I’m on day 10 of the challenge (although it officially starts on October 1)…
Everything is going really well so far… a few small hiccups (yesterday I couldn’t exercise because of women’s problems of the most immense nature) and once or twice dinner has been something simple like a bagel with vegan spread or peanut butter on as my days are so very busy I just run out of time to spend 30 minutes cooking..
But overall I am very pleased how things are going indeed!
Every day, as part of the challenge, we have to write down EVERYTHING we eat. This has been very helpful. Although I am not restricting my calories I am using the 2000 calories a day mark as a guide line and trying to eat ENOUGH.(yes you hear that right- eat enough!!! ) Yesterday I had around 2100 cals and the day before I had 1900 cals….. I just don’t sweat it.
As I am eating such large portions of leafy green veggies and a variety of other vegetables and fruits, it’s important to get in enough protein and calcium too. Actually leafy green vegetables have LOTS of protein in them but there are different types of proteins and at the moment I am reading up on diet and nutrition. I am also using great websites like http://whfoods.org/diseasestoc.php that has a HUGE directory of nutritional values of wholefoods when working out the amounts of fats, vitamins and minerals etc in my diet..
MOVING AWAY FROM PROCESSED FOODS & EATING MORE ORGANIC
One of the main things I am hoping to achieve is to move away from processed foods and reduce my reliance on these as much as possible. I still have breads (although much less then I did) and I use soy sauce and some salad dressing but nearly everything else is simply just food in its raw state (raw nuts, fresh vegetables, pulses, beans, rice, fresh fruit).
Here is one of the most exciting things I am discovering- my taste buds! Suddenly I am realizing just how sweet grapes are! A simple thing I took for granted before is now my new candy! A simple sweet grape is divine
Here’s the biggest thing I still can’t believe… I can now do 30 minutes of walking (without stopping!).
10 days ago when I handed in my application form for the “60 day fitness challenge” one of my goals was “being able to walk for 40 minutes non-stop”. At that time I could barely walk 5 minutes…
Now I walk 10 minutes at lunch time and 30 minutes after work (or before)… who would have thought such an improvement could be made in less than 10 days. It’s been hard work, I’ve had to push myself but the sense of achievement is wonderful…
DAY 9 FOOD
Large organic oatmeal with handful of blueberries (350)
20 raw almonds (200)
1 small banana (150)
Huge bowl of raw spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and onions dressing + 2 wholewheat wraps (600)
10 organic crackers (100)
Large veggie stew with mixed beans/lentils (olive oil for frying onions and mushrooms) (500)
Drinks- 2 litres of water + green tea