Happy Wednesday! I’m on day 3 of the Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down which is actually my 3rd “official” time doing the slim down challenge. Luckily I have a few friends doing it with me so I’ve had a lot of text support. Basically it’s a whole week of clean eating. While I know I’ll make a few exceptions here and there, I’m trying to stick with it as best I can!
The biggest challenge I have is finding lean protein sources. As a vegetarian, many protein sources tend to also be a starch or a grain so I try to balance things out with lots of green veggies.
For breakfast, I had a bowl of Greek yogurt with frozen blueberries. Most of the Tone It Up suggestions are egg-based but I’m not much of an egg fan so I decided to use Greek yogurt to get in some protein.
Around 10:30 I munched on a pear at my desk. I was going to go for an apple but I thought a pear might be less crunchy. I always get self conscious when I’m eating at my desk since it’s often really quiet!
For lunch, I had a giant salad with veggies, black beans, feta and chickpeas. I also had a few crackers on the side to round this out. Technically feta + crackers aren’t on the plan but hey, I need some wiggle room.
Later in the afternoon I had one of these crunchy Think Thin bars to hold me over until dinner. I was going on a run with a friend after work so I wanted to have enough energy!
Once I got back from my run, I made a huge kale salad with garlic tahini dressing. (The dressing is tahini, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, & liquid aminos, so it does have a decent amount of protein in it!) I also sprinkled a few almonds on top. My plan was to have this with a veggie burger that I picked up from Trader Joe’s but the veggie burger was not very good. So much for trying something new!
I kept myself busy in the evening to resist snacking. I’ve been trying to drink more tea to keep myself busy and prevent a lot of boredom-snacking. Alex has been learning the piano so that’s been a fun distraction. I used to teach piano lessons in college so it’s nice having a “student” again. 😉
If you want to see my first round of the 7 Day Slim Down a few years ago, when I was a bit more strict, check out this 7 Day Slim Down Recap:
While I’m not a fan of “diets” I do like that this plan emphasizes real foods, less sugar, & more veggies. It’s kind of a nice reset button when I’ve gone to Sweet Frog 3x in one week. (Uh, not that I did that last week…)