I have decided in the last week, to ensure I eat a vegetarian, plant-based meal for lunch each day during the week, in a general effort to continue my health journey. I LOVED the documentary on Netflix Forks Over Knives, and bought their cookbook and inaugural magazine in the past week. When I started reading the magazine today, I was interested to see some amazing, yet terrifying statistics regarding cancer and heart disease and efforts to prevent certain types of cancers. Then it started getting overwhelming. I know we should be limiting our red meat intake, as well as processed meats such as sausage, ham, and of course bacon- ok, got it. 50g of that kind of meat increased colorectal cancer by 18%. Sweet Jesus. OK, I'll limit bacon to Saturday morning breakfasts, eat Turkey sandwiches, and limit the Italian sausage to bi-monthly.
Next up? OILS. The magazine went on to say how olive oils, coconut oil, and other oils are so processed, everything of value has been stripped, leaving them a calorie dense food, pretty much guaranteeing you to gain weight. Hmm, ok. So at this time I am not attempting a plant-based diet, but that definitely is not good. I sautè my omelette vegetables for breakfast in olive oil. I roast my vegetables in olive oil. I cook EVERYTHING in olive oil. Now what?!?
This was really conflicting information- I have tried Weight Watchers in the past, as well as LA Weightloss, both of which claim oil as a healthy fat, reminding you to have a tsp a day outside of what is in foods naturally or from cooking. Now it's harmful and could be responsible for potential gains?
I'm so in over my head. Every where I look (read,) there is conflicting information and I'm so frustrated. I'm trying to do the right thing- eat as healthy as I can, yet what one nutritionist is telling you is ok, another is telling you is harmful. WTF. So, after eating a processed lemon biscotti bar and drinking a cup of Peach Cobbler tea, I thought rationally about this and decided to continue as I have been- just doing my best to ensure my health and wellbeing. Trying new recipes, trying to cut out all the bad and incorporate more of the good. Take it one day, one meal at a time.
I am taking a page from Franish and I will be sharing my weekly meal plan and workout plan with you each week- this will keep me accountable, and if you're like me, you like seeing what other people are eating and doing to stay healthy!
Breakfasts- rotate out 2 eggs over easy with Dave's Killer Bread, turkey bacon, and grape tomatoes, oatmeal with apples, raisins, and pecans, Siggy vanilla yogurt with fruit, or egg whites with sautéed veggies. I have decided 2 days a week to have a cup of English Breakfast tea, and 3 days a week to have coffee. Coffee I only add half & half, tea I add a splash of whole milk.
Lunches- my favorite thing to make for lunches is hearty salads. It's a quick way to get vegetables in, and they are SO versatile! My absolute favorite is a Zoe's copy cat Greek Salad, but honestly most days I heat up leftovers from dinner the night before and throw it over a bed of mixed greens, peppers, onion, tomato, and assorted veggies. I am interested in throwing in a few different vegetables that I don't always use- like beefing up the salads with purple cabbage, snow peas, and shredded carrots.
-Sheet Pan Chicken & Roasted Potatoes (Cooking Light Top Rated Recipes)
-Crock Pot Meat Sauce over Spaghetti Squash (my recipe)
-Remaining Plated Meal (Chicken and Roasted Tomato Caesar Salad)
Fitness- I started up playing tennis again, which is fitness that doesn't feel like fitness because it's fun. I like to spice up my fitness routine for boredom sake as well as not becoming too complacent and doing the same workout over and over. Fitness plan this week:
-Tennis, 90 mins, 2 Days
-At home walking/HIIT DVD, 45 mins, 2 days
-Yoga 1-2 days, depending on class or doing it at home thru Cody
Wellness- I NEED to do better with getting my water in. It's literally all I drink during the day besides my cup of coffee in the morning and my cup of tea after lunch, but I am not getting enough it. This week I will start with 64oz, and go from there.
For the past few months, I start my day with a cup of warm lemon water- there are a plethora of benefits to this, but mainly I like that it cuts down on bloat, gets a cup of water in, and kind of eases me into the day.
I will also be concentrating on getting to bed earlier- I stay up WAY too late and then pay for it the next day.
That's my plan this week- what about you? Any new recipes or workouts I need to try?