Starting something new or taking on a large project can be overwhelming. Whether it is starting a term paper back in my college days, tackling a messy room in my home, or starting a clean eating program when I have MINIMAL experience in clean eating, I am the type of person that needs a plan.
I am a nurse by trade. Nurses are stereotyped as being extremely type A. My boss says I am an undercover A type, which she jokingly means as being a type A without wanting people to know I am a type A. Ok, I digress. I guess my point here is that lists and order are a way for me, whether it be in my profession or in my life, to take an overwhelming situation and make it flow or make sense. Seeing it all laid out in front of my eyes appeals to my sense of visualization.
If you have read "The Spark", they highly encourage members of SP to make a visual collage. I blogged about mine back in July.
Sometimes when we SEE what the plan is, it makes FOLLOWING it much, much more manageable.
Since I am so new to clean eating and pretty unorganized when it comes to ST, I have decided to try and organize some things to make it less overwhelming. Since I am following Jamie Eason's clean eating plan and her ST plan, I went to the bodybuilding.com website and printed off some things that she so wisely put there for new people like me.
Here they are in a binder I am starting to compile.
It is just a start, I (being the neurotic organizer that I CAN be) will eventually tab and section it off based on meals plans, recipes, and workouts. Having things right in front of me will remind me of where I am and where I am going.
The journey isn't as scary for me when I have a map.
As far as food intake goes, Jamie eason's plan makes WHAT to eat pretty simple. So simple that if you really do this plan for 12+ weeks, it could be down right monotonous. Really, how many egg whites can one gag down? THAT is my fear. I have been searching food blogs, websites, anywhere I can really for ideas. Me being the visual person that I am, I LOVE LOVE LOVE food blogs and recipes with at least a picture. Simply reading the recipe without prompts is overwhelming to me. I made a few things today and yesterday, so I thought I would share them with some pictures.
Nothing fancy here. This pan just has Jamie Eason's lemon protein bars. I personally use these as meal replacement bars. Her website says this pan makes 16 servings, and 4 bars is a meal replacement (6 meal/day plan).
This is the greatest thing ever. Food in its own foil pouch. How could I have never done this before?? Some people call them "hobo pouches". The girl scouts use them when they camp for healthy meals. Jamie eason has a fish recipe idea on her website. What *I* did was take 6 oz pieces of sliced up chicken breast, seasoned it with Old Bay seasoning and pepper, topped the chicken with various veggies, and sprinkled garlic powder on top. Then, you simply fold the foil, pinching off all the ends to keep steam inside and juices inside, but loose enough to allow for an air pocket, then heat in the oven. I put mine in for 45 minute at 375. I served mine last night over quinoa. It was great.
This AM I did NOT want 5 egg whites. No bueno. Jamie Eason's breakfast allows for a starch, protein, some berries, and I think unlimited veggies. Being sick of the same thing, I searched crepe recipes. I found one using egg whites, then tailored it to fit as closely to Jamie Eason's plan as I could make it with my poor cooking skills. I tried to use ingredients that Jamie uses in her recipes, and these turned out great.
Recipe: Breakfast crepes
1/2 cup oat flour
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
4 egg whites
1/2 unsweetened almond breeze
1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce.
I used separate bowls for dry and wet ingredients as Jamie does in her videos for her protein bars. When both the dry and wet ingredients have been well mixed in their separate bowls, I combined them into the larger bowl. The recipe that I found said these proportions would yield 2 crepes, but you could probably get 3 from them. I made two, one for my son and one for me. His was thin like a crepe, mine came out slightly thicker, almost like a pancake. I bet if you used more oat flour or protein powder, these would make great pancakes too.
Once the crepe was cooked, I added a filling made with a couple of tablespoons of greek yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries.
I folded the crepe, then let my son be my taste tester while my crepe was cooking.
My son ate every bite, which makes me happy. I WANT my family to eat and be healthy. I just haven't known how to prepare healthy, tasty meals. I am so proud of myself for having the courage to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.
I hope I am not too far off plan by eating these crepe things. Anyone else out there have some clean eating, lower carb recipes to share? I would LOVE to read and try them.