Plant-Based Eating :: Volume II Day 5

Day 5 Volume II

There are two main reasons I’m doing this food journal. I want to show people what it truly means to eat food that focuses on plants first and foremost. Plants get a bum wrap most of the time, because farmer’s aren’t paying for billboards in the same way fast food chains are. Our society is currently not built on the principle that good food, with high nutrients, which takes more time and thought to prepare should be a way of life. Our society has devolved to quick, cheap, unhealthy. I’m doing this food journal to show you that even when every minute of your day is accounted for, you can (and should) make time for healthier foods. You deserve it! I’m of the strong belief that eating fast food is a good way to punish your body. But, I’ll save THAT rant for another day! Reach for a plant first, or make the plant at least part of the snack or meal, even if it can’t be the star every time. It CAN be done. My journaling is proof. Not every day is ideal or how I want it to be – it’s not all planned out a week in advance either. But we (Mr. Zucchini Runner and I) have made a choice to make clean eating a priority

The second reason I wanted to journal my food, I’ve already touched on in Day 1… to hold myself accountable and have a little check-in. If I had to track my food every single day to the extent I am now, it wouldn’t last; I would burn out. But I like to do it for a few days every month to remind myself and educate myself on WHAT’S in the food I’m eating. Even foods that seem to be healthy, sometimes aren’t so much! 

Having said that, I have been BUSY this week. So incredibly busy. So, I apologize if this post feels abrupt! Happy, healthy eating my friends! Remember, it’s all about small, simple choices every day, every hour. 

Breakfast was in two parts: cereal with homemade almond milk and fresh cherries at home, then at work I had oatmeal with more homemade almond milk, dried cherries, dried pineapple, almonds and water. (560 calories, 100 carbs, 12 g fat, 13 g protein)IMG_2844

Tasted WAY better than it looked!! 

For lunch I had what you see pictured below 😉 (330 calories, 32 carbs, 19 g fat, 10 g protein)IMG_2847

As a gross afternoon snack, I had this banana that should have been used in bread. (110 calories, 30 carbs, 1 g protein)IMG_2848

I was starving and had a tough workout ahead of me, so I ate a Clif bar on my drive home from work. (240 calories, 40 carbs, 6 g fat, 11 g protein)IMG_2849


As soon as I got home, I did my P90X plyometrics workout, followed by a 2 mile run to help shakeout my legs for the next morning’s run! (Trying to keep the lactic acid from building up too much!) I’m not entirely sure how many calories I burned, but I sweat A LOT and got an amazing workout. I am not smiling in the plyo pics either, that is a PAINED face! lol The one in the middle is after my run!IMG_2908Once I cooled down a bit, I took Vega’s Sport Recovery Accelerator with some almond milk and water. (Lots of homemade almond milk today!) (95 calories, 18 carbs, 1 g fat, 5 g protein)


Lots of good stuff in there!IMG_2876

Just when I was trying to figure out what to eat for dinner, Mr. Zucchini Runner called me on his way home sounding exhausted and hungry. We met up at the grocery store and shopped quickly to get our groceries we so desperately needed! We both grabbed a Synergy and drank them in LINE (after it was scanned…) (75 calories, 8 carbs, 3 g fat, 2 g protein – I only drank half, I needed FOOD not more liquids so I didn’t want to fill up…)IMG_2878

It was 10 p.m. and we whipped up this dinner in 20 minutes from the items we needed to get rid of in the fridge. We realized once we sat down to eat, that the only NEW items from the store were tomatoes and spinach! Ah well 🙂 Now we are set for a few days anyway. (200 calories, 34 carbs, 5 g fat, 7 g protein)IMG_2879

I was still hungry and wanted something sweet, so I ate one of these, which we’ve had in the freezer FOREVER. One of the banana slices were clearly freezer burnt. Mmmmm… (kidding.) (Calories 100, 13 carbs, 5 g fat, 1 g protein)IMG_2880

Grand totals for the day were LOW, given the workouts I did, but I did my best and I will try again tomorrow!

Calories 1,709

Carbs 275

Fat 51 g

Protein 50 g

Sugar 120 g (YIKES too much sugar today for sure…)

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6 Responses to Plant-Based Eating :: Volume II Day 5

  1. Daisy says:

    Hey there,first i wanna say you look great! (i wanna be that small) secongd how do you get your pics divided into the smaller squares? i think thats so cool-now for the main question i am 5’4 and weigh 160 looking to loose 30 pnds i am still doing the plant based stuff as i love it(dont do it all the time or i would have to cook two seperate meals for my husband) a friend of mine loss weight by wathing her salt/sugar intake-with each thing she eats she has her sugar under 4 grams and sodium under 100 ,my question is isnt that hard to do? i mean i use alot of 100%maple syrup.brown rice syrup & agave so when making like vegan muffins,or vegan bread its hard to count that should i focus on the sugar or how much i eat?

    • Thanks Daisy! I use an app called Picstitch on my iPhone. 🙂 I’ve never focused exclusively on sugar and sodium alone personally. I think each person needs to find out what works and what doesn’t for them through trial and error. It would certainly be painstaking to track and would eliminate eating out at 98% of restaurants since everything is SO over salted to make up for poor quality food. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth testing out however! 🙂 In regards to counting sugar that is used in baking, you can use online tools to help with homemade recipes. My Fitness Pal allows you to enter the specific ingredients you used along with the serving size so you have a better idea. Hope this helps a bit! Awesome job incorporating more plant-based food!

  2. Red says:

    Oh my word how did you eat that banana?! Speaking of bananas, I’ve tried those Dole frozen banana bite things… I’m convinced that is not banana in there. Ick. How do you like the Vega Sport stuff? I’ve always been drawn to it when browsing the isles at Whole Foods.

    • I barely choked it down, seriously. It was a desperate attempt to get some fuel in me. =) Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of those Dole frozen bites either. We bought them months ago and I was SUPER excited, but as soon as I had one the excitement wore off. They aren’t terrible, or I would have tossed them! I enjoy the Vega Sport. It works well for us both. I’ve used the Pre-Workout Accelerator, Post-Workout Recovery, Vanilla Protein Powder and Electrolyte Replacer. They deliver a quality product in my opinion and I notice a difference when I use the recovery or not. They have small sample packs you could always try out too.


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