Journey to my BFP through Faith

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“30 Day Challenge”

I have been considering a plant based diet for quite a while now.  I don’t believe I can do it a 100% immediately and quit every thing cold turkey.  It took me a year to go completely Gluten-Free.  However, due to the increase pain from my endometriosis and the FET being on October 12, 2012, I would like to improve my diet and include 20 minutes of exercise a day.

I will update this page with what I ate for each meal to help keep me accountable.  I don’t want to stress myself with having to log on every meal/day to post.  So I forgive myself ahead of time if I don’t post the results by the end of each day.  My goal is to significantly reduce chocolate, beef, pork, dairy, gluten free breads, and yeast in-take!  Chicken and eggs in moderation and only organic/no-hormone.  Seafood is encouraged over chicken and eggs.  Overall, add more plant-based foods.

So for the next 30 Days, I “Challenge” myself to eat healthier!  I know I may not do well at some meals, but this is my effort to improve.

If you have suggestions/recipes, I am open to them! So please share! 🙂

(O* = Organic, HM = Homemade, GF = Gluten Free)

Day 1: 09/09/12 – Sunday

  • Breakfast: Handful of Organic Red Grapes, Herb Tea from Acupuncturist
  • Brunch: One GF Flaxseed Pancake with 2 tbs homemade maple syrup and 1/4 cup wild blueberries, 2 organic eggs, and 2 chicken & apple sausage  (no hormone)
  • Snack: 1/4 cup home oven-roasted plain Almonds
  • Snack: O* Red Grapes
  • Dinner: Maple Glazed Salmon with Wild Rice, Shiitake Mushroom & O* Carrot soup (made using O* Chicken Broth), and side salad: O* Spinach & O* Baby Romaine, O* Cherry Tomatoes, O* Carrots and homemade apple cider vinegar, evoo ‘n honey dressing.

Day 2: 09/10/12 – Monday

  • Breakfast: Cinnamon & apple oatmeal with herb tea
  • Snack: O* red grapes & GF almond nut bar
  • Lunch: leftover dinner salmon and wild rice

             Mid-day thought: “How am I going to get through this style of eating….ughh…need to get a cold beverage…”

  • Snack: 16oz fresh squeezed carrot + orange juice from Jamba

             Pre-Dinner: Hubby asked if we were going to eat leftover salmon and rice…ughh “no way I had it for lunch!” So he ate that and I decided to have a veggie fest!

  • Dinner: 2 tbs yellow lentils hummus, 2 tbs white bean hummus, 1/2 cup cucumbers, 1 tsp ranch dressing, O*salad with spinach and baby romaine + homemade apple cider vinegar, evoo ‘n honey dressing.
  • Dessert: GF pancake + 1 tbs HM syrup, handful wild blueberries, 4 O* strawberries  [I gave in to a pancake!!! I wanted Carbs! lol]

Day 3: 09/11/12 – Tuesday

  • Breakfast: 1/2 GF strawberry bar with herb tea
  • Lunch:  O* red grapes, 2 tbs hummus with cucumbers, O* carrots
  • Snacks: 1/2 GF strawberry bar, half individual size bag of kettle chips (shared the other with coworker). If you haven’t tried Zapps New Orleans style chips….You need to….Ok maybe not they are addicting and not so healthy…it’s like a mix flavor of salt & vinegar and BBQ. :-X
  • Dinner: grilled portobello (“steak”) with A1, roasted fingerling potatoes, cup of soup from Sunday.
  • Dessert: same dessert as yesterday… I wasn’t going to but hubby decided he wanted that for dessert since he saw me eat it yesterday. :-X

             Before bed hubby made a comment that he enjoyed the portobello…I thought it wasn’t bad, but I know I can’t eat it again anytime soon! I better come up with something creative to eat for tomorrow or I am going to be craving red meat badly.

Day 4: 09/12/12 – Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Herb tea, Decaf Coffee with Almond Milk and 1tbs Agave Nectar
  • Lunch:  O* red grapes, Kiwi, Amy’s GF Non-Dairy Rice & Bean Burrito
  • Snacks: O* Apple with 1 Tbs Peanut Butter
  • Dinner: Out to Eat!!! Thai Food!!! A little bit of each: Shrimp Pad Thai, Tom Kha Gai Mushroom & Chicken Soup, Chicken Panang with Rice
  • Dessert: Water. 🙂

Day 5: 09/13/12 – Thursday

  • Breakfast: Herb tea, Decaf Coffee with Almond Milk and 1tbs Agave NectAr
  • Snacks: O* Apple
  • Lunch: Amy’s GF non-dairy frozen Indian Food, kiwi
  • Dinner: 4 GF chicken nuggets, potato waffle fries, O* salad mix + homemade evoo, apple cider, honey, lemon, spices dressing. 2tbs of rice with leftover panang curry
  • Dessert: Sweet Republic coconut ice cream

Day 6: 09/14/12 – Friday

  • Breakfast: Decaf Coffee with Almond Milk and 1tbs Agave Nect
  • Snack: GF almond nut bar
  • Lunch: Small serving of Shrimp Pad Thai (no egg) with side salad and restaurant house dressing.
  • Snacks: O* Apple
  • Dinner: Take Out Falafel Salad + Ahi Tuna Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus with Cucumbers
  • Dessert: O* Banana, 2tbs natural peanut butter and 1tbs honey

Day 7: 09/15/12 – Saturday

  • Breakfast: Decaf Coffee with Almond Milk, 1/2 O* Banana
  • Brunch: Vegetarian filled egg crepes and 1/2 french macaron @ French Cafe
  • Lunch: 1 Shrimp Spring Roll with Peanut sauce, 1/2 shrimp crepe with lettuce, small serving of shrimp fried rice
  • Dinner: 1/2 serving of Waloo over bed of O* salad mix, 1/2 GF Bagel with a garlic butter spread (“Garlic Bread”)
  • Dessert: O* Banana, 2tbs natural peanut butter and 1tbs honey

Day 8: 09/16/12 – Sunday

  • Breakfast: O* Banana, 16oz Fresh Squeezed Carrot/Orange Juice from Jamba
  • Brunch: Cinnamon Banana GF Pancake with fresh sliced bananas and 1 tbs homemade syrup, 2 chicken maple sausage, O* Grapes
  • Dinner: Tuna Sandwich (caramelized cipollini onions, tuna, spices, a little evoo mayo, and relish) on GF Bread (2 slices) and Pickles; a cup of O* tomato soup with black beans and O* tortilla chips
  • Dessert: Small bowl of fresh O* strawberries

Day 9: 09/17/12 – Monday

  • Breakfast: O* Grapes
  • Lunch: Tuna Sandwich (caramelized cipollini onions, tuna, spices, a little evoo mayo, and relish) on GF Bread (2 slices); a cup of O* tomato soup with black beans
  • Snack: O* Strawberries
  • Dinner: Spicy Shrimp over bed of O* Salad Mix with 3 tbs Jalapeno Ranch dressing, a cup of O* tomato soup with black beans and O* tortilla chips

Day 10: 09/18/12 – Tuesday (felt nauseous all day)

  • Breakfast: O* Banana
  • Snack: O* Grapes
  • Lunch: 2 slices of GF Bread and cup of O* tomato soup with black beans, Individual sized Salt and Vinegar Chips
  • Snack: Snickers Bar and buttered microwave popcorn! (It was a bad day!!!!!!!)
  • Dinner: 2 Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce; Garlic Shrimp and Rice
  • Dessert: O* Banana, 2tbs natural peanut butter and 1tbs honey

Day 11: 09/19/12 – Wednesday

  • Breakfast: O* Banana
  • Snack: O* Grapes, GF Almond Bar
  • Lunch: Leftover Shrimp and white rice
  • Snack: ate Edible Fruit decorations at Social Event
  • Dinner: 4 Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Day 12: 09/20/12 – Thursday

  • Breakfast: O* Banana; 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Snack: Small Bowl of Cantaloupe and Pineapple, Individual size Zapp’s Chips
  • Lunch: O* Banana with Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (ate half serving)
  • Snack: about 1/2 package of GF Pad Thai (Yuck Yuck Yuck)
  • Dinner: Tuna Sandwich (caramelized O* sweet onions, tuna, spices, a little evoo mayo, and relish) on GF Bread (2 slices) and Pickles; a little bit of O* Chips and O* Salsa

Day 13: 09/21/12 – Friday

  • Breakfast: O* Banana
  • Lunch: Thai Green Curry with Shrimp and Brown Rice and Side Salad
  • Dinner: O* Ground Beef in O* Marinara sauce and Brown Rice Spaghetti noodles
  • Snack: O*Apple and Peanut Butter

Day 14: 09/22/12 – Saturday

  • Breakfast: Bag of Peanut M&Ms  (what a great pre-race meal….)
  • Brunch:  French Cafe: 2 eggs, Sweet Potato Bacon Quinoa Hash
  • Snack: Vanilla Bean French Macaroon
  • Dinner: Sweet Potato Waffle Fries and Shrimp Salad with HM Spicy Lemon Dressing

Day 15: 09/23/12 – Sunday

  • Breakfast: Jamba Juice Strawberry Smoothie
  • Snack: BBQ Potato Chips
  • Brunch:  2 GF Blueberry Pancakes, 4 tbs HM syrup
  • Snack: 4 oz Green Naked Juice
  • Dinner: Shrimp Salad with HM Spicy Lemon Dressing

Day 16: 09/24/12 – Monday

  • Breakfast: Berries Naked Juice, Banana
  • Snack: Almond Chips
  • Lunch: Shrimp Panang with with rice (sampled TriMan’s Shrimp Pad Thai…)
  • Snack: Almond Chips
  • Dinner: Jalepano Cilantro Hummus with cucumbers and tortilla chips

Day 17: 09/25/12 – Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Mango Naked Juice, Banana

 


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