Day 4, 5 and 6 Recap…

Well… The body has a funny way of telling us things.

Friday (Day 4) I was so excited to try Bikram Yoga – Turns out my body had other ideas. Maybe I have been over-doing it a little lately. Studying like a crazy women, working, etc, etc. Friday afternoon I hurt myself. This was clearly my body telling me to slow down. I am always go, go, go, and sometimes I definitely push myself beyond my limits sometimes. So I have spent the last few days resting. Which means no Bikram Yoga on Friday 😦

Even though I didn’t get to do Bikram, I still made sure that I ate well –
Day 4
Breakfast: Omelette with Bacon, mushroom and spinach.
Lunch: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Dinner: Burrito Bowl with sweet potato chips.
I also had a very delicious banana, some cashew butter and an orange for an afternoon snack.

Day 5:
I did a good job on my back. I had to cancel work for today 😦 and I was definitely feeling very down about that, and it shows in the food choices that I made.
I don’t tend to eat a lot of gluten as it makes me feel bloated and sometimes can effect my PCOS symptoms.
Breakfast: 2 slices of sourdough with vegemite, avocado, and poached eggs (don’t knock the avocado and vegemite til you have tried it)
Lunch: 2 slices of sourdough with peanut butter (not the healthy kind, the kind that is packed full of sugar/salt and is absolutely delicious)
Dinner: We went to my mum’s house for dinner. My mum is one of those people that gets up every Saturday morning and goes to the local Farmer’s Market. There is a gentleman there that sells homemade pizzas. This is what I had for dinner 🙂

Day 6:
Breakfast: I woke up this morning, and was still bloated and feeling blergh from all the gluten that I had eaten yesterday. I had a glass of Lemon Water, and then had a coffee about an hour later.
Lunch: Roast Chicken salad – Perfect fresh lunch on this beautiful spring day.
Dinner: Roast Beef with Salad.
Today’s choices were a lot better.
I reflected on the happenings of Saturday and there is nothing I would change, I enjoyed my meals, and its not something that I do very ofter.

No meaningful exercise this weekend. Nerve pain, as I have learnt a few times this year is crippling. And its safe to say, that I would rather give birth then have nerve pain… This is going to effect any exercise that I have planned for the next week, so Im thinking some light walks in the afternoon/evening… Nothing to crazy!

Day 7 tomorrow, and I am hoping that I will wake up in slightly less pain.. Fingers crossed x

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Meal Planning… This Is How I Do It…

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I don’t know how people eat the same thing for days in a row (if you are one of those people, I would love to hear from you about your experience doing things this way). I love food, I enjoy eating food, I love cooking food, I like trying new things, I like going out to eat, I come from a foodie family – My nana helped teach me how to cook, my mum could probably win MasterChef if she wanted too, a couple of my uncles are trained chefs, and one of them is a food critic for the local newspaper… You get the picture…

Losing weight is a lot about food. How you are eating/fuelling your body. This of it like this – You have a brand spankin’ new car, the recommended fuel for this car is PREMIUM – If you put shit fuel in, the car will run shit. This is the same for your body. If you want your body to work the way it should, then eating the right foods will make you feel better.

Finding out what works for you is all about trial and error. Not one way of eating is going to suit every single person on this earth. Now that I am ‘sort of’ in maintenance I am not as strict on myself, but for majority of my meals I eat 100% Paleo. The thing is why brand it Paleo, lets call it ‘my way of eating’ because thats what works for me! For a long time I fuelled my body with highly processed food, lots of pasta, lots of bread, sugar, some more sugar, junk food, and maybe a little more sugar. 

Making the decision to get healthy and fit I knew that I would have to cut things out, try different ways of eating, try eating different things, but I also knew that I was going to be prepared – If you aren’t prepared, be prepared to fail.

Every fortnight my husband and I sit down and plan our fortnight of meals. Yes, I do this with my husband, because quite frankly its good to bounce new ideas for food off him, and well that way he knows exactly what I am cooking, so if he doesn’t like it, he knows what nights he has to fend for himself!

Each meal I cook I make sure that there is enough not only for dinner for myself, my husband and my daughter, but I also make sure that there is enough for lunch for both of us the next day (this saves money – If you have a husband or wife buying lunch every day, add it up over a year… You are looking at roughly $2500 a year) 

Cooking enough at dinner so that there is enough for lunch the next day mean that I am prepared for the next day. Of course there are some nights where dinner isn’t quite enough BUT in this case I always have salad stuff, and usually a chicken breast in the freezer that can easily be thawed, or a can of tuna that I can have. 

So here is my fortnight of DINNERS:

MONDAY Bunless Hamburgers
TUESDAY Paleo Chicken Schnitzel with salad
WEDNESDAY Bangers and Sweet Potato Mash/Steamed Vegetables
THURSDAY Santa Fe Chicken with Cauliflower Rice and Salad
FRIDAY Steak with Salad
SATURDAY OUT – Family BBQ
SUNDAY Chicken Caccitore with Steamed Vegetables
MONDAY Paleo Beef Strogganoff
TUESDAY Bolongnese with Zoodles
WEDNESDAY Stuffed Chicken Breast with Steamed Vegetables
THURSDAY Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice
FRIDAY Lettuce Wrap Burritos
SATURDAY TAKE AWAY
SUNDAY Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables

Most fortnights there isn’t much of a double up. So in 1 month, we rarely eat the same thing. Why? Well because I believe a good variety of different meals mean that you never get bored, and because eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

Tips for making sure you are prepared:

– Have whiteboard or notebook that you can use to write your meal plan on.
– Write a shopping list, and stick to it (this will also help you save money)
– Cook enough at dinner for lunch the next day.
– Where you can, buy in bulk. Meal can be frozen on your grocery day, and then thawed the day that you need it for cooking.
– Have options that you can use for fresh lunches – cans of tuna, salad stuff, hams and chicken breasts.