Alternate title: This post is dedicated to my mother who thinks maybe I didn't eat last week since I didn't post my meal plan. ;)
So, I'm three weeks in to my 8 week goal of eating clean. And I'm happy to report that I haven't cheated. :)
In all honesty, as long as I prepare and have accessible foods available, I don't really struggle. My toughest times are at the grocery store (the smells from the bakery are delectable!), anytime I pass a St@rbucks (I'm only human!), and when I'm not expecting to be faced with yummy temptations. I've gone to 2 birthday parties and 1 bridal shower and I did fine at all those places because I was expecting to be faced with sweets, etc. But we had cupcakes at church one night, and I was really struggling that night emotionally (although I *did* resist).
Someone asked me how I felt after this long of eating clean. I really thought I'd have all this amazing energy. And that's not really the case. But on the other hand, I've not been lethargic either. And I haven't felt sick or yucky at all after eating hardly at all since I started eating clean. Before this, I usually had some sort of gastro issues at least 5 out of 7 days a week. And I've only had issues maybe 3-4 times total in the last 3 weeks. So that's huge! I've also lost 4 pounds in the last 3 weeks. Weight loss wasn't my main goal in trying this, but it's an exciting side-benefit! :)
I try not to eat out much, but I have figured out ways to still eat clean when I DO eat out. And this past weekend, I ate out a LOT! At my favorite Mexican restaurant, I bypass the chips (I put my water glass in front of the basket so I don't accidentally mindlessly grab any chips), and I get their grilled tilapia with pico de gallo, guacamole and green salsa. It's delicious! And I've been eating Thai food a lot while out, because I can get my curry fix made with coconut milk (which is clean) and brown rice. YUM!
I'm late in making my meal plan for this week. The kids were off school yesterday and Don had a meeting at church last night, so I just had leftovers for dinner last night (which was a pork tenderloin I cooked in the crockpot with chipotle peppers and green chiles... it's delicious! (Thanks, Becky, for the idea!) I had it with brown rice, baby spinach and black beans with a little avocado sliced on top).
So, here's the plan for this week:
Tuesday: Pork Tenderloin cooked this way minus the glaze (it's my new favorite way to make tenderloin!) and roasted green beans/red potatoes
Wednesday: Eating at church
Thursday: Roasted turkey breast and roasted broccoli and/or cauliflower
Friday: Leftover turkey (it's 7 pounds, so we'll be eating on that for a while) and roasted vegetables
Saturday: Turkey/vegetable soup (I feel like we'll be sick of eating turkey by then)
Sunday: Leftovers (Don has a race that day, so it'll just be the kids and I)
Have a great week!