After successfully making it through the cleanse phase (and losing six pounds) of my 24-Day Challenge, I took a four-day, slightly stress-induced break. I also gained two pounds back and learned a good lesson in why making good food choices is key.
My husband’s grandmother dies last week and we had to travel to Indianapolis for the viewing and funeral. We hit the road Thursday and the first stop was Wendy’s. I decided a side salad and baked potato would be an ok choice. Boy was I wrong. A meal free of protein and loaded with carbs just left me hungry the rest of the day which resulted in some poor dinner choices. Then there was the buffet of carbs and veggies that the church put together. It was so good, but again, just left me hungry the rest of the day. I really do understand why high protein low carb is important. I am full longer and make better decisions. I also don’t gain weight.
Hopefully this little excursion doesn’t have too much of a negative effect on my challenge. I am already dealing with limited exercise due to a nagging bout of vertigo. It’s like I am doing the somewhat healthy eating couch potato version.
But let’s talk about getting back on track quickly as to not lose the momentum I gained previously.
A. Salad…I know, I know, but it works.
B. Grilled Chicken and steamed broccoli-Here we go with the high protein and low carb. This is easy to make and always tastes good.
C. Salmon and Asparagus packets-This is one of my favorite meals. I cut back on the tomatoes a little because, well, carbs. I usually make these packets at the start of the week and throw them on the grill or in the oven for 20-30 minutes for a fresh made meal.
D. Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles-Here’s another one of my favorites. It’s easy to prep the noodles ahead of time and keep them in an airtight container. Even the shrimp mixture can be made up ahead then the whole meal is a dump and cook. Within minutes a yummy meal!