The 24 Day Lean Out and Clean Up Diet: Week 2
If you’re just joining us you may want to start here.
Ok… I’ll be honest. I may be a personal trainer but sticking to a set diet for a week (let alone 3 weeks) is not my thing. On day one I was already talking about wanting a burrito. I’m pretty sure Kari wanted to kill me given I continually mentioned things I wanted to eat. It’s not even that I want the bad stuff… I just want variety, but at the same time it’s nice to practice discipline… especially when you have weight lose goals in mind (generally speaking).
If you’d like to know what the menu looked like for week one, check out this post.
On day two I received a package from my Mom that contained two boxes of homemade marshmallows that she picked up somewhere and thought I’d might enjoy them. She was right… I would enjoy them and I did. I only ate a couple given that they were Chocolate Mint and Passion Fruit Flavor…. yea… passion fruit flavored marshmallows. I know, I had to try one. Check it out for yourself… they came from Wondermade.
Kari’s Lentil Soup was my saving grace all week. Given that it was raining here in San Diego (I know, crazy huh)… soup has been on my mind all week. And Kari makes damn good soup! I only ended up doing 1 protein shake a day. By the end of the day I just wasn’t hungry enough to down another. If I ever did this again I would probably also cut out the cottage cheese. I like dairy in my coffee but that’s about it.
But all in all it was just a so so week when it came to the diet. I’m looking forward to changing it up next week. Kari’s got a killer bean soup recipe that is to die for… I’m counting down the days.
Speaking of Kari… let’s see what she has to say:
Lessons I learned during the first week of cleansing:
Contrary to the article I read about the health benefits of whiskey, compulsively late-night adding whiskey and a burrito to my cleanse may not actually have been that great of an idea.
Cleansing does feel particularly clean…i.e., my stomach was upset for most of the week and I felt bloated and fat
Cleansing sucks and makes me cranky because then I have to turn down potentially amazing evenings out to dinner since I have zero will-power and the ability to rationalize everything as healthy, therefore making it impossible for me to make cleanse-worthy eating decisions at a restaurant.
Currently, I feel no different than before I started…but that might also be because I ate a bean burrito on Saturday night and had three whiskey and ginger ales…
Cleansing combined with the rain makes me not want to drink (who would have thought???), but it does make me want to sleep a lot.
So, I survived the first week. It honestly was not as hard as I thought it would be, other than the upset stomach I had for most of the week. I felt my appetite diminish as the week went on, mostly because I was so upset that I wasn’t eating noodles or pizza. I had to modify the menu a little and I think I will continue to modify it since some of the options on the cleanse didn’t really seem appropriate and/or made my stomach upset. Basically, I am going to do what I did when I moved to San Diego – lean proteins with no dairy, potatoes, wheat, corn, or rice. AND I get a cheat night (Thursday, for drinking) and a cheat meal, probably Saturday, so I don’t have to turn down all social events and become a lonely, cranky hermit. ~ Kari
We don’t want Kari to become a hermit, and I agree… a cheat meal is in order. Mine will probably be Saturday as well. We changed things up a bit for the second week. This is what we’ve got planned:
3 Eggs Whites
Blended with 1/4 cup Dry Outs and 1/2 tbsp Flax Seeds and 1 tsp Stevia Extract or Honey
(blend oats and flax seeds together, use a coffee grinder if you have one, mix with eggs and cook in a pan over medium heat until golden brown on each side. Kinda looks like a pancake)
Top with 1 tbsp Fresh Fruit Preserves
1 Scoop Protein Powder
Blended with 1/2 cup Almond Milk, 1/2 cup Water and 1/2 cup Strawberries, 1/2 tsp Flax Seed Oil
Add 1/2 of Banana this week
3oz Grilled Chicken or Salmon
Salad with Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Carrots, 1/4 Avocado, + Olive Oil and Balsamic Mix
3 tbsp Raw Unsalted Cashews or Walnuts
1/8 cup dried Apricots
1 1/2 cup Kari’s Bean Soup (recipe coming soon)
Note that if you decide to do this you can substitute any lean protein for the chicken/salmon and can always add meat to the soup. Kari and I just don’t eat that much meat.
I’m hoping that week two will have me feeling less bloated… then again everything makes me feels bloated so this cleanse will be a true test, we shall see.