As I’ve stated in 2016 goals, I want to lose a few pounds, become healthier and just get in better shape overall. This week, I cut out all fast foods, SUGAR (more on this. omg.), junk food, all beverages except coffee and water, and most carbs. I’m trying out this new meal plan and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you guys. I know this blog is mostly a writing blog, but I do plan to include lifestyle posts here and there. Since this is directly correlated with my 2016 goals posts, I’d thought it’d be fun to share small updates.
Also, please note that I am NOT a food photographer and I promise most of this food tastes better than it looks! 🙂
Vegetable Raised Brown Egg Whites and Ezekiel Bread: This was the very first “healthy” meal of the year and it wasn’t bad, just dry. I wanted something on my toast, like jelly or butter, but I just used honey. Instead of salt, I used chipotle seasoning and pepper. After a few days I got really used to this meal and actually started to look forward to it.
Baked Chicken, Brown Rice, Broccoli: This is a pretty basic and safe meal, so it was pretty good. I knew that it would get old fast, though, so I had to switch it up! I would switch out the broccoli for string beans and rice for sweet potatoes.
Vegetable Stir Fry: After a few meals featuring baked chicken, I started to get bored and irritable (also because of the lack of sugar. More on that at the end of this post!) so we made a stir fry with brown rice, baked chicken, cilantro, onions, red and green peppers, and broccoli. It was delicious and just what I needed!
Chicken Florentine: THIS. WAS. SO. GOOD! The best healthy meal I’ve had by far. I had to double check and make sure it was healthy, lol! Basically, it was kale, red peppers, and baked chicken. The sauce did have the tiniest amount of cheese though, but seeing as though it was split between four people, I didn’t think it would be too bad.
Popcorn: Besides Hot Cheetos, popcorn is my favorite snack! I’m so glad that popcorn is considered healthy, I just added a little pepper to it and it was good to go.
SUGAR WITHDRAWALS. Can we PLEASE take a second and talk about sugar withdrawals? Like honestly, what is that about and why didn’t anyone warn me? When I gave up white sugar (purely to lose weight, otherwise I don’t have a problem with a little white sugar in my diet) I was irritable, dizzy, sluggish, unfocused and even a little sad. I thought I was coming down with something until I heard someone talk about sugar withdrawals. After research, I knew that was the problem was. Sheesh! Who knew our bodies could become so addict to sugar that it would have such a major reaction without it?
How do I feel? After I week, I’d like to say that I see tiny improvements in my body and my overall mood, especially after I got over the “withdrawal” feeling. I’m actually starting to crave salads and vegetables, something that I have never experienced lol. I’m also finding that I’m not getting hangry when I go a few hours without eating like usual. Although, I am a huge carb person and I find myself still craving potato chips, white bread and pasta. I plan to have a cheat meal at the end of the month!
Weight Loss? The funny thing about this is I don’t have a scale right now, so I’m just going by how I look. I plan on getting a scale so I can track my process a little better, though.
These healthy eating/ weight loss updates won’t be weekly, but I do want to touch base with my goals every now and then, including this one! Do you have any suggestions on healthy meals or exercises that work for you? I’m thinking about going on a juice cleanse but I’m not entirely sure about this. Please leave any suggestions in the comments!!