Day 4 already of my “eat no bread for 7 days” challenge. At this point I do miss eating a good slice of bread for sure, but I am keeping up my promise to not eat any type of bread for at least 7 days. While this might not be challenging for you, just think about it as a challenge to not eat one of your favorite foods for 7 days. You can eat bread in many variations and it has been a major part of my daily diet in one way or the other – be it breakfast or lunch or dinner.
Breakfast Day #4
I made scrambled eggs with a slice of bacon and hot green chile for breakfast. In addition I had a cup of coffee, but that was about it. Since I was going to hit the gym I did not want to eat too much and the eggs + bacon provided me with energy and a lot of protein. I know it is not the ideal food before hitting the gym, but something’s gotta give.
Today I actually went out for lunch to meet up with some friends. We met at a local Pho restaurant and I had a small “P2” soup bowl. If you would not order by number, you would order a small bowl of Pho with Steak. Before I left work for lunch I checked on the Internet about how many calories this would represent and the numbers came in somewhere at around 400 calories. Not too bad in my opinion. I like to eat Pho a lot – this particular restaurant has a great broth because they do not use MSG for cooking. This “Hole in the wall” restaurant is a goldmine for the owner – arrive at around 11.45 AM and you will have to wait in line because the place is packed. A little bit later in the afternoon I had some grapes that I brought from home.
What’s for Dinner?
Dinner was a bit more complicated today. I settled for salad. That does not sound complicated, but if you have cravings for a certain food (=bread) it feels complicated to cut the salad and the tomatoes and the peppers. I made a big bowl of salad and finished it completely. Having the Pho soup for lunch fills you up quite a bit, but it is mainly fluids that you eat and so my stomach asked for a little more this evening.
I snacked on some Honeydew melon today and probably over-ate on it because it tasted so good. Nothing else to report on the snack side of things.
I am more than half-way through with my challenge and on work days it is a bit more difficult for me to come up with a good meal plan. If you have to replace one or two meals per week with something else, I consider that easy. If you have to replace one meal per day with something completely different, it becomes challenging. I have to spend more time in preparing my meals and I have to come up with ideas that fit my schedule and represent food that I like. There are plenty of food options, but I want to eat healthy and there are certain things I do not like to eat. You definitely have to do some shifting around of things to accomplish that type of goal.