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A simple photo food blog and my plan to be organized.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

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.

www.bodybuilding.com/fun
/jamie-eason-livefit-train
er.html


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.
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  • PURPOSEPOWER95
    Good for you I never thought of tabs! I do have a binder though.
    2625 days ago
  • SPONSKY120
    how awesome!!! What a great mom!! Tasty and healthy, you are truly inspiring! And thanks for the chicken tip to cook it sounds awesome I can't wait to try it!
    2625 days ago
  • MOINSDEMOI
    I have started a binder, too! My organization comes and goes. Mostly goes ... I cannot leave work without putting everything away, including pencils in the pencil holder and mouse in the drawer. But I am slipping at home - I know if I get my life uncluttered at home, the goals I want to concentrate on will be more visible and attainable.

    Thanks for your blog. It is a wake-up call to continue down the SP path.

    By the way, the lemon protein bars look so good! I am going to look for the recipe now.
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    2625 days ago
  • NOMORESTALLING
    ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT!~ I LOVE THE CREPE IDEA WITH THE GREEK YOGURT AND FRUIT IDEA!
    RIGHT NOW THOUGH I'M SWORN OFF DIARY AND ANIMAL PROTEIN FOR FOUR MORE WEEKS IN FOLLOWING THE DR FUHRMAN'S EAT TO LIVE BUT ONCE I CAN START INCORPORATING DIARY AND ANIMAL PROTEIN AGAIN I'LL GIVE THAT A TRY.
    I CAN HAVE THE GREEK YOGURT AND FRUIT IT'S THE CREPE THAT'S THE NO NO AT THE MOMENT.
    WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO POST THESE RECIPES ON THE TEAM TOO i'M SURE THEY'D LOVE TO HAVE THEM Meeting The Daily Challenge of Diet & Exercise AS WELL!


    2625 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2011 4:54:27 PM
  • DAZZEEDOO
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    Your blog is great, love seeing all the pics, and getting an overall view of JE's plan, I've been reading her name on SP alot lately.

    I love notebooking and tabbing-it totally makes all projects seem more doable

    Thanks for adding the pics of food,and including your crepe recipe- I love crepes. And getting more protein is that much more of a plus. I can see how egg whites would be hard to face day after day. But looks like your imagination will get you through them! Good Luck

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    2625 days ago
  • CDGOLDILOCKS
    I personally LOVE the protein bars. They help my sweet tooth. A diet low in carbs leaves me craving something with a little sweet kick to it now and again. The bars are great, and there are enough varieties that you can switch them out and not get so bored.
    2626 days ago
  • ESILBO
    GREAT BLOG AND PICTURES. emoticon YOUAREON THE RIGHT TRACK
    2626 days ago
  • SPARKVAMPY2012
    Well it looks like you are off to a GREAT start for the day. The crepes look wonderful. I havent made any for yrs! I have not made any of JE's recipes, but Im hoping to make her cinnamon swirl protein bread soon. And Id like to try her protein bar recipes too. Just have to go buy the stuff. Have a great holiday weekend!
    2626 days ago
  • ACCTGMAMA
    I am the same way with the binder and organization. Sorry, I do not have any clean eating recipes to share.
    2626 days ago
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