how i eat (primarily) unprocessed foods!

Hey everyone! Before I get into the meat of this post, let me tell you a bit about my evening yesterday and then my workout and breakfast today!

So, last night my family and I went to a HOCKEY GAME! Seriously, if you have never been to a hockey game, you need to go!!! They are so lively and action packed..never a dull moment! I tend to get bored when watching football and baseball, but with hockey the action literally never stops!!!

Anways, here is a pic of my sister and I making “duck faces”, while en route to the ducks game!

hockey game pic

The game was awesome, Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars and our ducks won 5-2!

Anyways, dinner was not the healthiest because it was game food haha but it sure was delicious! I had a hotdog w/ relish, mustard, and onions. Also, had a handful of peanuts, lots & lots of delicious popcorn (think movie theater style), a few Sour Patch Kids, and some hot chocolate…this is kind of ironic considering today I want to talk about how I cut out most unprocessed foods from my diet, but hey every once in a while you gotta give in and indulge a little 😉

Anyways, I was exhausted by the time we got home last night and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow!! I thought about snoozing my alarm when it went off at 4:45 this morning, but decided to bite the bullet and get up for my morning workout! I didn’t know how in the mood I would be to run, but I decided to give it a go and actually had tons of energy! The run went by quickly and though when i post my workout it is going to look a tad confusing, in reality it is basically 5 min. incline walk followed by 10 minutes of 1 min. jog/1 min. sprint switch offs (repeat that 2x), then 5 min. recovery walk, 14 min. of increasing incline jogging, and 1 min. cool down..easy peasy!

SPRINTS N HILLS TRADMILL WORKOUT

thursday workout

So, ya like I said it looks confusing when written out, but it was an awesome workout and let me get in a lot of mileage in not too long of time!

I am trying to up my mileage in hopes of doing a 10K at some point this summer, so I think I am going to try an outdoor run by the ocean this weekend and hopefully get in over 5 miles!

Ok, next on the list is breakfast today..started with a banana and 1/2 a granola bar when I got home from the gym…then once at work I had…oats in a jar!!

thursday breakfast 1

thursday breakfast 3

thursday breakfast 2

Don’t you love how I captured my meal at different stages of being eaten! haha Anyways,  I did like 1/4 cup rolled oats, dash of vanilla coconut milk, 2 scoops plain greek yogurt, 1 spoonful cocoa, and then topped it this morning with more coconut milk, strawberries/blackberries/blueberries, & a scoop more peanut butter..yum!

Ok…now on to my topic of getting rid of processed foods in your diet. I actually happened to end up doing this by mistake and mainly just by keeping my diet made up mostly of fruits & veggies. Most of my meals center around some concoction of fruits or vegetables and then in the morning I add yogurt/oatmeal/whole grain toast/or nut butter to round out the meal.

Lunch and dinner tend to be more veggie based and usually are a salad or sauteed veggies topped with some type of protein. For lunch I like to add various mixtures of nuts/dried fruit/fresh fruit/chopped veggies/chicken/turkey/tuna/salmon/& a vinegar or oil based dressing.

Dinner tend to be a ton of veggies sauteed in coconut oil and then topped with cheese/& or meat..when i am eating rice or pasta I usually try to get a whole grain version (think whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and not too much sauce & salt added on top.

For me, once I started stalking up on fruits and veggies my meals came to center on those items and I stopped needing crackers/chips/croutons/lots of dressing/frozen meals/etc.

I also stick to plain greek yogurt/organic milk/rolled oats (not instant) and most of my breakfast options are pretty basic and fresh.

Once I started making my meals with less processed foods I found that my cravings for coffee and soda also decreased as well!

My diet now feels more rounded out and I am happy to say that the things I do eat fill me up and keep me focused/energized/& strong!

Of course like I said earlier I do indulge every once in a while in snack type foods, but even then I have found that the less I have them the better they taste when I do have them here and there!

Hopefully this helps with anyone trying to get more healthy meals in and let me know if you have any questions!

 

What type of unprocessed meals are your favorite?

Any type of fish with a nice roasted or sautéed veggie side!

Any snack foods that you could NEVER give up, despite how crappy them may be for you!?

Peanut M&Ms, Cheese-Its, & Microwave Popcorn are my guilty pleasures fo’ sho!

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my struggles with healthy eating

Before I dive into this topic I thought I would start by sharing my lunch from today…

lunch day 3

Yum, lots of colors and freggies galor!!!

First off was a kale salad with shredded chicken breast, pepitas, dried cranberries, and a poppyseed dressing….time for a close up of this beauty!

lunch day 3 close up salad

Then, on the side i enjoyed a fresh fruit salad courtesy of the cafe downstairs at work…

lunch day 3 close up fruit

Nom, Nom, Nom! These pictures make me want to eat this meal again…the colors just pop!!! YUMMMMM!

Anyways, I also wanted to post my elliptical workout from this morning, which was this…

Time

Resistance

0-3

8.0

3-5

9.0

5-10

10.0

10-13

12.0

13-15

15.0

15-20

10.0

20-22

11.0

22-24

12.0

24-26

13.0

26-28

14.0

28-30

15.0

30-35

11.0

35-38

12.0

38-40

13.0

40-41

10.0

41-42

11.0

42-43

12.0

43-44

13.0

44-45

14.0

It was a good workout that challenged me, but also allowed my sore legs a little rest from running!

Now, on to healthy eating and the daily struggles I face after my eating disorder. One of the main things that pops out in my head is labeling foods as good or bad. For so long I wouldn’t eat something (mainly bread/rice/potatoes..aka carbs) because in my head thin people did NOT eat those types of foods! I stuck mainly to fruits & veggies, sometimes adding fish or chicken, but my carb intake was super low!!!

However, these days I have been trying to incorporate more carbs..easy ways are having a bagel or sandwich for lunch, adding granola to my yogurt, having oats in the morning, a dinner roll at night, crackers/pretzels as a snack, and I am also a huge fan of quinoa and brown rice as dinner sides! In fact, I have even put quinoa on top of salads in order to get in that carb at lunch! It really does make a difference when I add more carbs to my diet and I found myself sustained for longer amounts of time after eating them!

Another thing I am dealing with currently is mindless snacking before dinner. Typically what happens a lot with me is I will get home from the gym and I usually go pack my lunch for the next day right away! However, when i am doing this I tend to pick at things as I am preparing it and end up consuming lots of peanut butter, yogurt, granola, nuts, etc. I know that this is mindless snacking and unnecessary since I am going to be eating dinner relatively soon, yet for some reason I just can’t seem to help myself!

I am thinking maybe I should try and chew gum or eat dinner before packing my lunch…but I am just not sure what is going to work!! Hopefully I will be able to reign this in because some nights it does end up feeling like when I used to go into binge eating and I would really like to work on ending this and cutting out the picking at things all together! I have gotten better at work, but my goal for the next week is to try and think about if I am really hungry when I eat little bits here and there and if I am then to actually get a serving of whatever it is I want instead of just doing the whole munching thing!! Wish me luck 🙂