Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Cleanse: Day 10 and 11

Yesterday was good. I was very good and I felt freaking incredible. Have I told you enough times how great I'm feeling? Because I am. Or at least, I was.

Today is Day 11. Remember Day 11? Fish? Chicken? Oh yeah baby.

But today was also unusual. I took the girls to pick strawberries this morning with my friend Pam. We had lunch out. There was fish on the menu but the portion sizes were HUGE. I only ate a little bit and the salad was covered in a creamy dressing. I picked through it. I think I did pretty well at lunch.

But then there was supper and things fell apart a bit cleanse-wise. Since today I was able to eat fish I made John's promised birthday supper of sushi. I made a lot of sushi. A lot. With a lot of white rice. It was delicious but I got full fast since my portion sizes are really small lately and I ate too much and a lot of it was white rice.

I felt too full afterwards. The feeling got worse and I felt gross. Bloated and nasty. Although full of very yummy sushi. My sushi rocked. My gut did not.

So here is what I realized through all of this: portion sizes are way too big in restaurants and portion sizes are way too big in most of our homes. One of the big things I've learned through this whole thing is that I eat too much and I really need only a small amount of food to function and function well. Right now I'm eating very little compared to how much I normally eat and yet I feel way better than I normally do. I'm eating way more vegetables, and many of them raw, than I normally do and like I said, I feel way better than I normally do.

This all means that I've realized something else; I have to change what I eat and how much on a permanent basis. The way I felt after the sushi (did I say how great it was?) made that even more clear to me. Vegetables in huge amounts, small amounts of whole grains and only a little meat is the magic potion to feeling great. Fruit when I feel like it.

Having said all that, today was a great day, apart from the cleanse-related stuff. It was a beautiful morning for picking strawberries. Pam thankfully played hooky from work to come with us. I wasn't sure how it would go with me and the two kids but Pam's help made it go very well. Turns out Emily loves to pick strawberries. And show us every single one she picked. "Look Pam! Look at this one! Mummy, did you see this one? Look how big it is." Every single one. Hysterical.

Also, time consuming.

Hope "helped" Pam for a while and then parked herself between two rows and ate crackers until it was time to go. So, it went well.

Tonight I made the first of at least two batches of strawberry jam. It looks ruby red and it glistens in the jars and I can't wait to taste it on a piece of homemade bread right after the Cleanse yes I know this goes against everything I said above shut up.

A girl can only have so much resolve and self-control when faced with homemade strawberry jam.


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Ordessia C said...

Hey! I just stumbled across your blog and I feel like we have something in common: weight loss goals.
I think it is important that you realize and understand how your body feels- like after you ate all that sushi. I know the feeling- today at lunch I had wayyyy too much chicken and I felt sooo ill after. I was really hungry so I loaded my plate with much more than I should have, but I regretted this soon after.
I guess it just takes experience to manage portion sizes! Good luck!
PS I think its great that you're getting out and about and doing fun things like strawberry picking.

little b said...

ah, I'm sure this is very true for me too. i need to revise my eating. it's not very good these days. being on vacation makes it harder, but even so i need more veggies and less at meals. sigh.

Jen said...

karen: woo hoo -- yes, it is all about portion size and proportionality, really. remember when i dropped something like 25 pounds before gillian's birth? all due to constant exercise and serious, serious portion control. and i've never felt better that at that time.

way to go!


ps: kudos to you for making jam --me: no time!

Shan said...

Love the pictures. The girls are so cute. And you continue to amaze me with the cleanse. And I bet your jam is amazing.

Julie said...

Do you think there will be any jam left over for our next Sudnay afternoon get together?? ;-)

You're definately an inspiration on the eating side of things. Perhaps I will have the strength to do some revision of my eating habits.