It's Official! I'm down 50 pounds!
I need to let that sink in for a minute, 50 pounds is a huge accomplishment. I think I need to channel the “Biggest Loser” and try carrying around 50 pounds. I have a hard enough time carrying my son and he only weighs 32 pounds. When I have difficulty putting my weight loss in proper perspective I think of things like the carry the weight challenge. I admit despite my weight loss I actually feel bigger now than I did when I weighed over 200 pounds. I am now paying more attention to things like my jiggling cellulite and my abs that are not toned. I Need to stop with that negative thinking and focus on the positive.
I’ve been doing the Clean program for almost a week and I feel so good. I am preparing healthy food that is totally free of things like wheat and gluten that I know are allergy triggers for me. Although I do not have a severe allergic reaction to wheat and gluten, I have more mucus, less energy and I believe more inflammation when I eat these things.
My hip feels wonderful, after several months of hip pain I am finally able to run on a consistent basis to train for the Nike Half-Marathon on October 17th. I am fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and thanks to my generous donors I have almost raised my goal of $4000 - notice the “almost” you can donate here.
Because I’ve been eating Clean I’ve been preparing more home cooked meals. I want to share my meal for the day - grilled portobello mushroom, brown rice and lentil soup.
The soup is basically an empty the refrigerator soup. I had leftover lentils and added carrots, bok choy, onions, flax seeds, cilantro, garam masala, ginger, cumin, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash original, salt, mustard seeds and black pepper. I just kept adding things until I liked the flavor since I used plain water as the base I need to ensure it was seasoned well.
The portobello mushroom I lightly coated with cold-pressed olive oil and flavored with garlic and rosemary. I placed it in the broiler and it was done in about 8 minutes.
I admit it takes time to cook but I am finding that I enjoy it and my family seems to enjoy my creations too. There haven’t been any leftovers! And my refrigerator is filled with so many fresh ingredients that I am always on the lookout for interesting and new recipes to try. Unlike other detoxes, this one has been great because there is food involved- I like to eat! After I finish Clean I think I am going to continue maintaining by having a shake for breakfast as suggested by Dr. Junger. I enjoy the shakes for breakfast and I want to life as “clean” as possible. I already have thoughts of baking my own bread so that I can avoid wheat and gluten. I’ll keep you posted!
*I received the Clean Program for review purposes but all opinions are my own.