Many big things going on – school is almost over, KRRT ½ Marathon next Sunday, 16 weeks until I run a FULL marathon, AND I’m going to join in on a Clean Food Challenge.
My lovely sister-in-law brought it up yesterday morning after reading Emilie’s blog. Eating “clean” (i.e. non-processed foods) is supposed to give you more energy – with all this training going on in my life right now and a summer full of fun ahead of us, I need more energy, so why not.
When do I start? I’m thinking either Friday or Saturday. With this being the last week of school, there is a department lunch on Thursday to say good bye to some of the Special Education Staff who will not be working at BJHS next year (myself included) and there will be a End-of-Year Staff Breakfast on Friday. The plan is to be done with the clean food challenge by next Saturday so I can “carb up” for the KRRT 1/2. Keeping that in mind, I should definitely start the challenge on Friday then, right?
So, what exactly is a Clean Food Challenge. Emilie sums it up very well on her blog.
I also did some searching and came up with a shopping list. I love most of these foods, so it shouldn't be too hard. Right?
Emilie’s Clean Food Challenge Rules are:
- no dairy
- no sugar
- no alcohol
- no gluten
- no processed anything
- whole grains
- fresh-pressed juices
- green smoothies (yum!)
- 1 gallon of water per day (128 oz – that is my purple Nalgene bottle filled up 4 times! – hello potty)
Also, Emilie also allows herself to drink 1 cup of coffee a day. This part is going to hurt, big time. I can easily down 4 cups a day. This also means no Starbucks. Shouldn’t be a problem because school will be over and I won’t be driving by one daily anymore (well, at least until summer school starts!). I do have to do some research on how to sweeten my coffee – possibly with agave and coconut milk.
While I do not have a Clean Food book to go by, I do have a Everything Raw Food Recipe Book. I’m thinking I’ll pull that bad-boy out of the cabinet and take a look to see what I can find.
To hold myself accountable with this new challenge, I’m going to have to blog about it everyday and share what I eat/drink. This way I won’t be inclined to cheat!
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What I do know for sure is that I won't be eating these for the challenge!
Goodbye processed foods (well, at least for a week!).