3.20.2014

Advocare Food Ideas, Diet Bet Weigh In, and a Cute Baby.


Just my new #5amclub crew searching some good food ideas for the cleanse.

My Diet Bet starts today! You still have a few days to join and weigh in, click here to play along.


193.2 I need to lose 7.8 pounds in the next 4 weeks!
Breastfeeding is not my weight loss friend so I'm really really REALLY hoping to keep my food in check and win this thing. I haven't lost a single pound this last week despite eating cleaner. We shall see!

On to the foods. I've come up with 5 dinners I plan to make twice each {it's just easier than coming up with 10 different meals}. I've also found some great breakfast and lunch ideas.

I'm logging my foods into My Fitness Pal {skinnymeg32} to be sure I'm getting enough calories. Right now I am trying to eat 2300, but I think I may lower that to 2100 for a while and see how that affects me. I'm not all that concerned about my booby milk, if I notice a decline in my supply I will take it back up, I'm not losing weight at the expense of nursing, I'll have a hard enough time when I go back to work.

Here is a good calculator for figuring out a good calorie range to start in, remember to subtract 500 for weight loss.

**Remember No sugar, No dairy, limited (good:rice hummus, oatmeal, stoneground wheat) carbs.**

Breakfast:

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs. Protein is your friend! 
Egg Scrabbles: any and all veggies mixed with eggs.
Grab and Go Egg White Bites


Oat Frittata with honey and bananas (taken from Runs for Cookies!)

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 egg white, lightly beaten (I bought a carton of the pure egg whites, and I use 1.5 tablespoons of that)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. honey
1 small banana, sliced

Combine the oats, cinnamon, and egg white in a small bowl (sprayed with cooking spray!)  Using a spoon, press the mixture to the bottom of the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap, leaving a crack to vent.  Microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes.  The whole thing should come out of the bowl in one piece, in a perfect circle. Top with 2 tsp. honey and sliced banana. Eat with your fingers! :)

Lunch:



I plan to make a ton of these type of mixed bowls of awesomeness.


You can mix up different flavors of quinoa {or brown rice}, different veggies, different meat {chicken, turkey, shrimp, fish}. I was stuffed after eating this! 

I prefer the flavored quinoa, not plain.


Tuna Salad {Dairy Free}

Ingredients

1 - 5 oz. can of light tuna (I prefer Wild Skipjack, from Wild Planet)
2 to 3T red onion, diced
1/2 avocado, sliced
5 small green olives, diced
1/2 cucumber, sliced (or diced, if you're putting over salad greens)
2T extra virgin olive oil
1T apple cider vinegar, unfiltered
Dash salt and pepper
Mixed salad greens (optional)
Roasted red pepper (optional)
Instructions

Drain oil from tuna (see note below).
Place it in bowl and break up into tiny chunks, using a fork.
Combine oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and add to tuna.
Cut up red onion, olives, and cucumber.
Arrange sliced cucumber in a separate bowl (or save to put over salad)
Add red onion, olives, and any other veggies to tuna, and mix thoroughly.
Put tuna salad over cucumber slices, or salad greens, whichever you prefer.
Enjoy!


Dinners:


Random Fajita Mix with what I had in the house. So good.
Brown rice, black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, Chicken Chorizo, avocado, Cheese {not for cleanse mode}

Tilapia and Veggies


Don't be like this guy, mouth always open for food :)

Snacks:

Fruits, nuts, hummus, protein shake






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17 comments :

  1. LOL at mouth always open, you just described me. He is adorable.

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  2. First things first: You have one adorable baby boy!!!

    Secondly, about the weight loss: You got this, girl! When I had my fourth baby (yikes! lol) he was 6 weeks old before I braved the scale and cried when I saw that I had lost NOT A SINGLE POUND since he was born (the scale said 195 for me that day). I was breast feeding as well (not my weight loss friend either) but decided to pick up the accountability right then and there (tracking my food, cutting out refined sugars, drinking water like crazy, exercising, etc.) and I ended up losing 60 lbs in the year following that day. You can SOOOO do it! You're amazing, you rock the gym, you've done this before and you'll do it again! I can't wait to see your progress! You've been such an inspiration to so many of us Mamas (I've gained 10 lbs back over the last 7 months and I look forward to your progress as encouragement that I can do it {again}, too!). :)

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  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the great recipes and food ideas!!

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  4. So proud of you!! Always an inspiration! You've done it before and you'll do it again--and I can't wait to watch! The food ideas are awesome! Definitely trying that oatmeal thing! And as always--Aiden is totes adorbs!!!

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  5. That food looks delish! Thanks for the healthy ideas!

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  6. What retailer did you buy the Earthly Choice from???

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  7. This is my first DietBet and I am super excited! I can't wait to see results. I've been doing Weight Watchers for almost 2 years and have lost 20 pounds. Now I will be continuing with WW and also doing Juice Plus. I'm hoping this is the kick in the pants to get me started on a healthier lifestyle. I'm turning 40 this year and don't want to take any more medication for my cholesterol. LOVE your blog!!!

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  8. So..thankful for the dinner meals...chicken with quinoa looks soo good.but my chicken never comes out that way? Is that just chicken sauteed in olive oil?

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  9. He is so handsome!
    So I am liking some of the food posts on here. I am finding it so hard to find my motivation to lead this healthier lifestyle.. my inspiration is all from you and Mamalaughlin! Thank you Meg!

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  10. He is beautiful. He's a baby so he can still be beautiful right?!? Breastfeeding wasn't my "lose weight" friend either. I honestly wasn't able to lose any weight until I was 3 mths post nursing which sucked but hey the baby was healthy.
    Great meal ideas. I know you got this momma but don't bento hard on yourself either. :)

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  11. Hi - I actually did the Advocare challenge for breastfeeding moms last July. I had my daughter in April 2013 and was at 185 (well the last time I had weighed). And I started the challenge and lost a TON. However, my daughter was about 4 months at that point and that is when my weight loss from breastfeeding really kicked in. I was nursing/pumping close to 30 oz a day by then and that combined with the advocate and the weight was just coming off. I think until that point the BF wasn't aiding me, esp at the beginning when she only ate a few ounces at each feeding. I would ideally like to lose 10 more lb but I'm at 145 now and pretty darn happy. Its been a LONG time since I was this size! You can do it!!!

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  12. Thank you sooooo much for the recipes!! I feel like I have been eating the same thing over and over again! Congratulations on your little man! Your whole family is just precious!!

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  13. Can I just say, it's refreshing to see you without make-up :) You look beautiful!!

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  14. Beautiful baby! What a lovely time for you and family.

    I am pretty sure you are going to lose the baby weight very fast, I can see it happening already! You are very disciplined and to be admired. Congrats on it all!

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  15. I had to tell you I cooked your Mixed Bowl of Awesomeness tonight, and it is just that....Awesome! Thanks for the idea. It is definitely going on the keep list!

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  16. You may actually not be gettin enough calories

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