Day 1

Okay, so in The Virgin Diet the author says that food cravings are at their worst in the first few days.  After day one I’m honestly already a little bored with the food I can eat, but maybe once my body is no longer craving sugar, dairy, and gluten I will appreciate the good foods more. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of approved foods that are really good (nut butters, fruit, coconut, meat, olives, etc.), but most of them just don’t seem as exciting as, say, cheese or chocolate. I like food to be interesting, and most of the foods I can eat this month don’t interest me.  I wouldn’t say that I had very strong cravings on day one, but pepperoni pizza was sounding really good for dinner. That was kind of weird since I don’t eat or want pizza very often.

So here’s what I did eat…

Breakfast: Old fashioned oats (still haven’t bought gluten-free oats yet, whoops! I thought maybe I could skate by without them, but a gluten-free friend said oats are one of the worst for cross-contamination) with cinnamon, a generous splash of Silk unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of rice protein powder, a handful of blueberries, and a cup of green tea

Lunch: Two cans of tuna, handful of baby carrots, handful of snap peas, and a handful of strawberries (lunch was a strange pre-shopping trip conglomerate)

Snack: Fresh tropical fruit medley, more baby carrots and snap peas, and a Lemon Larabar

Dinner: Taco lettuce wraps- ground turkey (my taco seasoning contained dairy and corn, so I had to improvise with my spices a bit. Smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder and salt worked just fine. I love the smoked paprika from Penzey’s Spices. If you’ve never been there and like cooking or baking–go! Sniff everything!), black beans, green chiles, fresh tomato, cilantro, and avocado

I’m a substitute teacher and am not required to work on any particular days, so I take Mondays off and do all of my cleaning, grocery shopping, and cooking for the week. I usually make three (or two if I’m busy or feeling lazy) large meals that we eat for dinners and lunches throughout the week. I’d rather eat the same thing a few times in a week than have a good portion of every evening spent on meal prep.

On Monday I also took the dreaded “before” pictures. Winter white is the term that comes to mind. In the name of science, I took the pictures with good posture, sucking it in, not the no-makeup, pasty, slouching staged before picture that contrasts so well with the spray tanned, made over, standing up straight after pics. I also recorded my weight and measurements. These will not be seeing the light of the internet unless there are some wild results.

Conclusion after day one: I don’t have very bad cravings yet, but I need to shake up next week’s recipes a bit to avoid boredom.

Day one is going up a day late. I spent Monday planning to sit down and write in the evening…until D texted to ask when I was leaving. “Leaving for what?” I ask. “Umm, the party you told me about…” Oh, right. Crap. One of my friends was hosting a trunk show for the Noonday Collection, and I almost completely forgot about it. Noonday sells jewelry, accessories, home goods, and other items from artisans in third-world countries. This allows them to afford healthcare, schooling, and many other benefits. It’s an awesome combo of shopping for some cute jewelry and helping provide a struggling person with sustainable income. I ordered these two beauties

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and was tempted to buy these cute convertible sandals that can be tied in a variety of ways, but unfortunately I don’t have an unlimited jewelry/accessories budget. =)