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What I Learned from a 21 Day Reset

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For the past 21 days I’ve been participating in Laura’s January Reset. My main purpose in doing it was to get back to my normal way of eating. Vacation and the holidays left me craving sugar and junk. I was following into a trap of eating whatever, whenever just because it was there. Not because I was hungry.

So what did I learn from a 21 Day Reset?

I learned that I can live without snacking on cereal, crackers and chips.

I learned that I don’t need a daily dose of chocolate.

I learned that I missed eating homemade kale chips with nutritional yeast or Banana Soft Serve. It had been far too long since I made either.

I learned that I didn’t really crave sugar until the third week. Most likely due to PMS.

I learned that I need more than eggs and veggies for breakfast. Adding oats or a piece of sprouted toast with nut butter holds me over for hours.

I learned that I “mindless” eat a lot. At work, I’ll eat my snacks or lunch while simultaneously playing with my phone.

I learned that I need to vary my weekly vegetable selection otherwise I get bored.

I learned that I don’t need coffee to function. It’s more of a treat to me or something to warm my hands up.

I learned that I overload on nut butter, nuts and things made with nuts. It’s one of my go-to snacks.

Now that I’m off the reset, I don’t think I’m going to change anything except allowing for glasses of wine (or a margarita) and coffee every so often. I also will be limiting my nut butter intake. While nuts are good for you, having 3-5 servings a day is NOT a good thing. I also am trying to put my phone away while I eat. It’s easy to do at home. At work, it’s a little harder. I only have a short window of time to catch up on things! I’ll try, though.

I never really felt restricted on the reset except while we were out to eat. I just couldn’t refuse fresh out of the oven tortilla chips and fresh salsa. Mmmmm.

I highly recommend Laura’s reset. She did such a wonderful job with the full menu’s and the Facebook support group. She is full of support and knowledge!

Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Salmon, massaged kale and roasted squash

Monday: Vegetable Bibimbap

Tuesday: Dinner out – fundraiser for school

Wednesday: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Thursday: Kale Sweet Potato Salad Bowl

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Fish tacos + broccoli slaw

Have you ever done a reset?

What’s for dinner this week?

Meal Planning {Week of January 11}

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Happy meal planning Sunday!

Week one of Laura’s January 21 Day Reset went OK. Monday I didn’t pack enough snacks for at work. I was ready to break into the chocolate drawer at work until I scavenged some fruit/nuts off a coworker. I also found that eggs and veggies does absolutely nothing for my appetite at breakfast. I was starving within an hour. I need some carbs! Some of the other reset participants and Laura suggested I try sprouted Ezekiel bread (since it’s sprouted), sweet potato or root vegetable hash, oatmeal or quinoa to go along with my eggs. I tried it one day with oatmeal on the side (since I love my oats). The hungry beast was tamed!

Other than the one day of starving at breakfast, it has gone well. I haven’t had any chocolate or coffee since Sunday. My whole point of the reset is to break the habit of reaching for snacky things (crackers, bread, etc) when I’m hungry. Instead, I’ve been reaching for veggies and hummus or fruit and nuts. I was seriously Jonesing for tortilla chips to go with my Two Bean Veggie Chili on Tuesday night. But it passed and I lived.

Here’s to week two!

Sunday – Fish tacos (didn’t make last week) + broccoli slaw

Monday – Avocado Egg Salad on Portobello Caps + roasted sweet potato fries

Tuesday – Butternut Squash Curry

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Bowls

Friday – Salmon + steamed veggies + quinoa

Saturday – Out

What are you having for dinner this week?

Meal Planning {Week of January 4}

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It’s meal planning time!

I haven’t done one of these in more than a month so it’s time to get back on that train. It’s a good habit to have. I can plan out our dinners for the week so I’ll never have to wonder – What’s for dinner?

I’m participating in Laura’s 21 Day Reset. I like to think I’m a mostly healthy eater that leaves room for treats here and there. But after a vacation and Christmas, I feel like I indulged a little too much. My sugar cravings are high from all the yummy drinks and desserts. No matter how much I tell myself, post marathon hunger does NOT last 3 weeks!

My body has told me it’s had enough. It’s craving fresh fruit and veggies. It’s craving the good stuff – REAL food.

Laura’s done most of the hard work of planning what we are having for dinner. I did modify a few days based on our likes and tastes.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Butternut squash lasagna

Monday: Salmon, baked sweet potato and steamed veggies

Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken and Veggies

Thursday: Fish Tacos + broccoli slaw

Friday: Chicken sausage over spaghetti squash

Saturday: Black bean, kale and quinoa bowl

What are you having for dinner this week?