So this week marked another round of the 21 Day Fix. It’s funny, I reflect back on when I first did the 21 Day Fix—I remember it felt IMPOSSIBLE! Those yellow containers (carbs) were SO hard to limit and the red containers (proteins) were so tough to get in!. But the program has honestly transformed how I eat, to the point where 80% of the time, it’s just intuitively part of my eating routine. I don’t have to count calories or macros—I can count containers and boom–I’m good. 😉
But I’ve gotten a little loosey goosey lately. I stopped counting containers and went by “intuitive eating” and guess what, I intuitively always wanted chocolate cookies!!! Eep!!! So I’m picking myself back up and starting again.
This time, I know what works. I know what has worked for my clients and I know what works for me. I just have to stick with it. So here, let me walk you through how I eat on the plan and how I’m buckling down and sticking with it:
Breakfast every day is Shakeology. I have found that if I MISS my Shakeology, I do a lot of mindless eating throughout the day, I’ve learned more about Shakeology to discover that it is fueling me with a ton of nutrients, which means my brain is doing a few less of those FEED ME signals because it is getting what it needs. So it just starts me off good. It also gives me a tremendous amount of energy:
At the moment, I have had Shakeology EVERY DAY this year. Since I’ve learned what happens if I miss a day, I have set a goal to have it EVERY day this year
My favorite recipe is Cafe Latte with ice and water–blended. Simple and amazing! If I want to get extra fancy, I toast some almonds in a pan lightly and add them to the shake. It’s totally like mocha almond fudge ice cream!
But if I anticipate that I’ll be low on my green containers (vegetables), then I add in spinach. I swear you don’t taste it! I also throw in half of a banana (a fruit serving)
Eggs. Honestly, these keep me on track. My eating is spot on when I have eggs. Here is my eggs recipe
And here’s a video breaking down how I make my eggs and talking a little more about what I eat!
If you are short on time, you can also whip up some egg muffins to reheat:
I have a general rule to have salads for lunch. Now as you know, I’m not a big fan of salads, but I’ve found various ways to make them work.
One is cut up carrots, tomatoes, celery, tuna, and balsamic vinegar (sometimes I add some basil):
A really simple salad with some turkey burger does wonders. But I recommend getting a high quality balsamic. Go vinegar tasting at a vinegar/olive oil place. It seriously is a game changer:
OOOOH and Caprese salad. Delish!
Shrimp, corn, cheddar, tomatoes, avocado, oh my! (pssst, that was not 1 serving, I only ate part of it!)
The AMAZING Chicken salad!!!
I also make a batch of turkey taco meat (love this recipe) and freeze them into single servings, so that when in a pinch, I can reheat them and have a taco salad. Or if I’m out of greens, I can throw them on green beans or something!
One other tip–use fruit and salsa to give moisture to your salad, rather than dressing. You can try this out with my mango and black bean burger salad recipe here.
Some days I don’t feel like salad, that’s ok! What I do is I usually have leftovers and a small salad with it. Or I keep frozen turkey or mahi mahi burgers and heat them up and serve with a small salad:
…or I take chili and throw a handful of greens on top:
OOOH this is one of my favorite parts! I have a few snacks that I like to have….
My pre workout snack is delish! I just do a piece of ezekiel bread with peanut butter, banana, a spinkle of chia seeds, and sometimes a drizzle of honey (fa’ shizzle).
Quest bars are another TOTAL favorite of mine. I keep some stashed in my purse for when I’m in a pinch. My favorite flavor is double chocolate. YUM!
I normally work my snacks around what containers I have left and what I anticipate dinner to have. So sometimes it is a stick of string cheese, sometimes it’s a handful of carrots, or my favorite—a container of cherry tomatoes! I feel like I’m cheating since tomatoes are really a fruit. But I don’t care!
Oh speaking of cheats, here is my video for how to sneak in some of your least favorite containers:
Now let’s talk dinners. You can get my meal planning guide to see how we plan out our meals. But our philosophy is SIMPLE. Many nights it is a piece of grilled meat, a grain of some kind, and a vegetable of some kind.
Another favorite are our Paia Fish Market Tacos. My husband HATES fish, but absolutely LOVES these!
For noodle night, zoodles (or brown rice noodles) and a great meat sauce are awesome. I love the one from the Fixate cookbook that I share with you here.
On that note, seriously y’all, being able to have corn tortillas makes me feel like I’m totally cheating! But it’s on plan! So we bake a few and….oh I won’t go through all the steps, you can read how I make my 21 Day Fix Tortillas here.
So those are my favorite picks!!!! I also have various meal plans that I work off of and that I share with my clients in my private support groups. If you’d like to be in one of my groups, just fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch shortly! You can also read my article on healthy bites for busy nights for more ideas.
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