I am now about half way through week one of my Two Week Cleanse and I figured I would give you a breakdown of how it’s going as far as meeting goals.
I have been meeting my water requirement pretty easily. Day three I was a little sick and drinking too much water made me feel worse so I had to sip it. I ended up sipping about 20 oz worth of ginger tea to try to help with the nausea (fresh ginger simmered in water for about 5 minutes with fresh lemon squeezed in). I had orange and ginger in my water every day, the ginger really helps with bloating which I thought I might experience a little of because of the sudden increase in fiber in my diet. Although I ended up not feeling bloated, the ginger and orange taste good and made it easy to drink all the water. Including my 8 ounce cup of herbal tea at night (caffeine free, no sweeteners, also loose leaf organic so no chemicals), I have had total of about 90 oz of water every day.
I am not completely sure how accurate my records are in keeping track of my calories so I am thinking about a plus or minus 50 calories is right, probably mostly plus 50. I have been doing serious meal planning and googling the nutrition facts for every. single. item. in the meal and adding it all up. It’s time consuming, but I am starting to learn about what the main items in my diet are, and still surprised by many things being way higher or lower than I thought. Day 1 total was 937, day 2 934, day 3 616 (I was sick so had very little appetite), and Day 4 (today) I have my meal plan set at 925 . See, I told you- with all those filling veggies it’s actually hard to get to your target. My total calories from fat were 162, 230, 210, 215 respectively. It is REALLY difficult to meat the fat calorie goal, and I need to do a better job of it.
How I’m Feeling
Day 1 I felt incredibly energized all day and motivated. I did my workout in between prepping dinner (start grill, side lunges while it heats, clean grill, squats, chop eggplant, push ups, dips, and bicep curls while it soaks….). I have been really into grilling over the last week. It’s a great way to get a lot of flavor in the food, but actually requires very little oil. While eating dinner I kept thinking that it would be so good with a little bit of feta on top, but I knew I was already over my fat intake for the day so I had to resist. But, I will probably make this again next week and then I will make sure that I allow for a little sprinkling of feta on top. Day 2 was about the same as far as energy levels go, but the cravings set in- I wanted a latte SOOOO bad around 3pm. Day 3 I was sick, not sure with what but I felt terrible, body aches, chills, no appetite and waves of nausea all morning/day. Day 4 the no appetite has carried into the day along with the sniffles but other the other symptoms are gone. Hopefully with this nutrient rich diet I will beat whatever this is before it gets a good grip on my immune system. All my cravings are gone now.
So far my favorite meals have been the salmon and veggies skewers, and tilapia with tomato bruschetta. For the salmon skewers I use salmon, zucchini, red onion, bell pepper, lemon and radish and marinated for about 20 minutes before cooking in a mixture of dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. For the tilapia I seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper then layered thin onion slices in the bottom of a glass baking dish with a few table spoons of water (this takes the place of oil so the fish doesn’t stick to the pan), set the fish on top then baked it at 400 for about 15-20 minutes, then topped with a mixture of fresh heirloom tomato, garlic, red onion, balsamic, fresh basil, salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a tiny sprinkle of feta. It’s one of my favorite meals served with a giant bed of wilted spinach (wilted because no oil, and just softened not fully sauteed).
If you are following along how is it going for you?