Today was my first day after completing the Raw Food Challenge, in which I ate a 100% raw diet for the entire month of January! I have never appreciated oats quite as much as I did today. You can read all about the challenge in my Nutrition Challenges section at Living Healthy in the Real World.
– 1 bowl of steel cut oats with 1 sliced banana, 2 tbsp PB2, cinnamon, a few splashes of unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze, and a bit of almond butter, plus 1 glass water (550 calories)
– 1/2 Great Date with Chocolate YouBar (75 calories) and 2 cups pomegranate green tea
– 1/2 apple with cinnamon and a smear of Nuttzo nut butter, and 15 almonds (150 calories) plus 1 cup pomegranate green tea
– Small bowl buckwheat soba noodles (boiled), topped with 1 1/2 cups steamed veggies (sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, carrots, yellow pepper), spoonful nutritional yeast flakes, ground black pepper, a spritz of olive oil, Bragg’s soy sauce, and crushed red pepper (350 calories)
– Salad with romaine lettuce, tomato, and sprouted lentils, with 2 mini mandarins and 1 mug pomegranate green tea (50 calories)
– 1 Bonfire Bistro grilled chicken/veggie/hummus sandwich on toasted flatbread with mixed greens salad (and a drizzle of vinaigrette) plus 2 cups water (600 calories)
– A few raisins, a couple candied peanuts, some almond butter, and 1 cup water (100 calories)
– Air-popped popcorn and hot chocolate (made with a mug of unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze, heated, with just a teensy bit of agave to sweeten it) (350 calories)
– 1 glass water
Total Calories: 2225
Exercise: Using 8 lbs dumbbells, 2 sets of 10 reps each: Front Raises, Bicep Curls with Calf Raises, Shoulder Presses, One-Arm Row, Goblet Squats, Stability Ball Chest Flies, Lateral Raises; Core: 30 Regular/Reverse Crunches, 30 Stability Ball Bridges, 30 Side Crunches; Cardio: 1 hr 30 minutes walking; 300 jumping jacks.
Sleep: 4.5 hours
Body Fat %: 0
Explanation about the Stats at the bottom section of each post: It is here that I record the total calories for the day, whatever I have done in terms of exercise, the approximate number of hours that I slept the night before, and my body composition. I understand that not everyone likes to know the body composition of others, so I am simply beginning at zero for the first day of documenting my daily eats. Every day after this, I will record the number “0” with “+” or “-” in addition to an extra number, to indicate my weight and body fat percentage fluctuations; this way, I will be recording how, with the food that I eat and the exercise that I do, my body weight and body fat percentage may increase, decrease, or stay the same over time. Zero is the representation of today’s numbers on the scale; everything else will be compared to today’s numbers.