HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
When transforming your body and making a healthy lifestyle change, people WILL notice and people WILL ask you what your secret is! There is no secret amazing pill that will help transform you into a fit, active, person- it takes hard work and dedication. I hear people say all the time, "I don't mind exercising but I can't give up my bread/sweets/starbucks...etc......" or "I don't have time to workout..." or "I don't know how to cook and I certainly don't have time..." Excuses. Trust me, like I shared in my intro blog, I have used them all. Lifting weights and appropriate cardio IS important, but transforming your body is at least 80% diet.
First off- I totally understand time management is HARD and seems unreasonable. That is why I do Food Prep Sunday and prep my meals for the week!! You can refrigerate/freeze them and reheat them and it makes it so much easier on you and your time. Turn up your iPod and listen to uplifting music in the kitchen while you prep- make it an enjoyable experience! Enjoy a cup of green tea and a funny television show or pull out your yoga match and stretch while your Turkey Meatloaf Muffins are cooking! (these are examples of what I do and it really makes for a productive, relaxing, and enjoyable Sunday afternoon or evening).
Also to save on time, I take advantage of Trader Joe's fresh microwaveable chicken breasts, green beans, broccoli, and asparagus. I cook my sweet potatoes right in the microwave or make precut fresh sweet potato fries while my turkey muffins cook. Uncle Ben's 90 second brown rice- yes please! Tilapia seasoned and cooked in bulk- thats right! OhYeah! Bars & Shakes- you're getting the hang of it now :) Like I said, I work 12 hour shifts, co-own a small, growing fitness business, and have a life.... I have to take advantage of eating clean as quickly and easily as possible. With that being said, I definitely like to whip up some of the fancier recipes in Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Cookbook when I have a little extra time on my hands. It usually impresses my boyfriend!
My amazing friend Margie let me in on a little life-changing secret: "IF YOU CAN READ, YOU CAN COOK". So true, just follow the instructions. These days you can even pull out your iPhone, iPad, or laptop and follow along with someone as they make the same recipe (I watched all of Jamie Eason's videos for how to cook her recipes before I committed them to memory).
My Typical Day's Mealplan
Meal 1 (around 6:00am): Trader Joe's Steel Cut Quick Cook Oats & 4-6 liquid egg whites with green onions and a sprinkle of fat free feta cheese, 1 cup of coffee using OhYeah! Vanilla or Chocolate Ready-to-drink shakes as creamer! I also drink ISS Research Promino Plus on my way to work and take a multivitamin and ISS Research's BCAA supplement)
Meal 2 (around 9:00am): OhYeah! Cookies & Cream Total Protein System with ISS Research L-Glutamine added in, 10 almonds
Meal 3 (around 12:00pm): 4oz Trader Joe's Balsamic & Rosemary Grilled chicken, 3 oz. sweet potato, and 3-4 oz. of Trader Joe's microwaveable green beans
Meal 4 (around 3:00pm): 4 oz Trader Joe's grilled chicken breasts in an ezekial wrap, sprinkle a little fat free feta cheese on and microwave for 1min 15sec... top with a ton of spinach! Mmmmm delicious and quick wrap!
Meal 5 (usually around 6:00pm and my pre workout meal on my work days): OhYeah! Protein Shake, apple slices and almond butter
Pre-workout drink: I always take MPR Pump as a pre-workout drink. I also take micronized creatine as I am trying to put on a little more muscle and weight. I mix these two together 30 min before I workout!
Post-workout drink: I either have an OhYeah! protein shake with L-Glutamine added in OR I take a post-workout drink called Aftershock (My boyfriend buys it so it's really whichever we have on hand at the house. Both have worked great for me in terms of seeing results and good recovery)
Meal 6 (around 8-9:00pm)- Tilapia Veracruz (adapted from bodybuilding.com's recipe) and broccoli
Pre-bedtime: OhYeah! TPS or plain casein shake (the TPS is a whey & casein blend, casein takes approx 6 hours for your body to digests making it ideal for a pre-bedtime shake... keep that metabolism burning y'all!!) and I am trying ZMA. A representative from ISS Research stated via email, "
Here is the recipe for the Tilapia Veracruz dinner that I make: