The Diet Cheat Day That Wasn’t Cheating
Yesterday I started off pretty sluggish and my legs were still sore. (That’ll teach me!)
I started out with toast and 1/3 fat cream cheese and a whole lot of coffee. It was the last of the cream cheese and I’d planned to cheat a little on Saturday anyway. As it turns out, I ate pretty well aside from the toast. John and I had to meet to discuss magazine business so we made it a lunch meeting and went Mexican. I had a margarita (I’d been looking forward to it) and a beef fajita (1 small flour tortilla, beef strips, peppers, onions, about 1 tablespoon guacamole and some pico de gallo). I also drank two large glasses of water. I picked up a blender and, for a mid-afternoon snack, I had 2 scoops of vanilla whey, 1 cup mixed berries and enough water to make it a tasty smoothie.
For dinner I ate the rest of the beef, peppers and onions I took home in a doggie bag from lunch. I topped it with about 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar. There is now no more cheese in my home and I will probably not be buying any. That’s it for my eating. It wasn’t much of a cheat day at all.I ended the day with a very hot bath with Epsom salts. Ana, who is doing our Vegetarian Corner articles at SAXtreme Magazine, recommended it and I can honestly say it really helped. Thanks, Ana!
The big deal for me yesterday was the shopping. I had to buy some food so I went to Wal Mart and got started. I looked for some non-meat products as Ana had suggested in her latest article but they really had no selection at the store I went to. (I did do some reading after my shopping excursion to discover that the estrogens in tofu can wreak havoc on a thyroid that isn’t operating optimally. Since my thyroid doesn’t work at all, I’ll need to do some more research.) I shopped well, I think. I came home with eggs (a great, inexpensive, protein source), green beans and almonds (which I LOVE), celery (a nice mobile snack to go with my bag of almonds in the Jeep), a package of mixed frozen berries (no sugar added) to jazz up my vanilla whey protein powder and, in honor of Thanksgiving,I bought a can of pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice. Two scoops of vanilla whey, a 1/4 cup of pumpkin and a few dashes of spice should taste just like pumpkin pie but there won’t be any guilt and it’ll be a perfect protein & veggie meal. Yay, me!
*If you’re supplementing your whole food choices with whey protein, here are a few suggestions on how to jazz it up without killing your diet.