(If you’re looking for a full description of the Cinch 5-day Fast Forward “detox” phase, click here.)
Technically, today is Day 18 of the Cinch journey, but since I slipped up on more than one occasion last week, and totally blew it at my sister’s house this past weekend, I decided to start over with detox today. So here we go…
This time around, I decided to change things up a little bit. First, I bought half Frozen Mixed Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) and half Frozen Raspberries. The book confirms that you can sub different berries, but she chose raspberries because of their superior nutritional qualities, so I decided to do a little of both. Only after purchasing 12 bags at Kroger did I realize that they are over $1 cheaper per bag at Target!! I’ll remember that for next time… who knew Target had such a good selection of frozen fruit?? I plan to do 2 servings of mixed berries and 2 servings of plain raspberries per day (there are 4 total servings of berries each day, 1 with each meal). I had the raspberries for breakfast, and they were pretty good, but the mixed berries with my lunch parfait were awesome! It definitely gives me something new to look forward to.
I also decided to try both Greek Yogurt and Dannon Light ‘n Fit Vanilla Yogurt instead of Non-Fat Plain. I’ll use the greek yogurt for the smoothies and the other for the parfait. One of my fellow bloggers noted that the nutritional content of the Light ‘n Fit is almost the same, but it’s much tastier. I must say, my parfait today was excellent! So much better than before. Below are the nutritional comparisons. As you can see, they are equal in the categories that really count – calories, fat, and sugar. Surprisingly, the Light ‘n Fit has more potassium and less sodium, but has a few more total carbs and a little less protein. I’ll more than make up for the difference in protein with the Greek Yogurt, which is also shown below.
Since I determined in the first round of detox that I really do not care for the taste of raw spinach, especially combined with egg and fruit in a salad, I decided to eat the ingredients for Meal 3 separately: 2 cups cooked spinach + boiled egg + mixed berries with almonds. It’s amazing to me that a whole bag (2 cups) of fresh spinach cooked down to fit in a small 4-oz container! So basically I can enjoy it in about 3 bites rather suffer through 30.
Meal Plan for the next 5 Days:
|1) Egg & spinach scramble, raspberries & almonds||7 am|
|2) Mixed berry parfait with almonds||11 am|
|3) Cooked spinach, boiled egg, mixed berries & almonds||3 pm|
|4) Yogurt & raspberry smoothie with spinach & almond butter||7 pm|
Today’s Workout: Weights & cardio circuit (1 hour)
I set myself up for success this week by prepping all ingredients for my 20 meals in advance. Since the berries shouldn’t be thawed for more than 2 days, I put 2-days worth in the fridge and then the rest are portioned in the freezer. I plan to use a similar strategy for my second attempt at Phase 2 – prepping and repeating meals for several days to cut down on prep time and negating the excuse to cheat!