Time for another exciting rendition of What I Ate Wednesday! I decided to do my own mix n’ match mini-detox this week. Being a fairly clean eater, I don’t feel like I have a ton to detox from anymore, so I’m not rushing to do an intense 3-week cleanse again anytime soon, especially since I had some mixed results the last time I did it. What I am interested in is reminding myself of a few things:
1. I don’t need dessert every night (even if it’s refined sugar-free and healthy, I don’t like feeling like a slave to my sweet tooth after dinner).
2. I can plan ahead enough so as to eat something other than bars at the coffee shop (I know I just did a big post about this, but I admitted that bars aren’t an ideal snack all the time).
3. I can practice eating more during the day, so as to give my body a break at the end of the day with a much lighter meal. (Usually it’s reverse for me. Snack through the day, big dinner).
So this week is about recharging and eating 100% “clean,” as opposed to the 90% clean eating I usually do. Just a little kick-start to summer!
My morning started as it usually does: Cup of hot water with lemon and 1 T apple cider vinegar. I drink this slowly while I plan my workout for the day, check email, and post to the blog.
After my HIIT and strength workout (see below), I had a half serving of this berry grapefruit smoothie, which is a combo of the Whole Living cleanse smoothie mixed with the Rebel Grrl Kitchen grapefruit smoothie. I will post this recipe soon-it’s a winner!
Then it was off to yoga. 60 minutes, hot power vinyasa flow. Totally wonderful, AND I beat my personal best time for holding headstand! After yoga, I drank the other half of the smoothie and did some gentle biking on the stationary bike for about 15 minutes.
During cleanses, my lunches look a lot more traditional than usual. I actually have a proper mid-day meal. For the past two days I threw the following in a (big) bowl: arugula, kale, hemp seeds, 1/2 avocado, nutritional yeast, sprouts, white balsamic vinegar. This salad tastes amazing. AMAZING!
Followed by a peach (posing next to my food journal):
I packed a small apple (sliced) and about 1.5 T almond butter (+cinnamon, of course) for my late afternoon snack at the coffee shop:
Dinner was a version of the Whole Living Cleanse soup, but a friend said it was not very tasty when she made it, so I altered it a bit. I added chickpea miso and cayenne. I think it helped, although it does still taste like a somewhat bland detox soup:
Even after only two days of this menu, I feel lighter and cleaner. Hooray for a mini-detox that allows you to eat actual food!
In workout news, I think I’m going to make a new Fitness tab to track my activity, but until that’s up, here’s a look at my week thus far:
Sunday: active rest day; 3-5 miles walking in Chicago.
Wednesday: my plan was to do a HIIT run (3.5 miles, sprint/jog, alternating every minute) + abs, but it’s rainy this morning, so I may do my fave Turbo Jam dvd. We’ll see!
Not surprisingly, because of the detox, my energy levels are a bit lower than usual. I know this for sure because my beloved ZWOW workouts have seemed like too much effort! Don’t worry Zuzana, I’ll be back to ZWOWing next week! :)
How were your eats yesterday? How have your workouts been this week?