February 21, 2017
A Typical Clean Eating Food Day (the Danette May way)
After my last post about my experience with Danette May's 30 Day Challenge, I thought I'd share with you all what a typical day of clean eating on Danette's program looks like for me, and a little about some of the biggest changes I've made in how I eat. I have been amazed by how much less I'm eating and that I'm not starving all the time-- you'll be amazed too!
One of the biggest changes in the way I eat is that I no longer graze on random food throughout the day. I am much more conscious about what I'm eating and when I'm eating it. And that makes a big difference. I have set meals and snacks that I plan out in advance and that's what I eat. I used to plan family dinners for every night each week...now I also plan my breakfast, lunch and snacks in advance.
During the 30 Day Challenge, Danette does all that menu planning for you. All you have to do is shop, prep and eat. So, how do I handle the planning now that the 30 Day program is done? Well, I sit down on Sunday morning, with my cup of Superfood Coffee and I pull out a one week menu planning worksheet along with my complete 30 Day Challenge Recipe Packet and my Forever Fit website recipe section. I look at my calendar for the week, so I can base my selections on what will be going on in my world. And then I select my meals and snacks accordingly (i.e. smoothies for breakfast on crazy mornings). I write my choices in the corresponding boxes on my worksheet and I note any ingredients I need to make each recipe on my grocery list. Then I shop.
The next biggest change is the addition of A LOT of superfoods to my diet. I'm purposely adding things like Maca Powder, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Hemp Seeds and Chia Seeds to all sorts of stuff. The organic coffee that I'm drinking right now has maca powder, cinnamon, raw cacao powder, turmeric, and nutmeg blended into it. That gives me added health benefits and it's freakin' delicious!
Another big change is the almost complete omission of processed foods. I still consume some minimally processed stuff, like the occasional Lara Bar, but most of my foods are made by me from single ingredients bought at the store (and mostly from the perimeter of the store). I already bought primarily organic foods before the challenge, so that wasn't a big change for me, but now I've cut out the stuff with added white sugar and white flour too-- apparently it's not great for you, even if it's organic 😉!
Lastly, I'm trying lots of new foods and new ingredients, and new combinations of foods and ingredients. I already mentioned Maca Powder and Hemp Seeds--neither of which I'd had before beginning this program. But I'm also eating raw beets (What?!? Yes, they're delicious when you shred them and add them to a hummus and feta wrap!) and drinking Kombucha (this is a seriously weird little health drink that I've developed a strange love-obsession with). I'm buying Baby Bok Choy (which is both delicious and super easy to prepare) and lots and lots of Quinoa. (Did you know you can make it with coconut milk, add some nuts and bananas and maple syrup, and have a delicious, healthy breakfast...I didn't either, before this program!)
Other things I did not know: You can make muffins without any regular flour or sugar and they can be decadently delicious! You can make a pancake with just eggs and mashed banana--and then even add in other stuff like oats or shredded carrots--and it's awesome! And plain full-fat, organic Greek Yogurt makes a superb dessert when mixed with a little raw honey and some fresh berries.
I could go on and on...
So, here's an example of what I ate yesterday-- I made this day's menu myself, but it uses all recipes from the 30 day program. (And by the way, as Danette recommends, I eat every 2-3 hours...)
Breakfast: Open-Faced Egg Sandwich: 1 slice toasted Ezekiel 4:9 bread topped with 1 tbsp Greek yogurt mixed with a few shakes of Italian seasoning, 1 layer of spinach leaves, 1 sliced tomato, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, 1 egg fried in a spray of coconut oil, sprinkled with black pepper.
Morning Snack: Berry Milkshake Smoothie: almond milk + kefir + water + ice + blueberries + banana + spinach + blend in blender = delicious!
Lunch: Creative Pizza: Gluten-free wrap topped with tomato sauce, spinach, mushrooms, green peppers, hemp seeds and a light sprinkle of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses
Afternoon Snack: Cottage cheese and cucumber
Dinner: Turkey-Bacon and Bok Choy Salad: Steamed bok choy and carrots, white beans, and turkey bacon, sprinkled with shaved Parmesan cheese and dressed with homemade balsamic dressing
Evening Snack: Key Lime Yogurt: Organic Greek yogurt mixed with raw honey and lime juice and topped with a few raspberries
I drink one cup of organic coffee in the morning and then lots of water and herbal tea throughout the day.
And that's pretty much it!
So that gives you an idea of what it's like to eat clean and healthy for a day...the Danette May way.
If you'd like to read my original post about my experience on Danette May's 30 Day New You Challenge, you can find that here: http://mamamanagement.blogspot.com/2017/02/30-days-to-new-me-danette-mays-30-day.html
If you're interested in learning more about Danette May's 30 Day New You Challenge, click this link and it'll take you to her website where you can learn more about the program and sign up for the next challenge (starting March 6): http://59894eyms6z7rh6pp2w509aobx.hop.clickbank.net/?pid=265&tid=amylorbach2017. (12/29/17 Update: New Link! Click Here to sign up for the next 30 Day Challenge: http://mbsy.co/l3l9M)
Until next time, eat well and love your body (inside and out)!
P.S. I almost forgot to mention that eating clean also means feeling great. I have more energy when I wake up--no more stumbling to the coffee maker. And more energy all throughout the day-- no more afternoon slump. And I'm free of all that random stomach distress and general ick feelings. It's truly a wonderful thing. 😊