I used to be in the school of thought that a cleanse of sorts, maybe a 5- or 7-day slim down, was the way to go after an extended period of over-indulgence. It worked out for me for a while but eventually it felt like I was forcing myself to eat things I didn’t want for faster results. Not to mention, I’d often end up hungry at the end of the day. That 5-day slim down quickly turned into 2 days and me feeling frustrated with myself.
These days, things are a little different. I’ve realized that because I do eat healthy 80-90% of the time, just going back to my regular eats is more than enough to get me feeling back to normal. Not to mention I’m actually feeling satisfied by eating what I want. Go figure..
I typically go back and forth between my favorite protein oats with nut butters and some variation on protein pancakes. I’m currently on an oatmeal kick and I’m loving it.
I used to be pretty routine with my snacks and almost never missed an extra bite to eat in the morning. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed I haven’t been as hungry for a morning snack. I’m not sure if it’s because I tend to eat breakfast a little bit later now or my decrease in cardio. Yesterday, however, I needed more food!
My PB&J yogurt parfait hit the spot. The blueberries here have been absolutely outrageous lately so I couldn’t pass em up. And the Blue Diamond blueberry almonds went surprisingly well with this too!
I must have had a serious lack of vegetables over the past week or 2 because I’ve been craving salads like nobody’s business! People preach the importance of trusting and listening to your body; my veggie cravings really show the truth in that. I’m not forcing myself to eat a salad but it’s just so satisfying. Your body knows best!
The stars of this BAS [big ass salad] were definitely the roasted sweet potato and baked almond tofu. Again, the nut butters in every meal. No surprise here!
When I was working a 9-5, my afternoon snacks would always be a bar of some sort; Think Thin, KIND, etc. Now that I have some afternoons at home, I like to take advantage of the opportunity to whip something up and leave the more processed foods for when I need the convenience.
My very favorite peanut butter mug cake was calling but we have the perfect number of eggs left for tomorrow’s breakfast [seriously, 18 eggs in 3 days over here!] so I made it vegan with a flax egg. The texture was a little different but just as wonderful! A little extra peanut butter and a crumbled [stale] dark chocolate pretzel never hurt anyone.
Dinners this week are veggie- and
lean protein chicken-heavy. I told Nathan to expect light meals all week so we can get ourselves back to normal. He’s been a good sport and we’ve both been happy to reap the benefits of light, healthy, home-cooked meals.
His request: dry-braised green beans. Lots of chicken for both of us and sauteed bok choy for me too. Quite possibly the healthiest Chinese dish ever ha!
Often I go for an apple at night. I like the crunch, the little bit of sweetness, and if I haven’t quite had enough nut butter throughout the day, I’ll slice up my apple for dipping. Sometimes, however, I’m craving something a little bit more indulgent. The best desserts are those that taste indulgent but aren’t, right? Enter Forte Gelato..
This protein gelato has only 160 calories and 2.5g fat, is packed with 15g protein, and most importantly is SO delicious! Of the 4 flavors—vanilla, chocolate, ginger, and espresso—I’d have to say my top 2 are ginger and espresso. The ginger is similar to the vanilla but which a little extra spiciness and the espresso is similar to the chocolate but with an espresso punch.
Aside from the creamy texture and simple, clean flavors, I really appreciate the short ingredient list. It’s not something you’d expect from a product like this! If you’re an gelato/froyo/ice cream fan like I am, I’d definitely recommend getting yourself a delivery soon!
After just 3 days of getting my eating back to normal, I’m already feeling so much better [you know, despite the stomach bug..] It just goes to show how much food truly is fuel and can effect they way you feel. Besides, how many cleanses let you eat gelato? 😉
Food for Thought
Are you a cleanser or do you prefer to go back to your regular eats to feel normal again?
Have you or would you try a protein gelato?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of Forte Gelato. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.
Everything looks delicious, girlie! And I have to say I agree with you 100% on getting back to basics after a period of overindulgence. That’s actually what I’ve been doing myself this week…and I’ve been on a bit of an oatmeal kick too! Thanks so much for the shout out for my mug cake! So glad you like it and great to know that it works well with a flax egg! And now…I must go stalk that protein gelato website! I’ve never heard of it till now!
I had to make another mug cake yesterday too 😉 DEF check out the gelato.. SO good!
Talk about a day of delicious meals. The meat aside I’d eat all of it right there and I’m SO with you on the cleanses. Days of indulgences happen and while they’re probably an extreme at times why go to the other extreme [a cleanse/ detox] right afterwards? That’s not sustainable in the long run and that’s at least what I am striving for in my diet.
Oh, and thanks for letting me know Heather’s mug cake works vegan, too. I’m always a little wary of experimenting with those recipes myself.
Totally agree. Even if you lose 5 lbs on a cleanse, you’re likely to gain at least half back when you go back to normal. Things take time!
Yummy! Love that you have protein gelato too! What a great idea….especially for the nutritional stats for it! I have tried those blueberry almonds too, and they were delicious! great day of eats!
I was definitely surprised at how much I enjoy the blueberry almonds. I was expecting more of an artificial flavor.. delish!
I’d definitely be interested in trying that protein gelato! Routine is feeling so good to me too!
OMG that gelato.. after you said you wanted some ice cream it’s all I could think about haha
Yum. I agree about slimdowns or detoxes or whatever. I am always starving-no I can’t workout 2x today and eat 1200 calories with limited carbs sorrynotsorry. That salad looks amazing-I need to take salad-making lessons from you. Also THAT FORTE GELATO. I bought two a month ago at Wegmans and already had it in my basket when a store employee said they were new and really good. We were both correct-I love that they have some protein in them!
I think making salads look pretty is all about clumping the different ingredients together on top haha. And YES the gelato! I loveeee it.
Oh my gahhhh! YUM! All your eats look so good, especially your dinner. I love green beans!
Haha thanks lady!
Um I need to find that gelato ASAP!
Yes. Yes you do 😉