What's with the name?

What's with the name? In my mid-twenties, I had essentially gone through one kind of life and am starting to enter another. The people that are probably going to read this blog know exactly what I'm talking about - but for those who don't know, here's a brief rundown . Cheers to Chapter 2! A journey in health in many ways, and to be the best version of myself I can possibly be. I am also a blogger for GreenMommas.com. This is my blog.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Week 3 : 30 Day Photo Food Diary Challenge

I swear this challenge gets everyday. I think now I can see the changes happening to my waistline in the mirror. And this is a completely sustainable way of eating - more frequent, smaller meals so I'm never hungry. 

3 weeks completed - 13.5 lbs lost!

Day 15 Meals:
  • Eggs scrambled with peppers, scallions and a little cheese
  • Bananas with frozen berries (cranberries, blueberries) and mixed nuts
  • Shrimp and green beans - with red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic
  • Pork chop and steamed broccoli, a little horseradish sour cream

Day 16 Meals:
  • Scrambled eggs with scallions, peppers and a little cheese
  • Watermelon & mixed nuts
  • Shrimp, carrots, kale sauteed
  • Skirt steak, steamed green beans

Day 17 Meals:
  • Omelette with bacon, onions, peppers, cheese and fresh spinach on the side
  • Mixed greens, peas, radishes, olives, sprouts and taco-spiced chicken on top
  • Almond buttercup smoothie : almond butter, almond milk, banana, vanilla pea protein, vanilla beans, flax seeds
  • Ahi tuna steak - seared. Bacon & brussel sprouts

Day 18 Meals:

  • Scrambled eggs with spinach, cheese, almonds
  • Lunch (forgot the photo!): Turkey breast, radishes, sprouts, cukes, mixed greens with cucumber vinaigrette
  • Fresh mixed berries & almond butter
  • Carrots & mixed nuts
  • Pork loin chop, steamed kale & green beans

Day 19 Meals:
  • Scrambled eggs, spinach & almonds
  • Pear melon smoothie (strawberries, pear, melon, blueberries)
  • Grilled chicken thigh, cukes, radishes, kale, olives, cauliflower 'smash' (with a little cheese)
  • Pork chop, garden salad

Day 20 Meals:

  • Scrambled eggs, almonds, spinach, a little cheese
  • Salad w/olives, Italian cucumber dressing, chick peas, small piece of gluten-free meat lasagna 
  • Dinner : Treat night! Gluten-free corn dog, slaw, baby kale Caesar salad

Day 21 Meals:

Scrambled eggs, spinach and bacon
Buffalo wings, roasted zucchini/squash and celery
Scallops and romaine salad 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Week 2 : 30 Day Photo Food Diary Challenge

I've tried a lot of new things this week. From Quinoa-stuffed peppers, to olives, shredded beets and smoothies with chia - variety seems to be what's keeping me going on this eating plan. And the weird thing is, I don't find myself missing those traditional carbs now (rice, potato). I have sustainable energy without them. The weight loss is also helping me stay committed too! In two weeks, I've lost 10 pounds, which is pretty incredible since I haven't lost anything in the 10 months prior.

This is a re-dedication to myself and nutrition. It reminds me if I want the numbers on the scale to change, I must change what I'm doing too. That said - I don't feel deprived. And I'll admit to having a little wine each night. The smoothies are almost indulgent - my little midday treat. 

Day 8 Meals:

  • Scrambled eggs w/spinach, orange pepper, onion and a little bit of shredded cheese
  • Green juice : spinach, lemon, orange, apple & superfood powder
  • Shrimp & snap peas w/salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes
  • Carrots, mixed nuts and 'everything' hummus
  • Grilled thin-sliced pork w/horseradish sour cream & more snap peas with sea salt

Day 9 Meals:
  • Scrambled eggs, spinach, orange peppers, onions
  • Bananas w/frozen berries and mixed nuts
  • Shrimp, carrots, mixed nuts
  • Pork tenderloin (roasted in oven), quinoa-stuffed peppers (quinoa, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, onion)

Day 10 Meals (1/3 of the way through!):
  • Ham/swiss & broccoli omelette with fresh spinach on the side
  • Pork Provencal, radish sprouts, shredded beets, cukes, artichoke hearts
  • Raspberry Chia Peach smoothie : raspberries, peaches, chia seads, vanilla pea protein, dates, almond milk
  • Carrots & everything hummus
  • Lettuce wrap tacos - ground beef, homemade seasoning, onions, jalapenos, romaine lettuce

Day 11 Meals :
  • Scrambled eggs w/spinach, almonds and a little shredded cheese
  • Peach mango carrot smoothie
  • Chicken masala, cukes, shredded beets, radish sprouts, olives, curry-roasted cauliflower
  • Carrots & almonds
  • Pork chop, shrimp (both pan-seared), broccoli with Annie's organic Goddess dressing.

Day 12 Meals:
  • Bacon, spinach & feta omelette with extra spinach on the side
  • Peach, orange, coconut milk smoothie
  • Beef burger. Olives, cukes, yellow//red peppers, radish sprouts
  • Carrots and almonds
  • Skirt steak & salad

Day 13 Meals:
  • Scrambled eggs, spinach & almonds
  • Turkey, radishes, white bean & cucumber salad with fresh herbs
  • Protein smoothie: peanut butter, bananas, almond milk, cacoa nibs, vanilla pea protein
  • Scallops & shrimp. Steamed kale with balsamic dressing

Day 14 Meals:
  • Fiesta scrambled eggs with spinach, peppers and cheese
  • Banana with peanut butter 
  • Italian tapas night! Calamari woth pesto, sausage scaparilla, caprese salad 

Monday, June 9, 2014

30 Day Challange/Photo Food Diary : Week 1

One week down. 6.5lbs lost. This is working! Week one food recap below. Also accompanied by my usual workout routine - 2 long bike rides, 3 CrossFit classes and some time weeding in the garden. So psyched for next week!

Day 1 Meals

  • Scrambled eggs with spinach and (a tiny bit) of shredded cheddar
  • Banana
  • Ground pork burger with sweet peas
  • Carrots with spinach & artichoke hummus, almonds
  • Grilled sirloin steak, asparagus w/red peppers roasted in olive oil

Day 2 Meals
  • Scrambled eggs with onion, orange peppers and (a tiny bit) of shredded cheddar
  • Bananas, cranberries - sprinkled with flax seed
  • Spicy sauteed shrimp and green beans (olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes)
  • Carrots with shrimp & artichoke hummus, almonds
  • Lettuce tacos - romaine, ground pork w/homemade seasoning (cayenne, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, corn starch), jalepenos, onion

Day 3 Meals
  • Omlette with egg, feta, spinach & arthichioke. Extra fresh spinach on the side
  • Bolthouse farms berry smoothie
  • Garden salad - lettuce, onion, carrots, turkey & bacon. Olive oil & balsamic for dressing
  • Carrots w/spinach artichoke hummus, almonds
  • Ground pork burger, natural hot dog & broccoli

Day 4 Meals
  • Scrambled eggs with almonds & spinach
  • Strawberry, pineapple, pear, coconut milk smoothie 
  • Salad with parsley vinaigrette, corn, peas, yellow peppers, cukes & chicken breast masala
  • Carrots and almonds
  • Tip steak, salad with spinach, romaine, onions and Annie's organic Goddess dressing

Day 5 Meals
  • Scrambled eggs with almond & spinach
  • Mint chip smoothie! Almond milk, spinach, raw honey, fresh mint, 100% cacoa chips MMMMM
  • Caesar salad with chicken, red pepper, cukes and sprouts
  • Carrots w/spinach & artichoke hummus
  • Shrimp and haddock with oven roasted brussel sprouts & bacon

Day 6 Meals
  • Scrambled eggs, spinach and almonds
  • BBQ chicken breast, raw veggies: broccoli, radish sprouts, peas
  • Almond butter smoothie from Eco Bean! Almond butter, almond milk, flax, vanilla pea protein, banana
  • Pork chop with a little horseradish sour cream & broccoli

Day 7 Meals
  • Scrambled eggs with a little cheese, onion, red pepper and spinach
  • Banana & peanut butter
  • Nuts about Acai protein smoothie. Acai protein, vanilla protein, strawberries, banana, blueberries, coconut milk
  • Chicken, salad and pizza slice! My one treat for the week