Eating Clean: Day #1

I love counting, making lists and checking things off, countdowns, stats, charts, journals, and any way of keeping track of the progress I have made.  You have probably noticed it from some of my other posts.  

This time around, I am finally going to clean up my eating.  It has been heartbreaking to watch my dad suffer with diabetes, kidney failure, and chronic heart disease.  My mom said that he said, “In my entire life I haven’t done drugs and I don’t drink.  I work so hard and this still happened to me.”  I am learning that life is not fair and bad things happen to the people that we love the most.

For years, I coped with food…  Food has been my comfort and joy, but also a means to sabotage myself.  I have had success with losing weight in the past, but it was never in a healthy way.  As the years go by, I can tell by the way that I feel and the way that my body looks that I need to make some long-term changes.

I have so many blessings in my life and I don’t want to take them for granted anymore.  Through the years my mom has always loved Ani Phyo’s books on raw food and clean eating.  Very recently she invited me to do Ani’s 15 Day Fat Blast.

In the past I was always apprehensive to do this workout.  The biggest 3 reasons were: First, I was worried that the ingredients would be expensive. Secondly, I thought that it would be time-consuming. Finally, I wasn’t sure that I could really commit to 15 full days of clean eating with no junk food, snacks, or coffee.

My decision to embark on this raw food journey was a gradual then deliberate decision.  One afternoon I started looking through my mom’s book (which I had actually purchased back in 2012, but never read).  The recipes looked easy, affordable, and healthy.  Next, I ordered the book from amazon and it quickly arrived, but I just let it sit there unopened for over a week.  In the meantime, I continued my unhealthy ways…  Bringing home takeout, Chinese food, ice cream sandwiches, and ordering pizzas…

This week I finally decided to investigate and commit to healthy living.

This is what Day 1 looked like for me:

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My menu for the Day!

Breakfast:

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Blueberry Blast smoothie, lemon &lime water, and green tea!

Snack:

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Pineapple Green Shake!

Lunch: Spicy Bok Choy Soup

Snack: I liked the Pineapple Green Shake so much that I made it again after my workout!

Dinner:

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Tomato Bisque

The hardest part about dinner was the fact that I was craving some salty, solid food.  It also didn’t help that one of our tenants ordered pizza and brownies and was eating it downstairs while I diced raw tomatoes, garlic, and an avocado for my bisque.

I have to say that I really enjoy the sweet smoothies, but these savory soups are going to take some getting used to.  I am proud that I strongly resisted the temptation to grab a handful of pita chips to go with my bisque.  Let me tell ya, it was NOT easy!!!

I am just so happy that I made it through an entire day of clean eating with no exceptions.  Also, the fact that the food was wholesome and raw is even more exciting to me.  It is a definite test of will.

How do you hit the “Re-set Button” when you want to get healthy?  Do you drink a detox tea or follow a certain plan?  Do you have any experiences with raw eating?  Please comment below to share your thoughts and ideas!  I would love to hear them!!!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

27 thoughts on “Eating Clean: Day #1

  1. Yeahhhh!!!! Good for you! In no time your taste buds will change, and you’ll actually crave these things and the salty sweet stuff just wont taste good to you anymore. I’m excited for you!

    1. Hi Shannon!
      Thanks for the encouragement! I just made it through my 2nd day and I feel really good. I definitely still miss all the sweet and salty junk that I’m used to, but I am looking forward to the day when my tastebuds change! Have a great week!!!

      ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

    1. Hi Jai!
      Thank you! Yes, my health was getting worse and worse and I knew it was time for a change. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I will definitely keep you posted!
      Have a wonderful week!!!

      ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

  2. This is awesome! I wonder if something like this would work for me, being a gastric bypass patient. I know I must take in at least 60 grams of protein a day so I’m not sure i’d be able to go 100% clean and still get in my requirements, especially if a lot of it requires “drinking” your calories. Ive really been toying with the idea lately so I’ll look into what you’ve posted. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Linda!
      I truly admire you and your journey! That is one thing I have noticed about this plan is that there is not a lot of protein especially in the beginning. I do like the cleansing element of this plan, but I would be careful and make sure that you are still getting your requirements in. Let me know what you find out. I would definitely love to continue this conversation!
      Have a Great week!

      ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

  3. You’re doing great Alana!! I always get insanely inspired on Pinterest when it comes to clean eating!! Oh and btw, I know how much you love your lists and checking things off, tracking your progress,… You should get into bullet journaling!! I’m sure you’ll love it!! I’ve also recently started!! xoxo Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah!
      Oh how I love Pinterest! So many fun and fresh ideas :). That is so awesome that you are bullet journaling. I have always wanted to. Maybe I will have to start! I hope you are enjoying your week!

      ❤ Alana xoxoxo

      1. Hi Alana!! i’m sure you’ll love it! As you are a list person :D. And you’d be able to track yourself. There are some amazing BuJo’s out there. You should check FeeFee_Bujo and Boho Berry on YouTube!! My week is fantastic actually!! Tomorrow is my last day at my company. And Monday I start anew!! I can’t wait. I’ll miss the colleagues, but it’s time for a new chapter! I hope you enjoy your week too!! xoxo Sarah

      2. Hi Sarah!
        Thanks for the youtube recommendations. Youtube has been my favorite go-to lately. Even more than before. So many inspiring individuals on there :). Wow! Your last day that is exciting! I am so happy that you have made this wonderful choice for yourself and your future. Yes, you cannot go wrong when you are living your truth!!! I am sending you great big *hugs*. Also, enjoy your last day. You have worked hard for this moment! I am so excited for you and your new beginning!!!

        ❤ Alana

      3. Thank you Alana!! I’m very happy to start anew. It’s so strange leaving the wonderful colleagues behind. But it was time to turn the page… Big hugs to you too girl!!! Have a wonderful weekend! ❤ ❤ xoxo Sarah

      4. Hi Sarah!
        I am excited for your new chapter! I am thinking of you and admire your courage in leaving your familiar life behind for something even better!!!

        ❤ Alana

      5. Hi Alana, I’m full of hope. And I know myself better now. I won’t let anyone step on my boundaries anymore… That’s what I especially learned from it… xoxo Sarah

    1. Hi Tivamoo!
      I made it to Day 7 and then I gave in. Since then I have had a pattern of eating clean for a week then eating horribly for a week. Last week I cut down on so much fruit and ate more greens and I started to feel good again. Then this weekend I fell off. Yesterday I made a quinoa, black bean salad and want to attempt to eat clean again. I am not going to give up, but this time I want to find a way that works. So I think it will be less restrictive than that first time.
      You’re right, it is challenging to eat cleanly, but if we can each find a healthy way of eating that works then I think it will be worth-it.
      What are some healthy habits that you would like to start? I would love to encourage and support you on your journey!

      ❤ Alana

      1. That’s so encouraging! I want to try eat clean as well (still have 2 packs of chips at home hehehe) but I might start recording my eat clean journey too… the thing is that I am not good at making food so making salad etc is a bit challenging for me. It’s winter now in Melbourne so I might try making some veg soup… let’s see!😽

      2. You can do it! I can totally relate to you and the fact that eating clean can feel daunting especially if it means we have to cook. Just remember that little steps and small changes can go a long way. I have started drinking more water and that has helped me feel more energetic. A veggie soup sounds delicious. I have read articles about the benefits of eating seasonal fruits and veggies. Let me know how it goes!

        ❤ Alana

  4. Great post! I love where you’re going with this…It’s important to remove foods that don’t serve you. All food is either alkaline or acidic forming. If your body is more acidic, you are more prone to disease, illness, bacteria and viruses. One of the things that always scares me is….if you think about that one food you crave, that one food is the one causing the most damage to your body! Scary thought!
    Kassy | https://syrahandsmoothies.com

    1. Hi Kassy!
      Thanks for stopping by :). I didn’t know that the one food we crave is the one causing the most damage to the body! That is a terrifying thought, but I am glad you said it because I will think about that before I give in to my junk food cravings! I am looking forward to following you and reading more!!!

      ❤ Alana

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