Let's Talk Food!
5 weeks down ~wow! I really think what people have told me is true, if you can get through the first 3 weeks, you'll start seeing a little progress and for me, there is nothing more motivating than jeans fitting better, or inches/pounds gone. You can start anytime. Alysa, our heart health trainer will help you get on track with your workouts, and BlogHer's Inspiration to Fitness page is here ~ you can join us on the road to health anytime!
This week I'm going to talk about FOOD. I saw this sign on Pinterest, and Iím beginning to believe it:
So, I thought for this journal post, Iíd share some of my favorite meals/snacks, and I would love to hear your favorites in the comments. I was really struggling my first 2 weeks and I came across this book in the Goodwill (I'm never in that store).
and it spoke to me because like I've told you before, I'm so not a salad for every meal girl. (I'm not in any way affiliated with this author or book, this is just my experience) So, I took it home and started reading. She focusus a lot on keeping your blood sugar steady so you donít have the hunger, headaches, sugar cravings and eating a healthy proportion of protein, carbs and fat, eating every 4 hours, which was huge for me. You do a 7 day kick-start (that was the week I lost 3 pounds) and then can get a little more liberal from there if you want to. I love it, but the key is finding what speaks to you and what you can keep up with. Here are some of my favorite meals/snacks~some are from the book, some are not:
It looks gross, huh? But this is what I drink every morning:
Protein smoothie: 300 calories. 1 cup skim milk, 1 frozen banana (get a bunch of ripe bananas, peel them, and put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer), 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, and 2 handfuls of spinach. I promise you can barely taste the spinach, and this keeps me completely full and going until lunch. I crave these things for breakfast and they are refreshing after a workout.
I also love this PB2 powder! It's powdered peanut putter ~they press the peanuts to remove the oil and fat, so you get the pb taste, but itís only 45 calories and 1.5 g of fat per 2 Tbsp. I love it in smoothies as well!
In the book, there are also huevos rancheros (with potatoes!!) and spinach & feta scramble I love.
For lunches, I love:
Egg salad in a pita pocket with about 8 strawberries 280 calories. 3 hard-boiled egg whites (half a yoke), 1 Tbs light mayo, green onion, and celery stuffed into a whole wheat pita pocket.
Cajun grilled shrimp with brown rice 250 calories: take 4 oz of shrimp (about 15 medium), cook it with some pam cooking spray, lemon, and some cajun seasoning, serve with 1/2 cup brown rice and some salad.
Tuna stuffed celery sticks with apple 270 calories : 2 oz chunk light tuna, with 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tbsp diced olives, 1 Tbsp light mayo, stuffed into 4 stalks of celery ~I eat with an apple or peach.
Bbq burger with 2 whole mandarin oranges 280 calories: Take a boca veggie burger, stuff it into a wheat pita pocket (or a wheat light bun) with 1 Tbs of bbq sauce and a cup of broccoli carrot slaw.
On Fridays, if Iíve been good, I love picking up some california rolls at Krogerís sushi bar yummmm. 280 calories
For my afternoon meal, I love a protein bar, (usually about 190 calories) with fruit or 2 light string cheeses with 2 slices of low sodium deli turkey (you can dip them in dijon mustard) with a big old grapefruit, sweetened with a little agave nectar.
I donít trust splenda or equal. They are both full of chemicals ~but Christine introduced me to natural agave nectar! Ooooh, but my favorite is this cinnamon cottage cheese sweet potato:
Take a small sweet potato (4-5 oz), steam it in the microwave, then slice it lengthwise, spread with 1 Tbs natural peanut butter, 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, cinnamon, and 1 tsp agave nectar. Mmmmmm, love it. It sounds a little weird, but so good to me. 360 calories, but a lot of times Iíll leave off the pbutter to save some calories.
For dinner, I try to fill up half my plate with a big salad and/or veggies, and a small serving of what my family is having~usually some kind of protein or soup, stir fry, etc. but I have been trying to make our recipes more healthy. I love asian chicken wraps and thin crust veggie pizza when we order pizza on Fridays.
Desserts? If weíre making cookies/brownies, I just try to budget it in~maybe just do a small afternoon meal or skip it all together to make up for it. If weíre going to eat out, I try to go lighter for breakfast and lunch. Itís all about moderation, right? After dinner, I usually chew on gum if Iím still craving something sweet or drink some herbal tea or the 25 calorie cocoa.
Wow ~that was a lot, but I love hearing what others like to eat, because that has been the hardest part for me. I want to hear YOUR favorites: snacks, meals, books or programs that have been successful for you?? Help us all out and spill it :)
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