Clean Eating Challenge – Week 1 Summary

Week 1 Day 7

Last day of week one.

The results:

Weight Loss 3.1kgs

Reached 30kgs lost goal

Now 90% of my way to my goal weight

No booze

Started coffee again but with no sugar and only one a day

Two days where ‘hunger control’ slipped but have stayed under calories every day

Discovered a love for Chia Pudding

Broke my blender and bought a new one

My thoughts:

So far nothing has been too much of a stretch. All ‘challenges’ have been well within my comfort zone. Looking forward to what Mandy has in store for us next week. There’s a new menu planner out, haven’t had a good look at it yet but keen to try a new recipe this week, given that I enjoyed the Smoked Fish Pie last week, albeit that that recipe was from a healthy eating magazine.

The weight loss is also a bit of magic trick, because most of that was from my binge at the end of last month. Real loss is probably less than 2kgs, but even then that’s awesome! If I have similar losses in the next two weeks I’ll be at goal weight for Ladies Day.

Week one has mostly been the same as I have been doing, but I’m doing more research about what is and isn’t considered clean. My biggest challenge is not drinking, and most of that is habit rather ‘want’ or even ‘need’.

21 days to break a habit, lets see how week two goes!

peas

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Week 1 Day 6

TGIF! A loss of 300gms means I have now reached my 30kgs lost goal. So very, very happy. It’s a big milestone that has taken a bit longer to get to than I would have liked, but sometimes the harder the effort the bigger the rewards.

Off for a bit of shopping today! Going to treat myself to a new handbag. Why not!

Daily Challenge

Snap a picture of ONE of your meals today and either post it below or on the wall!

I took a pic of the ingredients I use in my smoothie – but not actually a pic of the smoothie!

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Morning Tea

Banana and yoghurt

Afternoon Tea

Chickpea, cucumber, tomato & feta salad

Dinner

As afternoon tea was so damn delicious I decided to use the same base and add a few extras to it.

Chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, tuna, prunes & a splash of lemon juice. Seriously so delicious!

Although I am well within my calories, I had dinner quote late for me, and a bit concerned it won’t have enough time to digest before I get into bed. Might have to have some peppermint tea.

Day six has been a good day!

Week 1 Day 5

Day 5, nearly through the first week, and another loss of 200gms. So excited for my weigh in tomorrow, really hoping it will be my next goal!

Daily Challenge

Well, today is more of a question rather than a challenge…. How many of you took the “before” pictures I recommended in my post on STAT-urday? I ask because if at the end of this challenge you are happy with your results and allow me to use your story along with your honest testimony to the challenge on my blog/website, I will put your name in a drawing to randomly select the grand prize (worth $130). If you didn’t take the picture, it’s not too late you can take it today and it will still count. Post your answers below. P.S. There will be a few other prizes as well, but not as much as this one – All of this comes out of my own pocket =]

I only weighed and did not take pics or measurements. Thinking about whether to take some in the next couple of days but may wait until I get to goal as I think that’s when I’m going to see the biggest changes, once I start exercising.

As for food, it’s pretty much ground hog day

Breakfast

Smoothie

Morning Tea

Blueberries and yoghurt

Lunch

Salmon cup

Afternoon Tea

Chia pudding and snow pea sprouts (not together lol)

Dinner

Smoked Fish Pie

Voila!

I know it’s a bit repetitive but it’s also easy, and quick. I’ll set something new up for next week but won’t mess too much with my winning formula! I did have a coffee this morning as I wanted to test a theory, the theory worked but I’m not sharing lol

Ran out of time to go get a blender, again. Hopefully tomorrow. In the meantime the stick is working adequately but not fabulously!

So close to 30, I really hope it’s tomorrow and I can celebrate!

Habit

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Are you forming new habits? Are they Good?

Week 1 Day 4

And another loss! (300gms) – Just 100gms more and I’ll be back to where I was last Wednesday, which was my lowest weight.

Today’s Daily Challenge

Record your water! At the end of the day comment below with how much you drank.

This shouldn’t be too hard as I already use Plant Nanny to track my water and I’ve been pretty good with keeping up with the reminders. Based on my current weight I should drink about 2.5 litres of water a day. I usually  have two of my pink Tupperware containers in the morning (spiked with lemon juice), it’s just under 500mls so that’s 1 litre before I leave the house, this morning I’m also having a peppermint tea because I’m missing my ‘morning coffee ritual’ and if I count that it’s another 300mls. I have another water bottle at work which is 1 litre so my plan today is fill it up when I get there and make sure it’s empty when I leave. Then everything else on top of that is a bonus.

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What’s on the menu today?

Breakfast
Usual protein smoothie

Morning tea
Banana and yoghurt

LunchI went to a restaurant for lunch today. I asked them to customise a salad for me. I had cos, pears, and walnuts. Salad ususally uses rocket, which I don’t like, also usually ahs parmesan and a vinaigrette dressing

Dinner
Having prepped all my Smoked Fish Pie ingredients last night, tonight was the putting together, cooking, and eating. I modified the recipe and this is what I made

200-300gms smoked fish (I used red cod as it was the lowest in calories but it was a bit salty – will probably combine two fish next time)
1 hardboiled egg
1/2 cup fresh parsley – I used 1/2 cup parsley and 1/2 cup of pea sprouts
I replaced the breadcrumbs with 25gms crushed chickpeas

Sauce
1 tblsp coconut oil (replacing the olive oil they had)
1 tblsp spelt flour
200-300mls milk – I did use cows milk, trim of course
salt and pepper

Combine fish, egg, parsley in a casserole dish

In a pot combine the sauce ingredients, bring to boil and stir until it thickens. I personally didn’t think mine thickened very much but it may have been the cleaner ingredients

Add to the casserole dish, sprinkle the chickpeas over the top

Bake for about 30 mins in a preheated 180 oven

This is enough for two meals and is 209 calories per serving.

I’ll post a picture tomorrow when I have the other half – forgot to do it tonight (was a bit hungry lol).

No headache today, yay – and despite going out for lunch was not tempted to order wine, or a coffee, and felt I dealt with eating out really well
Week 1 Day 3

Day three started with another loss (1kg), another happy dance.

We’ve received our first instructions today, known as ‘Weekly Focus’

Week 1 Focus

No junk. Eliminate junk food from your diet. That’s it, just junk. Other than this, you can eat whatever and whenever you like. The definition of junk is obvious stuff, like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, etc. You may be stricter if you’d like, but for Week 1, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just stay out of the 7-Eleven. For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits.

Pretty easy for me since I haven’t eaten this stuff, except the odd drunken episode, for most of this year.

Apparently we will also have a challenge everyday, and today’s Daily Challenge is

Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer, or wherever you hide your stash and pick your most NON clean food/temptation and throw it out. Take a pic of it and post it on the wall. 

I pretty much already had a clean fridge and cupboard, but did know there were a few last sauces lingering, mostly because I don’t use them. So here’s my rather small collection of unclean items left in my house.

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Breakfast

Protein smoothie

I think I have the combination right today – 250mls almond milk, pea protein, 5gms ground flaxseed, 3gms chia seeds, .5 teaspoon cinnamon

I reduced the chia seeds this morning and although the smoothie is still thick, it much more drinkable today, rather than yesterday when I had to use a spoon to get the last of it out of the glass.

Morning tea

Blueberries and yoghurt

Lunch

Salmon cup

(actually ate morning and lunch together as I was out at 10)

No afternoon tea – left work around 3pm, went and did some jobs, didn’t get home until after 5.30

Dinner

Postponed the fish pie due to getting home too late

Mushroom stack

Portobello mushroom, tomatoes, egg, & feta cheese

Supper

Chia pudding (love these now!)

Did have a small headache and felt a bit blah this afternoon but that may be the lack of afternoon tea.

Week 1 Day 2

Day two kicked off with a nice little loss (1.2kgs), albeit mostly just the crap I ate in the last few days of August.

Breakfast Smoothie

Pea protein, almond milk, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, & chia seeds

The chia seeds really made the smoothie thick, it was almost pudding like. Probably a big heavy for first thing in the morning and I only used 5 grams. Feel like I’ll be full for hours, and really want to drink lots of water to try and thin it out. Definitely a learning curve as I tried to make chia pudding last night and it didn’t work. The chia definitely helps fill you up.

Morning tea

Blueberries & yoghurt

Lunch

Salmon egg cup

Dinner

Omelette with tomatoes and feta cheese

Supper

Smoothie

Day two of no caffeine and no alcohol, feeling a bit blah. Might just be a stressy afternoon, and will be having an early night.

Staying clean has been easy, and I bought some more containers to mix up my morning smoothie dry ingredients so I can just drop it in the blender in the morning. Saves lots of time.  Also going to set up my lunches for the week, with berries, and yoghurt, plus either some chia seeds or ground flaxseed (not both in each).

Tomorrow night I am going to try a smoked fish pie recipe, will post it up tomorrow, hopefully along with a great picture.

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Week 1 Day 1

So here we go, Day 1 of the 8 week clean eating challenge. So far we haven’t had too much information about what we should and shouldn’t be eating, but have had dinner meal planners. with dishes like Florentine Lasagne Rolls, Barbecued Chicken, Tangy Chilli-Garlic Pork Chops. Not sure what to make of them at this stage, probably won’t make any of them from this first lot.

I have weighed in, and I have to be honest, it wasn’t pretty. I’ve done some damage over the past few days and really keen to get back into it. Preparation is going to be key to making a success of this. I’m going to prep all my breakfasts and lunches today to make it quick and easy in the mornings. I also have quite a bit of salmon left from the kebabs I had last night so going to make some salmon egg cups for dinner. Haven’t figured out afternoon tea yet, and I know I need to eat around 3pm to control those hunger pangs and not have a blow out at dinner.

Here’s my list of what I am and aren’t eating – some not only for the next 8 weeks but ongoing

Have pledged to go alcohol free for the first 4 weeks (will have some bubbles on the 28th to celebrate my Ladies Day event)

No instant coffee

No pork, it’s one of the hardest foods for our bodies to digest and basically rots in your stomach, yuck! This is almost as hard to do as not drinking, roast pork is one of my favourite meals but the clean eating lifestyle is about eating food that is good for you, pork just isn’t.

No pasta – it’s  not super nutritional and I can use those calories to eat something much better for me

No Pita Pit 😦

No cows milk – only have it in my coffee anyway and with no coffee no need for cows milk

No cheese, except some feta in my egg cups

Items that were already on the No Eating List

Bread
Potato Chips
Fries
Burgers
Soft drinks
Fruit juice
Cakes, biscuits, etc
Chocolate
Potatoes
Sugar
Bacon and other processed meats

What I am eating

– Eggs and yoghurt

– Salmon, tuna, fish

– Vegetables

– Minimal red meat

– Chicken

– Almond Milk

– Ground flaxseed, chia seeds, cinnamon

– Fruit – frozen berries, kiwifruit, and bananas for smoothies, occasional apple, prunes – trying to keep fruit to a minimum due to high sugars

– “Clean Lean” Pea protein powder

– I don’t eat a lot of nuts at the moment because I’m conscious of their high calorie count but will have some as snacks

– Spelt Flour

I will be posting up my meals each day – these blogs are going to be moving beasts. This is what I propose to eat today.

Breakfast Smoothie

– Almond milk
– Pea protein
– Banana
– Ground flaxseed
– Cinnamon

Lunch

– Yoghurt
– Blueberries
– Ground flaxseed

Afternoon Tea

– Salmon egg cup

Dinner

– Chia seed pudding

Blueberries and blackberries

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