I like my salad with as little lettuce and as many toppings as possible. Think craisins, croutons, almond slivers, shredded cheese, sesame noodles, and a lot of dressing. So when I first began meal planning the week before starting the 21 Day Fix, I was perplexed. How could I possibly eat a salad with just veggies and some chicken? How could only two tablespoons of dressing (which is the recommended serving size anyway) possibly be enough? Now I’m not saying that you have to eat a salad for each meal, but I figured I needed to start somewhere.
One of my first lunches was a spinach salad (G) with grilled chicken (R), hard boiled eggs (R), tomato and cucumber (G), and balsamic dressing (O).* I was so skeptical to try it. I mean, it looked good, but I figured I would be a starvin’ Marvin after finishing the last spinach leaf. And how was a near microscopic container of dressing going to coat the whole salad? Balk, balk, balk. But I tried and it was pretty tasty. And, yes, the dressing was enough. It turns out that when you eat the proper portions, two tablespoons is plenty. Who knew?
What troubled me for the first few days was the hunger, but I’m sure a lot of it had to do with my mind. Since I have desk job, I usually munch during the day. I don’t even think about it, I just do it. I love to snack. So when you don’t have the option to grab a few goldfish or fruit snacks or fistful of trail mix, it makes you want it. It’s a little bit like going through withdrawal, but instead of the shakes, I got the rumbles, the stomach rumbles, that is. I’m talking the loud kind that has the power to interrupt a board meeting. Yikes!
Luckily, after a few days my body made a noticeable adjustment. I stayed fuller longer and sometimes had trouble finishing everything on my plate. Shakeology helped with this too by cutting down on the cravings and giving me the energy boost I needed to start my day. Regardless of what others might think, the meal plan does ensure you have enough food.
The moral of the story is: sometimes you just have to give new things a try. And give it time and not just a day. If you can stick with something for 21, you can change your habits. If you start today, you only have 20 more to a healthier and happier way of life.
*For those of you not familiar with the 21 Day Fix & Fix Extreme, the letters in parenthesis correspond with portion controlled containers that help you to get the accurate amount of nutrients for each meal.