So, here we are again on Sunday afternoon… you know Summer is fast approaching and you want to make this the week you FINALLY start eating healthy and cooking at home.
However, we’ve been here before: super motivated and with all the best intentions in the world BUT the healthy eating and cooking part never actually happens.
No worries guys, I’m here to help!
I feel at this point I have the whole meal planning thing down to a science and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for setting yourself up for success since we all know the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.
One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.
Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy!
There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.
The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.
I’m assuming if you’re reading my blog you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee before but just in case you haven’t lets back up for a sec to explain what this drink is all about.
Creator of the Bulletproof brand, Dave Asprey, says Bulletproof Coffee should be made up of low-mold coffee beans; at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter (grass-fed, which is higher in Omega 3s and vitamins); and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digestible fat.
Apparently having this high fat, 450+ calorie cup of coffee instead of breakfast can lead to weight loss, suppress hunger, increased energy throughout the day and helps with mental clarity and focus.
Naturally, I was very intrigued.
Food was a common theme on my blog last week. Specifically why I’m being extra cautious to not deprive my body of proper nutrients during this half marathon training cycle, why healthy fats are so important (especially for athletes) and then shared some of my favorite food items.
As I reflected on this past week I thought it would be informative to share what I eat on a typical day that I’m doing a long training run. On these days I definitely make an extra effort to eat clean, hydrate and really just properly prepare my body for a long ass run!
So here’s a breakdown of every single thing I ate last Friday before my 9 mile run.
Last Saturday I finally worked up the courage to try an Orangetheory Fitness class!
I know it sounds silly but trying new fitness classes is very intimidating for me. I still have never taken a barre class, never tried crossfit, never taken spin…yet am 100% comfortable taking yoga in a 110 degree room haha.
BUT with my yoga instructor out of town I figured it was the perfect time to take advantage of the free class Orangetheory Fitness offers to try the workout. To help ease your nerves if you’ve been thinking about trying Orangetheory Fitness too I wanted to breakdown how it works, what to bring, give both Bryce and I’s experiences and more.
It’s been a few weeks since I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox.
In those few weeks I celebrated a friends birthday, went skiing up in Mammoth and had Superbowl Sunday. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of snacking and a lot of sugar…oops! BUT I still feel great and don’t feel like I’ve lost any progress since I’ve been modifying the 21-Day Sugar Detox during the week. Gotta love that 80/20 lifestyle.
Normally by February all good intentions I had going into the new year would be starting to fade away but I just can’t stress enough how much this short 21-Day plan changed my entire outlook on eating. Even with a few weekends going completely off the rails with eating/drinking I feel confident going back to what I learned on the program to reset my body. If you are struggling seeing progress at the gym or with dieting I highly recommend checking out the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
And if you don’t want to spend money on another book just start trying to eat more real food instead of processed junk. It really is that easy!
We’ve discussed the benefits of eating seasonally but just to highlight a couple KEY reasons why it’s the best way to eat:
- Fresh seasonal produce is CHEAPER…so don’t give me that B.S. excuse that “eating healthy is too expensive”
- Food that is in season is actually more nutritious and simply tastes better
So with that being said I decided to do another “What’s In Season” post but this time for Winter Produce!
Winter is a very underrated season for fresh produce but did you know oranges, pears, grapefruit, brussel sprouts, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, pomegranates, avocado…etc are all in season for Winter?
Ummm heck yes some of my all time favorite fruits and veggies!
You guys…I officially completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox!!! I think I deserve a medal or something because damn that was challenging.
Shockingly, the last thing I want to do to celebrate is eat a chocolate cake or chug a beer. I feel so good and have never had more energy so I’m not rushing to add sugar back into my life any time soon.
I’ll be honest the 21-Day Sugar Detox was hard but the lessons I’ve learned form this experience are so worth it. Before this plan I was so unaware about all the sugar sneaking into my diet from everything from my “healthy” almond milk coffee creamer to the frozen chicken I have used forever. WTF?! I also wondered why I got uncontrollable drops in blood sugar that caused me to panic if I didn’t eat food immediately and why despite how much I ran/worked out I couldn’t get a flat stomach.
For me breakfast has to be the following:
- Something healthy
- Something filling
- Something super easy or something I can make ahead of time like egg muffins or overnight oats
I’m a firm believer that breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. Fueling your body in the morning not only jump starts your metabolism but also helps you make better food choices throughout the day.
So what does a proper breakfast contain? Healthy fats, protein and healthy carbs! An example being my favorite breakfast EVER right now: cinnamon breakfast sweet potatoes (carbs), 1/2 avocado (fats) and 2 eggs (protein). Yes it’s a ton of food BUT guess who isn’t reaching for a sugary latte or doughnut at work….THIS GIRL!
I’ve officially completed week 2 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox woo hoo!
This week has been SO MUCH better than the first. I’ve had little to no hunger between meals, no headaches, my digestive system has been working great, I’ve been sleeping well and have had so much energy throughout the day!
I’m starting to really consider continuing this clean eating after the 21 days are up!
The key to this week has been figuring out the correct balance of carbs, proteins and fats that my body needs AND at what time of day my body needs some extra carbs. I personally need to have carbs like a sweet potato in the morning then a tiny bit at lunch then am good to go with proteins and fats for the rest of the day! *Remember I’m adding extra carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa…etc due to the modifications available for those who are very active.
BUT to keep it real there have been some challenges from this past week that I’ll go over in this post.