Eat all Salads!

 

Yay Salads! I think salads get a bad rap as diet food when 1) they can be delicious and 2) they can be calorie/fat/carb laden and ultimately not that healthy!  But I eat a lot of salads. They’re really versatile and can be really filling and healthy if you stick to whole foods and oil based dressings. In fact, I ate a salad every day so far this week!

Now, I originally was thinking this would be a “no lettuce salad” post, but then I realized that I put lettuce under that mess in the top picture.  It also kind of became a “1 grocery bag 4 lunches” post since I used the same few ingredients over and over. But when you’re just 1 person and you don’t want your food to spoil, you gotta use it up the best you can!

Also I really am trying to cut down eating meat and not cut down my protein intake so I’ve been experimenting with new vegan/vegetarian meals. So these are all dairy free and it would be super easy to just leave the meat out and they’d be vegan!

So here’s what I ate! (remember how great I am at taking food pics??)

Top picture: lettuce topped with black beans, corn, quinoa, tomatoes, and red onion. I also made an avocado cilantro dressing (that blob in the middle) that turned over pretty dense, almost a guacamole, but it was really yummy and mixed up really well in the salad. (Which reminds me! I used this same stuff as a spread on my black bean burger for dinner tonight! Yum.)

Bottom left: garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) with just tomato, avocado, cucumber and cilantro.

Middle left: quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, and topped with green chile pork. (I wanted it to look so pretty like those quinoa bowls you see on pinterest, alas… the toppings got a bit jumbled. Still tasty though!)
Bottom right: the common denominator here: avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro. This time with shrimp.

It does share a lot of the same ingredients but I promise, these little switches make it feel like I’m not eating the same thing day after day. Cuz I am not that kind of person who can eat the same things all week. I sometimes wish I was! It would be easier, wouldn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make A Plan to Eat Healthy Even When You Can’t Plan Everything

Sometimes, life is beyond your control. This week, I planned to go out to dinner with friends on Monday and ended up going out to eat 2 other times! I still lost weight so I’m stoked about that.

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And this week, I suddenly have to go out of town for a family emergency. There’s obviously a lot going through my mind, and “what am I going to eat?” is one of them. I feel selfish for even thinking of myself & food at a time like this. Weight loss itself, right now, is such a low priority but I also don’t want it to take up space in my mind when I should be focusing on other things. If that makes sense. I already went through the pantry and grabbed things that I can pack in my suitcase. (Things like protein bars and almonds. Plus I’ll run and grab fruit and veggies, like baby carrots and grape tomatoes that are easily portable. And I’ll boil some eggs to take on the go.)

But I’m sure there is going to be fast food stops in the future. Which causes me a little anxiety…

I’ve decided to just make a list now, with a clear head and full stomach of some viable options for me when the times comes that I need to stop at a drive thru.

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Monthy Check in: February

1 month into 2017! It’s been a good month and exciting things are coming my way this year. I didn’t really make a “new years resolution” but I did recommit to healthy eating and I’ve been tracking pretty well this month and am proud of that. I’m not 100% but I’m really only aiming for 80% and I think I hit that goal on the head so I’m doing okay.

I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that in the past year since hitting my “goal weight” I’ve been creeping back up the scale and falling back into old habits. Weight loss and healthy eating is an on going journey and never a straight descending line on a chart so I’ve given myself a break a little bit but that doesn’t mean I want to get anywhere close to where I started!! So I’m back on the wagon.

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On Jan 5th I weighed in for my new starting weight and clocked in at 159.8. Still lower than what I weighed in high school but a whole 20 pounds heavier than my lowest! I always kept 145 as the “goal” so still 14 lbs up from that! (I’m pretty much sticking to that 145 goal again but keeping in mind that I am and my body is more than just a number and plenty of things affect the number on the scale. It’s  a guideline not a measurement of self worth!!)

All day yesterday I was tempted! It was a really rough go. Donuts are my very very fav and a new donut shop opened here in town with fancy pants donuts and TWO coworkers brought in boxes of them.

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I sent a text to my gym bud/BFF looking for support and he was beyond unhelpful haha! Then he kept sending me pictures of my FAV foods (he knows me way too well!) The conversation ended with my just sending him the middle finger emoji! Haha. Thanks Al.

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I did have about 5 bites or so of all different flavors and they were all beyond delicious. Someday I’m going to have to go back there when I have the extra macros and indulge!!

So after that mental exercise all day, this morning it was time to step on the scale:

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I will take that! I know the first week is always a big number (water weight) and next month it wont be as big a number but I’m proud of myself!

Measurements this morning clocked in at

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Right before I went off to Hot  Yoga! 

36″ Bust

28″ Waist (around the smallest part)

38″ Hips (around the widest part)

 

I know that consistency is so so important so that’s my focus. Keep tracking, keep putting my health high up on the priority list and we will see what Feb brings!

 

Superbowl Party time!! Some Healthy Party Food Alternatives

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Who’s making this for me?

I love to watch football and I am one of those that gets excited for Superbowl Sunday! Unnnnfortunately I got mandated to work this Sunday so I’m going to miss the big game (don’t get me started…) but we’ll do a potluck here at work.

Potlucks can be scary because there’s lot of temptation and foods made of who knows what, but all you can do is make good decisions and try and provide some good (still tasty, maybe doesn’t have to be 100% clean) options.

  • Chicken Teriyaki meatballs with a low sugar marinade/sauce
  • DIY taco bar where you can set out cheese, guac, sour cream for guests/ coworkers but stick to the salsa and beans for yourself. And maybe use turkey meat or 90% ground beef.
  • Sliders where you can swap the bun for lettuce wraps
  • Deviled eggs with hummus or avocado instead of mayo? Sam’s Choice makes a Smoky Sweet Onion mustard that I have fallen in love with and use it on pretty much everything!
  • My friend gave me the recipe for a quinoa salad that’s super easy and delicious. Just quinoa with chopped veggies (tomatoes, red pepper, jalapeno, red onion) and cilantro and feta. That’s it! All mixed up.
  • Turkey pinwheels with low carb/ high fiber tortillas and stuffed with extra veggies
  • Antipasto with meats, olives, cheese if your diet allows.

And to top it off, moderation is always key. Have a bite of this and a taste of that but don’t load up your plate and eat till you want to explode. Enjoy the game! Bet on your office pool. Laugh at the dumb commercials.

Go (your team name here)!!

 

Eating Out and Battling Food Anxiety

So far I’ve been tracking and really on top of my eating habits and that feels great. But sometimes I get into ‘all or nothing’ mode and let my food anxiety get the better of me. Sometimes it’s dang hard to be social when you’re trying not to eat junk. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay home and cook what you know than risk the temptation etc of eating out.

When my dad called and asked if I wanted to join him and my brother’s family for dinner, I jumped at the chance of course but he told me he hadn’t decided where to go. He texted me the day of the dinner telling me where to meet them, Texas Roadhouse. He texted me during the day when I was sleeping but woke up and half-asleep read his text and immediately started worrying about what I would order. Luckily I was familiar with the menu and vaguely sure what would be good choices but not until then I was I able to fall back asleep.

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Sorry for the bad quality. I tried to snap it fast and knew it was rough, but didn’t know just how rough!

I could’ve have made better choices but I think I did pretty good. Part of the trouble is not only do I pay attention to macros, I have to watch what my body can/cannot digest.

I stayed away from the bread, amazingly and stuck to water to drink. I ordered a house salad with no cheese and there was trouble with the dressing (seriously, I almost brought my own!) but it worked out well enough. 6oz sirloin and side of green beans. At first I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of green beans and ordered it because it was the best option for me health wise (there is a fresh mixed veg option but that has broccoli which my body can’t break down although healthy, not healthy for me, ya know.) So I settled for green beans but honestly they were delicious! They were cooked with bacon and I’m guessing butter so not 100% ‘clean’ but it may have been my favorite part of the meal. I’ll definitely be happy to order them again.

I don’t want to let my food anxiety take over my life. I don’t want to be a hermit that stays home every night, like Rizzo 😉 and be scared of backsliding but I also want to make healthy choices and not indulge/binge just because I’m out. It’s a balance for sure that I’m still trying to find!

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What Did I Eat Before the RnR Half? And a little after?

I have a very delicate constitution. And by that I mean I get nauseated very easily. I think I’ve been nauseated at least part of the day every day since I was 15. That’s 14 years now of dealing with this sh.. situation. You’d think I’d be better at it! So I try to be very caution all race week but especially the day before a race and race day. I know I’m not the only runner with a pre-race meal ritual!

So Saturday morning I made my healthy take on an English breakfast. 1 fried egg, 2 turkey sausages and some mushrooms sauteed in avocado oil

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and of course all the meds! Pictured here is echinacea and mucinex. I also took so much vitamin C that day. To say I was fighting that cold was an understatement. meds

After the expo, my friend and I went to Postino. I justified it by saying I needed the carbs haha. A bruschetta board! On the left, the seasonal topping made of mushrooms and I forget what cheese. It was delicious and probably my favorite. I almost didn’t order it because ‘more mushrooms?’ but I’m glad I did!

Then left to right, apple, brie and fig; salmon with pesto; burrata with bacon, arugula and tomato. Everything tasted so good and I ate about 3/4 pictured and took the rest home. postina

For dinner, I wasn’t very hungry and didn’t have a ton of time before I wanted to go to bed early so I skipped the meal I planned and ate the rest of my bruschetta and about 4 oz of plain sweet potato. I crossed my fingers that the bruschetta wouldn’t upset my stomach during the night!

Bright and early Sunday/ Race day. I made some oatmeal that Copper was very interested in. None for him. And I chugged another bottle of water.

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At the start line, I brought a banana and a gluten free stinger waffle. Are those waffles getting sweeter?? I ate about half of it before I couldn’t take another bite. But my stomach felt good the whole way!!

Along the course, I took 2 energy jelly bellies at mile 4 and 6 and then a starburst about mile 10. No Gatorade for me (my stomach cannot handle it!) And i went to about every other water station.

After the race, I couldn’t eat anything for about 2 hours but once I did, I was RAVENOUS! I ate a bagel, chocolate milk, sushi, soup, oh gosh I can’t even remember what else!

 

Getting Your Veggies at Breakfast

Breakfasts this week!  I eat a lot of eggs but the goal was to incorporate more veggies into my breakfasts so there’s that.

Wednesday, my Monday, I was running super late so it was breakfast on the go for me. 1 hard boiled egg and 1/2 a tomato.

I’m all about a running yolk so fried eggs are common over here. The other half of the tomato and avocado slices are under 2 eggs in the top right pic. I was going to add a slice of bacon (and only 1 egg) but I brought my package to work for lunch and forgot it in the work fridge, so I had to forgo that and instead added another egg.

Yesterday was 2 more fried eggs and under there is a hash of spinach, mushrooms, bacon and green onions. I got the idea from pinterest and it’s quickly become a favorite breakfast of mine.

And this morning. Again, it needed to be quick as I was running out the door so hard boiled eggs to the rescue again. I always have hard boiled eggs on hand! chopped up with the rest of my avocado that needed to be eaten. Copper was super interested in what I had going on.

This is real life guys, rushing out the door, simple and easy meals. Using leftovers and whatever is on hand. I do eat more savory breakfasts over sweet ones typically because I’m usually aiming for protein and veggies and less carbs personally but I do like a good pancake here and there! (After my 10 miler last week, I did go eat pancakes and Ihop! worth it!) But it’s not impossible. You can add zucchini or even carrots shavings to oatmeal or pancake batter. Get creative!