breakfast: honey bunches of oats + organic low fat milk (200 calories)
snack: trader joe’s assorted pretzels + chips + nuts (160 calories)
lunch: 2 trader joe’s whole wheat bread + light spread of peanut butter (190 calories)
snack: none :|
dinner: trader joe’s chipotle marinated chicken…
Any chance you were feeling lethargic and dizzy because you didn’t eat enough?
This blogger who writes a blog called “Happiness Awaits” had her resting metabolic rate tested and it turned out that she had been eating so few calories that her body had entered that dreaded starvation mode we always hear about, where it hangs onto weight because it thinks we are starving.
She’d been worried about gaining weight, so she exercised religiously and watched what she ate, but then the doctor informed her she was eating too little and it was making her feel sick all the time, and probably keeping a few extra pounds on her frame.
She increased her calories to the amount needed to maintain her weight (or maybe lose a couple pounds) and she LOST WEIGHT immediately. I could not get over this.
The point is, maybe you weren’t feeling well because the body doesn’t function well on less than 1000 calories a day? Just a possibility…
I took a class tonight at Yoga Vida in Manhattan. (99 University Place @ 12th St., 6th Fl.)
I’d been meaning to go there for a while, ever since I discovered they offer one week of unlimited yoga to new students for $10. I love those deals.
Their 6pm flow class tonight was good. A solid, hour-long class complete with a little bit of everything, including ab work and a nice long shivasana.
Not to mention, the facilities were really nice - clean, spacious, inviting and serene.
If you live in New York and you’re into yoga, I recommend trying it out.
I’ve been doing this 400 Calorie Fix diet for a week now. I haven’t been blogging my meals because I keep forgetting!
But the results so far?
I lost 5 pounds!
I’m not a huge proponent of starving myself, over-exercising, or reducing calories severely. I think that stuff ultimately leads to regaining the weight.
So eating four meals a day in 400 calorie increments is working fantastically for me right now. I can feel it revving up my metabolism. And these 5 pounds that I’ve absolutely struggled to lose for three months have just fallen off my body. Plus I haven’t really been hungry. PLUS I’VE HAD FRENCH FRIES TWICE.
Not too bad, 400 Calorie Fix. Not too bad….
so i love hummus, and i just got this awesome hummus from wegs that has olive oil and pine nuts and stuff in it, and im eating it with carrots and celery its sooooo yummy, however it makes me wish that i had turkey so that i could make this an actual meal… i need a way to round this out before i go run errands and work out. any ideas?
Sometimes I’ll just do hummus on toast or on a wrap by itself! It’s also great with crackers or a little cheese. YUM! Enjoy. :)
Peanut Butter Toast with Blueberries
2 slices Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Tuscan Bread (love this bread!!)
1.5 TB peanut butter
1/4 cup blueberries
VERDICT: Filling and yummy.
I woke up feeling great today. The scale is down 3 pounds after two full days eating this way. I am starting to believe there’s something to the idea of revving my metabolism up in 400 calorie bursts.
There are times when I’m hungry but I actually don’t WANT to eat an entire 400 calorie meal or snack, but then I do anyway and I always feel great afterward. Never too full, just content. Its interesting…Definitely a new way of thinking about food for me.
Forgot to post dinner last night!
Three Black Bean Tacos
1/2 cup black beans
3 corn tortillas (6 inch)
1/8 cup of shredded cheese
1 TB sour cream
VERDICT: Very filling. A little bland (I missed the meat component, but we didn’t have any…), but all together did the trick.
Have you heard of the Green Monster Movement? Check out the site for lots of healthy natural shake ideas. YUM.
Classic Green Monster Breakfast Shake
1 TB ground flax
2 cups spinach
1 medium banana
1 cup vanilla soy milk
Put everything but the ice into the blender in the order listed above. Blend for 1 minute. Add ice, blend. ENJOY!
MAKE IT A MEAL: Enjoy with 1 egg over-easy and 1 piece of toast.
VERDICT: My favorite go-to healthy breakfast.
(Check out Roxyfit’s recent post about Healthy Morning Shakes.)
Chicken Summer Rolls with Honey-Lime Dipping Sauce
A key ingredient, rice paper, is found in the Asian section of the supermarket.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Nutrition Score per serving:
(2 rolls with 1 1/2 tbsp. sauce): 249 calories, 2 g fat (14% of calories), 0 g saturated fat, 19 g carbs, 31 g protein, 2 g fiber, 54 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, 273 mg sodium
FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
FOR THE SUMMER ROLLS
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
8 8-inch round sheets rice paper
8 romaine lettuce leaves, sliced into large strips
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add chicken, lower heat to a simmer, and poach about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
Chicken should be tender but have no traces of pink when you cut into it.) Place chicken on a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken with your hands. To assemble rolls, follow the directions in the box at left. Serve immediately or refrigerate (covered with plastic wrap) for up to 4 hours and serve cold. Place sauce in a bowl alongside rolls, or drizzle it on top.
This looks AMAZING!! I must try.