Change is good!

August 6, 2010

Hey y’all!

So first of all, I have to say that I’m super excited because I’ve decided to move the blog to a .com, instead of WordPress.com.  I’ve actually had all of the domain names for a while, but wanted to see if people were actually interested in what I had to say before I switched.  So it’s been about a year, the blog is going strong, and I’m still enjoying myself writing it! 😉  I will post and let you know when it happens…(of course!) 😀

So after I post this, that is what I am going to be working on.  While watching Man vs. Food, and smelling these fresh out of the oven that I am waiting to cool:

These are April’s Protein Brownies!  You can find the recipe here.  Can’t wait to try them…they are currently cooling.

This morning I decided I didn’t want eggs (gasp!) so I had two slices of Low Sodium Ezekial Bread (it should be called “no sodium” since there isn’t any in it) with some cinnamon peanut butter and apricot preserves.  Well, that sounded like a good idea at the time, but that didn’t really go together.  At all. Um, what was I thinking?? LOL

Yesterday for lunch, I had some more Mexican Shredded Chicken on an organic spelt tortilla:

Another lunch the last couple of days also on the same spelt tortilla but included shredded pork and chipotle BBQ sauce:

The BBQ sauce is Williamson Bros.  They have restaurants here in the Atlanta area…and there isn’t any HFCS in it, just regular sugar.  So given the choice, I’d rather avoid a sauce with HFCS.  The “experts” are linking it to cancer now.  Have you heard?  You can find the article here.

There was also some of this BBQ sauce on some homemade BBQ chicken nachos:

Made with agave nectar! 🙂

Nachos

The BBQ chicken nachos had low sodium organic blue tortilla chips, shredded chicken breast, Mexican cheese, tomatoes, and Wholly Guacamole.  It was fantastic! I didn’t even miss the salt in the chips. 🙂

Yesterday, I also made some homemade pesto dip.  I had some basil that was on the way out, some pine nuts that I soaked overnight, and Asiago cheese.  Oh my!  It turned out soooo great.  I could sit and eat it by the spoonful!

Pesto Dip

I liked it so much, I put it on one of Amy’s Vegetarian Burgers for lunch today:

and it didn’t exactly look like the picture, LOL.

I didn’t go to the gym today, I normally don’t on Friday.  I will be there bright and early for BodyAttack and BodyPump (8:15am!)


Finally. TGIF!!

January 22, 2010

Hello all!  It is finally Friday! Jeremy finally got home last night, and I couldn’t even stay awake until he got home! It was only midnight! I just talked to Jeremy and he said it was 2am.  It took him 9 hours to get home from Ohio!  Holy cow!  I did wake up briefly to say “hi”, then rolled over and went back to sleep.  At some point during the night Sophia came down and got in bed too but I have no idea when., it was actually 3:45am.  I was just that exhausted!

Today is a very busy day for me as I have a lot going on.  In the following order:

  1. long run at the gym (5 miles or so)
  2. figure out dinner
  3. clean
  4. pack

I am taking a trip to my hometown of Rochester, NY, to help my parents out who aren’t feeling well.  Should be back in a few weeks–we have my husband and in-laws taking the kids.  Please keep us in your thoughts (and if you pray, in your prayers). Thanks!  Rest assured I will be bringing my laptop…so the show must go on! My personal training book is also being lugged with me, so maybe at night I can get some studying done.

What did you all think of the top 10 list?  A lot of the things on the list are inexpensive, or not very expensive.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat clean.  When I get back home, I think it would be a good idea to add up what I spend on the clean eating foods.  All bets are off with anything else. 😉

This morning breakfast was usual and unusual.  It started with oats in a gigantic jar:

The Jar.

This is the big jar of peanut butter, not the little normal one.  It had oats, maple syrup, peanut butter, cinnamon and half of a granny smith apple:

The jar was soon empty:

Yes, I ate the peanut butter. 😉  As we all know, clean eating is pairing a complex carb with a lean protein.  Even though the peanut butter has protein, apparently it wasn’t enough for me, because an hour later I was ravenous. So I ate the last one of these:

Bison burger with 2% cheddar cheese. Pure protein.  I am now full! 😉

Yesterday, as usual, I has some of this, some of that, and some leftovers that I forgot to “pictureize”:

Sushi.  I had half a salmon roll and half a spicy tuna roll for lunch.  Before lunch and after my step workout (350 calories, which is awful for me but I was just so darn tired I took all the lower options and didn’t really work hard) I had a protein shake…Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, maca, banana. The usual suspects! Oh, and my snack, Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds with some raisins.

The next meal that I did take a picture of was dinner, and it wasn’t until 9pm:

Chicken breast, broccoli with real Parmesan cheese and a squirt of lemon juice, spring mix salad with yellow bell peppers and Goddess Dressing, and an honest-to-goodness normal sweet potato with cinnamon.  Wonderful!

There was some snacky-snacky in the form of Purely Decadent Ice Cream and peanut butter yet again:

Mmmm. Mocha Almond Fudge.

When you clean eat you’re not supposed to count calories, but I was curious as to where I was at.  So yesterday, I took the time to enter all of my foods into the Livestrong.com web site…called The Daily Plate.  It’s a fantastic web site, designed well, easy to use, and free.  It also has an iphone app that a person could sync to the site if they wanted to.  (That’s me, “Miss Technical”) 🙂

At any rate, my total calories = 1946 with everything I ate.  1946-352 (calorie expenditure) = 1594. My fat was awful high though, because of the nut butters and nuts…so I think I need to be watching that.  My protein was on the low side, also..so I need to increase that.  Easy Peasy! Starting today 🙂 Well, starting now, since breakfast is already over by more than an hour!

Have a GREAT TGIF.  See you when I get to NY!

Jessica xoxo


Email Interview with The Gracious Pantry

January 15, 2010

I think maybe I should start every day with a weather report until summer.  Summer is always the same day after day..sunny and 100 degrees!  For the middle of winter, Atlanta is supposed to be sunny tomorrow and 60!  I am so psyched about that.  Today it was 48 but there was still some ice on my driveway from last Thursday.  I don’t get that, it just doesn’t want to melt!

I wanted to share the exciting news that I got to write for The Gracious Pantry about stress eating and clean eating.  You can see the interview here (I was not the only interview).  I thought it was informative, and wanted to share the entire interview.

1.      How would you personally define “stress eating” or “emotional eating”? “Stress eating” or “emotional eating” is eating just to have something to do, or mindless eating.  A lot of the time, that person is not hungry.  Sometimes a stress eater will eat to comfort themselves or to compensate for the stress they are feeling.  As stress cannot be controlled, subconsciously a person may be trying to feel in control and the way they do that is by eating.  However, I would like to point out, that the eating could go either way, for example, a person may also lose their appetite as well, which is also a problem.
2.      Do you, or does anyone you know turn to food when stressed? I know many people that turn to food when they are stressed.  I have done that in the past also.  However, when I get very stressed about situations that are uncontrollable, I tend not to eat.  This causes another host of problems, it’s not that I don’t want to eat, but I’m just not hungry.  Then, by the time my brain seems to register that I’m hungry, I’m famished and can’t get to the food fast enough.  I am well aware of this issue, though, and try my best to make sure that I am not binging when I do eat, which could easily happen it that sort of situation.
3.     How do you think this impacts a clean eating lifestyle? I believe that stress eating greatly impacts a clean eating lifestyle.  If a person is stressed and in that kind of mind frame, they may just eat what is available to them, or eat things that they don’t normally eat.  I have run across people in the past who think “just this once” or “I deserve it because I fell bad”.  On the other hand, you have people that stick to the clean eating lifestyle no matter what, and they may binge, but it would only be on a clean food, such as natural peanut butter, or raw brownies, or foods that they look at as a “clean eating treat”.
4.      What would your suggestions be for someone who is a stress eater and trying to follow a clean eating lifestyle? I would suggest that if a person is in a stressful situation (or know that they will be entering into one) to have clean snacks ready and measured out…snacks that they really like, so they don’t reach for unclean foods such as chips and cookies.  What I can honestly say, also, is that they need to remind themselves that if they eat the unclean food, that they’re going to feel worse…mentally and possibly physically.  That alone should be enough incentive!  I know that when I’ve strayed from eating clean, I didn’t feel good.  I felt bad for doing it (because you know you’re putting things into your body that shouldn’t be there) and sometimes it even resulted in stomach cramps or the like.
5.      Please share any tips you may have for handling stressful moments in ways other than eating. There are many ways that a person could handle stressful moments in ways other than eating.  They could take a walk, they could take a mental timeout, they could cook a clean meal (if they like to cook, that is!), if they belong to a gym, they could exercise (running or elliptical is always good, as is lifting weights).  Even if they don’t belong to a gym, there are other ways to exercise.  For example, a person could rent a workout DVD and use that.  Or do push-ups until their arms are exhausted.)  They need to really think about and then ask themselves if they are really hungry or if they are just reaching for food for comfort.
6.      If somebody feels they absolutely have to eat to handle a stressful situation in their lives, what foods do you think would be the best foods to “use”? Personally, I like to make my homemade trail mix: (raw cashews, raisins and cacao nibs), or eat an apple with natural nut butter, or if chocolate is what you want make some chocolate peanut butter oatmeal (1 serving of oatmeal, 2 Tb of unsweetened chocolate, 1 Tb agave nectar, and 1 Tb natural nut butter).  Throw in some protein powder and you have a complete meal 🙂 Clean comfort food for stressful situations that is good for you!

Don't CHOOSE to eat this!

Eat THIS instead!!! It's all about choices!

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Hope y’all found the information informative.  If you have any questions about clean eating, please email me at http://www.fitclean@gmail.com.

Jessica xoxo