Mark is always game for a healthy challenge but I needed one more person to keep me accountable and my blonde sister (Sophie) was the lucky one! She is the ying to my yang and my accountability partner in so many areas of my life. We decided on Sunday to do this clean eating challenge together in our respective households- everything is more fun with a friend! We came up with guidelines and a shared Google document with our meal plan/ideas for the week. Our focus is lots of lean proteins, vegetables and fruits that are low in sugar and packed with fiber. Since we're really trying to eat clean, we also cut out dairy (eggs are liquid chickens, and therefore, considered a meat), complex carbohydrates and starches. This should go without being said, but ice cream night is cancelled this Wednesday as well as next and sugary treats have been put away in hiding. Sadly, the wine that we both love to sip on while cooking dinner has also been cut out- but just for this challenge!
The meal plan that Sophie and I came up with is so tasty and incorporates bursts of different flavor every night. It just proves that a healthy menu doesn't have to be a lackluster one. Here are some of our dinner choices:
Baby greens with plum tomatoes, sweet red peppers and dijon balsamic vinaigrette
(minus cheese and breadcrumbs, add mushrooms!)
Pan roasted green beans
Grilled chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Pistachio Pesto
Romaine with plum tomatoes, avocado and lemon vinaigrette
Ginger Garlic Shrimp
Lean Sirloin Burgers with Guacamole
Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin
The best part about this challenge is that 2.5 days in and I feel so great! I don't feel as bloated as normal and when I'm full at dinner, it's not the same kind of full as when I go for that extra helping of my dad's Penne a la Vodka or that extra piece of perfect pizza with roasted mushrooms and arugula. I never weigh myself. As in I never do it. Ever. I know it sounds crazy, but my weight usually fluctuates within a 10 pound range and as long as my clothes fit me the same, I feel like I am on track. But when we got home on Sunday, I was curious as to what the scale said. I wasn't mad, but I was on the upper end of my 10 pound area and just feeling blah. Fast forward to this morning (Wednesday) and taking into account that I probably have some extra water weight this week, but I was seven pounds lighter than I was on Sunday! I realize a lot of this is water weight but results are results and as someone who has lost 40 plus pounds in college, seeing my weight go in the right direction in numbers is remarkable and encouraging.
I am by no means a health expert and cannot promise any sort of results. I am just sharing what works for Mark and I when we are trying to detox after lots of over indulging.
Here's to eating healthy before the Holidays!