Clean Eating Challenge: Week 2

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Clean Eating Challenge week two! The second full week of my clean eating trial!This week I relied less on recipes, and more on batch cooking and being able to mix and match.

Day 8:

One thing I’ve always known, is that I don’t like to eat first thing in the morning, and now that I’m paying more attention to what I’m eating, this has become very apparent. If I don’t have to be somewhere in the morning, I don’t eat right away. Like today, I work at night, so I woke up around 8 am, made my coffee, and puttered around for a couple of hours. I checked my social media, listened to a podcast, emptied my email, watched some baby goat videos, and by the time I was hungry, it was about 11 am. So I just had my lunch. It was so good too! I made beef barley soup (one of my favorites) with the barley from last week and the leftover steak from the night before. I threw some carrots and celery in with my broth to cook a little, and added the barley, and cut the steak into little cubes. It was hearty and filling, which was nice because it was so cold and snowy! For my dinner, I took some celery sticks and peanut butter in a little to go container with my dried sour cherries. Work was busy, so I wouldn’t have had much time to eat anything more anyway. Only one more day until my day off.

Day 9:

Tuesdays are weird. I don’t go in to work until noon, and I only stay until 4. It’s like this odd little half day, so I don’t bother to pack anything but an orange. Breakfast was the good old standby of scrambled eggs and my life-giving coffee. I’m starting to get used to not having it sweet, and its easier if it’s iced. (Iced coffee is delicious year round, I don’t care what the weather is like) For dinner, I made chicken with some roasted veggies, simple but filling. I’m starting to get tired of cooking every meal myself. Maybe it wouldn’t feel like so much work if I didn’t cook for a living. I made myself a cup of tea for after dinner sipping, which was a nice way to relax. Tomorrow is my day off, so I’m doing my laundry and dishes tonight, so I can have a truly lazy day tomorrow.

Day 10:

Today I get to hang out in my jammies and sip my coffee all morning. Sometime around 10 am, I fix myself a scramble with leftover potatoes and broccoli. It’s a good thing I really like eggs. A little later in the afternoon, I fix myself some carrot stick and hummus. Seriously, I didn’t realize how much hummus I made last week. It’s delicious, but it’s never-ending. I’m not feeling super ambitious tonight, so I pulled a bunch of leftovers out of the fridge for dinner. That means chicken and assorted roasted veggies. I’m really missing pasta right now. And sandwiches. I’ll be glad when I can make bread again. I got a bar of really nice 73% cacao dark chocolate to have a piece of every now and then. And really, this kind of dark unsweetened chocolate is more sour than bitter. You really can feel satisfied on a small piece.

Day 11:

I work in the morning, so I make myself eat a little breakfast, an orange and a bulletproof coffee (black coffee blended with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of good butter), not the best breakfast, I know, but its filling and gets me through the morning. For lunch I pack a kiwi that I sliced, a bag of almonds, and two baby bel natural cheeses. I know I probably won’t have time to eat more than that anyway. When I get home I have half an apple and some peanut butter plus a cup of coffee, because it just sounded so good. For dinner I made chicken and broccoli. I got these bags of broccoli at Trader Joe’s, that you can cook right in the bag. They come out of the microwave perfectly steamed, just a little crisp and not at all mushy. And the flavor of the broccoli doesn’t get washed out in the microwave. It comes in organic and regular varieties. I got the regular and its delicious. I bought two bags this week, and tossed one in the freezer to see how it does. I haven’t checked on it yet. I also got some Himalayan Pink Salt at Costco, $3.99 for a big grinder, which is a crazy good price, and this salt really does taste amazing. It’s not as “salty” so to speak, but it has a more complex flavor. I’m not sure how else to describe it but it’s fab. I’ve been putting it on everything all week.

Day 12:

Today’s late breakfast is sweet potato hash! Still a favorite of mine. Today I felt really off, though, like I was forgetting something all day long. Veggies and hummus for a snack before work, for which I forgot to pack a dinner. Whoops. Fortunately we have salad, so I made a salad at work. I heated some chicken in the oven, and tossed diced onion, tomato and jalapenos in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a little salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and then tossed that with some romaine and my hot chicken, for a wilted salad. It was surprisingly good considering the fact that I severely dislike romaine lettuce.

Day 13:

I had an appointment this morning, so I just had coffee for breakfast, and made eggs when I got home. Late lunch/ snack was a smoothie, made with frozen, unsweetened berries, some plain Greek yogurt, almond milk, and almond butter. It’s supposed to have pomegranate seeds too, but I forgot to buy one this week. For dinner I’m taking chicken lettuce wraps! I got these beautiful multi colored carrots at Trader Joe’s. They come in orange, white and purple, and the purple ones are yellow inside! I shredded up some of these and some cucumber, which I tossed with some oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and cilantro to have on my wraps. Oo so good. Almost as good as real tacos.

 

Day 14:

Today is apparently Superbowl Sunday, so I know work is going to be crazy. I was determined to have a good breakfast, so I made sweet potato hash with spinach and eggs. Again. I don’t even care. Its one of my faves. I’m glad I did, because I didn’t have time to eat at work. I even brought apple slices and peanut butter, which I ate in my car on the way home. Since I made it two weeks (!) I decided to have something I really wanted for dinner. Well, sort of. I have had a hankering for fried chicken all week, so I decided to try a recipe I’ve looked at before. It’s oven “fried” chicken strips with almond meal instead of bread crumbs. Basically its a gluten friendly version of chicken fingers where you pat dry your chicken instead of flouring it, dunk it in egg and toss it in almond meal. I went ahead and seasoned my eggs and my almond, just for a little extra flavor. You know what? They were pretty good, and didn’t really taste like almond. It reminded me of when I was living with my parents and we did the Atkins diet, and you use weird things to bread your fried foods, like crushed pork rinds. These weren’t nearly as greasy, but they had a nice crunchy shell to them. Not quite crispy like bread crumbs, but a good crust. And even though the “breading” was kinda dry, the chicken breast pieces I used were super moist and juicy! I’m calling this a win.

This week has been tough, but I feel great!

 


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  1. CandIce Armstrong
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    So exciting that after two weeks of eating clean, you feel great! I don’t know what I would do without my sugar and cream laden coffee. Everyone who knows me knows I like a little coffee with my sugar and cream. Kudos to you, Colleen. Keep up the good work.

    • Colleen

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      Hahaha thank you! I do miss my sweet coffee… definitely something I’ll go back to when I’m done, But I still do cream in my coffee, that’s something I couldn’t shake.

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