CFW, Day 1
The first day of my self-imposed “Crap Free Week” went really well. In fact, I feel so good that I wish I’d not let things slip so far that I needed to do a CFW. But it’s all good because I am now and hopefully these habits will stick, again 🙂
For breakfast, I used my other package of Kozy Shack Ready Grains and topped it with a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter. I went to Whole Foods this weekend, so this is the 365 brand all natural creamy PB, one of my all-time favorites…it had been forever since I’d had this one. Everyone thinks Whole Foods is such an expensive place to shop and it can be depending on what you buy. But this jar of peanut butter was only $2.19 which is cheaper than the majority of the brands sold at Kroger. Hmm…
This must’ve been some powerful stuff because I did not eat again until lunchtime! I think on days that I don’t work out in the mornings, I should make it a goal to have a satisfying breakfast that will hold me until lunchtime. I also had some black coffee on the way to work that I made at home.
For lunch, I had a tuna sandwich (tuna + celery + tsp light mayo) on whole wheat bread (with no HFCS!) with spinach leaves; along with some Annie’s cheddar bunnies (where have they been all my life!), broccoli w/ cheese, and an orange.
This was such a good lunch that it lasted me four hours! This is almost unheard of when I’m at work 🙂
The Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies were amazing. They are like the “goldfish” only with much healthier ingredients. You get 50 bunnies in a serving for 150 calories. When I have sandwiches, sometimes I like to have something a little crunchy like chips or crackers and these were the perfect substitute. Here are some facts about these amazing little things (and they were on sale for $2/box at Target!):
BEST INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR, ORGANIC EXPELLER PRESSED VEGETABLE OIL (SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER), SALT, ORGANIC CHEDDAR CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES), YEAST EXTRACT, ORGANIC PAPRIKA, ORGANIC ANNATTO EXTRACT FOR NATURAL COLOR, ORGANIC GROUND CELERY SEED, ORGANIC ONION POWDER, YEAST. (** uh oh Kath, onion powder!! haha)
They contain NO sugar, low sodium, 0g trans fat, low Saturated fat, no cholesterol — they do have a few grams of protein but no fiber, that is the only downside. But if you are getting enough elsewhere in your diet, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy this with your meal or as a snack. I will totally be buying them again and I saw that there is a sour cream & onion flavor, so I’ll be on the hunt for those soon!
I chose to exercise after lunch today because of my experience last week with just not feeling very energetic (lack of fuel) and putting in a poor performance. It was definitely better this time! I just did a quick 30 minutes on the treadmill, mostly jogging with just a couple walk breaks. It was awesome! I felt so refreshed and I think it helped me stay focused the rest of the day.
For my afternoon snack, I tried a new yogurt, Voskos Greek Style yogurt. I don’t say this lightly…this may be the best blueberry yogurt I’ve had. It reminded me a lot of the Whole Soy & Co blueberry, only it’s dairy instead. It didn’t have the same thick consistency as most greek yogurts I am used to but it did have tons of protein!
From the website:
#1 Selling Greek Style Yogurt
Take your taste buds on a Greek extravaganza with Voskos Greek Style Yogurt. Voskos Greek Style Yogurt is made with live and active cultures and is strained to naturally bring creamy taste and thick, smooth texture without gums or starches. Straining make Voskos Greek Style Yogurt naturally low in carbs and calories and high in protein. It is delicious eaten alone or mixed with fruits or granola for quick energy snack or breakfast.
Thick & Natural
I really enjoyed this yogurt and certainly felt satisfied from it with all the protein and none of the nasty ingredients other yogurts have. I really do think there is truth to the idea that artificial ingredients, though low in calories, can actually cause you to crave more food, especially sweet things. This did not happen to me at all today! The orange at lunch was sweet enough and this yogurt carried me through the afternoon with no need for candy or chocolate.
I had class last night until 7, so while I was there, I enjoyed this bad boy, I picked up a box of these at Target after I read that’s where Lindsay found some (she’s my Target twin):