Friday, April 8, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday: Thursday Edition, 21 Day Fix with Paleo Meals (4/7/16)

On Wednesday I was standing in the vineyard and realized I forgot to take a picture of my breakfast for my What I Ate Wednesday post. D'oh! So I figured it wasn't a big deal, I'll just track my meals on Thursday. It would be interesting to take pictures and post them on a non-normal day (ie: traveling) so you can see the things I choose and restaurants in order to attempt to stay on track, but that's not going to happen this week.

I didn't eat badly while on my work trip this week, but I definitely had too much salt. Ready to get back to normal until my work trip next week. But I hope the more work trips I go on, the more streamlined things get. 

I started the day off with my Shakeology shaker cup full of water to help flush out some of the excess salt/water hanging on to me. Normally I cook my breakfast and have Shakeology for a snack, but I felt I needed to start the day with plenty of vitamins. I mixed the strawberry flavor with water and a cup of frozen mango and peaches. I look exhausted in these pictures. My eyes were burning they were so tired. But you can see my new haircut in this pic! I cut off about 4 or 5 inches. And you can see my new scarf from a local vintage shop!

We were on the road a long time these past couple of days. I also had some black coffee, which was necessary.

1 red, 1 purple

Mid-morning I had an orange container of chopped pecans and a Cara Cara orange that I mangled while peeling. I was going through my notes from the last few days while I had my snack. I've been out of school a long time, but I still go back through my notes and highlight and make extra notes with a different ink color. Nerd and proud of it.

1 purple, 1 orange

I'm so thankful to me last Saturday for prepping food! I had some Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo made from the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo, cauli rice from Trader Joe's, and roasted sweet potatoes that were in the freezer section on clearance at Target. I made up a bunch of plates and put them in the freezer to grab as I need. It may look blah and beige, but it tasted so delicious! I can definitely recommend this recipe and cookbook! A couple alterations to the recipe: I used 3 lbs of boneless meat, which is 12 servings. The 3 lbs of bone-in chicken thighs is supposed to yield 4 servings according to the recipe, but there weren't any at Trader Joe's. It worked out well because the recipe made a lot of sauce...half a blue container per serving, approximately. The recipe has you place sliced onion, ginger, and garlic on the bottom of the crock pot, so after I removed the chicken I blitzed everything with my immersion blender so the veggies would thicken the sauce.

1 red, 1/2 blue, 1 yellow, 2 tsp, 1 green

I don't normally have Shakeology twice in one day. If I have it for breakfast, I'll have a protein snack later in the day with Greek yogurt. But I just came back from a trip so I don't have any Greek yogurt. I also didn't drink my Shakeology for 2 days, so I have a bit extra. This is chocolate with unsweetened vanilla almond milk (8 oz) and a few oz of water. This is my normal mid-morning snack. Fuji apple on the side.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple

Here's my Shakeology stash in my desk drawer so I can grab one and put it in my back pack before heading to the field:

I ran an errand after work, then stopped to get fresh produce. Since my workout was delayed, I made a little pre-workout snack of cottage cheese and grape tomatoes. I've loved the combination of tomatoes and cottage cheese since I was a kid. I don't eat cottage cheese a lot, but it's a pretty good source of protein and is a great option if you don't have time to cook.

1 red, 1 green

Dinner was from the freezer again, yay! This is a slow cooker chicken with tangerine that I've been working on. These asparagus spears were also on clearance at Target, and they were horrible. I don't think I've ever had frozen asparagus before, and I will never have them again. Look how sad they are! This was about 1.5 green containers, and I couldn't finish them. So yucky.

1 red, 1 tsp, ? green

I ended up having a few cashews to finish up my blue container for the day. Half a blue container is four cashews, and I wasn't going to take a photo of four cashews. That's just silly business.

1/2 blue

I didn't eat all my containers today. I got an extra red, but skipped some green, a teaspoon, and a yellow. I feel like intuitively my body is making up for the erratic eating during my travels. Of all the containers to skip, green is not the one that I would choose, primarily because I don't want to mixx out on phytonutrients. Friday (today) my appetite is more normal. Doing the Fix and eating Paleo at the same time may take a bit more practice as I travel, but I'm all in.

Friday, April 1, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday: 21 Day Fix with Paleo Meals (3/30/16)

Hey everyone! Happy April Fools! I can't believe it's been a whole month since I posted a WIAW. Since then, I started to get settled in my new job and town. I've actually taken pics every Wednesday of what I ate, but I never make the post promptly enough so I think it's too stale to post. But I'm back with Paleo meals using recipes from two of my favorite cookbooks, the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo and Well Fed by Mel Joulwan. I love these books because the recipes are all sugar free, use whole ingredients, and are all delicious. I've noticed some sugar creeping back into my diet in the form of a little honey and maple syrup here and there. They may be better options than white sugar, but as one of my favorite podcast hosts, Vinnie Tortorich would say, you liver doesn't know the difference between sugar and honey or maple syrup. So I'm getting that stuff out of my diet and saving it for an occasional sweet treat. Honey and maple syrup may be more whole sweeteners, but they don't belong in my diet every day.

On Sunday I prepped a breakfast stir-fry of Trader Joe's garlic herb chicken sausages (no sugar in the ingredients), peppers, onions, and potatoes. I started adding an extra red container every day, and it's really helped with my energy levels and recovery. I eat 2 reds every morning at breakfast now. I had 2 over easy eggs cooked in a teaspoon of cultured butter. The picture is a little blurry because the food was steaming up my camera!

2 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 tsp

Mid-morning I had chocolate shakeology in almond milk and a little water and two ugly tangerines that tasted divine. I'm not sure which variety these tangerines are. I got them from Whole Foods...not sure if you can get them nationally. The rind looks less than appealing but they are really flavorful and juicy.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple

Lunch was Italian Sausage and Peppers from the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook plus roasted potatoes with lots of herbs, and a green apple. Teaspoons are from the coconut oil I cooked the potatoes and sausage in.

1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple, 2 tsp

I didn't need a mid-afternoon snack so I waited until dinner and had a salad with tuna on top that I mixed with Creamy Italian dressing made from the Well Fed bookbook. I chopped some rosemary marcona almonds from Trader Joe's and sprinkled them on top. I ate outside on the porch that I need to sweep, apparently...

2 green, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 blue

I finished the day with a cup of strawberries. It's so nice to have delicious strawberries so early in the season! I needed 1 teaspoon to complete my containers for the day but I felt pretty satisfied so I didn't see the point in eating it.

1 purple

Some days I have an extra blue if my energy is really dipping. I'm on week 3 of Hammer & Chisel, and I have been increasing the weights a lot so some days I feel like I need a little more food and follow their advice. An extra red (protein) or green (veg) is good for hunger, and blue (healthy fats) and purple (fruit) are good for fatigue. I tend to do well on higher fat and protein because they are good for stabilizing my blood sugar, so I choose protein first, and if that doesn't work, I also add fat. I've also been experimenting with workout time. As much as I can't stand working out in the morning for many reasons (an hour less sleep, less coordination, and my lifting is a little compromised), I feel super energized afterwards. Ugh, I guess I'll get up and get it over with. The good thing is, when I get home from work I can relax and do whatever because my workout is done.

Friday, March 4, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday: 21 Day Fix with Paleo Meals (3/2/16)

Though I've managed to take pictures of what I've been eating these last couple of Wednesdays, I didn't get a chance to post them because my routine has been totally thrown off. What have I been up to these past couple weeks? Well, I decided to go back to the hallowed halls of academia and started a new post-doc position! I'm not located on campus, though, I'm stationed in the Napa Valley! A wine lovers dream! So these last couple of weeks I've been packing up my apartment in the central valley and shipped it all up to Napa. I've been in my new place since Saturday, but I'm still unpacking (I'm currently using a cardboard box as a table as I write this now).

Anyway, I really want to get back into routine so this week I'm posting what I ate this Wednesday! I happened to be travelling to campus that day, but I still made room for good meals.

Breakfast was leftover roasted potatoes (regular and white sweet potatoes) scrambled with eggs and some grapefruit on the side. I also had a cup of black coffee in my muy fuerte dragon mug I got in Chinatown in San Francisco last fall on my whirlwind road trip.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple

Mid-morning, I had a scoop of chocolate Shakeology in 8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 2 oz of water. This is my favorite way to have my shake when I can't get to a blender.

1 red, 1 yellow

Lunch was at the student union. I got a big salad with all kinds of veggies, chicken, and balsamic vinaigrette. I dined al fresco with one of my sweet friends!

2 green, 1 red, 1 orange

Mid-afternoon I had an apple on my drive back.

1 purple

Dinner was leftover roasted sweet potatoes (a mix of regular and white sweet potatoes), steamed sugar snap peas with some cultured butter from Trader Joe's and pork chops. Somehow I managed to season the pork chops so they tasted like pizza, which was awesome. Even more awesome was that I managed to season the sweet potatoes so they tasted like Thanksgiving! I ended up having another serving of sugar snaps (not pictured), so I got all my veggies in!

1 red, 1 yellow, 4 tsp

I had an evening snack of pecans and tangerines

1 blue, 1 purple

It's really nice to be back in the vineyard, too. I forgot how awesome of a workout it was to bend and stoop to do outdoor work. My legs are still sore two days after!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Outfits of the Week (OOTW): February 7-14 + Valentine's Weekend!

Not only am I showing you some of my recent outfits, but also what I did over the weekend! I traveled a lot, some for fun and some for an errand, but I took pictures along the way to share with you.

Plaid flannel shirts are one of my favorite things. The outfit makes me feel like a fancy camper. I also got some new sunglasses because I can't find the pair I got last fall!

Shirt: Old Navy
Jacket: Old Navy
Scarf: Old Navy
Tank top: Old Navy
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Boots: Naturalizer
Sunglasses: Target

I had this really lacy scarf that I had trouble pairing with other clothes, but I was wearing this navy blue shirt and I realized the scarf would look great with a monochromatic blue look. With all the lacy decorations, I thought it was busy enough so I didn't add a necklace.

Shirt: Old Navy
Jacket: Forever 21
Scarf: Dressing Your Truth Type 2 Store
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Shoes: Natualizer

This outfit it one of my favorite dress outfits. My parents picked it out for me for Christmas and I love how it's feminine but still professional.

Shirt: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Cardigan: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earrings and necklace set: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Shoes: Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx

The next couple outfits are very Valentine's appropriate. I love this soft sweatshirt with velvet "LOVE" detail on the front. This was actually a thrift store find! The necklace has a little heart charm and the center of the pendant is a mirror.

T-shirt: Merona from Target
Sweatshirt: Lucky Brand
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earrings: not sure I've had them for a while!
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Naturalizer (pictured above)

My final Valentine outfit was a gift from my parents. I paired it with the same cardigan I wore with the floral blouse above to bring out the black heart detail in the pattern. This is by Lauren Conrad for the Minnie Mouse collection, which is so cute.

Shirt: Lauren Conrad from Kohl's
Cardigan: Apt. 9 from Kohl's
Jeans: Sonoma from Kohl's
Earring and necklace: a gift
Shoes: Mossimo from Target

I spent my Saturday of Valentine's day at Pier 39 in San Francisco. I did a quick drive by back in November, but hadn't walked around there before. I was reconnecting with someone from college, but I was terribly late because I got stuck in traffic. Therefore by the time lunch came around I was super hungry and didn't get a pick of the awesome roasted beet salad I had. It's a good thing I got that salad because my dessert was really can't go to that part of the city and not go to Ghriadelli. This was their butterscotch sundae, and it was impossible to finish.

Sunday I went to the Napa Valley and it felt like spring time!

How was your Valentine's weekend?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday: 21 Day Fix with Paleo and Gluten Free Meals (2/10/16)

This week has been really busy with some unexpected surprises, but I wanted to make sure I posted my WIAW so that it can hopefully inspire you all to have some healthy meals and keep up with my goal of regular posting!

I was looking at some of Diane Sanfilippo's posts on Instagram, and she had some pictures of avocado toast, which looked so delicious! She uses Canyon Gluten Free bread, but my grocery store didn't have it, so I got Udi's gluten-free millet-chia bread. Gluten free bread is tiny, and the serving size on the package was 2 pieces, so I counted it as one carb serving. I toasted the bread and topped it with mashed avocado, tomatoes, and some pink Himalayan salt, and put some eggs on the side for protein.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1/2 green

Wednesday was a big day for me, so instead of saving my Shakeology for the afternoon, I had it in the morning. Yes, this is Shakeology, not a big bowl of ice cream! I've been playing with the ratios and methods of mixing it up, and I've found 1 cup almond or coconut milk, 1 cup frozen fruit, and 1 scoop Shakeology blended using my immersion blender makes it more like ice cream. The same method using while running the blender for a few minutes makes it more like a mousse. This was vanilla Shakeology, unsweetened coconut milk, and strawberries. Valentine's Day is coming up, so I put it in a romantic tea cup.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple

Lunch was a quick salad of leftover ground beef seasoned with chili powder, coriander, garlic powder, and onion powder on top of field greens and grape tomatoes. The dressing is homemade salsa ranch: equal parts mayo, Greek yogurt, and salsa and seasoned to taste with rice wine vinegar, garlic and onion powders, dried dill, and salt and pepper.

1 red, 2 1/2 green, 1 orange

Mid-afternoon I had an apple with 2 teaspoons of sunflower seed butter. Please forgive how awful the jar looks, but this is the brand I've been using.

1 purple, 2 tsp

Dinner was a new recipe that will be posted soon!I had 1 roasted chicken thigh with zucchini, yellow summer squash, white sweet potatoes, herbs, and sun dried tomatoes.

1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 2 tsp

I was dragging a little after a tough day of using lots of brain power and exercising (The Master's Hammer and Chisel: Chisel Balance) so I had an extra serving of protein with some Greek yogurt, thawed frozen cherries, vanilla extract, and stevia. Not pretty, but so tasty.

1+ red, 1 purple

Thanks for reading about my meals! Did you have anything on your menu this week that was amazing?
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