Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Food, Glorious Food!

I know I say this every time I go through a round of this cleaner eating, but I can't believe what a difference food makes when it comes to how I feel physically.  I've only been back at it for 2 days, and I already have so much more energy and my stomach doesn't hurt.  I've been eating about 1700 calories a day and tracking everything.  I decided to not even give a rip about carbs, because I think it's kind of silly, so I am instead tracking calories, sodium, fat, fiber and calcium.  With my family's history of heart stuff and awful blood pressure, I figured sodium was a good thing to keep an eye on.

I don't want to bore you every single day with a food post (we all have that annoying friend on Facebook already right?), but I thought I'd give you an example of my logs from the last couple of days:

Yesterday's Menu

Breakfast
Kale Smoothie (kale, celery, ginger, banana, green apple)
Cottage Cheese

Lunch
Baked Salmon
Large Salad with Italian Dressing

Dinner
Salsa Turkey (turkey breast tenderloins or chicken, jar of salsa, black beans, corn...throw it in the crockpot)
brown rice

Snacks
Oat Patty (Runs For Cookies recipe) with cookie butter/cocoa swirl from Trader Joe's (best shit EVER)
Fresh strawberries with vanilla yogurt

My favorite part about yesterday is that 1) I really enjoyed everything I ate and 2) I wasn't hungry until it was time to eat.  I felt I did a good job of spacing out meals and snacks to where just as I was getting hungry it was time for a meal or a snack.  The thing about this that's super hard for me is that it takes planning and organization, and I suck at both of those things!  In the mornings I would rather sit in silence binge watching Golden Girls with a cup of coffee, while trying to pretend that I am independently wealthy and don't really have to go to a job.  It's hard for me to immediately get up and plan out a menu for myself for the whole day and begin packing things.  I try to do some of it the night before, which has helped.

Today's Menu

Breakfast
Beet smoothie (mixed berries, beat, kale, banana, almond milk)

Lunch
Leftover Salsa Turkey
Brown Rice

Dinner
Stuffed cabbage rolls with ground turkey breast and chicken sausage
Side salad

Snacks
10 almonds and a cup of grapes
Pomelo segments with Greek yogurt and tablespoon of cookie butter swirl (I know...you just gotta try it)

I am trying my very best to keep things varied and to not eat the same old things every day, with the exception of utilizing leftovers of course.  I can't tell you how nice it is to actually eat a decent lunch.  My job actually provides free lunch, but the food is horrid.  Anything that tastes remotely decent is fried and unhealthy, and everything else is drowned in curry powder or oil.  I tried eating salads from the salad bar for a bit, until one day I chewed a mouthful of straight up MUD from lettuce that hadn't been washed.  There is no way to really eat healthy there, and with the BS I put up with on a daily basis, I would at least like to enjoy my lunch.  I would rather eat a tasty lunch on my dime than piece together some lame half assed thing that leaves me starving an hour later.

On that note, I've actually got to finish up my stuffed cabbage rolls.  They are in the oven right now and smell SO GOOD!  I can't wait!

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