I just read Bob Harper's book, "The Skinny Rules," and I found it intriguing. Most of what he said I already know & agree with (whether or not I practice it perfectly)... some of his rules reminded me of some old healthy habits which I want to rekindle, and some were new but made perfect sense... so I'd like to incorporate them into my plan. Best of all, he has some simple, healthy recipes in the book which I can't wait to try (hello, sweet potato hash and spicy veggie stir fry).
The rules which I find most challenging are:
-no (or little) carbs after lunch
-no white potatoes except on splurge meals
-no store-bought juice (just eat fruit)
-low sodium intake
I would like to work on these...so this is my plan:
-I made a list of low-carb dinners I can make easily (the lazy dinner being a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store paired with frozen steamed veggies... for my "off" days)
-I bought a bunch of yams, turnips, and parsnips to eat in lieu of potatoes
-Instead of buying orange juice, I bought a bag of cuties (tiny little mandarin oranges which are fantastic and just the right portion for someone who never really enjoyed oranges before)
-I will make a conscious effort to wean myself off of salt, though this will be the hardest part. I definitely think I can do it, and doing my food prep on the weekend will help me avoid salty convenience foods throughout the week.
I have some great ideas for next Sunday's FOOD PREP...
1. Go to Whole Foods
Buy: Apples, Strawberries/other berries, pineapple, banana and other fruit, lemons/limes, herbs, cuties, green leafy vegetables, stir fry vegetables, snacking veggies, side dish veggies, squash, nuts, 2 dozen eggs, plain greek yogurt, hard cheese, tempeh, yams nips and snips, kombucha
2. Chop up berries, put lemon juice on them (for yogurts and oatmeal)
3. Chop up pineapple / mango / whatever (fruit that's not berries for fruit salad/smoothies)
4. Chop up root vegetables, ziplock them (for roasting)
5. Make Hummus, cut up pepper strips, celery, carrot sticks, broccoli, snow peas
6. Boil a dozen eggs (snacking / breakfasts)
7. Roast chicken breasts and cube them for salads
8. Make turkey meatballs or salmon dip w/ greek yogurt instead of sour cream
9. Make steel cut oats or quinoa breakfast bars
10. Soak and cook lentils or beans for the week
in other news, I am still sick. I am still pushing through it, but this is one stubborn cold. I am on my way to the gym now, despite the sickness, because my fever is gone. So I am still pushing through.. I might just have to take this workout a little easier than normal. However, my results are really showing up on the scale, and I only have 1.3 more lb to lose before saturday, so I really can't afford to be lazy. I have a goal, and nothing will keep me from it!
Here's a link to Bob Harper's book (you can read all 20 of the rules in the first review if you scroll down): tinyurl.com/btefy