What I’ve Been Eating And Drinking Lately

I haven’t really talked too much about the regular foods I’ve been eating lately, so I thought I’d tell you all about them.

My breakfast most days is Cheerios. Not the honey nut or flavored Cheerios, but the plain ones. Since I started following those new Skinny Rules by Bob Harper, I now incorporate 1/2 a cup of sliced strawberries into my cereal every morning.

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Strawberries just make the Cheerios look so much prettier. 🙂

For lunch, I had been eating sandwich wraps for at least the past 2 months. I finally got sick of wraps. Since Bob talked about how you should be eating whole grain or whole wheat foods (instead of processed enriched flour), I started buying the Ezekiel sprouted grain bread and making regular sandwiches for lunch instead of wraps. I of course made my delicious turkey sandwiches with hummus a couple days this week, along with tuna salad sandwiches. With my sandwiches, I always have a side salad with tomatoes and a little cheese with one of my light dressings.

If I need a change (sometimes I just want a warm lunch!) I grab something from a fast food chain. I usually eat out for lunch once every week or two. One place I love to go to is Taco Bueno. They have a steak salad bowl that has steak, mixed lettuce, grilled peppers and onions, cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, and corn salsa.

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Instead of dressing, I use the salsa and it comes in at just under 400 calories with the salsa. I can even add a cup of tortilla soup to my lunch and still be at 520 calories. Perfect!

I must say, I really miss having a job where I can sit down for lunch and have a normal lunch break. Because of my job, most days I eat lunch in my car, sometimes while driving. Also, I never realized how nice it was to have a job where you can use their microwave to heat up your lunch. I don’t have a microwave in my car, obviously (but that’d be cool if I did though!) so my lunches are cold lunches 90% of the time. Cold food is ok, but I prefer a warm meal. I think that’s why I look forward to dinner. Dinners are always warm. 🙂

Dinners last week and dinners this week are a little different. Last week I tried to incorporate more fish into my diet, but I hadn’t eliminated the carbs for dinner yet. Last week I had pumpkin seed encrusted sea bass with asparagus and mashed parsnips and potatoes a couple days for dinner.

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I love sea bass. It’s probably my favorite fish. It’s flaky and firm and rich and delicious! The pumpkin seed crust was great with the sea bass. And parsnips are probably my favorite vegetable on Earth. Mixed with a potato, they bring a unique flavor to plain old mashed potatoes.

This week, I’m eliminating carbs after my afternoon snack. Since I’ve been making low carb foods already, it’s actually been extremely easy to cut out the carbs from dinner.

This week, I made tacos for dinner. Instead of tortillas, I used lettuce wraps. I made cod fish tacos and also ground turkey tacos. The ground turkey tacos are my favorite. They’re super simple too.

I sauté one diced bell pepper and 1/2 of a large yellow onion that’s also diced, then add one pound of ground turkey and cook until done. I add 2 ounces of tomato sauce, a packet of spicy taco seasoning, and 3/4 cup water and cook until it thickens up. That’s it!

I use four whole iceberg lettuce leafs, 2 leafs per taco. I use 2 leafs per taco so that they’ll be sturdier and hold the fillings without falling apart. One pound of ground turkey makes 8 tacos, or 4 servings (2 tacos per serving).

The first picture is fish tacos and the second is ground turkey tacos. Yum!

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I get those 2 big tacos for dinner for 350 calories!

I fill my tacos with shredded cabbage, Greek yogurt, salsa, and just a little bit of cheese. I add a side of steamed broccoli for a 415 calorie dinner. By cutting out carbs for dinner, I’m reducing my calorie intake by 150-200 calories. I like finding ways to reduce my calorie intake. I was struggling the past couple months to be at 1800 calories or less a day. Now I’m easily staying at 1800 or less.

Last but not least, it’s my afternoon snack. My afternoon snack really varies depending on what I’m craving. One thing I had all week though for snack was apple slices. In The Skinny Rules book, Bob says to eat apple and berries every single day. I got the individual packs of sliced apples, and I actually like them. I thought I hated apples, but I think I just hated eating them whole. I guess I prefer them sliced. Or maybe my taste buds are changing? Eh, who cares. I’m eating apples now and that’s all that matters!

With my apples, I’ll have an ounce or an ounce and a half of roasted unsalted almonds, or a bag of skinny pop popcorn, or a large side of green beans from KFC (it’s the warm food craving), or hummus and veggies. Since I usually have 7 hours between lunch and dinner, I increased my afternoon snack calorie total to about 300 calories. It’s almost like eating 4 smaller meals a day. After dinner, I usually have about 200-300 calories leftover, so most every night, I have a bowl of cereal with skim milk for my evening snack. I’m trying to cut out carbs after 4:30, so I really need to come up with a different snack option for my evening snack. I really love cereal and have gotten into a habit of having a bowl every night, so it’s going to be a hard habit to break.

Speaking of habits, I broke my diet pop drinking habit. I haven’t had pop, or diet pop, or any artificially sweetened drinks in 9 days. Woohoo! Really didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but I did! 🙂

The only things I drink now are mainly water and skim milk. I’ll occasionally have a tea and that’s about it.

Well, that’s basically what I’ve been eating and drinking lately. I want to try out a new recipe this weekend for my dinners next week, so I’m sure you’ll get to hear all about it soon.

It’s Friday and I’ve got a three day weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) so I’m excited to hurry up and get today over with! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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TBL and My Habits

As I was watching The Biggest Loser, I started thinking about how far they’ve come on the show and how far I’ve come in MY weight loss journey. At this point, after exactly 2 months, eating healthy has become a habit. It’s so much easier than it was when I first started. It’s like second nature to me. It’s routine.

I’ve always heard it takes 21 days to make a habit. So for example, if you tell yourself you’re going to wash your hands everyday at 8pm then it takes 21 days of washing your hands at that time to form a habit that will stick. Being two months into this, I’ve realized how many new great habits I’ve started.

I eat cereal every morning for breakfast. Sometimes in the past I’d be too busy to eat breakfast some mornings. So now I’m not only making a habit to eat breakfast, but I’m also eating a healthy breakfast.

Another habit is that I don’t drink any pop that’s not diet. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit pop for many years. I couldn’t get past 2 days without it because I would get horrible headaches. Now, I don’t even miss “real pop” as I call it. I’ve replaced the pop drinking with either diet pop or water. That’s pretty much all I drink now at home.

The habit I’m most proud of is cooking dinner at home almost every night. I’ve actually started to enjoy cooking again. If you recall from earlier posts, I hardly ever cooked because I was eating fast food or take out pretty much every meal. Now I look forward to meal planning for the week and deciding what I’ll have for dinners this week, which leads me to my next habit.

I am in the habit of planning now. I plan out my meals, my snacks, my time, my exercise, etc. I like knowing what I’m going to eat for dinner before it’s even dinner time so that I don’t get lazy and stop to get something unhealthy on the way home. I like planning out when I’ll exercise so that I’ll actually do it. I like planning out my time and what I’ll be doing so that I can therefore plan my meals or snacks around that too.

For example, Sunday night was Church at 6pm. After that was Bible study. Eating at 5:30 was too early, but waiting until after Bible study at 11:00 was too late too. So I planned it out and brought my dinner with me. After Church, one person usually goes and grabs some Arby’s or something close by for everyone. I wasn’t even tempted to eat with them because I had my delicious dinner packed with me ready to eat. 🙂

These habits that I’ve created are really important to me and I don’t want to break them. I want to continue to create better habits for myself. I want to continue to move forward, to be better. And just like they try to teach the contestants on TBL, I’m worth it. I want to live. There’s an alive person under all this weight just trying to get out. 🙂