Just a quick check in for the end of week 10! Last week I was bad and I didn’t track my calories AT ALL! But I did watch what I ate, limited evening snacks, and ate healthy, well portioned meals full of veggies. The result is a big fat ZERO…as in nothing gained, nothing lost. I consider that a great success…especially since I missed 3 workouts last week! :O So now this week I’m onto week 11. I started the next [and last 2] dvd’s of the Body Revolution series. Workout 11 kicked butt! I did that yesterday and my thighs are BURNING today. :) Its a good burn but my shoulders & back were so sore too so I took the day off from strength work to recover. Plus my back is killing me today…as in I need to call the chiropractor I think! Its been bugging me off and on for a few weeks now.
Anyway…onto the eating :)
So last week I mentioned that I would post a little bit about what I eat. But before I dive into that I want to talk a little about what I USED to eat. We have been eating real food here for a few years now. Every year [or month] improving and cutting out more and more processed food as we switch to eating just real and home made vs. packaged or processed. However, even though the food I was eating before starting Body Revolution was mostly real food, I had a few problems:
- I was eating TOO much of it [often just cause it tasted good or out of boredom].
- I was not eating enough veggies
- I was snacking too much, especially in the evening.
When I started Body Revolution it was kind of a shock of sorts for me to whip my mind back to the correct thinking. I was seeing more visually how much I was eating before. So many of our meals were carb/starch heavy and low (or no) veggies. Its not that I didn’t make veggies at all, but it was primarily at dinner, and I would eat maybe a half cup worth.
My how things have changed!
I have had pasta I think twice in the last 10 weeks. Yes…you heard me right. TWICE! I told my sister this and she immediately said “I could never do that diet, I love pasta!” And I agree – I did too. Well I still do… I still enjoy it. But I have broke my cycle of needing the starches so much. I still eat some grains, but I have greatly reduced the amount of them and in the past 8 weeks, 99% of the grains I’ve eaten have been 100% whole grain [both as grains in meals and in baked items]. I no longer crave piles of pasta at dinner or need that starchy fix. Its amazing how you can retrain your mind & body. On top of that, with the way I eat now, I am much fuller than I used to be. I have had no problem sticking to 1200-1300 calories. I’m not starving all the time!
Here’s what my plate looks like now:
photo credit: http://o5.com
And here are a couple pics of that in action… First we have my lunch the other day.
Roasted veggies with sauteed shrimp [in a touch of coconut oil] with a small baked potato [with a tiny amount of butter].
Lunch today was similar:
Local [nitrate free] hot dog on a homemade whole wheat bun. Roasted veggies on the side [though it looks more like roasted veggies with a hot dog on the side!]
That lunch was fantastic by the way…I do love a good quality hot dog. Sorry Oscar Mayer…
Both of these lunches I would interchange for dinner as well. As you can see, in both veggies take up a HUGE portion of the plate and my starches/carbs and protein are smaller. That said, I always make sure I’m getting good protein. Its an important thing, especially when you are exercising a lot.
The other night for dinner, we had grilled chicken breasts. I had those with a large side salad that was topped with roasted tomatoes and mushrooms and a homemade dijon vinaigrette dressing and 1/2 c brown rice on the side.
And one final pic – chili! I love chili – not only is it delicious but its a pretty healthy meal. Lots of protein and veggies and when you use lean ground beef its pretty low in fat too.
Yummy beef & bean chili with a whole wheat biscuit on the side. I had made up whole wheat corn bread to go with this with my raw honey but I had polished that off already in previous lunches. ;-) I love cornbread!
For breakfast I eat a lot of the same things everyday just cause its easy! One of my standby favorites is my steel cut oats. I posted an easy recipe for doing this in your crock pot overnight awhile back. I then add a teaspoon of maple syrup [the real stuff people, lose the maple corn syrup fake stuff! :)], 1.5 T of chopped pecans or almonds, and a good 1/2 c or so of blueberries. Yum! I also throw a splash of milk in cause I like it creamier.
Other breakfast things I do are whole grain muffins [various kinds], lightly sweetened greek yogurt with cut up fruit and good granola on it, or frying up a couple eggs with a piece of whole grain toast and some fruit.
While my cravings for sweets have greatly decreased since being on this program, I still love something sweet in the evening. I have been trying all sorts of recipes for real food cookies, brownies, “power bars”, etc. All yummy! The main difference from before is that my portion size of the snacks are MUCH smaller. Since starting I have also *sob* given up my beloved sour taffy. This stuff was pretty much everything I shouldn’t eat. Corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors mixed with even more refined sugar. But I loved them…that was HARD. But now I’m past that and focusing on healthier items. I also enjoy some good quality [and organic if I can manage it] chocolate – I generally end up having just a tiny bit every day. :) Another favorite snack of ours is air popped popcorn. I found a great brand locally [Amish something or other] that is GMO free! Yay!
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So I hope this sheds some light on what I do and don’t eat. Most of this journey has been about changes in how I think and what I’m used to. I won’t be making up big pasta chicken casseroles anymore likely. Homemade pot pies [even with their whole wheat crust I make and homemade filling] are going to to be small “sides” to a healthy main dish.
Its been an adjustment, I’ll be honest. The food we used to eat is what I have always made and what I grew up eating. Its not easy to just flip a switch and change what you’re used to. But through small changes here and there you can adjust and work into a healthier way of eating. Its easiest, I’d say, to work on one small change at a time. We were half way there before I started this and I kind of went cold turkey on my regular lunches, dinners and snacks when I started Body Revolution. Not something I’d recommend for someone who’s still on the fence if this is what they really want to do or not. :) But for us it WAS something we wanted, so while it was challenging [and still is too at times], we have been pretty successful.
Ok sorry this turned out to be a book! I hope that someone out there got something out of my rambling. :)