Monday, February 11, 2013

What's In Your Stomach?

AM: 2200yds in the pool

Food.  A little thing that has made a big difference over the past month.  So what's in your kitchen?  Or more specifically, what's in MY kitchen?

My wonderful wife let me take over a cupboard, so I loaded it up with a bunch of stuff that puts the ass in nasty (as I heard a fellow twitterer put it once).

First things first, the steps I took to drop a few pounds (which I figured would be difficult to do) and give me more energy:
1. Ditched breakfast (most days) for a Superfood smoothie
2. Hit a second smoothie mid morning
3. Smart Lunches (plan/prepare weekend=no work during week)
4. Afternoon snack
5. Ditch processed foods (mostly)
6. Applied the "If you have to open, don't eat it" rule (mostly)
7. Ate WHATEVER my awesome wife makes for dinner (because it's usually amazing)
8. Smart snacks after dinner
9. Drink lots of water

I've been doing several of the things listed above for years...but not on a consistent basis.  So what changed?  The game changers:
1. The obvious:  I signed up for Lake Placid.  Major goal...made nutrition/diet important to me.  If it's important to you...you'll find a way.
2. I watched Food Matters on Netflix.  Mind blown.
3. I read up on Rich Roll.  He's plant powered.
4. Read all about the Superfoods.  Ordered the superfoods (well, some of them) from nuts.com.  The website is amazing, with great prices and delivery.

The staples of my green smothies (my breakfast most morning):

  • I use Bolthouse Green Goodness for just a LITTLE base.  I have found this to give my green smothie a smooth, tastiness that I couldn't replicate myself.  (but just a little bit...one medium bottle will last me all week)
  • Kale
  • Spirulina-great source of protein, with all the amino acids
  • Wheat Grass
  • Maca Powder-for energy
  • Flax Seed
  • Chia Seeds
  • Whey Protein
  • Greek Yogurt (plain)
  • Kiwi or 1/2 banana
  • Blueberries
  • Avacado
  • Acai Juice (just a little)
I don't put all that in every time...

The staples of my mid-morning smoothie:
  • OJ
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Whey Protein
  • Frozen Mix Berry Fruit and/or cherries
  • Bee Pollen (powder)

My lunches:

  • Salad (usually 3 per week)
    • Spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, cottage cheese
  • Quinoa, Sweet Potato (once per week?)
  • Salmon (once per week)
Afternoon Snack:
  • Almond Butter/Banana Sandwich (1 slice bread) or
  • Clif Bar (one of my exceptions to my "don't open it to eat it" rule)
  • Green Tea
Supplements:
  • Multi-vitamin
  • Vitamin C 
  • Glucosamine-Chondroitin 
  • Turmeric

And that's it in a "nut" shell.  There is room for improvement...but I'm really happy with the way things have shaped up in the last month and a half. 

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