One week into making a real effort towards being fitter and losing the extra junk (mental and physical) that the last 6 months have brought, and I’m already feeling harder, better, faster, stronger (with my thanks to Daft Punk for refreshing my workout playlist).
One of the main things I’ve focused on this week has been nutrition. My take on nutrition is pretty simple: eat smaller meals, comprised of whole foods, 5-6 times a day, protein with every meal, don’t forget to add healthy fats. This simple approach has always worked for me in the past. I feel healthy and strong doing it, and I do not feel deprived- unless I skip a meal and then all hell breaks loose and I end up elbow deep in the peanutbutter jar.
On Monday, I did a ton of pre-cooking. 21 chicken thighs, sprinkled in a corriander mint combo spice that I found at the grocery store. This was enough for me to eat 2-3x a day depending on the size, plus extra for suppers when I didn’t feel like cooking, plus MORE extras so that if my husband ate some I wouldn’t be short on a meal.
I then made turkey meatballs using this recipe that I found on Pinterest for southwest turkey burgers, and just rolled them into meat balls and cooked them in the over at 400 for 35 minutes
I used fresh cilantro and added cut up celery. I made a double batch to ensure I had enough for the week, plus extras for my husband. There were two left this morning which we scrambled into some egg whites. Yummy.
I also cooked a gazillion protein pancakes, which I ate every. single. day. for breakfast, and sometimes a third pancake at night if I was hungry and craving something sweet and carby. My favourite protein pancake recipe is from here http://mealsandmovesblog.com/meals/protein-pancakeswaffles/
Make these pancakes, they’re fantastic.
I also pre-cut and put into baggies a variety of raw veggies for snacking on. Every bag had a combo of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red, yellow and orange pepper, zucchini and baby carrots.
From there I was able to quickly put together most meals. A typical day looked like this:
– 2 protein pancakes with berries
– protein shake with 1/2 frozen banana, frozen mango and almond milk
– 2/3 chicken thighs, grilled veggies, 1/2 mashed sweet potato sprinkled with chili
-meatball, bag of cut veggies,
– Different supper every night, usually a meat (chicken, pork, one night chicken sausage), a salad, and a carb of some sort (usually a slice of sprouted grain bread because I love it).
Its Saturday now, and I’ve managed to stick to my meal plan all week with some minor deviations. Eating like this makes me feel best. My stomach feels flatter. I don’t have the energy spikes I would otherwise have during the day (I usually get comatose around 3pm), and my skin is clearer. Already, after only 1 week of consistently consuming clean, healthy food, balanced portions of protein, fat and carbs – food is pretty powerful stuff.
If anything, when I look back on my week, I rely a little heavy on protein powder (its in the pancakes, and in the shake) and ate a little bit more fruit than I would like (I’d prefer to have more veggies than fruit when trying to lose weight). That said, the protein powder and the fruit mean that I haven’t had any really bad cravings for sweets / sugar, so I’m going to chalk it up as a win.
The main trick now will be sticking with it. I’m so bad for being back on track for a week, or two, or even three, feeling in control of myself again, and then falling completely and totally off. the wagon. Not even on the same road as the wagon. I’m going to keep the 21-days-to-form-a-habit in mind. Keep consistent for that long and it will get easier. Eating like this used to be effortless for me. As mindless as breathing. I can get there again.