A few weeks ago, I recommitted myself to the #Chewsday Challenge. As discussed, my original plan was perhaps a little too ambitious, so this time around I’ve decided to add in one challenge at a time, with the goal of slowly and realistically building toward overall healthier eating. The challenge for Week 1 was no booze on work nights. Week two, I added in fruits and/or veggies with every meal. Last week, I started only one serving of treat per day.
How is it going?
- No booze on work nights. This is still going fairly well. I did have one beer on Tuesday night, but I thought about it long and hard before making a conscious decision to indulge. It was one single, lonely beer sitting in the fridge, and I put it out of its misery 🙂
- Fruits and/or veggies with every meal. This is also going surprisingly well. Even if I don’t have produce with a particular meal, I usually end up having fruit as a between meals snack, which I feel sort of evens things out. Yes, some days are better than others, but on the whole, I’m eating more fruit and veg, which is a good thing.
- Only one serving of treat per day. This is still sometimes a challenge. Obviously, this weekend was tough because of the wedding and dinner party. I slipped up on Saturday and had some chocolate covered sunflower seeds in the afternoon, and then had the Dacquoise at the dinner party, but on the whole, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’m trying to be more conscious of the treats I have and when I have them, and that’s what matters.
This week’s challenge: protein at every meal. I don’t think I eat enough protein during the day–particularly at lunch, which usually leads to excessive snacking and eating way too effing much at dinner. If I eat more protein all throughout the day, I’m hoping that overall, I’ll take in less calories and less junk. Graze has been pretty good getting me yummy snacks, but I plan to also buy some bulk almonds to keep in my desk at work for protein power on days when the runger strikes. AND I’m going to pick up some chocolate covered sunflower seeds so that when I can’t resist the craving for sweets, at least I’m getting some protein too.
I found this awesome protein chart on Pinterest (where else?), so I’m hoping it will be a helpful guide for all of us.
If you’d like to join in on the #Chewsday Challenge, come find me and my accountabilibuddies on Twitter. Tweet us your eats, triumphs, challenges and questions and use the #Chewsday hashtag. I promise, we’re a good time. Especially if you like cupcakes. And Disney.
What’s your favorite form of protein?