Day 4 is complete*, and I’m learning that freezer-friendly recipes are my friends! Before I get to that, let’s look at today’s stats:
Breakfast: Spoonful of crunchy peanut butter and an apple (I had to eat breakfast on the run this morning, so this was quick and easy.)
Lunch: BLT salad (Same as last night’s supper since I had an extra slice of bacon left over); Pear slices
Supper: Edamame; Baked chicken (I made Italian Ranch Chicken Strips for my family and set aside a few plain pieces for myself, sprinkled with a little paprika and black pepper.); Mashed cauliflower (Recipe found HERE–This was my first attempt at mashed cauliflower and will probably be my last. Just not a huge fan of the smell or the flavor.)
Snacks: Veggies and hummus; Unsalted peanuts with raisins; Cherries
Tea of Choice: Rooibos
Exercise: Interval training
Energy Level: Not terrible but not great. I had a little bit of a headache throughout the day, which could be from the diet changes or from sleep factors. (I’ve been getting to bed way too late this week, thanks to our lazy summer schedule. Need to work on that.)
– Another sleep factor to consider is that I’ve been getting up at least once or twice in the night to empty my bladder, thanks to taking the herbal cleanse pills before bedtime. I try to limit how much I drink with them, but frequent trips to the restroom are a natural part of detoxification. Even though it can be frustrating, it does seem to get better the farther I get into the cleanse. And ultimately I know my body will thank me because of all the junk that’s getting flushed out. If I were doing this the right way, I would adjust by going to bed earlier so the midnight wake-ups don’t hinder my overall sleep so much. 🙂
– It’s been a big help to make full recipes of my cleanse-friendly meals early on. Since my family isn’t following the diet with me, it gives me lots of leftovers for quick and easy meals later. The turkey chili I made on Monday gave me 8 individual portions to refrigerate/freeze. I cooked an extra piece of chicken tonight to use in a salad tomorrow. And I plan to make a paleo egg casserole this weekend that will give me several easy meals as well.
Planning ahead really is the key to making the challenge a success!
So that’s Day 4 in a nutshell. Off to bed I go…
*My completion of Advocare’s 24-day challenge is not a personal endorsement of Advocare or any of its products. Advocare’s products may cause adverse health effects in some people and shouldn’t be entered without full understanding and consultation with a physician.