This week I focused hard on what I was eating. I at TONS of produce all day every day. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables made my body happy and I felt much better after eating too much dairy last weekend. I ate essentially the same thing every day, which is what I typically do Monday through Friday anyway. I did mix up the actual fruits and veggies over the course of the week based on what was in the fridge and what I was in the mood for.
My raw foods were basically my Shakeology (I had vegan Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry this week), fruits, nuts, veggies (in chopped form to snack on and in salad form). I made a strawberry salad dressing which was good, but I need to play around with a little more before it’s really great (mostly because I have to remember why coconut oil is NOT a good choice lol).
For cooked foods, I ate my favorite vegan recipe EVER – black-eyed pea jambalaya. I also had roasted broccoli one night because I was just craving it. The hubs and I are big sushi fans so we had sushi a few times (crab for him, veggie for me). I used hummus to dip veggies in and played around with nut butters to complement my fruits.
So I ended this week feeling REALLY awesome and showing some baby muscles when I flex 🙂
I learned a few really valuable lessons this week. The first is how important it is to pay attention to your macros when you make diet changes. As I cut out cheese and ate more raw fruits and veggies I realized quickly that I needed to add fat into my diet in other ways. I don’t eat much meat these days, so aside from eggs most of my fat comes from the oils I use to cook my food in (I use very generous amounts of fat). Cooking less of my food and not having as many eggs this week meant my fat intake was WAY too low. I realized this after the first day and started adding a spoonful (or two, it’s delicious) of almond butter to my morning Shakeology instead of using the PB powder. The almond tastes way better than the peanut in the shakes for sure and I got a nice dose of fat. It’s little things like this that make a big difference. After starting to add the fat into my shake in the morning I felt better and wasn’t hungry. I will certainly remember this going forward and I will probably keep making my morning shake with almond butter instead of PB powder. It tastes better and it allows me to up my fat in a healthy satisfying way when I start the day.