Eat to Live 6 Week Challenge- Catrina Week 1

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This week has been rough! On the bright side I lost 3.2 pounds. I weighed in this morning at 151.8, down from 154.8. Eek! With that said, it definitely was not that great of a week following Eat To Live. I wasn’t feeling that well, and did not write down anything I ate. I got sick mid-week, and struggled to cook for myself.

On Monday, I told myself that there’s no better day than the first of the year to start eating healthy, so I started one day early.  I hadn’t meal prepped anything, but I already follow a vegan diet, so I knew I could get by with what I already had until I could make a list and get to the store.  Since it has been colder than normal out, I craved something warm, and for breakfast ate a big owl of oats with almond milk, peanut butter, raisins, cinnamon and banana. Lunch and dinner were a bit of a blur (I should have written it down) Although, I know I did all cooked foods, except for some apples and peanut butter, and didn’t really get any raw veggies in this day.  I had my husband take a couple “before” pictures of me Monday night. I was so excited to take a beginning photo, I didn’t even think to fix my hair into a decent pony tail. Oops. (Please be forgiving! Haha)

On Tuesday, I woke up ready to make a list and go to the grocery store to get some shopping done. I fed the kids and made myself some green tea while I got my list together, headed to the grocery store and stocked up on my food for the week. I didn’t realize that I forgot to eat breakfast until I was already at the store. Shopping hungry is always a bad combo, but luckily, I stuck to my list. I snacked on some fruit when I got home, then made lunch and later dinner. I don’t remember what we had. I was REALLY craving some chocolate after dinner, but managed to ignore it and go to sleep (instead of going into the pantry like I normally would have.)

Wednesday morning, I made myself a fruit smoothie for breakfast, (can’t recall lunch) and for dinner I made Dr Fuhrman’s zucchini soup and some tofu on the side. I was super excited to try this soup, but was not blown away. My husband thought it was okay, and my kids did not care for it at all, but to be fair they aren’t usually a fan of any green soups. I had some apples and peanut butter after dinner too. (I think giving up peanut butter may be harder than sweets, but at least the one I buy is purely peanuts.)

Thursday morning, I woke up SICK. This was a rough day for me. The thought of a salad made me nauseous, so I put one in the blender with some fruit to try and mask the taste. It wasn’t too bad actually. I slept and tried to stay in bed, other than to get up and eat, the rest of the day. I craved toast and butter (my usual is to eat quite a number of slices when I am not feeling well) and ended up tearing off a corner of the loaf of French bread and ate it. It helped calm my stomach a bit, and I tried not to beat myself up about it, because it was better I just help myself feel better than worry if I am following the diet 100%.

Friday was pretty much the same as Thursday, if not worse, and I just spent all day in bed, although I did force myself to get up and eat throughout the day. Friday night I made a bell pepper soup with lentils, squash, and brown rice and it was delicious! Even my meat eating husband really liked it. After not having too much of an appetite I ate three huge bowls of it. It definitely was the thing I needed to feel good.

When I woke up Saturday, I felt much better and I weighed myself to see I lost 3.2 pounds. Woohoo! While I know it could be a mix of not feeling well and not eating anything gross, I know it’s more the latter because I usually don’t lose weight when I am sick. I usually will eat unhealthy food to make myself feel better (even though it usually doesn’t).

I am excited to see where this diet takes me next week, because, while I am happy I lost a few pounds in 5 days, I would love to see where it goes when I am feeling better, and am actually up moving around and eating more compliant to the program.

 

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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