Happiest of camel days to you all. I don’t know about you but Wednesday is always the turning point of my week. If I can make it through to the end of today, there’s only two more work days until I can start relaxing for the weekend! And after this week, only three more full weeks of work before Nantucket…. totally getting ahead of myself.
Anyways… I wanted to dedicate a specific post reflecting on the “cleanse” that I put myself on after my last flare. Like I said in my previous post, I wanted to reset and reboot my GI. I talked more in depth about the type of “cleanse” I was hoping to follow here, but basically long story short, I was focusing on eating whole, organic foods, most of my veggies cooked or blended, all fruit blended, and lots of smoothies and acai bowls. I removed all dairy from my diet, as well as avoiding any pre-packaged foods. I also limited the amount of complex carbohydrates and tracked my daily in take to insure I met my body’s caloric needs as well as maintained an appropriate balance of macros. While I did use protein powder in some smoothies, I worked to maintain my protein intake through eggs and nuts.
While I tried my best to stay true, I did include some pre-packaged granola and on Friday some BelVita cookies/crackers (which are they??) – which by the way was a horrible mistake… I felt a lot better. While my boyfriend and I made pizza on Sunday night (hello, it’s tradition) I kept my cheese to a minimal (two tablespoons). I felt FULL and slightly uncomfortable, but not sick. Needless to say, I decided I wanted to continue with this type of diet through this week. I figured I allowed some flexibility, however I am trying to be even more meticulous about my food.
So let’s see what a typical day of eating looks like for me. And as always, thanks Jenn for hosting!
Tuesday: July 14th, 2015
Lunch: 1:oo PM
Plate of grilled veggies seasoned with salt and pepper (zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots)
Un-pictured: 4 egg whites scrambled with a slice of Diaya cheddar cheese
1 Cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
Handful of Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds
Smoothie: Vanilla Vega protein powder, 2 tbsp cashew butter, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, cinnamon
1 Sprouted Grains Tortilla
Proteins (g): 83
Carbohydrates (g): 170
Fat (g): 41
Sugars (g): 82
While I’m not too concerned with calorie totals, I like to keep my sugar intake below 100g. Fun fact learned in graduate school – physiologically speaking, your liver can only process 100g of sugar a day. All other sugars are converted to fat. Now, at the time I did not explore the difference in processing capabilities of your liver in regards to added vs. natural occurring sugars, but I have forever since been hesitant to exceed that number.
And since I was looking through the photos on my phone, I have to mention again my great love of The Shrek from The Granola Bar in Westport. My mom treated me to one this weekend and I swear it is the best smoothie ever. Desperately trying to recreate. I think I need to work on individual ingredient measurements. Also, sorry I’m not sorry that I was so excited I started devouring my smoothie before I remember picture. #BadBlogger
Have you ever removed a specific item from your diet and noticed a positive effect? A friend of mine removed white flour from her diet and her eczema cleared up.
Do you count calories or macros?
Are you three square meals a day kind of person or do you indulge in smaller meals with a few snacks?