So today is day 16 of Advocare. I'm having a bit of trouble with Phase 2 still. And I'm having a bit of trouble with taking a poop. Yes I'm just going to lay it out there. Yesterday I gained 0.2 lbs. This morning I gained 0.4 more for a total of +0.6. This is the FIRST time the scale has gone up on Advocare. It has stayed exactly the same, but it has never gone up. It's a tad bit disappointing to me. I'm a perfectionist. Yesterday I was not hungry. Not at all. I didn't even eat 2 of my snacks. Not on purpose, but I didn't think about it, I wasn't hungry and I was busy at work. I ran 3 miles last night. And yet I still gained. I don't know what's going on, but I know I need to poop! I did a little bit this morning. Just enough to stop me from downing some ex-lax! But it's becoming a mental thing for me, regardless of whether or not there is a real physical issue. I don't feel bloated, but maybe it would help the scale if some of the food I ate left my body? I did order some probitoics from Advocare that will be here tomorrow. I'm really trying to not use ex-lax during this healthy eating phase. I worked hard to cleanse my body and taking that just seems wrong.
So what do I eat? Well here are the advocare food suggestions.
During the first 10 days, but day looked like this:
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs & quinoa
Snack: a piece of fruit
Lunch: romaine lettuce salad with 6 ox grilled chicken breast and salsa for dressing (this is my *normal* lunch at work that I eat at least 4 days a week regardless of being on a diet)
Snack: strawberries and maybe a hard boiled egg. Maybe not at the same time (we have hard boiled eggs in the fridge all the time during this challenge)
Dinner: usually a serving a meat and a vegetable
Snack: banana and cashew butter
If I got hungry I would snack on some kind of fruit or another hard boiled egg. We have grapes and cut up cantaloupe in the fridge all the time. I probably should eat more vegetables as snacks, but I've never been good at that. We prep my chicken on Sundays and we have always done that. We grill it, cut it up and put it in baggies and I'm good to go all week. I was also prepping my scrambled eggs during this phase on Sundays. I would reheat them at work. You have to take supplements 30 mins before you eat so I would take those on the way to work and then eat breakfast when I get here.
For phase 2 I'm eating the same, but Advocare provides meal replacement shakes for breakfast, so that's what I'm eating for breakfast. During this phase, on the weekends sometimes my lunch is breakfast foods of 2 scrambled eggs and turkey bacon or turkey sausage. I'm a big fan of eating breakfast for any meal :)
Dinner can vary a little bit for us. Last night we had lettuce wrapped turkey burgers and baked sweet potato fries. One day we had steak and cauliflower. We've made unstuffed cabbage roll soup as well as a quinoa, sweet potato and chicken soup (crock pot). Tonight we are having stuffed peppers. I love that recipe and we've been making it for a couple years. I try to avoid carbs at dinner, but I'm eating a bit more of them this phase due to the trouble I'm having. Quinoa as a dinner carb is one of my favorite cause your body processes it better than other carbs.
If you want to see the pamphlet that comes with the 24 day challenge you can look here.
Honestly I'm trying very very hard to eat very very clean and I'm doing a pretty good job of it. Until these last two days the weight was falling off and I've been very happy. I'm not really sure what's going on right now, but weighing in at 200.2 was a really downer this morning. I hope I have a big drop in the next day or so to get back to where I was.
So this is what I've been doing. Right or wrong - I'm not an expert. I've not had a single processed thing since this started. No dairy. No fried foods. No unnatural sugars. The cravings for those things are less, but not gone. I'd totally inhale a cupcake right now. . . or drink a shocktop! :) So I will have to figure out what happens on day 25 :)