Thursday, June 26, 2008
US administration: So, the barrel's about dry...what else can I burn to keep my Hummer on the highway?
US policy maker: Corn. We have enough of it; and we'll give our farmers a sure-market.
US administration: Will my vehicle smell like a movie theater?
US policy maker: Yes
US administration: Make it happen
No thought about how it would affect the food supply, or the prices of food for the basic consumer. Read this article to get a better view of this half-measure measure.
Eating out at my favorite brunch spot on Sunday I was shocked to find the price up to $25/plate. This is a minor inconvinience, but the bigger picture is earth-shattering:- starving people around the world, (including the US) and we're putting food in our gas tanks.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So, here's my game plan for this long weekend camping trip:
1. Cook egg white and oatmeal pancakes ahead of time, enough for each morning away. Re-warm them on the grill in the morning as everyone else packs in bacon and eggs. I'll enjoy mine with pb (a treat in itself!)
2. Chop massive amounts of vegetables- there is always a shortage of clean, fresh vegetables on camping trips- how ironic since we are striving to be so close to nature in our tents. Pack enough so you can have a cup of veggies every 2-3 hours for every day you are away. Yes, this could mean 4 green peppers, 3 cucumbers and an entire bag of carrots chopped into fun sticks or disks- it's a time consuming task- but worth it. For suppers these can be mixed and matched in foil packets on the grill with garlic and S&P. And don't be surprised if others around you start chowing down on your greens- they get sick of junk too.
3. Buy a huge case of bottled water in addition to packing your huge water jug for cooking/drinking etc. I'm not an advocate of bottled water at all- the waste created in bottling it is stupid and our tap water is of much higher quality in most cases (Yay Canada!). Have a bottle of water in your hand at all times- no kidding. Then you can be drinking while others are having a beer, and you won't get dehydrated. If you're like me and spend most of your time camping on a boat or beach and find there's water everywhere, but none to drink- you'll need a ton of bottled water. Make sure you recycle when you get home. Don't forget to keep a couple bottles for the drive to and from the site.
3a. Don't drink liquor; there is no sense dehydrating yourself- the stuff usually doesn't taste good pulled warm from a cooler they have been in all day after the ice has melted.
4. Pre-cook turkey burgers, chicken breasts or even the chickpea patties from my previous post and bring ziploc bags with you. Grab a handful of veggies and a pattie and you've got your meal done- no reason to stray from your meal plan.
5. Make sure you eat! It's too common when camping to eat a huge breakfast, then nothing but junk throughout the day and then a huge supper. Stop it! Be consistent or you will feel like crap outside of your eating schedule.
6. Take advantage of being outdoors and go for a trail hike, walk or run. Why else would you be in the great wilderness if you don't take action to enjoy it. Bring a camera, take some pictures- make it fun.
7. Sleep! You are on holidays aren't you?
8. Be wary of granola, trail mix and bars- keep them handy for emergencies only, but don't have more than 1/2c trail mix or granola while you are out, and don't eat more than 1 bar.
9. Explore the area for farmers markets- grab some fresh berries, or other seasonal fruit as a treat.
10. Indulge in a treat once this weekend- if you love s'mores have one! There are very few opportunities to have a real, fire-roasted marshmallow on chocolate and graham crackers. Choose your treat wisely, make sure it's your craving and choice and indulge.
You're going to look great and feel great as you lay in the sun in all your glowing glory! Put on that swimsuit and rock it- you're clean.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
4 green onions, chopped
2 c spinach, chopped
1/2c fresh mushrooms, diced
2, 15oz cans garbanzo (chickpeas) beans, undrained
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2c onion, chopped
3Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/4c oatmeal, pulsed in a food processor to resemble bread crumb texture
3 egg whites
Pre-heat oven to 375F. Saute green onions, onion, garlic, mushrooms and spinach. Cook until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
Blend undrained beans in a food processor. Add spices, oatmeal and egg whites. Mix well. Mix sauteed vegetables into bean mixture. Form into balls, and then flatten. Place in oven on cookie sheet for 20 min or until golden brown. Makes 4 servings, each: 515 calories, Fat 12g, Carbs 80g, Fiber 27g, Protein 25g.
Adapted from Oxygen, March 2007 Kennedy Publishing
These get better with setting; even better out of the fridge a day or two after making. Great to put on a salad or wrapped in a tortilla. Enjoy!
Two components that I am now diarizing are how much water I put into my system, making 5 square boxes on a page and checking one off when I have a litre of water. I am also recording hours of sleep. Not surprisingly, when I have caffeine after 11am, I sleep less at night. My book is a small journal with blank pages- pages where I can record the date myself, in case I need more than one page a day for thoughts/recipes/meal planning. I tried a daytimer, but felt restricted by the one-page-a-day outline.
I will carry my journal everywhere, to remind myself that if I put something in my mouth, I have to admit it and put it in my journal. Keeps me accountable and I'm glad for the information it has provided me so far. How many of you are keeping health logs/diaries? Try it, even for a day and see how you feel looking back on your day after recording it. Then try it the next day as well. It may help in unexpected ways, next time you have a health concern.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I'm just finishing up a light breakfast of 4 hard boiled eggs (yolks scooped out after cooking), 1 tomato seasoned with S&P and 1/2 apple w/ 1Tbsp almond butter. This is lighter than normal, especially since I should be refueling after my LSD (long slow distance) run this morning; but me and my ladies are heading out to a fabulous brunch at a dtown hotspot and then the S&C movie! I'll order off the menu instead of getting the buffet, that way I can control portion sizes and eat only 1 plate full. Also, buffets are usually laden with Gluntinous treats like waffles and pancakes which I can't have anyway (and shouldn't have anyway on a clean menu - making your own can produce cleaner waffles/pancakes. I'll post on those soon).
Pancake season approaches Calgarians! Don't indulge in those Stampede breakfasts! Just think of all the butter, oil and flour that goes into their pancakes, of all the grease they've used on their grill (and how many millions of eggs/sausages/bacon strips/pancakes have passed on it). Envisioning the open bucket of pancake batter on the ground next to a volunteer sweating over a hot grill turns me off them anyway. Stock up on fresh fruit, bake a batch of clean muffins, fill up on healthy food when you can and have Stampede black coffee while your mates feast on that pancake batter (yech!). Feel that healthy feeling within yourself when you know you're body is cleaner, your skin is glowing, your hair is healthy and you're not endangering your well being by chowing down. As we approach Stampede, let's get together to support one another clean eaters! What challenges will you have? What client appreaciation events? drinks? ho-downs? will you face and get through? Let's talk about it.
Love and peace; VV
Friday, June 20, 2008
1 egg, beaten
1/3tsp corn syrup (I used honey instead)
2Tbs + 2 tsp butter
1/3 tsp vanilla
2/3tsp baking soda
1/3c brown sugar
Thursday, June 19, 2008
So, thinking of these fun, family get togethers always made my stomach ache for good, authentic Chinese food. No, not take-out. No, not 'sweet and sour chicken balls'- think about it- have you ever seen a Chinese person eating a deep-fried chicken ball with bright red sauce smothered on it? Noooooooooooooooooo.................
A dish I especially enjoyed was Egg Fu Yung, with a nice gravy-type sauce on it. This was served with lots of veggies and seafood for a supper- not to mention garlic ribs (mmmm...). I had some bean sprouts in my fridge I had to use up, as well as some pre-chopped red cabbage and celery. So for this morning's breakfast I whipped up a quick, clean Fu-Yung-style omlette. Veggies and eggs- a great way to start the day.
Egg Fu Yung Omlette (Clean)
6 egg whites, wisked to frothy
1 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup red cabbage
1/4 cup chopped fine celery
dash of soy sauce
Saute bean sprouts, cabbage and celery in olive oil and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan, add to egg whites and pour back into pan. Cook until eggs are solid on top, flip to brown the other side.
Instead of the traditional, high sodium, high calorie gravy-sauce that usually accompanies egg fu yung (which would be a littel strange for breakfast) I spread 1tsp of plum suce on the top of my omlette. I enjoyed this with 1/2c creamy rice cereal with 1Tbsp chia, 1Tbsp flax and 2Tbsp of cranberries and a cup of black coffee for breakfast today.
One day, I'll make traditional Egg Fu Yung for a supper entree, as it usual and include the full recipe, including mushrooms, shrimp and the gravy sauce.
Happy Sunny Day!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Unfortunately, I ended up just pretending that their advice was new and exciting for me; "As a woman, you need more calcium- are you getting enough calcium?" Yes, I am...1000mg a day to be exact. (Shocked look across dieticians face when I could recite exactly how many mg of calcium I'm getting a day- and from what sources). "Have you seen the Canadian Food Guide?" Yes, and it's really not applicable to me. "How? It's applicable to everyone". No, it's not. Everyone's metabolism is different and the only way you know what works for you, is by monitoring your meals and results closely and diligently. I kept my mouth shut though, thanked the very kind lady and moved onto blood pressure. No problemo there; I'm at my normal 110/72- kind of low which is why I am always cold. "Do you suffer from dizzy spells or faintness?" Nope.
Ok, last stand- weigh in. A friend just recently reminded me how important it is to stay away from the scale as much as possible and to focus on how you are feeling, and how your clothes fit. Well, no surprises on my weight, or waist circumference. I know my measurements. But this kind lady proceeded to interpret them acccording to the evil instrument known as the BMI...urgh. The indicator came back that I am at risk for a heavy-weight related illness. Yes, that's right. I train at the gym 2x a day, I eat a strict clean menu, I walked up 13 flights of stairs to my policy committee meeting this morning and I am overweight? Not bloody likely Thank You! SOOOOOO....yet another support for the tao: Feeling healthy is being healthy. If you feel good, if your clothes fit and you are happy- stay there. It's a good place to be, and don't buy into a bmi, scale or other measurement outside yourself. I thanked everyone, handed in an evaluation of the session and walked over to the gym- which I have been to for more than 100 consecutive training days! I had another good workout (after they cut the lock off my locker- the lock died- staff didn't give me the 'what the hell did you do to it' speech. They know I'm there, everyday, for months and months and months. It was it's time to go.)
So, a new combo lock (and memorization task) and a new outlook on my fitness level. I guess the health check served it's purpose after all.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Training this weekend was stellar (I have decided I don't like the word 'stellar' and won't use it again). 7k on Sunday through my fave wood reserve, kept pace really nice and slow to condition for long runs. Monday and Friday are days off according to Running Room's training schedule- but who needs to rest? Not me! So Monday I did a steady 3K run- cutting it short to make my seminar downtown in time for networking. And today, I stuck to the Running Room's recommendation (mostly) and did a tempo run (fast!)- the only change I made was doing a 5K tempo instead of the recommended 4K. My chosen route was 5k, I'm not going to compromise, especially when I can stay outside a little longer on these beautiful morning.
My gym routine is intact despite some scheduling issues. I still weight trained yesterday and did an extra 30min uphill treadmill walk (cardio 2) and today I did 1hr on the bike (no weights) intervals.
My menu this week is simple, although with this extra mass from my 'bulk'- ok- my 'fattening-up' cycle not coming off, I'm so tempted to mess around with my meal plan and drop all my carbohydrates. I'm only doing 2 meals of carbs, and both are before 11am (thereafter being only protein and veg) and am tempted to cut it down to one, and then next week to none. But that's unhealthy- very unhealthy. If you're like me, and have determined that you are carb sensitive, then please be careful and don't cut them out. Cut out the junk you eat on the weekends, and in the evenings when it's so easy to grab something off the meal plan. those are keeping my goals unattained- not the rice cakes and oatmeal I eat daily. Get perspective, get real. Be honest.
Here's a go at honesty: I'm 5lbs over my goal weight. I'm overtraining. I'm considering dropping healthy carbs to reach the goal weight (unhealthy) when in reality I should drop the treat DAYS I have over the weekends.
Goal: Drop the extra 5lbs by June 30 by sticking to a healthy meal plan, with 2 meals of carbs, maintaining my current training schedule. Planning ONE cheat MEAL per week rather than 2 cheat DAYS on the weekend. When baking on the weekend (part of my goal to become a competent GF baker) make sure to GIVE the goodies away so I don't eat an entire batch of Monster cookies (they were fab, but bad for me mentally, emotionally and physically when overindulged).
Of interest, and related to the title of this post, is Dr. Mercola's "Six Healthy Sounding Foods That Aren't". Read it, and get real about what you're eating- even 'healthy' foods need to be examined for their authenticity. As I mentioned in my Power Ball post, energy/health/protein bars are not to be incorporated into a daily menu- they should be considered a treat or for emergencies only.
Get outside- isn't it wonderful?
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Elanas Pantry has long been a source of vegan and gluten free recipes for me, and now she has become more of a role model. Today, she posted how her family gets fresh produce, the day it is picked directly from the farmer. Her family bought a share in a CSA model, where produce is delivered directly to her each week during the harvest season. Can you just imagine a pick-up truck pulling up to your house/condo/apartment and unloading buckets of the freshest, local? Your vegetables would last so much longer, they could be pesticide free (depending on the grower) and the carbon footprint of transporting vegetables cross-country to your grocery store is eliminated.
This makes me think that we should look into if one exists in our area; and if not, then I will just continue making my weekly trip to the farmer's market. If you visit a market, make sure you get to know the people selling- are they the grower? If not, do they know the grower? Where is the farm? How far is it from the market? When do they harvest their crop? Try to find the farmer who is selling directly- giving him all your cash instead of a middle-person pandering his hard-grown wares.
Off to the market!
Friday, June 13, 2008
My dilemma this weekend, is what to eat actually. I like baking on the weekends, as a stress reliever but haven't found a recipe that I am motivated enough to try- And I do have the time this weekend to try something. I might try my had at these logo sugar cookies for my partner's organizations' logo. He designed the logo, and is leaving the company at the end of the month, I thought I could send a batch on his last day. But that just doesn't seem like much fun yet.
I am thinking of diverging from my usual chocolate and/or pb stream and getting into more vanilla and fruit combinations; the beautiful vanilla and vanilla beans I brought back from the Mayan Riviera earlier this month is part of that motivation. And the wonderful fruit I see in Costco each week is tempting. I've also got ice cream cupcakes on my dashboard lately. And a layered cake/cheesecake combination- which I haven't really found a nice recipe for yet.
So, my post after the weekend will be a surprise as to what I've done. I may just get to do my patio flowers and no baking at all. I still do have to make our meals for the week.
Anyway, have a fabulous June weekend- anyone come up with their clean eating menu yet this week? Share it in the comment section to help inspire me, and others.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
These little balls of power may help as well- a good alternative to a health bar, they are versatile, easy to transport and taste terrific (not just palatable, like most health bars out there). The original recipe came from the Salt Spring Experience: Recipes for the body, mind and spirit. They call them "Bliss Balls" for a good reason. I made a few adjustments, like leaving out the cardamom; the only cardamom I have is in pod form and I wasn't sure if it would grind nicely in the food processor. I'm also quite new at using savory spices in sweet goods, although it's something I would like to try someday.
These are like healthy truffles, very rich and sweet. The texture is divine at room temperature, so take them out of the fridge for a while before eating them if you can wait...but I usually can't. I wouldn't include these into a weekly meal plan as they are high in natural sugars and fats from the dried fruit and nuts; but to overcome that sweet craving without blowing your entire meal plan, have one or two when needed. Otherwise, save them for a treat meal.
Power Balls (minutes to pull together, some time to roll them all)
Makes about 2 dozen 1" balls.
1/2c frozen almonds
1/4c almond butter (can use another 1/4 tahini as the original recipe calls for)
1/2c chocolate chips
flaked coconut for rolling (about 1/3c)
Grind the almonds in a food processor from frozen (if they are at room temperature, they may become butter, which is not desireable at this point). Grind until fine. Add the currants and grind until they're chopped up. Add the tahini, almond butter (or other nut butter/tahini of your choice) and cinnamon and blend until well mixed. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in chocolate. Refrigerate for 20 min if desired, to make them easier to roll and then form balls and roll them in the coconut. Keep refrigerated.
Use raisins or dried cranberries instead of currants
Use white chocolate chips instead of chocolate
Add coconut to the mix before rolling
Add oatmeal to the mix before rolling
Use peanuts, pecans or walnuts instead of almonds
Use peanut butter instead of almond butter
Add some ginger and nutmeg
Wouldn't these make a nice, healthy addition to your seasonal baking trays? I might try a cranberry-pecan-white chocolate combo for my christmas baking this year. And of course, I'll have to try a peanut-peanut butter-chocolate combo, to feed my neverending pb addiction.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Get a watch, or watch the clock. I use a timer on my wrist watch set to 1 minute countdown. Perform each of the following for as many reps as possbile for 1 minute, then repeat the entire circuit through. Follow up with 30 min cardio and you've got a super workout! Do this three times a week with recovery days in between.
Full Body Circuit 1- remember to suck in your stomach at all times- envision pulling your belly button towards your spine.*
Upright Row (the link shows barbell, I use dumbbells)
Rear Delt Fly
Shoulder Press (I do standing, focusing on pulling in my abs)
Standing Bicep Curl
Lying Triceps Extension (Normally, I would do these standing to focus on pulling in my abs, but I'm being lazy)
Do as many reps as possbile for one minute, restart your timer and go right into the next exercise. Your heart rate should get up there; do NOT rest between exercises, you may take a quick 30s break between circuits if you need it. Do this three times a week, for four weeks and then switch up your program. I'll post another when I do.
*No, there are no ab exercises in here but you can add one anywhere you choose if you work your abs. I think I have mentioned before, I don't work abs in the conventional sense, rather I just concentrate on pulling them up and in at all times (walking to work, in the kitchen, seated at my desk, on the treadmill, while lifting weights). I want to keep stablized without adding mass to my midsection. Think about it, when you do dumbbell curls with heavy weight, you add muscle mass- so when you work your abs...
Friday night I wanted to spend some time making something nicer for my partner and I; he is so impressed with even the smallest effort in the kitchen. So I strayed slightly from our meal plans and added goat cheese to our Friday evening menu. What can I make with turkey breasts, asparagus, and goat cheese in half an hour? This is quick and easy.
Goat Cheese Asparagus Stuffed Turkey Breast
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
1 clove garlic
3T olive oil
Mince garlic, mix into olive oil. Brush grill or baking dish with 1/2 of the mixture
2 turkey breasts, butterflied, flattened
2 Tbs Goat Cheese
6 Asparagus spears
Brush both sides turkey breast with remaining oil/garlic mixture. Salt and pepper. Crumble 1Tbsp cheese onto exposed surface of turkey, roll around 3 asparagus spears.
Place in baking dish, bake for 20-25min depending thickness of the turkey.The cheese melted very well, and the asparagus was crisp, but tender. This is a recipe I had at a catered volunteer event last week which I wanted to try at home; the catered dish had much more cheese and had a bread coating on the chicken. I cut the cheese and breading to make it cleaner. Served with a huge side of veggies, it's the perfect evening meal.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
A friend of mine recently asked about cardio options without jogging/running. I can totally relate- jogging/running is boring and hard on the joints. I just tried the circuit (see link) at about.com and it was fab! Challenging, gets your heart rate up and if you put on some good tunes, it could feel like you're dancing your heart rate up. Try it out- 25-30min is all it takes. Once you're comfortable with it, run it through twice. I know I will.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Clean Eating takes a lot of preparation and planning, and that ever elusive thing none of us really have- time. Sitting here planning my menu for the next week and making my shopping list takes a lot of brain capacity! I've been doing this for months now, so I can't imagine how it is for those who are just beginning to tighten up their meal planning. Here is what I have done for next week, to give you a sample of what I go through every week. It's become a habit now, and without question- TOTALLY worth it. Yes, you'll be paying more $$ for fresh lean protein as well as veggies, but how much do you put towards junk food?
I always start with a weekly menu- yes I eat the same basics every day for a week, but don't get bored...you'll see why.
June 9-14, 2008 Menu
Meal 1:1/2c oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar substitue; add 1T ground flax, 1T chia seeds; 6 egg whites, 1/2c veggies in omlette, 1 cup black coffee
Meal 2: Tuna salad; tuna, apple, celery, beets, black beans (only 1/2c black beans and 1/2 apple in each serving, so i'll make the salad, portion it and then add the beans and apple to each individual container). I top with a small amount of any condiment except mayo that I want (see why I don't get bored- my fridge is loaded with snazzy condiments)
Meal 3: Chicken, lettuce, misc. veg -Can make this into a salad, or use lettuce leaves for a wrap, again any condiment (i.e. salsa, bbq, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing)
Meal 4: Chicken, veg stix (this meal usually hits in the middle of an afternoon meeting, it must be quick and portable). Any condiment
Meal 5: Turkey meatballs in a vegetable soup or on a salad
Meal 6: 1/2c plain, non-fat yogurt mixed with 2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder (usually around 9pm)
From there I make my shopping list: Anything on my list that isn't on my meal plan is for my partner's meal plan. He eats more rice and red meat than I do.
Costco: black beans, brown rice (my partner's meal plan uses about 2c rice a day!), ground turkey, Romaine lettuce, Asparagus, Yellow and Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Chicken breasts (fresh), Steak, Gr. Hamburger, Milk, Tuna, 3 doz eggs, 2.5L egg whites (come in 500ml containers), Chia seeds
Coop: Creamy Rice cereal, oatmeal, carrots, celery, apples, broccoli, yogurt, cottage cheese (I like putting a Tbs on salads instead of goat or other higher-fat cheese), ground flax
And finally a timeline for cooking/freezing/chopping/portioning
Friday- hit up the grocery stores- no one goes shopping on fri nights, soak the dry black beans overnight
Saturday- grill the chicken plain so it can be snazzed up by different condiments each day of the week, make the turkey meatballs, boil the beans. Basically- cook all your meat, dice it up and weigh it into portions. Freeze some for the latter half of the week, but keep some fresh.
Sunday- Cut veg stix, throw some into a pot of soup base for soup, portion the rest into containers (i usually pack 2c of veg sticks a day), make tuna salad using the beans I boiled on Saturday
It's so much easier than it looks, just throw your meat in to cook and you have free time while it cooks. Then just spend about 45min on Sunday chopping veggies and you're done. You'll thank yourself during the week, when healthy choices are already for you in YOUR fridge- well done!
45min walk ~4.0mph (POWER walking) up every hill I could find in my neighborhood.
21min intervals on elliptical- start at level 1 resistance, and increase resistance until level 7 every minute three times
40min steady elliptical jog resistance 3
Kind of an active recovery day- my legs are so sore from my week of hard training after vacation. My partner thinks I am overtraining, and I think I agree, but I just can't stop it!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday: 40min jog (pacing for half marathon), full-body workout (will post later), 30 min incline treadmill (7.0incline, 4.0speed)
Tuesday: 30 min power walk, 15 min plyometrics, 1 hour elliptical (Active recovery day)
Wednesday: 40min jog (pacing for half marathon), full-body workout (will post later), 30 min incline treadmill (7.0incline, 4.0speed)
Thursday: 30 min power walk, 15 min plyometrics, 1 hour elliptical (Active recovery day)
Friday: 40min jog (pacing for half marathon), full-body workout (will post later), 30 min incline treadmill (7.0incline, 4.0speed)
Saturday: Yoga class
Sunday : Running club run (whatever the club runs)
I'll follow this for the 4 weeks and then if I feel bored, I'll change it up. Other changes may exists once my half-marathon seminar begins- which will be an additional run on thurs nights.
I felt mine today as I left the gym; accomplished, strong and healthy. I was calm and purely present in the moment. This combination of vitality and peace is my place of power; I could feel it surging in my body, breath, mind and heart. But the thing about power is, once you have it, you must concede it. Without being open to the influence of others, the environment and life one can become isolated, coercive, arrogant and disconnected. And so I humbled myself by expressing gratitude for the light spring shower and the smell of lilacs on my walk back to the office.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
0700: (post morning-workout)6 egg whites, 3/16c creamy rice, 1/2c peppers/tomatoes, 1/2 apple;
1000: (post workout) 1/2c brown rice, corn, bean mix and 3oz ground turkey w/ salsa, 1/2 apple;
1300: 2c veggies, 3oz coconut chicken;
1600: 1c tomato salad, 3oz tuna;
1830: 2c salad, 3oz turkey breast;
2100: 1/2c cottage cheese 1%, 2scoops soy protein powder.
Changing up my training to incorporate more fat-burning and less muscle-building. Weighing in at the heaviest I have ever in my life, I am not in a very calm state of mind. I am anxious, stressed, and have very low self-esteem and belief in my ability to control how I look and feel. It is a direct result of my indulgent week away at an all-inclusive resort. I did hit the gym, took part in yoga and hiking just about every day, but my nutrition was deplorable. And I didn't steer away from gluten in any situation- in fact I headed straight into the different cake the resort served every night for dessert.
So the next few weeks are focusing on a healthy, soothing recovery for me. I'm going to monitor my weight carefully, drink plenty of water, stop all fat-burner supplementation and just eat calmly, with great intent and purpose. The food I will eat will charge my metabolism, and make me feel good about myself and my health again. The training I will do will be fun and different, bringing the happiness back into fitness. I'm taking a different angle this time around- rather than punish myself for the indulgence at the resort, I'm looking forward to a renewed pattern of healthy eating and training habits. I look forward to nourishing my body and therefore my mind. I choose to live a healthy life, I choose to live a happy life.