Tuesday, April 12, 2011

#fivemonthsandcounting

here we are week three; not working out as much but eating a lot better. except that breakdown where a entire bag of easter m&m's may or may not have been consumed. good news in am am down to 141lbs! which remember...we started at 148lbs. woo-hoo!
I am still doing p90x about four times a week but we have amped up our diet thanks to mandy over at harper's happenings-she sent me a magical email that contained directions to a day like this:
breakfast is two egg whites and half a grape fruit.
mid morning snack is 2oz of DELI turkey meat and a banana
lunch is a half to a whole small chicken breast, a cup of rice, and a cup of veggies
after lunch snack is a cup of veggies
dinner is another half to a whole small chicken breast and a clean eating side.


the point is NO dairy, salt, or sugar and to eat every 2-3 hours.


egg whites? i know, so boring...and you can't even use salt. i smother mine in a tablespoon of yummy fresh pico di gallo. i just found a kind that was low sodium.


when it comes to snacking on veggies we hit up costco for big bags/containers of snap peas, strawberries, bananas, cherry tomatoes, and so on.


we are switching between brown rice, jasmine, and plain and using some of our salt free seasonings or smothering it in whatever veggies we are eating.


every other day i am hitting the crock pot with a few pieces of chicken in lots of LOW SODIUM chicken stock and some fresh garlic<--since you can't do salt, cooking it this way gives it TONS of flavor and makes it very moist. we also plan on switching it up by cooking it in lemon and we grabbed some mrs. dash and spike seasonings that contain no salt at all.


some ways i am cheating slightly: last night i shredded my chicken and ate it with romaine lettuce and a very low sodium mandarin orange dressing. also, we are still using our clean eating recipes to change things up from chicken.


of course all of the veggies and proteins are interchangeable but the point as mandy points out is that eating every 2-3 hours kicks your metabolism back into high gear! then cheating every once and awhile is ok.


here is our favorite recipe from last week:
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Sweet Heat Chili Sauce (recipe here)
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (spanish if you have it)
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (16 oz) vegetarian refried beans (read the ingredients to be sure they are clean)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 cups organic corn tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce or greens of your choice
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 green or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup pitted and sliced black olives
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (it’s best to buy a chunk of cheese and shred it yourself to avoid unnecessary ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
Preparation:
  1. Cook bulgur according to package directions.
  2. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes more or until the onion is tender.
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in the beans, cumin, cooked bulgur and 1/2 cup (or more according to taste, reserving about 2 tablespoons for the dressing) chili saucec 
  5. cook about 5 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Mix yogurt and 2 tablespoons chili sauce for the dressing.
  7. To serve, arrange a layer of 1/4 the tortilla chips on a plate. Top each with a layer of  lettuce, taco filling, tomato, avocado, pepper, olives, cheese and dressing.

1 comments:

uwmomma said...

I think if you're like me, you HAVE to have cheat days, otherwise you won't stick with it!

7lbs is awesome!! And that recipe sounds delish!

I was wondering what Mandy's secret was.....it sounds a lot like what I did when I first started trying to lose the baby weight. Fruit, vegetables, and protien. No carbs (other than fruit), but I did allow seasonings and salt. I could eat as much vegetables as I wanted, and I was able to eat big portions of lean protein. Egg whites were my go-to breakfast, too!