The big question I get asked the most is “What have you been eating the last 3 weeks?”
Let me say that the last few weeks have taught me a lot about my eating habits and cravings. I have found my weak areas and what I in the past I have called my staple eating.
I understand now why when your trying to lose weight or starting a workout regimen that it’s important to write down what you are eating. Not only does it help you keep track of calories but give you a clear picture of what you are eating as long as you write everything down even your cheats.
Matt Monarch years ago in one of his videos talked about making your staple food of higher quality that way instead of splurging on the healthy foods you’re actually cheating with the unhealthy foods and going back to a healthy diet. Since then I have taken that idea to heart and tried to make my staple foods ones which fight inflammation and builds immunity. I also researched eating for my blood type and eat based on his recommendation and my allergies (Which matched up perfectly).
For my 30 day challenge I wrote down each meal not only to keep track but also to add favorites to my recipe catalog. This gave me a clear idea everyday of what I was eating, when and how much. It also mentally helped me see my bread and potato addiction. Which I have found I am not alone with!!
I noticed that between slices of bread, tortillas of many sizes, sub rolls and buns, hash browns, baked and fried potatoes, mashed, sweet, fleshy, red every meal having one or the other before the challenge so breaking that eating habit was not easy. I found the morning easier than later in the day so a few times I had to make a lettuce wrap to help the cravings to pass. We also experienced a heatwave at the beginning of the month and had to eat a bit more protein to help me through the heat. So beans saved the day a couple times on the days where I was feeling a bit shaky. Except for that I mostly had juices and smoothies with a few variations on an avocado pudding.
I have had to be creative and at times keep in mind that this is a exercise in discipline more than anything. That even though I was eating vegan and allergy friendly it was not always healthy if everything was processed and made of carbohydrates. No matter gluten free or vegan friendly I had strayed from fresh fruits and vegetables as a my staple.
My shopping list has been consistent for the past month and making sure my refrigerator is full has also been a key to my success.
Let\’s Talk Juice
Let’s Talk Juices!
When it comes to juicing I have my favorite combinations but my base is easy. My trick to cutting the bitterness of the greens most people complain about is making sure you add the right Apple’s, the sweetness helps with tge flavor of the greens. What’s great about juicing is you can mix it up or eliminate anything that you’re not wanting that day.
Here is the ingredients I enjoy making my crisp green juice out of:
Apple’s ( honey crisp or pink ladies)
Sometime I add pineapple, kiwi and carrots or make another juice using a Tomatoe base:
You can use many combinations to make juices from adding beets with pineapples to cauliflower, celery, carrot, apples,zucchini and bell peppers!
Juices are great to experiment with!
Smoothies have been a staple of Healthy eating for a long time and on my page I often share pictures and recipes so it was easy to have a staple smoothie recipe on hand.
For my base I use either:
Coconut milk or water
I’m allergic to Almonds and try to stay away from a lot of Soy so my liquid base is very limited
I keep my fruits to be ones that have shown to be high in antioxidants and are inflammation fighters, this way I know that I am combating my health issues every time I have one.
My staple smoothie ingredients are:
Some of the ingredients I added this month we’re
I also add Cocoa, Agave and sometimes dates to sweeten it.
With my smoothies I also like to add any supplements that I’m using at the time a protein powder, vitamin C boost, Maca or royal jelly.
Smoothies are also a great exchange for ice cream on those hot days. They can be used in a bowl mixed with fruits, nuts and seeds or a quick take with you lunch or breakfast. Smoothies are also loved by kids and are a great way to sneak in greens by adding kale or spinach.
Pudding for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner?!
The one thing that has saved my morning potatoe craving is my Avocado pudding!
Who would of thought a avocado and banana together would make the best base for a pudding but it sure does!!
This a something that I have made for years and even gave to my son for breakfast when he was little and loved the idea he was eating chocolate pudding for breakfast!
This recipe can be used for a pudding or a filling for a great chocolate cream pie and so simple.
All you need is:
A Tbsp of cocoa powder
A 3 Tbsp of agave
Blend in Vitimix or food processor and serve
If you want to add some fruit to make it even better you can.
I have added before:
I also like to top it with sliced fruit or coconut whip cream! I should warn you this can feel really heavy on your stomach so do not underestimate the pudding.
So mainly these past weeks have been a combination of juices, smoothies, lettuce wraps and veggie bowls. I also find that I haven’t been eating until later in the day making my first meal a juice, choosing to make my afternoon meal more filling by being a wrap, smoothie, salad or veggie bowl and then eating before 6 pm and usually having another juice or smoothie. I haven’t needed to snack the last week or so but the first week I ended up eating a few handful of nuts and snacking on veggies to help me get through.
I also found that having chickpeas, lentils, cauliflower, zucchini, radishes, olives, bell peppers, onions and garlic on hand was helpful in being great ingredients to put into a lettuce wrap or make a quick meal from.
The past few weeks have been rewarding in the fact that so far I have lost 10 pounds and have more energy and clarity then I have in a while.
Eating healthy is much easier than most people think but it’s the cravings that have always gotten the best of me and in this challenge it has tried my patience and tested my discipline in more ways then one but my taste buds have been loving it and the fact that I am lossing weight has been a bonus!!
I’m sorry I haven’t been posting more up to date recipes and picture liked I had hoped but one discipline at a time.
So there you have it whats been on the menu so far!
I do plan on posting some of my favorite recipes for this month and continue to as I get a better handle on managing my time.
I appreciate the interest and I love hearing about those of you who try my recipes and love them. Thank you for your patience and understanding when it comes to posting more regularly. I am like always a work in progress!