Week 4: Day 2

Feb. 9, 2015

Another good day is in the books. I felt like I ate healthy, and I went to the gym. Double win. I keep getting hungry throughout the day, which isn’t the best feeling, but I am trying to curb it with some small healthy snacks. I’m trying not to go over board, but man do I love my food.

Breakfast

broccoli omelette

I haven’t made an omelette in ages, so this morning was quite the treat. I made a broccoli, scallion and pepper jack cheese omelette. I softened the broccoli in my pan for a couple minutes before I added the eggs and scallions, and then right at the end I added the cheese. This was a tasty, fresh way to start my morning.

Lunch

ham and smoothie

I felt like I have been eating too many carbs lately, so I decided to forgo the pita for lunch today. Instead, I just heated up my ham with cheese and ate it with a fork. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but I thought it was necessary. I also made a small smoothie with my tropical frozen fruit blend, orange juice, yogurt and chia seeds. It helped fill me up.

Dinner

grilled wrap

Dinner was a rockstar. I tried making cauliflower “mashed potatoes” for the first time, and it wasn’t a complete failure. I boiled the cauliflower for 8 minutes, drained it and added a dash of butter, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder. I think I added too much milk because they were a little runny. The taste was good though, so I will be trying them again. My main course was a grilled chicken wrap. In my wrap was canned chicken breast with mayo, tomatoes, lettuce and colby jack cheese. I heated both sides in the pan for a few minutes, and I had the perfect golden brown crust on the outside. For whatever reason these wraps are one of my favorite meals, and tonight’s didn’t disappoint.

Week 2: Days 4,5

Jan. 28 & 29, 2015

I have officially hit the wall, and boy did I hit it. The past two days did not agree with me in the slightest: I was too hungry, I didn’t want to eat healthy, my food didn’t come out the way I wanted and I didn’t have enough time to actually cook. I have been grumpy and cranky as a result of poor sleep, which has not resulted in a happy Taylor.

Nothing I have cooked the past two days has been especially remarkable or satisfying. Yesterday for breakfast I tried this peanut butter smoothie. But, I didn’t freeze my bananas the night before, so I ended up with a banana mush drink instead of a smoothie. It was still tasty, but not exactly the start to my morning I was looking for. I think that probably set me off into my downward spiral.

I think I may have jumped into this eating routine a little too strong, because before this vegetables were not a frequent in my life, and I was definitely heavy on the carbs. I am missing flavor and the feeling of being satisfied after a meal. Somehow I need to find some really good recipes to replace what I used to enjoy so much.

However, I think what has surprised me the most is I haven’t really wanted any white bread. Before I started this I probably had at least a slice a day, and I can proudly say I haven’t had any in two weeks. Small wins!

I am so thankful it is almost the weekend because my cheat day is coming up, and I sure could use it. I think it will mostly be moved to Sunday — I would like to partake in Super Bowl food regardless if I watch the game.

Moving forward I am going to put these days behind me and hopefully find some inspiration in how far I have come. I know the road ahead of me isn’t going to be the easiest, but I am still in it for the long hall. Constantly looking at inspirational quotes may also may not be a bad idea in the coming days.

Tomorrow there will be food.

My Go-To Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are the bomb. If I had the money to buy the ingredients, I would probably have a different one each day. However, as a college student I have to make do with what I have, which is one pretty damn good smoothie, which I started my morning with today.

The best part of this smoothie is in never tastes the same way each time I make it. Depending on the fruit or the yogurt there is always a slightly different taste. I also normally estimate on the measurements for each ingredient, which contributes to the flavor.

Ingredient List

Serves 1
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 3 tbsp low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • handful of spinach
  • desired amount of orange juice depending on how drinkable you want it

smoothie before

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