Ugh...the Hubby and I started 30 days of clean eating last week. Neither of us needs to lose much weight, but we pretty much eat like crap all the time. We love good food and trying new restaurants. His weakness is salty foods and mine is sugar. Like, I could eat a brownie sundae every day for the rest of my life and be sooo happy. We have eaten about 95% organic for about 6 years now. However, organic sugar and butter pack the same amount of calories and fat as non organic sugar and butter. Anyway, it pretty much all boils down to the fact that my brother is getting married in a month and I bought a dress that's a tid bit tight and would really like to wear it comfortably. Plus, I need to quit depending on sugar so much and form better eating habits.
So, I went to 3 different grocery stores last week and dropped about $300 on organic lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Plus everything I needed for smoothies, because I need my sweet fix everyday. The first morning I looked in our cram packed refrigerator and thought to myself that I had nothing to eat and was going to starve on this diet. First world problems. I ended up making some eggs and a smoothie for breakfast and within an hour was STARVING. I mean, my body is use to bagels and PB&J's and banana bread for breakfast. It was in no carb shock. I crammed my face full of carrots and salad and fruit and nuts all day....and I was still in starvation mode. Day 2 went a little better. I slowly started realizing what my body needed and when. Finding the right balance of protein and grains along with fruits and veggies is a science I tell ya.
Day 3 I was craving mexican food, because that usually takes up about 50% of my normal diet. So, I went to Chipotle for lunch and got a bowl loaded with chicken and guacamole, along with all the other healthy stuff. It melted in my mouth. By day 4 I realized a few things about eating clean. First thing was that I was sleeping like a rock without any melatonin help. Second, the first week of clean eating will clean you out, no additional fiber needed. Third, I had a ton of energy and didn't hit my afternoon 'Oh crap, I have to have some sugar and some caffeine and I wish I could take a cat nap so I can get through the rest of this day' mode.
After 7 days I weighed and lost 5 pounds exactly. I even cheated a little and had a couple of glasses of wine...and a few non fat lattes. Don't judge. So, needless to say, all those clean eating freaks aren't all that crazy. I think I may forever be one of them! I will keep you posted. Off to make my kale smoothie.