Weekly Food Prep

Monday, August 12, 2013

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The bag of food that I brought to work this morning was rather comical. The sheer amount of food would have fit into at least two lunch bags. Oh my gosh! But it's all super clean, super healthy food, mostly lots of greens and lean protein. It just takes up space, that's all:) As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm beginning the Jamie Eason LiveFit series this week and trying to follow the plan as closely as possible.

Today was also chest and tricep day and my arms feel absolutely lethargic. When I try anything as simple as lifting my fork or opening a food jar, I feel shaky. Oh boy! I immediately fueled my muscles with a small smoothie consisting of 1/2 scoop of Perfect Fit protein powder and some frozen berries. Many know, and as I've  learned through my studies with NASM, that fueling with a bit of protein and carbs within 1/2 hour of strength training makes a huge difference in results. That fuel is quickly used for muscles, but you only have that short 1/2 hour window to take advantage, and I made sure I did. I also stopped to stretch my chest throughout the day today since I know I'm going to feel it soon if I don't.

I really take pride in eating this well, so I really hope the results are for this program are all they're cracked up to be. 

Breakfast (total 359 calories): 
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder + 0.25 cup frozen berry smoothie
  • 1/2 cup quick oats + cinnamon + 0.5 Tbsp honey
  • 5 egg whites + veggies (tomatoes, spinach, onion and broccoli)

Saute all your veggies and just add egg whites

Snack 1 (282 calories):
  • 2 Chicken Muffins served inside lettuce leaves
  • Broccoli with Mrs. Dash seasoning

Lunch (266 calories):
  • 1/2 acorn squash stuffed with ground chicken, bulgar wheat, onion, mushroom, garlic and tomato.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber

Snack 2 (366 calories):
  • 2 Chicken Muffins 
  • Kale salad with just a tiny sprinkle or raisins and walnuts with an olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing

  • We have steak, grilled chicken, whole wheat spaghetti, turkey sausage and pork chops planned for the week. I'll pair my lean meats with something like a 1/2 sweet potato for my starch and Brussels sprouts for my veggies, as required by the plan.
Bedtime Snack:
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free jam (for muscle growth while I sleep)

Yes, this is a LOT of food, much of it high in protein, with a low caloric price. That's what happens when you start eating cleaner. You can actually eat way more. As in, a whole grocery bag full, judging by my trek to work this morning. Ha!

When I prepped my food last night, it was quite the debacle. I was getting so tired and the food prep seemed to be taking forever (although so worth it!). I went to put something in the fridge and bumped the door. Two entire shelves of condiments fell and messed up the whole kitchen floor. Then, I went to mop up the mess and accidentally put cooking oil in the mop bucket instead of vinegar--the jugs look the same! This was all after forgetting an entire jug of protein powder in the cart at Walmart and running all the way back across town to claim it. After mopping, the floor was still sticky. I just wanted to go to bed after all of that. Luckily, I was finished with my food prepping and Peanut was already asleep so I took the opportunity to duck away. Hubster promised to mop again today. He can be sweetheart sometimes!

I was able to get most of my produce from the farmer's market this weekend. A few tomatoes, onions, and sprigs of broccoli came from my very own backyard garden. The acorn squash was definitely from my huge backyard supply. I look forward to eating stuffed squash for at least the next two weeks. I hope to share a few of my recipes as I create them. This week, I will be able to share my chicken bulgar-stuffed squash, since that's what I whipped together for my lunches. It took me awhile to eat that whole sucker today!

And so, Week One begins!

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Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

Wow! It all looks delicious. You're right about clean eating = eating more! High protein is great for blood type Os and/or fast oxidizers... do you know what you are?
Thanks for linking up!!

jillconyers said...

What a great menu! I'm a big Jamie Eason fan but I've never tried one of her programs. I'm interested in hearing what you think.

Jessica Collins said...

Thanks Laura for organizing a linkup! I'll have to do some research about the high protein thing. I'm Type O, so that would really interest me!

Thanks Jill! I'll keep you posted up on the blog, if you'd like to follow along:)