the rest of the day.

I used to have a protein shake in the morning before I workout, but it always seemed to feel like a rock in my stomach, or a gallon of liquid, so I don’t have anything besides water when I work out this early. I know there are all sorts of opinions regarding pre/post workout nutrition, but since I am not competing, my philosophy is that I get a better workout when I don’t eat beforehand, versus if I ate beforehad and had tummy issues/cramps, so I’m cool with it.

Breakfast

I was so excited today for breakfast because I have really been wanting an egg. My previous doctor had me avoiding them because he thought I might have an allergy to the whites, but my new doc tested me for an egg allergy and I am all clear. Woohoo. He said to buy the new Zealand kind because they are the best. I am not sure exactly why yet. I didn’t get a chance to ask. I am guessing because they are the most humane/cleanest, but I need to do a little reasearch.

Today’s b-fast consisted of:

1/2 cup (40g) Trader Joe’s multi-grain hot cereal mix…

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

…1/4 banana mixed in and cooked with the oatmeal, 1/4 banana on top (I like the sweetness the banana adds to the oats when it cooks, but I also like it on top), cinnamon, stevia, and a drizzle of maple syrup… like an 1/8 of a tsp. A little goes a long way.

One egg, pan fried in a little cooking spray.

Snickerdoodle flavored coffee with milk and stevia.

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

After breakfast, I worked for a while, then I took a break to eat some lunch and make this… Elf Yourself It’s me, my Mom, my sisters, and Ryan. Funniest thing ever. I like Ryan’s face the best.

Lunch

For lunch I threw together a salad:

  • spinach plus spring mix
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • red peppers
  • leftover lamb tenderloin, heated
  • leftover acorn squash, heated
  • Creamy Bolthouse Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

I really like this dressing, it’s one of my favorites when it comes to low-fat ranch options, although to be honest I really like making my own dressings the best. This was a HUGE salad… this is a large dinner plate, to give you an idea of size.

And… then I worked some more, then…

Sometimes when I am writing these journals, I feel like I am this Common Squirrel from Twitter.

work, work, work work, work…. eat… work, work, work… run… eat…. work…

Haha. Sometimes on Twitter I see updates from this little guy and it always brightens my day.

Snack

For a snack, I had a 1/2 cup of full-fat Fage Greek yogurt and a small pear.

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

This was my first time having full-fat Greek yogurt and wow was it filling. It has more fat and more calories (obviously) so I can understand, but I guess I didn’t expect it to be THAT filling. I have switched over to full-fat dairy and eating whole eggs rather than egg whites because the alternative doctor that I am seeing suggested it, as he thinks my body needs the fats. So, I’ve reduced my portion sizes to fit my caloric needs. I probably could have even gone with less than 1/2 a cup for this snack.

A little later I walked to the gym because I needed to get some reading done. Funny, I know, but sometimes I feel like I would rather be walking at 3.5 on the treadmill then laying down, getting sleepy as I read. I also walked to the Post Office, since it is on my way.

Dinner

For dinner I made baked Mahi Mahi with a side of baked sweet potatoes and asparagus. Fish… is not my specialty yet. I’ve made a few good dishes (Parmesan and Cashew Crusted Barramundi) but for the most part fish tastes fishy to me… Ryan said he thought it was good, but I could taste the fishiness of it. I prefer fish in a restaurant, like Cedar Plank Salmon or sushi… The only time I can get fish to taste good is if I “bread” it with something like nuts, wheat germ, coconut, etc.

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

Dessert = the usual (vanilla protein powder plus almond butter). Here is a little before (on the right) and after (left), once you add water.

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

Also, I made hazelnut butter in my food processor for the first time. It’s not really buttery tho…

Day 10 | Clean Eating Challenge

We just used the nuts and a little sea salt. Still tastes good, just a little dry. Any tips?

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VeggieGirl December 10, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Ahhh sweet potatoes – a daily staple of mine :)

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Sheila December 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM

They are great aren’t they? Kinda sweet yet buttery…

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VeggieGirl December 10, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I eat them either with guacamole or with cinnamon & coconut butter. Divine.

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Sheila December 10, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Yum! I would have never thought of sweet potatoes + guacamole. Thanks Liz!

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Tracey December 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Thanks for answering my question regarding full fat dairy! I bet it was tasty! Nice to know as long as you work it into your macros you can have it!
BTW: Are you using Fitday ,or some other type of tracker?

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Sheila December 10, 2009 at 12:27 PM

You are welcome Tracey. Yep, I use Fitday to figure/track macros… not every single day, but more so when I change things up, just to get an idea of where I am at for the breakdown of my meal plans.

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Tracey December 10, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Thanks, was thinking about trying it out to see where my macros fall as well.
During your Clean Eating Challenge, do you have a set calorie or macro range your trying to hit?

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Sheila December 10, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I’ve been doing Val’s Action Hero Babe System so I’ve been keeping my nutrition right around maintenance/slight deficit, to maximize the results of the program. I am mostly using fitday right now to see how the change in my foods all fits together. More of a curiosity/understanding type reasoning.

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Katie December 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Hey lady -

Do you think doing full fat dairy will help you lose weight? Or make you more full?

I am so curious….I might do it.

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Sheila December 10, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Hi Katie – My goal in switching over to full-fat dairy isn’t for fat loss purposes, but for my overall health. My body goals have adjusted a bit (check out this post: My Body Goals | Disclaimer). Day 10 was my first day going full-fat, so I can only speak for this one day, but so far it seems to be keeping me more full, even as I adjust my portion sizes (to smaller sizes to allow for the increase in cals). This is new territory for me as well, so I am learning as I go. In terms of fat loss, it’s more so a matter of burning more calories than you take in through activity (not overdoing the intense exercise, but rather movement throughout the day in general) and watching portion sizes. That is what has worked best for me in my fat loss journey, and in maintaining where I am at now.

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Tracey December 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Thanks for sharing Shelia!
I’ve taken up Crossfit. It’s a full body work out each time, I love it! I think it’s important to really find a program/work out you enjoy. If you don’t mind me asking what is your daily calorie level?

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Sheila December 10, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Hey Tracey – It really varies quite a bit depending on the day, my activity level, etc so I don’t have a particular daily level that I stick to.

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