Today is the LAST DAY I will be tracking my food on the blog for The Greens Go Green! Not only is it time consuming to measure all the food, weigh it and enter it into My Fitness Pal, but it’s also time consuming to type up a blog post about it each day and photograph everything that enters my mouth! haha I WILL say, I’m going to try and keep these EATING habits going the best I can, for as long as I can. I feel amazing eating this way! It really has been fairly easy to do too. It’s like I always say… you just need to shift your thinking.
So, before I get into the details of my daily intake below, I want to share some tips on how you can do a “Week of Green” yourself!
- Go grocery shopping over the weekend, when you have plenty of time to shop. Stock up on ALL your favorite fruits and veggies ONLY. No meat. No dairy. No eggs. No fish. Don’t even leave the produce section. (Well, unless you need to buy some boxed beans. 🙂 We definitely ate beans for added protein and calories.) Buy organic whenever possible. You can use the Environmental Working Groups guide to help pick the best fruits and veggies to buy organic. (Strawberries, apples, nectarines to name a few.)
- Don’t focus on fancy recipes or put any pressure on yourself to make elaborate meals. Get back to basics. Wash, cut, and simply eat all your fruit fresh. Wash, cut, steam or bake any veggies you like cooked. See all my previous days, and today, for ideas on what to eat raw and what to cook.
- If it comes in a prepackaged container, AND contains more than ONE ingredient; try to avoid it. (For example, we still used olive oil, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, flax oil and rice. But if you grab for a carton of almond milk that has 6 ingredients, skip it. We did use salad dressing a couple of times in a pinch, vs. making our own. Not the end of the world by any means.)
- Focus on WHOLE FOODS. This means foods that have not been modified from their original form. If you want tomatoes, use fresh, not boxed or canned. There is a difference in quality, energy, and nutrients from fresh vs. packaged. Always. No matter what. So make your goal to eat AS MUCH FRESH FOOD as you can. I’d shoot for 95% during your week.
- If you have a juicer, and want to juice each day, be sure you focus on greens. Minimize the high sugar fruits and veggies. Think of them as the salt of cooking. A little bit, goes a long way to make the taste of the green juice palatable (sweeter). So you can add one carrot, or 1 green apple to a large green juice; but it’s better to EAT those in a salad. Eating those vs. juicing allows your body to absorb the sugars and other nutrients slower, since the fiber slows absorption. Slower absorption, means less of a sugar rush to the blood stream, less (or no) crashing later.
- If it ever becomes a struggle during the week, think of all the good you are doing for yourself — mind, body and spirit. And think of all the good it is doing for the planet! Going meat and dairy free, especially long term, has a positive impact on the environment. I’ve never been a “don’t eat meat”, angrily pointing my finger at people type of person. However I do believe, wholeheartedly that as a society we have lost sight of the value of fruits and veggies. They should be the #1 focus on the plate, meat and/or dairy intake should be the afterthought, not fruits and veggies. Eating nothing but plants for a week is the BEST thing you can do for yourself.
- Use a calorie and macro tracking application like My Fitness Pal. This will ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients. The first couple days it might be hard to judge just how BIG your salads or bowls of fresh fruit should be! You want these foods to keep you full, and nourished for 2-4 hours. The goal is HIGH nutrition here, NOT starvation!
- LISTEN to your body. LISTEN to your stomach. Is it actually hungry? Or are your taste buds just craving something more sweet/salty/heavy? Keep this in mind during the week.
- Enjoy the feeling of light and easy digestion! I lost 3.4 lbs in the 4 days I’ve been doing this. (I weigh myself each morning, so I can’t count today!) I know most of that is just cleaning out my gut, versus fat off my bum. I will say however, that with no processed sugar or wheat my stomach is definitely flatter due to less bloating!
I don’t want this to get to long, so I’ll stop there. If you have ANY questions, please ask them below in the comments. I’m happy to answer anything I can. GOOD LUCK! If you try it, let me know how it goes!
As you may have noticed, we didn’t have an official dinner today. We had enough calories from our other meals and weren’t really hungry! The popcorn and our drinks got us through. haha Not highly nutritious, but it’s Friday night and sometimes a little of the not-so-good stuff is A-OK! 🙂 Today was also a rest day. Back at it with a run and workout tomorrow though.
Have a great weekend! “See” ya next week. I will be posting a recipe for homemade, gluten-free seed and veggie crackers!
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