I’m officially starting week six of
, and even though I’ve been killing the workouts and seeing some great results so far, I must admit that I haven’t been really focused or disciplined with my nutrition since before the holidays. The meal plan that comes with Insanity Max 30 is amazing and I haven’t been giving it enough credit. It’s very similar to the
in that it’s focused on portion control instead of calorie counting, and it really takes all the guesswork out of “clean eating.” Based on your weight, you’re assigned a certain number of portions each day of the basic food groups: protein, veggies, fruit, healthy fats, and carbs. You can use the fun color coded containers, but you also get measurements in cups and tablespoons which is really convenient!
Confession. I’ve been loosely following the nutrition plan, but I haven’t really fully committed because I’ve been full of excuses. First the holidays, then the freezing weather, and I’ve been lazy. Since New Year’s I’ve been eating almost 100% whole foods and have eliminated all processed food and added sugar from my diet, but I’ve been drinking way too much wine and I know I’ve been eating too much. Yes, you can definitely over-eat healthy food! What you eat has a much greater impact on your body than working out, and you honestly can’t “out-exercise a bad diet,” so it’s time for me to eliminate my dumb excuses and get serious! Yes I am torching tons of calories every day, but that doesn’t mean I have the green light to eat like Michael Phelps. I know this program has amazing potential to completely transform my body and I want to live up to that potential and not ruin all my hard work with mindless choices. I only have 3 weeks left, so I’m going to be dialing in on my meal planning and nutrition so I can feel energized and amazing. This does not mean deprivation, it just means focus and intention! No more boredom snacking, wine just because the bottle’s open, or extra bites here and there when I’m not truly hungry. I’ve committed to making 2015 the year I stop holding myself back! #noexcuses
I'm using myself as my own motivation!
HOW I MEAL PLAN
Every Saturday or Sunday, I go through my stash of cooking magazines, cookbooks, and Pinterest and plan out what we’re going to eat for the week. I put together a grocery list as I select recipes and we stock up on all our groceries on Sunday. We buy 85% of our food at
(I’m obsessed), and the rest at Jewel or Trader Joe’s. Ben and I both love food, so we do our best to stick to a “budget” but let’s be real, food is where we do our biggest spending because I looooove trying new recipes and new fun impulse buys. Eeek! Aldi saves us, but we still usually end up spending $100-$120/week on groceries for the two of us, and then go out at least once or twice a week for Chipotle and a date night restaurant. I know this isn’t too bad, but I also know we can do better. We do most of our cooking at home and make our own lunches, but living in Chicago around so many amazing restaurants makes it really easy to spend money!
Love Aldi so much!
I start by thinking of 3-4 dinner ideas for the week. Between Ben and me, this is usually enough to get us through with leftovers and we go out on Fridays for “date night.” I follow the
, which means I keep my carbs to the first half of the day so dinner is usually lean protein and veggies with a healthy fat. I’ll usually make a side of brown rice, pasta, or add some carbs for Ben and my lunch leftovers. Sometimes I’ll have a starch like beans, sweet potatoes, and the occasional whole grain, but I’ve eliminated processed carbs (bread, pasta) at dinner because I’ve discovered sticking to “lean, clean and green” really does help me wake up in the morning feeling lighter and leaner. I’m not depriving myself because if I really want bread I’ll eat the damn bread and definitely make room for treat meals or drinks at least a couple nights a week, but I eat to feel good and that’s how I make my decisions! I’ve been able to achieve a balance that keeps me sane and feeling great.
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch, and I’ll go through a phase where I eat the same thing every single day all week. My breakfast rotation is usually either oatmeal, protein pancakes, or occasionally eggs. Usually oatmeal. I prefer sweet over savory in the morning and eat a huge breakfast because it’s my favorite meal of the day and morning is when my metabolism seems to be cranking at the highest levels so I’m starving. There are a lot of people who swear by the Paleo diet and preach the elimination of all whole grains, but I’ve discovered that for me, physically and emotionally I function best with some carbs in the morning and a huge bowl of oatmeal makes me freaking happy. Don’t cut out foods just because people “say so.”
Lunch is usually a giant salad I eat in a serving dish sized bowl, topped with leftover chicken or a can of tuna. I love mixing tuna with mustard or Greek yogurt to make “tuna salad,” and loading up my salad with as many veggies and toppings as I can. I also like to add a couple tablespoons of healthy fats like a sprinkle of cheese (feta or goat cheese), nuts, olives, or chopped avocado. I shake up my own salad dressings from olive oil, vinegar or lemon, a squirt of Dijon, some herbs, and sometimes a sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Chopped apples are good too! I always eat an apple and PB for lunch dessert because I have a huge sweet tooth and this kills my sugar cravings.
On top of my three main meals I always eat a morning and an afternoon snack. In the morning this is usually Shakeology blended with unsweetened almond milk, ice, and occasionally frozen banana, which I have after I workout. My afternoon snack is usually veggies, hummus, and almonds. Again, this fits with the TIU meal structure of keeping fruits and sugars in the morning, and veggies and healthy fats in the afternoon to maintain your blood sugar an energy levels and it works for me! Sometimes I’ll have Shakeology in the afternoon because that’s when my energy dips and Shakeo will rev me back up and keep me full until dinner. The pre-dinner hour around 4-5 pm is when I turn into a bottomless snacky pit if I’m not careful!
THIS WEEK’S MEAL PLAN
Here’s what I’ve got on the line up for this week!
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Eggs + Toast + Fruit
Oatmeal + Fruit
Salad with tuna or chicken
White bean and sausage cassoulet
Asian turkey wraps
Grilled steak and fajita veggies
Apple + PB
Veggies and hummus
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