Weight Loss. Travel Gains

Importance of Meal Prepping

One thing I’ve noticed is that when I am not eating the way I should be eating, no matter how hard or how much I work out…I don’t lose any weight. While in school it was very hard to get myself to eat healthy or to even eat regularly, being a working adult, I can also see running into this problem. This made it very important for me to properly plan out my week with what food I would be eating, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Being that I live alone I go grocery shopping every week and buy only what I need for that week, especially because I buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. I started following different Instagram accounts and pinning things on pinterest that talked about “meal prepping” so I could get a better understanding of what to do and what not to do. After all, meal prepping a bunch of foods that aren’t very good for you doesn’t help you at all. I looked into what food groups you needed to eat and what you could go without and I also was aware of what budget I wanted to stay in, fresh food is definitely costly but worth it.

Two of my favorite and very simple meal prepping meals are :

1. Baked chicken, broccoli, and roasted potatoes.
2. Homemade turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and string beans.

The most important thing is to have a balanced meal and to watch your portions. Also be sure to make enough food for the whole week! Some weeks I’ll do salmon for the beginning of the week and do chicken for the end!

For breakfast I’ll do different things such as oatmeal, whole grain cereal or turkey bacon and two scrambled eggs. If I do ever eat bread it is whole grain!

For snacks, I’ll have peanut butter with either a rice cake, apple, crackers, or celery stick. I’ll also do greek yogurt some days! For those with a sweet tooth I’ve found that freezing grapes is a good way to avoid eating candy!

These are just some examples of the meals that I have, I don’t mind eating the same thing over and over again but I know that a lot of people can’t do that without getting bored!

A good piece of advice that I’ve gotten was to remember why you are eating, because you are actually hungry and need to give your body nutrients/energy….not because you are bored or because something tastes good, or even if you are just craving sweets! Eat with a purpose and eat smart.

Some of the IG pages that I follow are @Meal @fitnessdishes @gymexcercises and @6packexercises !

The Cleanse

The Cleanse

The Cleanse

I have a uncle who is very fit and into his health and he is always giving his opinion and giving advice to the family, which is always appreciated! This Thanksgiving, him and his girlfriend told me about a few “cleanses” they had done and how much success they had. I decided to try a cleanse…it was after Thanksgiving, it would test my strength and self-control, would aid in weight loss, the loss of cravings for sugars and sweets and “shrink” your stomach….why not! (Now I am not a doctor, but I did look into what I was doing and what it would do to my body.)

The cleanse is called “Eat Your Heart Out” and it is 7 days long. Each day you have a very specific list or group of foods that you can have or can’t have! Every day you drink lots of water!!

I started the cleanse on Tuesday, December 2, 2014! I went all 7 days strong and did not cheat! This was the first thing I’ve done, like this, where I felt so restricted on what I couldn’t have so of course my body decided to crave everything from fried chicken to chipotle, but self-control is key!

Day 1: Fruit Day!! (BUT NO BANANA)
I ate lots and lots and lots of cantaloupe, grapes, an orange, watermelon, grapefruit, a pear and some pineapple. It is very important to drink LOTS AND LOTS of water this day. You can not eat a banana this day, unfortunately. This day was hard because my team at work decided to eat buffalo chicken wraps and I went to the Celtics game after work where there was food EVERYWHERE….BEWARE you will use the bathroom a lot on this day

Day 2: Veggie Day (+ 1 Baked Potato)
Eat tons and tons of veggie and again drink a lot of water. On this day I ate broccoli, asparagus, carrots, a garden salad (spinach, green peppers, banana peppers, and cucumbers) NO SALAD DRESSING and the potato (which I cut in half and ate at breakfast and at dinner)…oh yeah my team decided to order Chipotle on this day.

Day 3: Fruit and Veggie Day (still no bananas and no potato today)
Combine day 1 & 2. Not that bad! Still lots of melons, berries, grapefruit etc. get creative. be colorful. lots of veggies. tons of water

Day 4: Banana Yogurt Day
I LOVE bananas so this day was fun for me. You can eat up to 8 bananas (a lot I know) and drink 8 glasses of skim milk. You can sub the skim milk for weight watchers yogurt…I actually did plain greek yogurt on this day instead…still drink a lot of water on this day!

Day 5: Fowl and Tomato Day (chicken, turkey)
On this day I diced up a tomato, baked chicken (used some pepper and parsley for seasoning) and put them in the crockpot over night! It was actually really delicious! I literally just ate this morning, day and night! Get creative on this day!

Day 6: Fowl and Veggie Day (chicken and turkey)
On this day I did a mini stir fry situation, yes… I used olive oil. I baked some chicken and some veggies and combined them to a mini stir fry with pepper for seasoning. I actually chopped cucumbers (weird I know), red, green and yellow peppers, and onions and ate it with chicken. I had broccoli and asparagus for breakfast. My stir fry for a snack. A salad for lunch (just spinach, tomatoes and broccoli and still no dressing). For dinner I ate the rest of the my baked chicken and string beans (my fav!)

Day 7: Miracle Soup Day (LAST DAY!!!)
You need cabbage, 2 large onions, celery, two cans of diced tomatoes, lipton beefy onion soup mix and water! Chop everything up and throw them in a pot or crockpot, minus the soup mix. Let cook for 10 minutes, then throw in the soup mix. Then I left it in the pot overnight! This was the toughest day for me because I was so close to the end, but preserver friends! I ate this all day, it was brutal and there was a ton left over.

When I started the cleanse I was 183.4 lbs and on the last day and the day after I weighed in at 174. I knew it was a lot of water weight lost but I was still at 177 even today! The cleanse was not easy but it is mainly a mental game, you think you’re hungry because you’re bored or thinking of food but your body doesn’t need food. I did feel lighter, my stomach felt tighter, I definitely didn’t have as big of an appetite after, and I was not craving the same things that I was craving when I first started!

I also took “Vitafusion MultiVites” that I picked up in Walmart for about 5 dollars! Please take vitamins!!!

Note, I also did not work out until Day 5 of the cleanse. At that point I went to the gym did cardio and the weights like I normally would. In my apartment I have 7 lb weights, a resistance band, yoga mat and jump rope that I slightly used on days 1-4. Please see other blog post “The Workout” for information of what brands and where I picked these things up at!

Comment below if you are going to do the cleanse! Or shoot me an email kalynflournoy@gmail.com! Let me know how it goes or if you have any questions!

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