Good eatsPosted: February 23, 2012
I’m happy to say that I’ve made it through 2 full days of eating on Jackie Warner’s plan. To be honest, it really hasn’t been that hard! I think that one thing that will make it easier for me to not snack after dinner is to eat just a tad later (not too late though). Sometimes we eat super early, and then I’m hungry again by 7 or 8:00. We had dinner at 7:00 last night, and I enjoyed my cup of tea at 8:00 while watching Survivor. I went to be feeling satisfied (and most importantly- not full or hungry) and slept well. And I woke up today feeling great and with a good attitude. Part of that might be due to the fact that it is supposed to get up near 70 degrees here today.
By the way, Janetha does an awesome review of Jackie’s book here and here. If you’re interested in knowing about the book, I highly recommend you read her review. She really breaks it down well- chapter by chapter. (Plus she has some really awesome recipes and workouts on both posts!)
Sticking to Jackie’s eating plan does have a few small challenges for me. #1 is keeping the fruit to two servings a day. When I was doing Weight Watchers, I was encouraged to eat as much fruit as I wanted. I pretty much had at least one serving of fruit with every meal and snack. I have to have an apple with my lunch, and typically have a banana with breakfast. My snack of choice in the afternoon is usually a smoothie made with fruit, spinach, protein powder, ice and water. I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it as much without fruit. My plan today is to make a pumpkin smoothie- because that is on her “veggie” list (and my pumpkin pie smoothies are always a winner!)
What I’m really tying to focus on is how I feel after I eat- not just during. There are plenty of foods that make me feel good while I’m eating them- but not so much afterwards. Along with my food journal, I think I might documenting how I feel after meals. As an emotional eater, I definitely have an emotional connection to certain foods- and there are things that I just feel like I have to eat – mostly good, but some not so good (like sweet after dinner). I managed to break out of my oatmeal every day for breakfast routine over the last few months, and believe me- that was tough. Obviously, there’s nothing unhealthy about the oatmeal that I eat, but for me, it’s good to shake things up and not get so stuck in a routine.
Planning out my eats for the day the night before has really been helping me stay on track- especially in regards to snacks. Why haven’t I done this before?!
When I posted my ‘planned’ eats for the rest of the day yesterday morning, I mentioned that I was going to experiment with an eggy dish after my workout. Well, I’m happy to say that it ruled. What I ended up with was a protein pancake/omelet of sorts.
It isn’t the prettiest dish in the world, but my goodness it tasted awesome- like custard.
Super protein pancake
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c 1% no salt added cottage cheese
1/4 c liquid egg whites
1 T coconut flour
1/2 t baking power
vanilla extract, cinnamon and stevia to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place a skillet over medium heat and pour batter. Cook for 5 minutes on one side (or until edges start to turn golden brown) and flip. Cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side.
Stats for this snack: 222 calories, 10 g carbs, 7 g fat, 30 g protein.
Dinner last night was also a winner- and very simple: 4 oz grilled tuna, 1/2 c. (cooked) quinoa and roasted asparagus, broccoli and golden beets. I made a mango salsa to go on top of the tuna using mango, red and green onion, bell pepper, salt and a tiny bit of honey.
I feel like I have neglected quinoa so much lately. Ever since I discovered other grains like freekeh and farro, quinoa has kind of been on the back burner. It was time for a comeback.
As I said earlier in the post, the only thing that followed dinner was a cup of green tea (1 bag Celestial Seasoning Mandarin Orange + Green Tea)- and I really did enjoy every sip.
Unbelievably, my daily calories were under 1500- 1473 to be exact.
The calories were broken down like this:
I should probably eat a few more calories at lunch and less at dinner- but all in all, I’m happy with the breakdown. I do want to be careful though to not go too low and try to stay right around 1500- especially on days when I’m burning so much from exercising. Any lower than this will just F up my metabolism even more.
I switched it up for breakfast today and experimented with something for the first time ever in my seven years of packing breakfast to bring to work: I had eggs. I wasn’t sure how the eggs would be re-heated in the morning, but they actually ended up being great! I cooked them the night before and set everything in a glass container (easy for reheating). The scrambled eggs were made from 1 egg, 1 egg white, 1/4 cottage cheese and served with mixed roasted veggies (onion, asparagus, mushroom, broccoli, tomato and spinach) and some salsa.
I also had a piece of Eziekel bread with 1 T peanut butter and 1/2 of a sliced banana, and some Pero with almond milk on the side (love this stuff!). Unfortunately, I had to eat this pretty fast, but it did manage to keep me full until it was time for my snack. 🙂
The rest of the eats for today include:
Snack: celery sticks with peanut flour butter (3 T peanut flour + 2 T almond milk)
Lunch: Salad of mixed greens, cabbage, cucumber, tomato; 3 oz. tuna mixed with 2 T 0% greek yogurt, celery and onion, (possibly) a multigrain Flat-out wrap, Fuji Apple
Snack: Smoothie with 1 c pumpkin puree, 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder, spinach, ice, water
Dinner: Pork taco salad: 4 oz. pulled pork with Mexican spices (cooking away in crock pot right now), mixed greens + veggies, 1/4 c black beans, Greek yogurt, salsa
… and green tea.
(note- I will not be posting my eats every day. To me, that gets really boring.)
Today is my rest/yoga day, but given today’s weather forecast, I may have to forgo my yoga date with Bob. I have a dentist appointment directly after work, but I’m hoping that it goes very quickly and I can come home and take one of the dogs for a long walk.
So, it’s been pretty easy to make it through the work week and stick to the plan. The upcoming weekend will truly be a test of how serious I am about staying the course!
How’s the weather where you are? 🙂