Today I found myself reading another great post from Wes. All about detoxing and eating better. Leads me to my post today.
Several weeks ago, as a family, we set out to put a new meal day plan in place. Mainly because we were all burnt out on the same thing week after week. This task is much easier when everyone is on board. It is pretty simple. Figure out the calories needed and then divide them into 3 meals and 2 – 3 snacks. It was all about planning and not waiting until the last minute to figure out what you need to eat. Mainly the biggest change was eating tons more fresh veggies and less processed foods. We also found that by having the right size portion meats gave us a satisfied full feeling without being overstuffed. After 8 weeks of this it has became natural and no longer a thought out task for me. We know what we need, how much of it, and when we need it.
Example of my meal day menu:
Total Bran Cereal and 2 cups coffee
Morning Snack (9:30am)
Apple with a 10-12 raw almonds
Salad packed with chick peas, black beans, tons of veggies, feta and a small can of tuna. Add 3 tbs. of low fat dressing
Hot tea with a protein power bar
Pre-work snack (4pm)
Fruit Protein Smoothie
4 oz. portion of chicken, side salad with tons of veggies, and brown rice
Water..water…and more water…all day
For the most part I am taking in just over 2000 calories per day. Sometimes I fall short and sometimes I go over but the food balance leaves me feeling great. Losing weight is not my focus. (currently 122bs) This is the lowest I normally ever get and I have no desire to drop any more. My main focus is fueling myself better for the training year ahead of me.
Junk in is Junk out. Simple. A beer every now and then can be counted as protein...right :)
Now get to planning my friends.