Saturday, June 25, 2011

Clean Food Challenge - Day 4

Before I give my recap for yesterday, I have to express publicly how happy I am to be a New Yorker today.  After weeks of deliberation, our senate officially recognized that love comes in all shapes and sizes and made it possible for all New Yorkers to get married.  I can't begin to tell you how happy and proud I am.  I know that there are still so many states, not to mention the country as a whole, that do not provide the same rights.  However, I woke up this morning with such hope.  Change is on the horizon, and I am so excited to see it happen.

OK, so I'm halfway through the challenge and I'm feeling pretty good.  I had a crazy day and it made it difficult to eat and drink as often as I wanted/needed to.  I was feeling it by the end of the day.  My in-laws are coming for the weekend, so I spent the day after I left work (I'm so thankful for summer early-out Fridays) cleaning and running errands.  The most difficult part was my trip to the grocery store, where I bought snacks for them to eat during their visit.  I found myself wandering through the aisles looking longingly at some of the foods, especially the pints of Ben and Jerry's in the ice cream aisle.  But, it wasn't too difficult, and I left the store realtively unscathed.

One interesting thing that I have noticed over the past two days is how my cleaning habits seem to have changed.  I found myself washing walls, baseboards and shelves.  I even made a special trip to Target for a new duster and proceeded to dust every corner of my house.  It's as if I feel the need to make my house as clean as my body.  Or, it could also be the houseguests that are due to arrive... 

Here is a breakdown of my food for the day:

Breakfast - overnight oats soaked in almond milk and topped with blueberries and a splash of maple syrup

Lunch - huge salad with lettuce, cucumber, red pepper and chickpeas.  I topped it with this dressing, which came from another CFC participant.  It was delicious!

Dinner - this was really a bunch of snacks that I ate throughout the afternoon and evening.  Since I was so busy, I just ate as I had the chance.  I ate tortilla chips with guacamole, raisins, pineapple, and a ricecake with almond butter.  Not the most balanced meal, but it was what worked for today. 

So, this weekend is going to be challenging, but I'm committed to staying on track.  Typically, when my in-laws come from Long Island, they bring real New York city bagels.  If you have ever had real New York city bagels, you understand how difficult they will be to resist.  But, I plan to stay strong.  At this point, I'm not willing to ruin the challenge so close to the end.  That would be like dropping out of high school in the second half of senior year.  I planned to make some foods to get me through the weekend, but I ran out of time.  I'm going to have to find some time to do it today.

Have a great Day 5 (or whatever day you are on) fellow CFCers!


  1. I'm so glad you like the dressing! It is totally getting me through this week.

    Good luck with resisting the temptation of the real city bagel. I grew up eating them and they are out of this world. Maybe freeze one for next week so you don't have to be totally deprived?

    And thank you new yorkers!!! We are hoping 2012 will be it for Maine and you are a shining example!

  2. The dressing is so good! It's getting me through the week too! They brought three dozen bagels, so I'm going to freeze a LOT. I didn't give in, though, even as I watched everyone in the house munch theirs. I think I'm going to buy some really good lox at the store this week to eat with a thawed bagel once the challenge is over.

    I hope 2012 is it for Maine (and many other states) too. It's time to move forward and I'm hoping that the momentum will continue.