Personal Blog by Rhonda Crowdis Hardisty

Hearty & Healthy: Day 1

heart_nutSo, it’s the end of day one and I kept to just under 1500 calories and did not eat anything processed, that I know of. I had overnight oats for breakfast that were very good, but left me hungry a few hours later. So, I had an apple for a morning snack, then for lunch a spinach and kale salad with a bit of romaine and mushrooms for texture with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. I felt like I was eating grass! I also hated the dressing. With little available at school that’s not processed, I forced myself to eat it anyway. I survived, but I will certainly use more romaine and a yogurt based dressing for lunch tomorrow. I think a lot of what I am going to find during this challenge is what I like and what I don’t like. I also expect my taste to change as I move away from things with artificial flavors and grow to love things with natural taste built-in. For other snacks I had pumpkin and sunflower seeds! Probably one of the best thing I had all day. For dinner, I made 15 bean soup in the crock pot last night and served it for dinner tonight.

Overall , it was a good day. I didn’t die from a lack of processed food, though I will say I was very tired by the time I left school at 3:30. I work 6:00 to 3:30 or 4:00 pm 5 days a week during the school year. I chalk that up to no caffeine today. Yes, I could have had caffeine, but I typically have my caffeine one of two ways; Starbucks skinny Vanilla Macchiato or a Monster energy drink. Some days I have both. Today I had neither. It may take a few days to figure out how I want to get my caffeine, if at all. I can live without it. I just may be tired until my body adjusts. Luckily, I have never been one to get a headache from lack of caffeine.

My oats and salad are now ready for tomorrow. Next on the agenda will be finding a recipe for tomorrow’s dinner. On this new venture I’m going to have to prepare the night before so that I can tell the girls what to put in the crock pot in the morning after I leave for school.

Any suggestions about lunch or caffeine intake?

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