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This week’s post was a hard one to write. But I had promised myself when I started this journey of posting my nutritarian food diary, that I would always be honest. I could have told you that I was 100% perfect this week, but that would be a lie. Real life got in the way and I gave in to temptations….more than once….

This is still difficult to type, but here it goes.

After I got back from San Antonio, I did pretty good for a few days, but for some reason, Friday afternoon, I got kind of down. I’m not really sure why except that it had been very dreary and cloudy for days and that tends to affect my mood. Maybe the lack of Vitamin D….

I fell for my temptation after 2 months….

Anyways, I decided to feed my feelings with food (I sometimes struggle with emotional eating) and after I picked my kids up from school I took them to Chick-fil-A. You may recall if you started with me from Week 1, that Chick-fil-A fries are a HUGE temptation for me. I crave them. I haven’t had them in over 2 months. Until today. Let’s just say I did NOT choose the salad option…

My kids have been eating a nutritarian diet as well so they haven’t been to Chick-fil-A in a long time either. And I don’t want to be a totally awful mom and I do want to teach them restraint when it comes to fast food and eating out. As much as I would like to never feed them fast food, I feel like if I become so strict about it, that they may go crazy later on because I was too restrictive. I don’t know. But considering we used to eat at Chick-fil-A MORE than once a week and they hadn’t had it in over 2 months, I would say we have made some progress.

There had also been multiple school restaurant fundraisers in the past 2 months that we skipped and my youngest child yelled at me for us not attending….

Well, the Chick-fil-A meal, wasn’t the only poor choice this week.

And then there was the kid’s sleepover party….

My youngest son was having his first sleep over this Saturday (he’s 7) and he of course asked if I could buy some real pizza and junk food. I immediately said no, but because I felt like I was being a crazy mom, I ended up giving in. I bought Dgiornos pizzas, Cheetos puffs, Oreos, and Sugar-Free Kool-aid pouches. Yeah….

And of course since it was in the house I couldn’t help myself from eating it. It’s why I have to keep our house void of all temptations. Because I just can’t say no. I can’t even hide it from myself.

Easter candy is calling out my name….I have to stay strong

There were many more temptations this week, but I WAS able to say no thank goodness! This time of year leading up to Easter is hard for me because of the Cadbury Easter Eggs. Those things like SING out my name! And they put them RIGHT AT THE CASH REGISTER. If I get through Easter without eating at least one, it will be a miracle. I was walking through Walmart the other day and spotted them and I literally had to yell “No, no, no, no, no” in my head to make myself keep walking buy. I think I looked like a crazy lady talking to myself.

So there you have it. The truth. I majorly fell off the wagon and about the only thing that really helped me get back on was the fact that I knew I had to write about it. I had promised I would be honest. You wouldn’t know the difference, but I would have. And it would have eaten me up. No pun intended.

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Nutritarian Diet Food Journal Week 8

Day 50: 152.5 pounds to start

  • Breakfast – Avocado Toast (1/2 avocado spread on Ezekiel Bread) and blackberries; coffee with unsweetened almond milk
  • Lunch – Oil-free hummus w/ raw veggies – carrots, broccoli, celery; cauliflower crust pizza w/ organic pizza sauce, spinach, fresh basil, and light sprinkling of part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Dinner – Taco Bean Soup, cherries, and 1/2 piece of vegan carrot cake

I buy my Ezekiel bread from Kroger, but if you can’t find it near you it is available on Amazon!

Day 51:

Day 52:

  • Breakfast – Coffee
  • Lunch – Tofu Marinara, 2 mini corn cobs, & broccoli
  • Dinner – Digiorno’s Pizza, Cheetos, Oreos, and sugar-free Koolaid…..Ug…I’m so embarrassed to type all these things…..

Day 53:

Time to get back on the wagon! No time to dwell on past choices!

  • Breakfast – Large bowl of fruit – banana, cantaloupe, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, 1 tbs ground flax seed
  • Lunch – Salad – spinach, kale, sunflower seeds, broccoli, shredded carrots, roasted peppers, chopped onion, fat free balsamic dressing (Maple Grove).
  • Dinner – Double size portion of Taco Bean Soup.

Day 54:

After breakfast today I went for a run and was able to run an extra mile & a half than I planned and at a much faster pace!

  • Breakfast – Fruit & Greens smoothie
  • Lunch – Southwest Salad – Spinach, spring mix, kale, onion, avocado, quinoa, black beans, oil-free hummus, seitan strips & peppers, balsamic vinegar.
  • Snack – apple slices and handful of raw cashews
  • Dinner – Baked pumpkin pasta (recipe I found on the internet and I had to choke it down….I had high hopes, but it wasn’t good)

Day 55:

  • Breakfast – Fruit & Greens smoothie
  • Lunch – Tortilla wrap salad – spinach, left over seitan/pepper mix, shredded carrots, oil-free hummus, balsamic vinegar
  • Dinner – Thai Coconut Carrot Soup (recipe coming soon) & steamed carrots/peas

Day 56:

  • Breakfast – Pumpkin waffle & coffee (I use Kodiak cakes brand pancake mix and mix in pumpkin or blueberries. It’s not vegan, but it’s the best whole grain mix I’ve found)
  • Lunch – Buffalo Cauliflower (I ate 4 servings!), thai coconut carrot soup, 2 chocolate cherry cookies
  • Dinner – Taco Bean Soup, sweet peas, dry roasted edamame

My weight loss on the nutritarian diet this week:

  • Starting weight this week – 152.5 lbs
  • Ending weight this week – 151.5 lbs
  • Weight loss this week – 1 lbs
  • Total weight loss so far – 12.5 lbs

Continue following my Eat to Live Journey – Week 9 was I able to get back on track???

I’m glad I was able to get back and STAY on the wagon after 2 days of poor choices. Normally this wouldn’t have happened. I would have kept making poor choices because I would have felt like a failure. Trust me, I DO feel bad, but since this diet is about a lifestyle and not a temporary weight loss then it makes it easy to get back to eating healthy.

Writing down what I eat and reviewing it each week has actually really helped me to see all the GOOD things that I’ve been eating so when I do have slip ups it doesn’t take over my thoughts and emotions.

Since I was able to have my week end with 4 great days of whole food plant based eating and my workouts were much more productive, I was still able to lose a pound this week! That’s a step in the right direction and will help keep me motivated for next week.

Some of you may be reading this and think well, what’s the big deal with eating a little junk food every now and then. Everything’s ok in moderation, right? Well, I think “moderation” is what has led our country to become so obese and sick. We use that word moderation as an excuse to eat whatever we want whenever. So much so, that once a month becomes once a week and becomes once a day to every meal. What exactly is moderation anyway? That term is so vague that it can literally be used to justify almost ANY scenario. Plus, junk food is so addictive that once you start it becomes hard to stop. Besides, you wouldn’t tell an alcoholic to just drink in “moderation”, would you? Just sayin’.