This week has been infinitely more difficult than I expected. I’ve done “clean eating” weeks before with no trouble, but this… it’s a whole new realm. I’ve had zero energy, zero appetite, and awful stomach pain. From my research it seems this is normal for a select few of us. Go figure.
I did the best I could with what I had. No rules were broken so I’m still on track and plan to continue despite the current misery. Hopefully next week will be better.
A few notes about my food log: I didn’t record snacks because, honestly, taking pictures of everything gets old. I never had more than 1 snack a day. Though I felt hungry at times, I had little desire to eat after the first two days. Snacks included cashews and almonds, Larabars, and apples.
Also, I didn’t finish the majority of these meals. I got full quickly and didn’t feel like finishing. This is entirely new territory for me because being full hasn’t always stopped me. Luckily, I have a garbage disposal that never breaks down!
Without further ado, I present my food log. Links are included for recipes and products I enjoyed.
Day 1: Breakfast – fried eggs on spinach with mashed sweet potatoes. Lunch – chicken burger with spinach, spicy mustard, and pickles, steamed broccoli, and applesauce. Dinner – sirloin roast with potatoes and carrots.
Sweet cravings – high. Heartburn – mild during workout. Energy – burned out by 8pm (didn’t sleep well the previous night).
Day 2: Breakfast – (Fail: It was supposed to be sweet potatoes, spinach, and eggs baked in a ramekin but I didn’t realize how long that would take.) Sweet potatoes, Larabar, and almond butter . Lunch – sirloin roast with potatoes and carrots, and applesauce. Dinner – roasted sausage with gold potatoes and sweet peppers (I could eat this 3 meals a day and be perfectly happy).
Sweet cravings – high. Heartburn – none. Energy – average.
Day 3: Breakfast – fried eggs on spinach with mashed sweet potatoes. Lunch – roasted sausage with gold potatoes and sweet peppers and applesauce. Dinner – roasted sausage with gold potatoes and sweet peppers.
Sweet cravings – high. Heartburn – from about 9 pm until I went to bed. Energy – horrible even though I got 7 hours of sleep. I was tired all day long and barely talked myself into doing my workout.
Day 4: Breakfast – (please forgive the partially eaten photo) hard-boiled eggs on spinach with cracked pepper dressing and mashed sweet potatoes. Lunch – roasted sausage with gold potatoes and sweet peppers, and applesauce. Dinner – baked salmon (topped with garlic spread) with charred broccoli and potatoes with bbq sauce.
Sweet cravings – high (successfully avoided a Hershey kiss left on my desk). Heartburn – none. Energy – so tired that I could barely function at times.
Day 5: Breakfast – Salad with hard-boiled eggs, carrots, sweet peppers, and cracked pepper dressing. Lunch – hot dogs with ketchup, carrots, sweet peppers, hard-boiled egg, pickles, and applesauce. Dinner – baked salmon (topped with garlic spread) with charred broccoli and potatoes with bbq sauce.
Sweet cravings – high (really just craving all things junk). Heartburn – mild in the evening. Energy – still completely worn out.
Day 6: Breakfast – fried eggs on spinach with sweet peppers. Lunch – turkey, carrots, hard-boiled egg, pickles, and applesauce. Dinner – meatza with salsa, sweet peppers, and jalapeños.
Sweet cravings – mild (craving bread). Heartburn – none. Energy – still tired.
*Note – my workout was only 30 minutes and probably around 250 calories. I got distracted by some street racers (maybe?) roaring through my quiet neighborhood and forgot to hit stop. It happens. Also, I’ve been supremely irritable the last 2 days.
Day 7: Breakfast – hot dogs with broccoli. Lunch – spinach salad with turkey, sweet peppers, jalapeños, and southwest ranch dressing. Dinner – 2 small sweet potatoes with cinnamon (felt too horrible to eat and even turned down having dinner with some of my favorite people at my favorite restaurant, Stock and Barrel).
Sweet cravings – mild (voraciously wanting some bread). Heartburn – none. Energy – better but not quite back to my version of normal.