Why did I forget?
Because, I’m still doing it.
So, what did I do?
Well, Amazing Grass sends you a meal plan and if you review it, nothing is lacking. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you can pretty much customize the plan to fit the lifestyle. If you are a meat eater, there are plenty of options for you as well. It’s a great system and it really just fit with good wholesome whole-foods eating. It’s great for anyone in my opinion.
One of the main things lacking in health-related programs is the option to choose or to customize. I don’t want to feel deprived of anything as it makes me want it even more. In the Amazing Grass Challenge plan, I really felt like I could mix and match so long as I was eating whole foods and filling up on fruits and veggies.
I didn’t follow the meal plan to a T because there were some things I just did not want to eat. Specifically, I personally cut out the following for two weeks – refined sugars, white bread, white flour, and red meat. Honestly, out of the list, the white flour based products were the hardest.
So, what did I eat?
I drank/ate a lot of smoothies – all delicious and all different.
I ate a lot of healthy and filling grain-y breakfasts.
I loaded up on my favorite summer fruit.
I incorporated super foods that I don’t usually cook with or eat often enough.
I usually don’t use cinnamon that much as it isn’t my favorite spice. But, I have been sprinkling it on my morning cereals, which have been fantastic.
In addition, Amazing Grass is pretty much full of super foods (spirulina, chlorella, etc.) so I was getting it that way too!
So, how did I feel?
Great would be an understatement. Mind you, I was having the Berry Superfoods mixed with organic apple juice pretty much 3/week prior to the challenge. So, adding a smoothie/drink every morning with the Amazing Meal was just perfect. I really didn’t miss the candy/cookies/cake and really indulged in fruit in place of it. I didn’t miss white flour products as really there so many different options out there these days (Ezekiel bread, etc.).
I really felt great overall. I had less gas and bloat (pardon me), felt lighter overall (less weighed down), and wasn’t hitting my usual tiredness and declines during certain portions of my day (usually after eating).
Trust me when I say that I’m not one to stick to anything. Especially when the anything is something related to my food intake. I hate feeling limited or that I cannot eat the things I want. Once I started, I really thought I was going to hate it or miss things. I didn’t. When I was done, I’ll be lying if I said I didn’t have this M&M cookie. I only had one – b/c that’s all I wanted. But, this challenge really wasn’t about dieting or restrictions for me. It was about changing my eating habits (especially after vacation), and getting back on the road to good eating.
And, that my friends, is why I still do it – because it’s an addition, not a subtraction. And, in addition, when I’m incubating another person inside me that eats what I eat, I want to make sure it’s full of super foods and free of crap – well as crap free as I can be.
I am human after all.
How do you incorporate super foods into your diet?