Well, day one is over and done with and I survived. All in all I really liked the food, but some things more than others. I'm a person that is picky when it comes to the texture of food not so much the taste. My husband was suffering last night with one of the worst headaches he's ever had (big time caffeine withdraw). I have taken photos of all of my meals and added them to the album 21 day challenge. I will continue to do this on all new meals I eat, but not on the repeats. Since I only eat half a meal, I will use one small for 2 days.
The guidelines to this challenge is to do a liver cleanse in the morning, drink 80 oz of water minimum, eat every 2.5 to 3 hours, and work out 3 hours a week. O and the only types of drinks allowed are water and green tea. All of the meals are kept refrigerated and heated up according to the directions on the container when it is time to eat them.
I was able to get in 80+ ounces of water which increased my intake by 20 oz a day.
I did not work out on the first day because of the inflammation in my knee (common for me, and only take a backseat when the pain is sharp).
The liver cleanse -
This is a nasty little drink. It has unsweetened cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and liquid B12. They have to recipes that you can make, one a shooter type of drink and one a 12 oz drink you sip on. The acidity of the cleanse made me sick. You are supposed to drink it before you eat breakfast and within half an hour of waking up. I did that and couldn't eat for a good hour. So it is not something I recommend. I did something a little different on day 2 which I'll explain tomorrow.
Breakfast - Mix N Mash
This was a very tasty way to start off my day. It contains chicken, eggs, rice, yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, and a tiny bit of cheese. The eggs are a 5 white to 1 yolk ratio and are cooked perfectly. The flavors are really nice and not bland like I thought they would be. For half of a small meal it had 120 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 8 Carbs, and 12.5g protein.
Snack 1 - Oatmega Mint Chocolate Bar :wub:
Where have these bars been??? So tasty and better than any other bar like this I have found. It didn't have that gritty texture and wasn't chalky. The bar has 190 Calories, 6g Fat, 23 Carbs, and 14g Protein.
Lunch - Lean Lemon Turkey
I didn't know what to think of this, ground turkey and rice. At first glance I was like yay cardboard for lunch. I was surprised though. It had great flavor (I didn't squeeze the lemon wedge on it) and was actually a tiny bit spicy. I was able to eat half of a small and be perfectly full. There is more turkey than rice and I actually didn't end up with that much rice. The half of the meal has 110 Calories, 6g fat, 10.5 carbs, and 9g protein.
Snack 2 - Chicken Fruit Bowl
This wasn't that great to me. It's a container with chicken, grapes, apple, orange, and grapefruit. The fruit was nice and tasty, but the cold chicken did not appeal to me. I ended up heating up the chicken and that made it better. I think I might not have liked it because it reminded me of how everything tastes in the cafe at work (they use the same spice for anything and everything). All it all it wasn't bad and I wasn't able to finish a small portion (fruit really fills me up). The bowl has 170 Calories, 6g fat, 16 carbs, and 14g protein.
Dinner - Funner Fish Sticks
This was one of my favorite meals growing up. I haven't had them in forever because they aren't healthy and I didn't know how to make them healthy. These fish sticks are tilapia coated in almond meal and flaxseed breading and very tasty. They meal also has green beans and cinnamon carrots. The cinnamon carrots were very interesting but tasty. I'd never had carrots with cinnamon on them, but this was the first time I was able to eat cooked carrots and enjoy them. I didn't eat the sauce that came with them because it didn't appeal to me. I ate half of a small (2 sticks) and it contains 140 Calories, 6g Fat, 9.5g Carbs, and 11.5g Protein.
Protein Snack -
Because of the limited calorie intake and my worry about eating at 6 pm and not again for 12 hours, I drank half of a protein shake a few hours after dinner. This is something that is allowed on this challenge. The half a protein shake contained 60 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 1.5 carbs, and 12g protein.
All in all I enjoyed the meals on day one and don't think this will be all that bad. I didn't have any cravings during the day and enjoyed the ease of not having to figure out what to eat and the free time from not cooking.
Daily Intake Totals:
Water: 80+ oz