So at the end of the first week in my attempt to clean up my eating and bring back some equilibrium to this unbalanced body of mine, I’d like to regale you with the gory details. You, my friend, are very welcome.
This was a short week since I started once we got back from Portland (what up, p-town!? wait, what? oh, they don’t call it that? lame-never mind then)
Day 1- Wednesday
Back home and back to work
After a late night stop at McDonald’s on the way home from the airport, I had no appetite for breakfast. Normally, I am a religious breakfast-eater.
Lunch: Braised beef over mixed greens with pico de gallo and lime juice- This was what I could pull together at a restaurant for a going away lunch gathering for a coworker- it was refreshingly fresh.
Snack: Homemade butternut squash soup
Dinned: Ground beef with diced zucchini, carrots, broccoli and spices
Day 2- Thursday
Let’s call this circular saw to the head day! I woke up with, what I can only imagine was, a caffeine headache that lasted all damn day.
Breakfast: Rooibos tea, almonds and blueberries
Lunch: Leftover ground beef and veggie mix
Snack: Homemade butternut squash soup- from the freezer
Dinner: Salmon and Brussels sprouts, bacon and walnuts
Dessert: Almond butter with strawberries (I should note that I am also a religious dessert-eater- which may explain how I got here)
Day 3- Friday
Though the brutal headache continued in to the early afternoon, I definitely noticed a bit of relief from the intense and consistent sinus pressure that I’ve been feeling for months (years??).
Breaskfast: Eggs and bacon
Snack: Almonds and blueberries
Lunch: Chicken breast with zucchini, carrots, onion and garlic with almond butter and coconut milk sauce
Snack: Couple of cashews
Dinner: Tilapia with almond meal crust and lemon juice (holy crap, I made something quick, easy, AND delicious!) and Brussels sprouts, bacon and walnuts
We went to a late night movie and obviously I had a laser-focus on avoiding popcorn, soda, and Reese’s pieces (oh man, so good!) because I decided that sneaking in some cut-up, bite-sized pieces of pineapple was the perfect solution! It only occurred to me when I woke up that pineapple is banned substance for the time being. Moron!
Day 4- Saturday
My skin is feeling less dry, but I’m still a bit lethargic. Also, thanks to the pineapple (I think!), my sinus pressure is back. We bummed around watching Pitbulls and Parolees (a new guilty pleasure of mine apparently). In the afternoon I took Murphy for a 2 mile run to shake off the sluggishness.
Breakfast: Eggs and bacon
Snack: Smoothie with almond milk, spinach, blueberries, strawberries and cinnamon (this wasn’t very good, bland and thin)
Sooooo, as a belated Valentine’s Day dinner, we went to Chima, a Brazilian steakhouse in our area, that is known for being a carnivore’s happy place. Waiting for our table, I got a glass of fantastic Chianti at the bar (totally worth it, by the way). My go-to would have been a Crown Royal and Coke, so straying from the corn whiskey and soda felt like a small achievement that I could celebrate. Servers with spears of beef, chicken wrapped in bacon, beef ribs, and pork ribs passed by, dropping their delectable delights onto our plates. I was feeling good about my trip to salad bar to get the beets and some arugula salad with sundried tomato and fresh mozzarella. I could have done without the dairy, but I am not even have worried about that because the wheels fell completely off of the bus once I got back to the table to see small plates of polenta fries, cheese bread, fried plantains, and mashed potatoes. I dug in like it was my last meal as an inmate on death row. What a sucker!? Needless to say, at that point I simply decided that the detox would begin anew in the morning because KEY LIME PIE! (nom nom nom)
Day 5- Sunday, fun day
Oh, not good. Welcome back sinus pressure, dark circles under my eyes, and a slight headache that wore off quickly. Ready for a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese for a 6 year old boy. Did you know that they serve beer there? And pizza? I’ve had the honor of being invited to quite a few CEC birthday celebrations on the last three years. So, yeah, I knew…but I nailed it!
Breakfast: Almond and blueberries in a container to go (I’m so smart!)
Lunch: Leftover almond coconut milk chicken and veggies
Dinner: Spinach salad with chicken, blueberries, walnuts, lime juice and an olive oil drizzle
Cashews to munch on
Dessert: Almond butter on strawberries
Back on the wagon, amigos. Here we go!
I will start working in links to the recipes for the meals that required them. And, for the record, I am not cool enough to write sponsored posts or use affiliate links. Anything that I link to is simply worthy enough to share with you all.