Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cooking Up A Storm...Food and Fitness Journal October 15, 2013

I was a busy little bee yesterday there is no doubt about that. Since starting this new food and fitness journey that I am on I have been doing a lot of reading and researching about healthier food options. Learning what you should and shouldn't eat to lose weight can be quite overwhelming. There is such a vast array of information out there these days and there is so much controversy over what does and doesn't help you shed pounds. Not to mention there are a million different diet schemes out there as well. One thing is pretty consistent though no matter what you read... eat fresh/unprocessed/clean food is much better for you. I made a vow to myself when I started this that I would not go on a "diet." I vowed to truly teach myself how to eat well for the rest of my life. I didn't want to live off cabbage soup for 6 months because I knew that once I lost the weight I would be right back to where I started which was not knowing what good food was or how to make/eat it! I have been forcing myself out of my food comfort zone the past couple months but it has been a great journey so far. Now I know some of the food I eat is still processed with a long ingredient list but I am making so many changes.

So with that being said I have been trying to stock out fridge with as much fresh veggies, meat, fruit, I can. This also means that things don't last as long as they used to. I have to actually think about what needs to be used up in the morning and base my cooking off of what I have on hand. This morning there was quite a few things that were going to go bad if I didn't use them up so my meals for the day were based on those things.

Food Journal:

Breakfast: Cascadian Farms Chocolate O's Cereal. I know that sugary cereals are not good for you whether they are organic or not but I had already bought this box when I read the article on that so I am forcing myself to finish them up. Too bad because I like these a lot. They are sweet without being too sweet! I topped them with Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. I recently switched to unsweetened after comparing the label of the regular sweetened vanilla almond milk to that of regular low fat milk. There wasn't much of a difference so I wasn't saving calories or sugar or fat and was spending a lot more. I like the unsweetened because the calories are a lot less while still giving you necessary calcium. It is also non GMO which is a huge benefit. I also had a cup of coffee with the Coffee Mate Caramel Machiatto Creamer. I don't drink coffee often but was in the mood this morning! It hit the spot.
Lunch: I heated up the rest of my dinner from Max's yesterday. I doctored it up with some fresh garlic, lemon juice, and onion powder and it tasted soooooo much better!

Dinner: After lunch I got busy dissecting the fridge. I threw out a bunch of things that needed to go for one reason or another and prioritized what needed to be cooked first. I had a container of brussel sprouts and some beet greens that were beginning to go so I decided to use those up.  I used this recipe for the brussel sprouts. I didn't have any chicken bullion cubes so I instead used low sodium chicken broth and they came out delicious.

I went by this recipe for the beet greens and they also turned out DELICIOUS!! I wish I could get fresh beets from the garden all year round because I love beet greens. I was so thankful that one of my lovely patrons at work brought me a big bag of them. Now to use the actual beets ha!

I cooked up a couple chicken breasts too. This will most likely be my dinner for tonight also because I made enough to last me a couple meals and it was sooo good yesterday!

Snacks: I ate a Dole Peach Crisp Cup. I wasn't very impressed! The after taste was weird and kind of chemically. It wasn't like a normal fruit cup like taste. I only had two in the cupboard and didn't want to throw them out despite knowing they are full of added sugar but I think the other one is going in the trash bin because they were not delicious at all. I also had an apple and a tbsp of the glorious Cookie Butter. If you don't know what Cookie Butter need to! Check out this post to hear about what it is.


Yet again it is another week of the #FriskyFall challenge. If you don't know what that is then click here! I got my workout schedule from Tone It Up and The Betty Rocker and made my workout schedule for the week. Yesterday was Cardio day so I did the workout below. I added weights and plyo moves to make it a little more challenging but it was a good workout. I also did my Betty Rocker Rocktober workout also. 
Have I mentioned how much I love Fitness Blender yet? 

I also woke up this morning one pound closer to winning my October Dietbet. So yesterday was a great day!

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