CLC – falling off the wagon

As the title implies, I broke my 12 day streak of complying with CLC (actually I also had some tofu and white chocolate chips in the blondies at the blogger potluck dinner party, but that was pre-planned and was one of my exception events). The challenge so far has been great. I’ve blogged about it a bit over the past few weeks, but basically it has really helped me refocus on eating cleaner and I haven’t felt this good in months!

Yesterday, however, I was invited to a Mary Kay party and wanted to bring some dessert. I search for recipes all morning, trying to find the perfect white sugar/white flour free recipe to bring, and finally decided on trying my hand at a chocolate/strawberry dessert number (using the same trick I used while making the amazing black bean brownies… i.e. starting with unsweetened chocolate and sweetening it with agave nectar). I didn’t have most of the ingredients on hand, so I walked to Whole Foods. This is where I kind of broke down, I think. The trip took a while, they didn’t have all the ingredients I needed (and I didn’t really have a plan B recipe) so I started going through their baked goods section and reading all the ingredients lists. It was hard – mostly everything had either sugar, white flour or soy.  It took me FOREVER to finally find a vegan cherry blackberry pie that complied with all the challenge rules (it used whole wheat flour and was sweetened with evaporated cane sugar and fruit juice). I bought it for backup, but I still didn’t like the idea of not bringing a homemade dessert so I went to another grocery store in an attempt to find the rest of the ingredients for my project. Nope – no luck there either. And then, by the time I got home, I basically didn’t have much time to make anything anyway. I felt so defeated :( So when my friend, Katy, mentioned that she made a (CLC non-compliant) lime cake I just said screw it – I’m going to have some. For the first time, I was tired of the challenge. I wasted most of my Saturday thinking and trying to comply with it. I was done! What didn’t help is that another guest brought the most amazing chocolate cake from a local bakery, so yeah – I pretty much had to have some of that as well.

Here is how you break a 12-day streak:

dessert assortment

And then you go back for seconds after a few hours :o oops:

I woke up early this morning to workout, but I have a food hangover! I’m hungry, yet bloated. I’m jittery from all the sugar. I feel sick. Exercise is just truly not an option right now. I’m going to have to get my butt to the gym later in the day, but I also HAVE TO continue with the challenge. At the beginning of this post I mentioned that I haven’t felt this good in months, since starting the challenge. I’ve been feeling so much more in control, so much more at peace with my body and how I’m taking care of it. I want that feeling back! How do you handle the day after an excessive food splurge?

P.S. – the vegan berry pie from Whole Foods is awesome! :)

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10 comments to CLC – falling off the wagon

  • Hey Elina,

    First, I wanted to say I don’t think your splurge was excessive, but I understand that given the nature of CLC you feel it was. I was there this week as well. :( It started innocently with a little exception for my birthday and I’ve had the HARDEST time getting back on track. I really feel mentally defeated.

    Second, usually when I feel like I’ve gone a little overboard I just try really hard to get back on track the next day. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat, but I just eat extra clean that next day and following few days.

    Good luck. :D

  • K

    I don’t think that falling off the wagon is necessarily a bad thing. You’ve been doing so well for 12 days that a “slip up” (which I don’t like saying because it’s kind of a negative term) isn’t that big of deal.

    The past few days I’ve definitely over done it in terms of eating/drinking but I know that I’ve overdone it, I don’t have any regrets, I enjoyed myself, and today is a new day. I’m going to just keep eating the way I usually do and not worry too much about it. I will say I’ve been chugging water like it’s going out of style though!

  • Try not to be too hard on yourself! I tend to go through similar patterns where I feel like I’m eating really well, but then one little slip-up makes me feel like I might as well just continue to slip up since I’ve already started.

    The best way for me to try to combat this all-or-nothing thinking is 1) to remember that I want to enjoy my life – I want to look back and have memories of socializing with friends, even if that socializing meant dessert/bar food/etc and 2) slipping up now and then is never as bad as it seems! True, food hangovers are no fun, but as long as you eat pretty well the next few days and drink lots of water, you’ll be back on track in no time.

  • I hate food hangovers!!!! To combat the damage from the previous day I usually try to eat simple, nutritious things, but not super deprive myself. Usually a good workout helps me feel better, but if your just not feeling it wait it out for a bit. Maybe a green smoothie would help or something.
    I hope you feel better!

  • Been there, done that, I have the t-shirt. ; )

    All I can offer is to get back on that CLC horse right away. If you allow you little slip-up (and it is little so don’t beat yourself up too hard!) to continue another day, it will be harder and harder to get back on track.

    In fact, I’m *thinking* of keeping you company this week. ; )

  • I can totally see how those circumstances would lead to a “screw it” moment. But you’ve done so well and really, your indulgence was not that bad! But of course I know how it can make you feel.
    I’ve been trying not to restrict after an indulgent time period, because I know it just makes me feel worse. I just try to go back to “normal” eating, which can be difficult for me, but the first day is usually the hardest. Once I have one “good” day, I always feel better!

  • Kathleen

    It doesn’t look like you did too bad, Elina! Don’t beat yourself up. What I do is I exercise a little more than I normally would-this involves doing Level 2 of the 30 day shred and a several mile walk. And you just try again the next day.

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  • that has totally happenned to me– how something seemingly so simple (having a recipe in mind and not being able to find the ingredients) can turn into something like a dessert assortment. take a deep breath, be mindful of how you feel, and get back on it. i just posted a note in my kitchen… you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. i’m hoping it helps!

  • Elina

    Love the note, Shannon! I’m hoping it helps too :D

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