Let me start off by saying, I went to bed an hour earlier last night, to avoid feeling hungry for an extra hour. It definitely helped, and I was very tired anyway. In addition to eating plants as a first choice during this week, I also got the bug up my butt to try intermittent fasting each night. Which is a fancy way of saying, don’t eat past a certain hour each night and then don’t eat first thing in the morning when you wake up. I have no idea what sort of benefit I personally might gain from this, but on Day 1, it kind of happened on accident so I thought why not give it a try for the rest of the week. I’ve read that for women, 14 hours of fasting is ideal. It seems like doing it overnight is the best way to go, since I’m asleep for half of the 14 hours and I’ve noticed better sleep when I don’t go to bed on a full stomach. If you want to read more about fasting and juicing, you can check out this article. As a side note, if you aren’t familiar with Ayurveda or Doshas, I highly recommend reading more here! Knowing your Dosha (or body constitution type) will tell you more about your personal body chemistry and therefore help you to play a more active role in your own health. Once I found out mine (most people have a primary and a secondary dosha) it gave me such a greater understanding to how my body works and responds to various foods, environments and climate changes even.
Today I definitely tried to EAT MORE. I’ve been very hungry all day, so I’m trying to cram in the calories and nutrients.
BREAKFAST: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with mixed berries, turmeric, maca powder and cinnamon. 399 Calories, 47 g carbs, 16 g fat, 19 g protein, 22 g sugar, 12 g fiber (I decided to add fiber, and remove sodium from my My Fitness Pal tracker. I’m always way under on sodium anyway.
I also added these two supplements to my Shakeology. The flax oil is why I had so much fat in the shake. It also added 120 calories. But these are both great additions to my shake!
Oh yeah, before I ate breakfast this morning, we both got in T25’s Speed 1.0 workout. I haven’t done it in years and wow — what a workout! I like that it looks like I have actual abs in this photo. WOOT!
SNACK 1: 10 almonds for a quick fix — 69 calories, 2 g carbs, 6 g fat, 3 g protein, 1 g sugar, 1 g fiber
LUNCH: Lots of watermelon, half of a huge pink lady apple and half of yesterday’s leftovers. (I had to share with Mr. ZR since he made it! :)) 291 calories, 66 g carbs, 0 fat, 10 g protein, 37 g sugar, 11 g fiber
SNACK 2: Green juice which consisted of cucumber, celery, 1 carrot, parsley, 1/4 of a lemon and 4 cups of mixed baby greens. Blended in the Vitamix with Sambazon’s Acai supergreen frozen pack. It was pretty tasty!
These are the Sambazon packets. Found in the freezer section at our local Sprout’s grocery store.
SNACK 2, finished product: 195 calories, 40 g carbs, 5 g fat, 7 g protein, 25 g sugar, 4 g fiber
LUNCH 2, since lunch was pretty small and I’ve been HUNGRY ALL DAY: Huge salad with veggies and red kidney beans, drizzled with 1 tbsp of olive oil and Cholula. 398 calories, 57 g carbs, 15 g fat, 15 g protein, 23 g sugar, 17 g fiber
Well hello tasty little date! This was included in lunch #2 nutritional info.
Even after all this food, I was still feeling very depleted and like I needed some grounding food (something heavy, like a root veggie and also, some more protein). So we went with lentils, potato, onion, fresh garlic and mushroom topped with some fresh tomato and diced green onion. It hit the SPOT. This put me way over my calorie and carb goal for the day (according to My Fitness Pal) but if I’m hungry, I eat! And it was still, plants first.
DINNER: 399 calories, 78 g carbs, 1 g fat, 19 g protein, 6 g sugar, 21 g fiber
Totals for today, including the macro percentages. Seems like I’m pretty consistent with those over the past 3 days!
Do you use an app like My Fitness Pal to help you track nutrition?