Yesterday was Day 7, I can not believe it has been 7 days already! 7 days on a great journey through the meals prepared by The Fresh Diet. If you haven't already read about my other 6 days - you really should go back and read those posts as well - here is where you can see where it all started - day 1, and then make sure you check out each day after that - it has been different every day.
I seem to start my days the same way, every day at 5AM, which now that it is "officially" Fall is rather dark. The other consistent thing is my coffee. I just can't seem to get moving without it, but then I somewhat jokingly say that I would do just fine with a "mainline of coffee" every day - especially during tax season. I even got an email late this morning, from my office telling me that there was "fresh coffee" in the kitchen - but that's another story.
Today was no exception to the norm. I came down and put on the coffee on and looked out the door to see that my little green buddy was back! I guess because today is my last day of my winning week, he had to come back to say good-bye. It was so nice to see my friend sitting there waiting for me.
Breakfast today was Tri-Color Bell Pepper & Cheddar Cheese Egg Bake with Fresh Pineapple. I have to say I have never had anything for breakfast who's main ingredient was egg that tasted so good. I thought that yesterday's eggs were good, but this was exceptional. There was no way you could tell that it was warmed in the microwave, it truly tasted like it was just freshly made.
Lunch was Whole Wheat Pizza Alfredo with Portabella Mushroom & Pepper Jack Cheese. OMG OMG OMG! I have to say that my poor local pizza place would be very lonely if I could have this on a regular basis! If Chef could freeze these I'd fill my freezer in a heartbeat! I know the whole idea is to have fresh good for you food but it was just that good. I am soooo glad that I decided to try this meal today.
My snack today was Whole Wheat Chicken Quesadilla with Pepper Jack Cheese and Mango Salsa,
that was so very filling. Hard to believe that these little jewels would be filling - but they were. I don't know how to explain how light it was but all the same filling. The sauce had mango pieces that were just a perfect compliment to the slight spicy taste of the quesadilla.
Dinner was Roasted Pork Loin with Apricot Curry Sauce with Herbed Celery Root Puree and Steamed Snow Peas. Now the pork slices were huge! I would have thought there would have been just 1 slice, but there were 2, that were so very tender - I was really impressed. I make roasted pork quite a bit at home, so I know that it doesn't take much to make it tough/dry/tasteless. Even microwaving it to warm it through, this was the furthest from those things as day is to night. I've never had celery root, but I am so very glad I picked that as a side. It was really good! Looks like mashed potatoes but has the taste of celery without being overpowering. I will need to try to make this at home.
Dessert was ........... Pistachio Crusted Chocolate Dipped Figs. I know, you are thinking - what happened to the cheesecake? She ALWAYS has the cheesecake. Well I decided to break out and live "dangerously" for my last day, but I could have had cheesecake again. Figs are another thing I've never had before. Lets see, how to explain the taste of a fig? It was actually rather sweet and dense. And it was covered in chocolate and nuts. WHAT could be wrong with that? I really enjoyed these. Now I still like the cheesecake, but these were really good and if you've never tried these gems - put them on your list, you will not be disappointed.
I am proclaiming my week a total success. I got to try many different dishes, some of which I wouldn't have thought about cooking or eating together and others I've never had before, but will definitely try again. When I started this week, I decided that I would not change anything except my meals and making sure I got at least 1 quart of water a day. I wouldn't add any exercise or activity that I wasn't doing as just "living". I stopped doing any additional exercise - so no walking, Wii fit or walk it out for the week. And then over the weekend I ended up with this mega cold.
I've learned a few things this week -
first - we eat too much food on a regular basis and call it a meal.
second - a diet does NOT mean death to eating or enjoying food.
third - my food choices can be color challenged - I need to live a little and experiment with colorful food.
fourth - my plates are really really white! I need to do some swapping here to add some color into my world.
It has been an incredible journey, that I wouldn't have missed for the world. Thank you the fresh diet for your contest that made all of this possible. If you haven't checked out The Fresh Diet Facebook page - what are you waiting for? They have contests all the time giving away days, weeks AND months of free meals so you can try this incredible food.
When I got on the scale this morning and realized that over the course of this weeks food journey I lost 5 lbs, I was beside myself. You see whenever I've gone on a diet before, and like many women there have been many "befores", I've struggled to lose 5 lbs in a month - and here it was IN A WEEK! A week that included a road trip with my husband that included diner food and very little water (frequent rest room stops are NOT usually an option) and getting hit with the mother of all colds. I have to hand it to The Fresh Diet - this is the diet from heaven.
Update ..... I was sad to think that I had to say good bye to my newest buddies - green and blue bag - but I have good news ...... I have been able to figure out how to continue receiving this great food for another 7 days. I will be restarting my Fresh Diet meals on Monday and I will definitely share with you my menu choices for the next 7 days as well. I think I will go back to my Walking it Out on the Wii and either my kettlebell or Zumba DVD and see what happens that week!