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I have a confession… I haven’t been so good lately with my clean eating.

There were temptations lurking all around my kitchen just begging to be consumed. And I really wanted a steak… or three.

Since starting my clean eating experiment I have cheated in the following ways:

  1. I had one ginger ale per week in weeks 2, 3 and 4. Sometimes I sneak a sip of my husband’s coke.
  2. I drink beer once in a while. Like, one after my son goes to bed and only two or three times a week. And its not some gluten free, craft beer either. It’s good ol’ fashioned Lucky Lager. (Hey, I am an islander.)
  3. I sometimes skip meals and my snacks have become non existent. This has only been happening for the last week or so.
  4. I bought some steaks two weeks ago and we BBQ’d a couple of them up. They were so good I had them again the following week. No the cow wasn’t grass fed. Actually, I don’t know what the cow was eating. Probably a shit ton of hormones and chemicals.
  5. Last night I had white bread…AND IT WAS DELICIOUS!
  6. Last night I also had enough meat to last for a whole week. There were prawn skewers and chicken covered in bruschetta and thick juicy steaks! In my defence, we were at someone else’s house and you can’t turn down what your host puts in front of you, it would be rude…There was also chocolate bunt cake.
  7. I had white pasta, but you already knew that if you have been keeping up with my blog. Go to the post about Day 30 to find out why I will keep white pasta in my pantry.
  8. I drink coffee. Once a day. I need that morning jolt! I finished the artificial coffee creamer I had left in my fridge and have vowed to never buy it again.

This last week has been the hardest trying to stick with a clean eating plan because we have had family in town visiting and there was a lot of eating outside of my kitchen and only so much I could control.

Also, I think my son is teething and he’s turned into a little psycho, making my nerves a little frayed and little to no time to do elaborate meal planning. I’m surprised (and quite proud) I haven’t hit up McDonald’s yet.

Even though I am down to 127.2 lbs (from 135.6 lbs), I have been feeling a little run down lately and that just goes to show you how much our diet affects our energy stores. I’ve realized that, if I am not careful with what I choose to ingest, it doesn’t just affect me, but my son as well.

I feel like it was easier when I had the meals already planned out for me and so now I am on the hunt for a new clean eating challenge. Perhaps, when you are perusing Pintrest, you could keep an eye out for me for a new one or, if you already have one leave me the link in the comments. Thanks for reading!






Day 7: End of Week One

I think I should just stick to scrambling eggs. That, or the instructions in this clean eating challenge are not very good. Follow along with me here. We woke up rather late today and I didn’t end up eating breakfast until 11:00am. The eggs turned out ok, but I lost most of the egg whites in the water. I thought the vinegar and the swirling vortex was supposed to make it stay together!

After breakfast I had some errands to run and, since I had to shop for week 2 today, I thought I would start at the local farmers market. The best thing about summer time on the island is that there’s a farmers market almost everyday of the week within a half an hour drive. Fridays happen to be my favorite market down at the waterfront. The best thing about farmers markets is the fact that you know where your produce and other staples are coming from: local. No pesticides, no hormones, and most of it was picked this morning. I picked up fresh strawberries (picked this morning), snap peas, fresh kale ($1 cheeper than at the store and for larger bunches) and collard greens (the only place I could find collard greens). I would have grabbed some local eggs as well but I already stocked up the last time I went shopping. I also feel really good about supporting our local farmers.

I realized as I got to the farmers market that I forgot my shopping list at home. I had printed it off this time and gone through most of the dinners and added to the quantities to account for my husband this time, so I had to go home to grab it before hitting up the grocery store.

By the time I got home it was around 3:00pm and the lady who lives up stairs wanted to have a visit with us and meet our new addition. I didn’t end up eating my lunch until about 3:45pm so I skipped my afternoon snack. The salad was delicious and I think I would definitely make it again. I used the cooked kale that I had leftover from my Big Batch. It was on its last legs and a little bit brown in some spots but still crunchy. Here’s how it turned out:

20140620-223121-81081208.jpgAgain, really huge salad for just one person.

I bought so much produce that there wasn’t enough room in the fridge, so I started to clean it out and reorganizing everything. Unfortunately a can of diet coke (we keep it for certain company) fell out of the fridge and sprayed pop everywhere. And I mean everywhere! Miraculously, none ended up on my son who was sitting in his car seat in the middle of our tiny kitchen watching me cleaning out the fridge. It was on the walls, the cupboards, the countertops, inside and outside of the fridge and all over the floor. The good news is that my kitchen got a deep clean that is usually reserved for spring or a nesting period. Plus I got rid of that container of sour cream, hidden in the very back of the fridge, that expired two months ago.

I thought, since my husband was home and I had a bottle pumped for my son in the fridge, I could make dinner no problem, no interruptions. Boy was I wrong. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a mama’s boy. He could have woke the dead with his screaming. It was hard not to put the cooking down and run and grab him out of my husbands arms but I managed to get everything simmering and baking in the oven then attended to my boobie addicted child. Since the recipe called for leaving half of the meatballs for lunch next week, that only left me with only four meatballs (I doubled the recipe and gave my husband five and saved the three biggest). I had some leftover roasted chicken breasts in the fridge so I cut that up and tossed it I the sauce with the turkey meatballs. So in actuality we both had a double serving of protein with dinner tonight. I figured, since I was doing so well, that I deserved a little reward at the end of week one.

My after dinner snack was CHOCOLATE! Only 2oz but still, chocolate nonetheless. I decided to add a handful of almonds to the bowl and pretended it was my Hershey’s almond chocolate bar.

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Day 5: My Husband Cooks Better Than I Do

Wow! I never thought I would have made it this far! Today I learned that I should leave the omelet flipping to my husband. Actually, I should leave all the cooking to my husband.

I was a little skeptical about today’s breakfast, as there was no cheese involved in the cauliflower omelet, but it turns out it didn’t need it. The cauliflower took on a really creamy texture amongst the egg and it was actually quite nice. I would have liked some bacon and hash browns alongside it but that wasn’t in the recipes.

After lunch we decided to go for a walk. The City of Nanaimo puts on this Golden Bucket challenge every summer where, each week, they hide a child’s yellow beach bucket around various parks and give clues on where to find it. The bucket has a question in it, usually pertaining to the location it is at, and you send in your answer to be entered to win prizes.My son and I have been doing this for the last two weeks.

Today brought us to a sea side nature park where you can walk a trail that runs along the ocean. The sea air did wonders on my sinuses and I felt more energized, albeit sweaty, than I have all week. Also the crashing waves and the bouncing of my steps (I had my baby in a carrier) lulled my son to sleep.

After our walk I decided that, since I was doing so well in this clean eating experiment, that I would reward myself with a glass of wine. The challenge says I can limit myself to two glasses over the two weeks. Well they didn’t say how big the glasses had to be! I had the 9oz. Red, of course.

I felt a little tipsy afterward. It wasn’t my first drink since giving birth so I was quite surprised how hard it hit me.

By the time we got home from our drinks and shopping for more diapers it was 7:00pm. I needed to cook more lentils since I used up all the left overs a few days ago. I forgot that they take an hour to cook so the salmon dinner wasn’t ready until after 8:00pm.

Since I didn’t get my first snack in after lunch, I snacked on my carrots and hummus as we prepared dinner. My husband brought home a large fillet of salmon bought locally from the marina in French Creek, BC. Caught right off our very own coast.

Not only is it clean and fresh, but sustainable as well.

We decided that we would bbq the fillet instead of baking it in the oven. It gave it such a different but tasty flavor. I would say that we had an 8oz portion of salmon and half a recipe of the big batch of lentils each. So, needless to say, dinner was filling and there was no need for an after dinner snack. Plus by that time is was 9:00pm.

Even though I drank way more than the recommended 60oz of water today, I ended up with a migraine that has been trying to rear it’s ugly head for three days now. I’m not sure if this is another one of the side effects of changing the way I eat or that maybe I was just due for a migraine. It has been a while since my last one (since before I was pregnant).

It’s now 4:15am as I am writing this and I am wide awake. But I feel great after day 5 of my clean eating experiment!


Not today’s bucket, but an example of the Golden Bucket Challenge