What Are You Doing? Diet Edition

Over the last few months, people have noticed that I’ve been losing weight. And of course, the next question is always, “What are you doing?”. I wish I could tell you it was some magical potion or fad diet – but I’m really just making changes to my lifestyle – diet and exercise! There’s no big secret to my success because we all know what we’re supposed to be doing. Moving your body and eating better. But the eating thing can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what to eat! So, I thought I’d share what’s been working for me. My goal is to try to stay between 1500-1700 calories a day.

Breakfast

I have never been much of a breakfast eater and it’s even more difficult when your day starts before the sun comes up. But my nutritionist, Cynthanne, has taught me how important it is to eat in the morning. Eating breakfast gets your metabolism started. And if I eat in the morning, I’m less likely to binge at lunch.

I try to keep breakfast somewhere in the range of 300-350 calories, which is actually a lot. I start with a mug full of hot water with lemon, to cleanse my system in the morning. If I have time, I’ll add Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar to it. Then I usually have one cup of Siggy’s Icelandic vanilla yogurt with one cup of fresh berries. The yogurt is 180 calories for one cup (and a cup is a LOT!) and the berries are about 70 calories. I top it off with a few sliced almonds and a piece of 45 calorie toast. If I’m in a hurry, one of my favorite little secrets is the bacon and gouda sandwich at Starbucks. It’s 350 calories, super filling and DELICIOUS.

Lunch

Lunch! I’m a big salad eater and since I’m usually on the go, I have a couple of go-to salads that I love. I love salad from Chipotle because it’s quick and easy (and about 400 calories). It’s nothing more than romaine, chicken, brown rice, and medium and hot salsa, but if I have some calories to spare, I’ll add some cheese. 🙂

My other go-to is what I call “The Logan” because my co-worker/friend, Logan, introduced it to me. This salad is from Eatzi’s (aka The Promised Land! Lol!) and starts with a romaine and spinach mix. I add chicken or salmon for protein and then dress it up with pumpkin seeds, red onion, cucumber, olives, feta and Greek dressing. I swear we eat this 2-3 times a week and it’s one of my favorites.

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Afternoon Snack

Afternoon is my witching hour. Since I get up so early and eat lunch early, I’m usually hungry and tired around this time. Whatever I eat, I try to keep the snack to 150 calories and I usually drink a big, green iced tea along with it. I also try to include some sort of protein to help tide me over until dinner.

Here are a few of my faves:
* 2 or 3 cups of Skinny Pop or Boom Chicka Pop (35 calories a cup) with a Babybel cheese
* Hummus with celery or cucumber
* Hard boiled eggs with non-fat Triscuits
* Peanut butter and apple or celery

Dinner

Dinner is always tricky for me because my evenings are rarely the same. Sometimes I’ll have a business dinner meeting and I feel like every time, we eat Mexican. (I live in Texas, duh.) My go-to for Mexican is chicken fajitas with corn tortillas. Usually, I skip the sour cream and cheese but I LOVE salsa and view it as a free food since it’s just veggies. So, pile that on, baby! If I’m at an American type restaurant, I’ll do fish, like salmon, or steak with veggies and rice.

Personally, I’ve found it super hard to make healthy food for one and I can only eat so many leftovers before I start to lose my mind, so I eat out fairly often, but I still try to keep it healthy. A few are my faves are SnapKitchen and Utopia (Dallas, people check it out …). Freshly is super yummy too. I try to keep dinner to 500-600 calories.

Obviously, there are days when life gets in the way and I can’t stick to the plan 100%, but having a plan is what makes it easy for me to stay on track. If I go overboard one day, I don’t beat myself up about it. I just get back on plan the next meal or next day and keep going. Remember, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon!

xo,
Caroline

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