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WEEK 22 WEIGH IN: Tightening the Strategy to Make it to the Finish Line

It has been on my radar that my efforts weren’t producing results. I have found myself, in the last handful of weeks, having a few too many binge sessions. As I discussed in last week’s post, I was feeling really weighed down by the lack of progress I was making. Even though I’ve been following a lot of the rules, I was way too laxed, giving into impulses to eat foods contrary to my strategy.

That wasn’t working!

I’ve taken the week to contemplate how to push forward. I’m so close, and I’m super tired of dragging this process out. I know that it’s time to tighten my strategy in order to sprint over the finish line!

Since Monday, I’ve changed my eating approach to go into carb cycling. I’m going to spend the next 8 weeks (including this one) with 2-4 days where I consume a ketogenic macronutrient range of 65% fats, 25% protein, and 10% carbohydrates. I’ll alternate those days with one carb up day where my macronutrient approach will be 40% carbohydrates, 35% protein, and 25% fats. I know that this approach will allow me to be aggressive in getting to the body that I want to maintain.

I’m committed. I’m ready to re-embrace my love for all the fats. I’m ready to keep my eye on the prize when all the carbs in the world are calling out to me. I’ve come this far. I know what has to be done, and how to do it! I’m ready to win the day! (Another Mark Batterson reference!)

Moving on. Let’s talk about how things ended on week 22.

End of Week 22 Before and After Pictures:

Week 22 Food Journal:

It hasn’t been a strong food journaling week. Saturday and Sunday, I only logged my food intake the first parts of the day. It’s probably because I wanted to be in denial of all the extra things that were jumping into my mouth. It’s fine…it’s in the past…

Monday, for lunch, the hubs and I went to a Brazilian churasco to celebrate closing on our first rental property. Afterwards, we went to this awesome spot in a local mall where you can get edible cookie dough called Scooped. So good! I didn’t log my food at all that day. But after that Brazilian food binge fest, and cookie dough, I fasted the rest of the day. Since that fast, I’ve been successful in my new carb cycling approach: Tuesday and Wednesday super low carb macro range, and slight carb up today. This next cycle, I’m going to tackle three low carb days. So my next carb up day will be on Monday.

I’m going to drop my food journal entry from today, right here.

The rest of the food journal entries can be found at the bottom of this post.

Bioelectrical Impedance Results:

My total body weight: 129.9 lbs. (Decrease of 2.6 pounds since last week. Total decrease of 13 lbs. since start date).

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition:

  • Total Body water: 80.9 lbs (Decrease of 1.1 lbs from last week. Total of 2.6 lbs. increase since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 29.3 lbs. (Decrease of 0.7 lbs. since last week. Increase of 0.2 lbs. since first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 21.2 lbs. (This was a 0.4 lb. decrease from last week. Total of 14.3 lbs. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 61.3 lbs (Decrease of .9 lbs since last week. Increase of 1.3 lbs since first weigh in).
  • BMI: 22.3 (Decrease of 0.4 from last week. Total decrease of BMI is 2.2 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 16.3% (This decreased by 0.1% from last week. Total of 8.5% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1435 calories (This decreased by 36 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2232 calories on moderate exercise weeks. 2484 calories on heavy exercise weeks.
  • Calorie target goal for weight loss: 1500 calories (May increase by upwards of 300 on days that I burn over 600 calories)

Week 22 Measuring Tape Results:

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 1/8 inches (up 1/8 inch last week, and down 2 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 21 1/4 inches (Same as last week, and down 1 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 36 1/2 inches (Down 3/4 inch from last week, Down 6 1/2 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 36 inches (Down 1/2 inch from last week. Down 3 5/8 inches from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 33 inches (Same as last week, and down 2 7/8 inches from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 32 inches (Down 1/2 inch from last week, and down 3 1/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 1/2 inches (Same as last week. Down 11/4 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 39 1/2 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week. Down 1 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 10 5/8 inches (Up 1/8 inch from last week, and down 11/8 inch from first measurement).

This is What My Workouts Looked Like:

Summary:

I dropped two and a half pounds this week. That lost weight was a combination of water, dry lean mass, muscle, and 0.4 lbs of fat- which is all we really care about. The measuring tape results showed a marked decrease in my hips, butt, and waistline.

It feels good to be a few days into my tightened strategy. The more days I go, the more confident I am becoming in my ability to stick to the strategy. And it’s with consistency in our efforts that we realize our end goals!

That’s it for today. Talk to you soon.


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Food Journal Entries From the Rest of the Week:

Friday, May 28

Saturday, May 29

Sunday, May 30

Monday, May 31

Tuesday, June 1

Wednesday, June 2 (Yesterday)

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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting: What is It?

Intermittent Fasting. Have you heard of it? It’s a total buzz word in weight loss circles. Some people swear it to be an effective weight loss tool. Other people view the breaks in food consumption as totally unnecessary, and possibly even torture. Some people fast as a regular part of their religious practice (my hand is raised on this one). And some might read this and ask, “What the heck are you talking about?”.

As a nutritionist, it is out of my scope of practice to prescribe an intermittent fast. But I am allowed to teach you what intermittent fasting is and why it may be a beneficial approach for you. It is, then, up to you to decide if it is worth incorporating fasting into your lifestyle (or not). I’m going to do this in a small handful of installments, since there are various key points to discuss around intermittent fasting. Before I chat with you about the “how to” and “why or why not”, let’s talk about what it is.

What is Intermittent Fasting, Anyway?

Intermittent fasting is a nutritional approach which has you alternating between periods of eating and periods of not eating (fasting). When you are in an “eating window”, and shortly thereafter, you are in a fed state. The fasting state begins to occur several hours after your last food intake when nutrients are less available and your body must conserve energy and resources. Once you are in a fasted state, your cellular metabolism completely changes from when you were in a fed state. Your metabolism transitions from a carbohydrate burning state to a fat burning state.

Ketone

In a fed state, your body extracts the nutrients it needs for immediate energy and function. Anything leftover is either stored as fat or turns to waste. In a fasted state, carbohydrates from previous meals are utilized for energy first. After that, fat and other energy-storage compounds are broken down. The liver converts some of these fats into ketones, which are another fuel source for the brain and other tissues in the body. After enough time (well beyond twelve hours without food), the ketone levels rise and the body transitions into utilizing fat as it’s main energy source instead of carbs. Ever heard of ketosis? Well that is what this process leads to (but fasting isn’t the only way into ketosis). That’s a topic for another day.

There are no hard and fast rules about which foods you should eat during your feeding time period. But it’s always in your best interest to consume foods from whole food sources, first. (Foods containing minimal ingredients on its nutrition label, or more likely than not has no label at all. Think meats, fruits, veggies, dairy, whole grains, etc.). During a fast, you are restricting calories, so some people appreciate that they can consume a bit more (but not excessively more) in their feeding windows.

My Experience with Fasting

As I eluded to, above, fasting is included as part of my religious practices. I have practiced fasting since I was eight years old. The first Sunday of every month is referred to as “Fast Sunday” in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Our purpose for fasting includes both the not eating aspect, as well as spending the day praying in gratitude of His blessings, or praying for our own specific needs or the needs of others. We go without food and drink (even water) for a whole 24 hour window. We then donate the money we would have spent on food to bless the lives of those in need (this is known as a fast offering). This blog post teaches a little bit more about the religious aspect of fasting.

Beyond fasting for religious reasons, I find myself intermittent fasting an additional three to six times a month. I do it because it just makes me feel better. Plus, it brings me peace of mind knowing of the health benefits that come with intermittent fasting. In installment two of this intermittent fasting series, we’ll talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting. We’ll also talk about why it may not be for you.

Church of Jesus Christ

Besides Fast Sunday, I don’t have a set approach that I take on fasting. There are varying timing approaches that can be taken to intermittent fasting. We’ll talk more about that in installment three of this intermittent fasting series.

Talk to you soon!


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Week 6 Weigh In: Best Results Yet

Another week is in the books, and I’m feeling pretty good about things! Do you know how long it has been since I’ve stuck to a program for longer than a month!?!? I’ve had plenty of single months within the last few years where I’ve dabbled with keto and Whole30. The issue with those was that I looked at them as a means to an end, rather than a lifestyle I could maintain.

There are some really empowering aspects of my journey, now, which have me clinging to the process. Evening thoroughly enjoying it.

First, knowing that there are friends (new and old) who are watching, motivates me to stick with it.

When I’m really feeling tempted to go eat the Twix’s in the pantry (like I am today, and yes, I did eat one mini Twix…), it helps me to know that if I eat it, I have to log it. Since I’m logging and posting all of my food consumption, I know that there’s a potential that someone will see that I gave into temptation. Maybe I’m just too prideful to let that happen. Plus, I want to be an educator for others who are going through this process. So it becomes more of a desire to set the example than just a desire to do the right things with my nutrition so I don’t look bad.

Twix

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you want to ensure that you’re sticking to your process, you need to have skin in the game! For me, I’m literally bearing my stretch marked and loose skin for the world to see. For you, it might mean paying money to join a gym, hiring a personal trainer, work with a nutritionist or dietician, join an online weight loss program, or announcing to all your friends and family that you’re placing yourself on a weight loss or healthier living trajectory etc.

The second aspect of this journey that I’m finding to be really empowering is planning and eating from my own meal plans.

I’ll tell you, meal planning/prep days are the most labor intensive part of this, and for good reason. It’s real work to assemble a list of foods that I know I won’t burn out on eating over and over; along with ensuring it lines up with the macronutrient range that I know I want to stay within. But it’s the zeroed in focus on nutrition, which is the biggest driver of weight loss. Being completely in control of food intake allows your body to adapt to the results you are hoping for. Of coarse exercise has its place too. But I’ve seen the same people at the gym every day for years, who are hoping their body will change just through exercise, and it just isn’t. Weight loss requires us to be willing to make adaptations to our food intake. By creating and following a meal plan, I am visibly seeing those changes that I’m hoping for (Check out last weeks plan here).

The third, and final, empowering aspect of my journey is that of time.

We all wish that visible weight loss could be an overnight thing, but it just doesn’t work that way. Being consistent in your efforts, day in and day out, is a sure way to make it to your end goals. Now that six weeks have passed, I’m significantly more confident in my abilities to stick to the regime I’m on. I can see that what I’m doing is working. Enough change has happened, and I feel enabled to continue on with this process.

If you’re still on the fence about starting your own journey to weight loss, or even just better health, then just remember that the time is going to pass anyway. You can be a more improved version of yourself six weeks from now, or you can change nothing and experience no improvement in the direction of your goals. Who do you want to become? What changes are you willing to make today so that, after some time, you’ll be able to present yourself as that person?

Alright, enough talk. Let’s get to this week’s results!

End of Week 6: Before and After Pictures:

Week 6 Food Journal:

Here is today’s food journal. You can find the rest of my food journal at the bottom of this post.

I intentionally went a little higher carb today. I have been feeling the energy depletion as I’ve been in a caloric deficit state, so I decided to listen to my body and make some effort to refill some glycogen stores. The Twix wasn’t intentional, but the rest of the carbs I ate today were. But it was one single mini twix, so we’re all going to be ok. (I ate the one, and decided that if I needed a little more of the chocolate fix, I could have a half serving of 90% dark chocolate, too.) Between my indulgence meal on Super Bowl Sunday, and then today’s carb re-feed, I’ve actually taken on the approach known as carb cycling. We can talk more about that approach another day.

Do you remember, last week when I was struggling with the caffeine/diet soda issue? I’m happy to report that I have moved past that. I’ve successfully gone a whole week without either caffeine or diet soda. My head is definitely not struggling with headaches as much. I’m also happy to report that I’ve done better at not having little “extra” bites or snitches of random foods, this week. It has probably helped that we had a bunch of leftovers of the delicious and strategic Super Bowl foods, so the food options have remained exciting all week!

Week 6 Bioelectrical Impedance assessment results:

Let’s move on to the numbers! I’m feeling pretty excited about today’s results. Let’s jump right in!

My total body weight: 134.3 lbs (Down 1.5 lbs from the last weeks. Total of 8.6 lb. lost since start date).

Breaking my total body weight down into different categories of body composition

  • Total Body water: 78.9 lb. (Increase of 0.2 pounds since last week, and increase of 0.6 lbs since start date).
  • Dry lean mass: 29.2 lb. (Increase of 0.1 lbs. since last week. Increase of 0.1lb. since my first weigh in. Remember that this includes muscle, organs, and bone minus any fluid)
  • Body fat mass: 26.2 lb. (This was a 1.8 lb. decrease from last week. Total of 9.3 lb. of fat lost since start date!)
  • Skeletal muscle mass: 60.6 lb. (Increase of .2 lb. from last week. Total of 0.6 lb. increase in muscle since start date)
  • BMI: 23 (Decrease of 0.3 since last week. Total BMI decrease of 1.5 since start date)
  • Body fat percentage: 19.5% (This decreased by 1% from last week. Total of 5.3% decrease in body fat percentage since start date.)
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 1429 calories (This increased by 2 calories.)
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE): 2201 calories (Because my BMR decreased, this number decreased by 53 calories from last week)
  • Calorie target range for weight loss: 1560 calories (I’m keeping this target range the same)

Week 6 Measuring Tape Results

  • Right calf (measured at widest part): 14 3/8 inches (Same as last week, and down 3/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Right thigh (measured at widest part): 22 1/8 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, and down 7/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Hips (measured at widest part): 38 1/4 inches (Down 1/4 inch from last week, Down 4 3/4 inches from first measurement)
  • Butt (measured at widest part): 37 1/8 inches (Down 1/2 inch from last week. Down 2 1/4 inch from first measurement.)
  • Right below my muffin top: 34 1/8 inches (Down 5/8 inch from last week, and down 1 3/4 inch from first measurement)
  • Waistline (measured across belly button): 33 1/8 inches (Down 1/2 inch from last week, and down 2 1/8 inch from first measurement)
  • Chest (measured at widest part): 36 5/8 inches (Down 1/8 inch from last week. Down 1 1/8 inch from first measurement.)
  • Shoulders (measured at widest part): 40 inches (Same as last week. Down 1/2 inch from first measurement)
  • Biceps: (measured at widest part): 11 1/4 inches (Same as last week, and 1/4 inch from first measurement).

This is What my Workouts Looked Like:

Summary:

I’m just going to go ahead and say it. I think this was my best week, yet. I’m really happy with my actions. I’m really happy with my results. It’s nice to finally have week where everything has felt like a smooth, downhill, process. I’m sure that the next handful of weeks will be way less “smooth sailing” than this one, because that’s just how the weight loss process works. I definitely haven’t been perfect, this week, but I’ve been consistent and that is paying off! Can’t wait to see what next week brings!


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Here are my food logs from the rest of the week:

Friday, February 5th:

Saturday, February 6:

Sunday, February 7:

Combination of 21 hour intermittent fast and indulgence meal. That meant I was off the hook from recording my food! ‘Twas a sigh of relief!

Monday, February 8:

Tuesday, February 9:

Wednesday, February 10th:

colorful doughnuts

My First Indulgence Meal

We made it! Here we are, at the end of week three. And you know what that means!?!? Indulgence meal!!!

I was texting Adam (my hubby) earlier in the day, yesterday, telling him of the places we would be stopping to pick up food for date night/indulgence meal night. His response, “I’m not sure which you are more excited for. Date night with me, or Crumbl and Cava!” (Don’t worry, I told him that date night with him outranked the indulgent food that I was really really excited to eat)! I don’t blame the guy for wondering though… My upcoming indulgence meal has occupied a dominant amount of my thoughts in the last few days. And the outcome was just as fantastic as the anticipation! (But don’t worry, the evening out with him was even better!)

Cava and Crumbl. I know I’ve already talked about Crumbl (multiple times) in these posts. But do you know about Cava? Holy Moly! Think Mediterranean food with a Chipotle-esque concept. (Walk through the line, pick which ingredients you want to walk away with). They have about 80 stores throughout 13 different states in the US. We figured out, last night, that we’ve already spent around $250 on Cava since our Highlands Ranch location opened this last spring (maybe that’s not something I should fess up to?).

Anyway, Cava has these “greens and grains” bowls that have come to be something I can’t live without. I have probably thought about this food, almost daily since I first tried it! Without fail, I always choose the “super greens” (kale, brussels sprouts, chicory, and broccoli), a mix of brown rice and black lentils, 2 scoops of tziki sauce, 1 scoop of hummus, double servings of chicken (to make the bowl last for two meals, it really is a ton of food!), cucumbers, tomato and cucumber salsa, tomato and onion, (yes, they do have a variety of options that include tomatoes and cucumbers), kalamata olives, a yogurt dill sauce and almost the most important addition: the pita crisps on top.

Cava, Indulgence meal
How it started

Cava
How it’s going

While enjoying this delicious spread, Adam asked, “If this is such a healthy meal, what makes it indulgent?” I told him, if I were going to be picking up food from there on a day that wasn’t a planned indulgence day, the bowl would be much more simple. It would only include the veggies, chicken, maybe a half serving of black lentils (because I absolutely love those!), and only 1 scoop of the tzatziki sauce. Since it was a planned indulgence meal, I wanted all of the goodness, especially the pita crisps up top. The good news is that it is absolutely a place where I can still order a dish, with modifications, to help me in the process of weight loss.

So Cava was the first round of the indulgence meal. Since we are heavily laden in a COVID world, and Cava isn’t one of the local restaurants which have been approved for indoor dining, Adam and I enjoyed a moonlit meal from the car in the parking lot (talk about romantic!). But hey, when the oldest child is geared up to be the babysitter, you take full opportunity to spend even a few minutes away, right!?

Before picking up Cava, we picked up our online order of Crumbl. I did this to ensure this meal could all happen within the designated hour long time frame. Since this is me we’re talking about, I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity for a few tastes of one other item which has been screaming at me from the beginning of this adventure. I had a pan of cinnamon rolls all prepared for when we came home with the cookies.

Cookie
Is this Heaven? No, it’s Crumbl!

Don’t worry! Binge eater Amy stayed locked up nice and tight, last night. I did allow myself to eat a little more of the Cava bowl than I typically do, leaving just enough of the protein, veggies, grains, and one scoop of sauce to be an appropriate mini meal for another day. With the cookies, we cut them up into 6 pieces. I took 1 corner of each of those cookie flavors. As I bit into each individual flavor, I made the decision in that first bite if it would be worth it to eat the whole piece, or leave the rest on my plate. There were only two flavors that I really wanted to eat the whole thing: The Biscoff cookie (Holy smokes! This one is going down as a favorite Crumbl cookie flavor!), and the chocolate chip cookie. The other flavors were just kind of “meh”, so I intentionally chose to not finish them. I also picked out the smallest cinnamon roll in the pan. Because I was on the brink of having too much food, I even left some of that on my plate!

Cinnamon Roll
cookie

Now, this is probably the most important part of this whole post. Since I’ve had three solid weeks of eating non processed, no added sugar, no simple carbs, etc. It was within 20 minutes of eating my Cava bowl that the bloating and gassy tummy set in (TMI? Reminder: I promised full transparency). Sure it was healthy food, but the combination of pita crisps, extra sauces and grains put my digestive system in overdrive. Although I didn’t eat until I was sick, I was able to observe that the types of food I allowed myself in quantities larger than usual aren’t the types or quantities of foods we function best on. It’s way more work, and way harder on the body, when we consume these types of indulgent foods. We just might not realize it when our body is so used to constantly working as hard as it is to digest the excess less strategic foods.

Don’t get me wrong, the indulgent meal actually does more for us than just giving us a break from the boring weight loss food. It helps to reset our hunger hormones. It gives us a psychological break from the rigidity of following rules, it acts as a reward for going a certain period of time with sticking to your plan. It teaches you to respect the rules of weight loss. Lastly, it helps you to recognize the progress you make in the way that the non-strategic foods make you feel.

If you want some science backed reasons in favor the indulgence meals read these two articles: https://legionathletics.com/science-backed-reasons-why-you-should-have-cheat-meals/ and https://greatist.com/health/cheat-days-explained#physical-effects.

Overall, I am giving this indulgent meal experience a 10 out of 10! It served all the right purposes. I felt like I kept myself reigned in, and it provided a much needed date night with the hubs! Coming back from the indulgent meal feels hard! I already had to stop myself after eating about 1/8 of a leftover cinnamon roll. There’s a special kind of challenge in allowing myself to be liberal in my food intake one meal, and then reigning it all in back to a strictly strategic mindset the next. I can do this! I’ll just be giving myself a million little pep talks to not eat even one more taste of the remaining cinnamon rolls and cookies left on the counter! I’ve got this!

That’s a wrap! Talk to you soon!

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Meal Plan

Meal Plan #4: Bacon and Blueberry muffins!

Snacks, Candy, Sugar

What do your cupboard and pantry shelves look like? Do you fill them to the brim with only whole foods (foods consisting of only one ingredient, i.e. fruit, vegetable, nuts, seeds, etc.)? I sure don’t! I have one, fairly small corner of the pantry which contains protein powder, bone broth powder, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, nutritional supplements, etc. Don’t judge me, but the rest of my pantry is filled to the brim with processed foods, sugar cereal, chips, snacks, candy, Nutella, etc. There is even a bowl of candy right at my three year old’s level so that he can just help himself as he pleases (How’s that for awesome parenting!?!?)! I do ensure that my family eats their veggies and protein. I prepare healthy meals for them and I work to teach them principles about good nutrition. But I don’t subject my own weight loss rules on them.

You and I both know that I could be quite happy pulling out a spoon and digging into the jar of Nutella, without abandon. So how do I avoid goal sabotaging behaviors when I allow myself to be surrounded by the non-strategic foods, you ask? It’s all about the mental and physical preparation. Knowing your goal (what it is you want) and the steps you need to take to get there are the keys to success. And one of those steps is your meal plan.

Following a meal plan will provide an assurance that you’re taking the steps required to attain what you want. And It really is quite enabling as you get to the store for the items on the grocery list, spend a couple hours food prepping and separating into individual containers, and know exactly what you’re going to be eating for the following six days. Doing these things set you up for success. When you don’t have a plan and your prep work isn’t completed, you will FOR SURE find yourself gravitating to the chips/crackers/(insert favorite processed junk food here). Do yourself a favor, follow these steps and watch your health improve for the better!

As mentioned in previous posts, this is the week that I’m decreasing calories and carbs. This is the epitome of a low carb meal plan. The macronutrient range for this meal consists of about 35% protein, 45% fat, and 20% carbs. If you are new to a low carb diet, you might experience such symptoms as fatigue, weakness, lightheadedness, “brain fog,” headaches, irritability, muscle cramps, and nausea. You may even find yourself peeing more (I promised to be straight forward, didn’t I?). These symptoms will pass within 2-10 days (how’s that for a broad range of days?). If after this point you still don’t feel like you’re back to feeling good, feel free to eliminate 20-25 grams of protein. In it’s place, you can add in 20-25 grams of carbohydrates from a healthy source (no spoonfuls of Nutella!).

This week’s meal plan has a smaller amount of food prep, but you do get to bake! Meal number two is a low carb blueberry muffin! Yum! Also, who loves bacon? You get to eat that every day this week! (Insert double high five emoji here). You might notice that this meal is dairy free and grain free. You might even say this meal plan qualifies as paleo. As mentioned before, I’m eager to clear up any potential inflammation. Dairy can actually cause inflammation in the body, so we are experimenting here, to see if we might feel better without it.

Only the muffin recipe gives your directions to make enough for the whole week. The rest of the meals are laid out as individual servings. For the items that require prepping, like grilled chicken and bacon, go ahead and cook all of it at once. This makes for an easy grab throughout the week.

*EDIT ADDED:

  • The blueberry muffins are not very sweet as the recipe is written. Feel free to double the monk fruit sweetener for added sweetness.
  • After making the recipe in my own meal prep, I wish I had added 1 tsp of almond extract or vanilla extract.
  • I used mini muffin pans. It took about 11-12 minutes in the oven.
  • When using mini muffin pans, the serving size becomes 7 mini muffins
  • Refrigerate your muffins after they have cooled down. These aren’t the type of muffins that can be left out on the counter. They’ll begin to spoil within a few days, out of the fridge.

Week 3 Meal Plan

Grocery List

Here are some of the items from the grocery list that might be more expensive or harder to find at your local grocery store:

Nutritional info for this week’s meal plan:

And that’s a wrap! Talk to you soon!

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Meal Plan

Meal plan #2-Way more simple!

This is proving such a good learning experience for me as I’m coming to understand my capacities, or lack thereof! I was reminded, this last week, about my disdain for meals that take way too long to prepare. I mean, I adjusted the first programed meal plan on this site because it required way too much of me! Like all moms, I’m a busy gal, and I need simplicity when it comes to my food prep and consumption.

This next meal plan promises just that! You’ll still be required 2-3 hours of meal prep at the start of the week. The rest of the week, it’ll only be work at dinner time. This plan still follows a 6 meal a day program, but the 6th meal is something different you can make each day for dinner (or eat leftovers!). A bonus, you’re also ensuring that you’re making a dinner for your family that you know is loaded with the best type of nourishment for the body. I only suggested recipes that I’ve tried, and know that my kids all like. Believe me, I’ve searched high and low to find recipes which cater to all my picky eaters, and these suggested dinner recipes are winners!

Meals 1-5 on this meal plan make enough food to have meals for six days. It takes a strong minded person to endure much longer than that eating the same foods on repeat! I’m not there yet, so I’m only suggesting six days worth of meals.

Here are a few of the products listed in the meal plan and other product options that can help make your meal prep even easier:

  • Don’t feel like cracking and separating 35 egg whites? You can either use a carton of liquid egg whites, or this egg white powder and just add water.
  • LAKANTO Monkfruit sweetener is the top artificial sweetener that I recommend.
  • I’m a huge fan of Muir Glen marinara sauce for both it’s flavor, and ingredient list that I feel great about consuming.
  • When I’m not making my own bone broth, this is the bone broth powder that I like.
  • I find that it’s way more cost effective to purchase almond flour in the larger size bags on Amazon or Costco than at the local grocery store. You’ll need almond flour for both the turkey meatballs and grain free chicken nuggets.
  • Snag some of this sugar free, paleo, whole30 approved Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce to go with those grain free chicken nuggets.

And there you have it! I’m doing all my shopping and meal prep on Monday morning. I’m excited to put my best foot forward and win at week two of weight loss!

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