Week Two Eating Clean

Fashion & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Well, of course week two was a bit more challenging than week one. I had one night that I splurged on Key Lime Pie (Scott and I were out for dinner), but aside from that I stuck to my essential clean foods: fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, and organic meats & fish.

Scott hit a produce stand mid-week and brought home delicious squash, zucchini, strawberries, blueberries, and mangoes. At the grocery store, I picked up some natural hummus that I enjoyed with raw veggies as my late time snack.

I still haven’t weighed myself but clothes definitely feel more loose-fitting. I rarely have cravings and when you have Chronic health issues such as Hypothyroidism, Endometriosis, and PMDD cravings are not only common but frequent. It’s our bodies natural mechanism to counter the fatigue.

There was one day last week, in particular, I sensed quite a few PMDD symptoms (difficulty concentrating, fatigue of course, and cravings). I wanted something carby…bread…sugar…and on these days carrots and even nuts don’t cut it.  This was the night that Scott and I went out for dinner.

I ordered Mahi Mahi, coconut rice, and roasted vegetables which was unbelievably delicious! I’m not going to scrutinize the menu nor the cook to make drastic changes to my meal selection because I rarely go out for meals. That being said, I’m sure my dish had some sugar, oil, possibly butter in there, but I won’t consider this a cheat when the dish is made up of mainly whole foods.

However, when the dessert menu came out I deliberately changed gears. While adamantly staring at Scott I said, “Oh, I’m having a dessert.”  To which he replied, “I don’t care, but you’re going to have to tell your readers.”

“Of course I’ll tell my readers!  That’s what I do on LE Woman.  I tell them…as I go…from a realistic standpoint!”  

Readers, that Key Lime Pie was just ridiculous. I ate the pie. And, I loved it. (But Scott did help me eat it.)

The next day, I got right back on track. That’s a good thing. On Saturday, my mom had an impromptu birthday celebration for her friend (she’s like an Aunt to me) at her house with sausage, pepperoni, cheese, scallops, and lobster-stuffed ravioli! I gave up pork and shellfish, and I am omitting dairy for another few weeks. Typically this would have been the end of me, but I had no desire to eat these foods.

Due to my new affinity towards vegetarian sushi rolls, I brought them to my mom’s along with a pocket-full of trail mix (dried fruit and nuts…which I LOVE) that served as a great substitute over the strawberry short-cake mom served for dessert.

I DID NOT EAT THE CAKE! (But, I can’t say I won’t eat it next time.)

Overall, I did really well last week. Do I feel less symptoms? I notice a slight difference, but I imagine it will take time. The most important thing is that I rarely have cravings anymore and I feel healthier.

I know my body is happy with the nutrients I am giving it, and that makes me very VERY Happy!

So, I leave you with a picture of dinner last night.  I’ll post the recipe later today or tomorrow. Agave Lemon-Lime Tilapia. It is heavenly. I want to eat it all over again. It is that good!

Rachel Maria's Agave Lemon-Lime Tilapia
Agave Lemon-Lime Tilapia
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