I was looking forward to making the recipes in the book but ended up with a busy week and not making it to the store. I had many approved foods in the cupboards so I was going to make do with brown rice, beans and the random fruits and veggies I had in the fridge. Along with the food change the challenge recommends 10 minutes of exercise 5x week which I have been slacking on as well.
My first few days were not as bad as I expected but not great. My meals were a little bland and it encouraged me to plan better so I did make a list and get to the store. I'll post the food highlights that are helping me through. My only craving has been for a swift drink but I'm trying to avoid alcohol as well. I'm also using myfitnesspal to help track calories. I'm finding with all these cut backs I want to make sure I'm keeping up with my goal of getting enough protein. I've found that I'm actually not eating enough calories so I got more hearty things that I can eat to help. The foods I was eating were not very filling so I was getting hungry about every 3 hours. One day I broke down at Walgreens I was so hungry I needed food!... I got a giant bag of plain Blue Diamond almonds to keep in my car for snack emergencies!
Reading food labels has been exhausting so I'm trying to focus on natural foods that I know what they are and get back to cooking. Check here on the recipes section for some tasty approved good eats!