So... I have to say, Florida finally came through in the clutch. The sun was shining bright today and I spent a good 5 hours in the sun-- so much so, I think I changed my whole ethnicity (and burned my nose and shoulders too). Honestly though, with 3 days left in the Sunshine state, I am so glad that Mr. Sun decided to make an appearance and not ruin the trip.
Usually I'd be doing my weekly Insanity updates, but I'm behind a week on that due to this impromptu trip. Without getting further off track, today I've decided to share with you all my latest challenge-- my biggest change in eating habits.
June 1st is when I hit it hard with a strict 'diet' and exercise plan. I put quotes around diet, because when I say diet, I am referring to the foods that I eat on a daily basis, not your typical phony commercial crap.
Insanity has a nice meal plan that comes with it, and I did use some ideas from it to create my personal meal plan, but the biggest things that I eliminated from my diet are Dairy and red meat.
The purpose of my new found eating habits and exercise is solely because I am trying to drop about 5 pounds, in 12 weeks as well as gain lean muscle mass.
The easiest way for me to describe to you all what I eat is by giving you some of the several meals I rotate through every day.
- Whole grain english muffin, 2 egg whites, half banana
- 1/2 cup whole wheat oatmeal, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries
- Egg white omelet: 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons of salsa, 4 slices of deli turkey chopped
- Egg white 'crepe': 2 egg whites whisked with 1 teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon to taste, place in omelet pan, and fill with 1/2 cup strawberries.
- 8 oz Almond Breeze, Coconut and Almond milk, and 1 cup of Cinnamon Burst Cherrieos
- So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt
- 1 Orange and 1/2 cup cherries
- 1 cup of Cherrios dry
- Spinach salad: 3 cups spinach, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 cup snow peas, 4 slices of deli cut turkey or chicken, 1 tablespoon light Italian dressing.
- Protein Shake smoothie: 1 scoop of Jay Robb Whey Protein, 1 handfull of ice to taste, 1 cup of coconut almond milk, 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 bag of Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop Popcorn (100 calories)
- 1 "baked" apple: chop up any type of apple, put in a microwaveable bowl, fill to top with water, add cinnamon and microwave for 4 minutes... instant 'baked' apple.. genius ?
- 1 cup of grapes
- Kashi Crunch Bar
- 10-14 baby carrots
(dinners will change drastically once I'm cooking for my husband and I, but for now here are some simple dinners if you are eating solo).
- Salmon fillet, 7-10 asparagus spears, 1 cup of brown rice
- Dinner omelet: 3 egg whites, 2-3oz of chopped chicken breast, green peppers, topped with 1-2 tablespoons of salsa.
- Boneless skinless chicken breast, 1-2 cups of fresh green beans, 1 cup of quinoa
- Summer Salad: 3 cups spinach, 2-3oz of chopped chicken breast, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1-2 tablespoons of raspberry vinaigrette
- Red Beans and Rice: 1 cup brown rice, 1 cup kidney beans, 3-4oz chicken breast cubed.
- Minimum 8 servings of fruits and veggies a day ( 1 serving = 1 cup)
- 3 liters of water a day. Yes, I drink a lot of water (not drinking enough water leads to dehydration which leads to retaining water, which means bloating).
- No dairy -- no cheese, no milk, no yogurt (that was a hard one). There really isn't a need to eat dairy, I get plenty of calcium through my almond milk as well as dairy free options like "So Delicious" brand.
- No red meat. Chicken, fish, and turkey are what I eat!
- No 'snack' foods. No cookies, no candy, no sugary goodness.
- No cheating, thats right. I don't believe in cheat days, why ? Because I got sick of feeling sorry for myself, If you aren't pleased with how you look, then do something about it and do it the right way. When you cheat on a meal plan or your exercise program, you are only cheating yourself.
- Might sound weird, but I brush my teeth after every time I eat. Nothing keeps you from wanting a snack then the minty fresh taste of Crest in your mouth!
Changing my eating habits has helped SO much in the past month. Oh, and My Fitness Pal -- Yep I'm an addict. I track EVERYTHING -- literally, I track everything I eat in there, and my 'diary' is public-- so at the end of each day, you can see what I've ate, how mann calories I've consumed, how much exercise i've done and my progress. Use your smart phone to your advantage, it's a fantastic accountability tool. Add me on MFP: Leighanne53