Smaller Meals Success

by HEAB on January 12, 2010

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Clean Eating intrigues me. I know there are different definitions of this way of eating, but when I think clean eating, I think of the magazine. Have you ever looked at some of their suggested menu plans? They recommend 3 meals a day with a morning and afternoon snack, with calories ranging from 1,500 to 1,800. The focus is on protein, complex carbs, and some fat (not enough in my opinion). I’ve tried this way of eating back when I did Body For Life, and honestly, it didn’t go so well. I was eating 6 mini-meals a day, but I was always hungry. All I could think about was my next snack meal, and 1/2 serving of yogurt + 1 scoop of protein powder did nothing to satiate my hunger. Looking back, I probably wasn’t eating enough, and again, I think the fat recommendations were too low. So, after 3 months on the program, I went back to my usual 3 big meals a day with an afternoon snack. However, for some reason, I always want to try smaller meals/more protein again. I think it’s because I see other women who eat like this, and I covet their physique. I won’t lie, I want Mizfit’s arms. :)

Anyway, since I’m switching up my workouts this month, I decided to play around with my eating. Since I don’t do well with menu plans (too much structure), I’m doing my own thing. Besides, the thought of eating 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup low fat milk, and 2 Weetabix whole grain biscuits for breakfast (taken straight from the pages of Clean Eating) sounds like my idea of hell. When I mentioned that I was sticking to a diet higher in protein this month, many of you requested more details. So, yesterday, I recorded all of my eats. Are you ready?

After a 7 AM 30 minute walk with the pups, I came home and made a smoothie. Yesterday’s smoothie bombed. So, this is actually a photo of today’s breakfast:

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Almost lost some of it there, but no worries, my tongue caught it. :) This amazingly delicious and filling smoothie was inspired pimped by two of my favorite girls (Deb & Allie):

2 cups water

15 ice cubes

30 grams Jay Robb chocolate rice protein powder

1 TBSP cocoa powder

1 packet stevia

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

few drops of almond extract

1/3 tsp xanthan gum

3/4 tsp guar gum

2 TBSP cooked oat groats swirled in at the end for a lovely “chew” factor (Brilliant Deb!)

Topped with spoonful Deb’s sunflower seed butter

Yesterday’s lame-O smoothie did not keep me full for long at all, but later in the day, I realized it was probably from lack of fat. Hopefully, the addition of nut butter this morning will help.

The next few hours involved housework and 20 minutes of plyometric exercises followed by 5 minutes of ab work. 40 burpees later, I needed some food! Around 11 AM, I ate the following…

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2 La Tortilla Factory tortillas with 1/2 grilled chicken breast and hummus. This did nothing for my hunger (again, not much fat), and 2 hours later, I was eating again…

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This was about 3/4 of a small roasted kabocha squash pureed with water, Jay Robb vanilla rice protein powder and Deb’s Brazil nut butter. This did the trick. My hunger finally subsided. My afternoon was busy with massage clients, and then I received a phone call from a good friend. It was moving day for her and her husband, and in-between their 2 year old and trying to unpack boxes, she was a bit overwhelmed…oh, and she was also going into labor with their second child. So, I whipped up a meatloaf for CD’s dinner, grabbed a Think Thin bar for myself (I know, contains both dairy and soy, but SO GOOD!), and went over to help unpack boxes. While I was there, my friend’s contractions were 10 minutes apart, and by the time I left, they were coming every 5 minutes. I had a text message this morning with the news that Lennon, their little baby girl, was born at 1:05 AM. :)

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I didn’t get home until about 8 and made the world’s ugliest egg white omelet filled with artichoke hearts, spinach, onion, mushrooms, and shrimp with a big smear of hummus on top.

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Dessert was HEABifed hot chocolate

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and a few squares of dark chocolate…

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I think this day of smaller meals went really well once I got some fat into my system. Without it, I just feel like a bottomless bit. I tracked the protein for the day, and I was at 140 grams. That a lot compared to my usual intake, but more protein is the goal for the month. So, protein…check!

I have more to say on this topic, but this post is long enough. Would love to hear your thoughts on clean eating. Any Tosca Reno wannabes out there? :)