Today I thought I’d share the diet I’m doing for our upcoming trip to Jamaica. I feel like I have a lot to share so I’ll be doing a little miniseries over the next month or so with progress photos (hopefully there will be visual progress lol.)
This is the same healthy eating plan I did last year in preparation for a trip to Mexico we took. The plan is somewhat based on a program called Clutch Cut by celebrity trainer Ashley Conrad (trainer for Kate Hudson and other celebs, and it’s free too btw!) I like that it includes three meals and two snacks and it’s filled with a good mix of low glycemic carbs and lean protein to keep me full and energized all day. I have good results when I stick to this plan because it’s based on the premise of “eating clean” and balancing all of the macro nutrients. I’ve also done some of the included clutch cut workouts, (except scaled wayyy way back) but I’ve been switching it up lately because I tend to get bored easily.
Before I start I should mention that I’m not perfect 100% of the time. If I go out for lunch with coworkers I just try and be reasonable and I’ll have a salad with grilled chicken or a sandwich on wheat bread (or I’ll just bring along my packed lunch!) Also, on the weekends we typically go out to dinner or breakfast at least once or twice, and I don’t certainly don’t hold back then either lol.
When I’m not getting ready for a vacation or anything I don’t follow any eating plan I just TRY to eat somewhat reasonably during the week (some weeks are certainly better than others.) That typically means a lot of healthy soups and smoothies.Although I should note that lately it’s harder with George eating kid food because A.) he thinks it’s cute to feed me and B.) I hate wasting food, so sometimes I finish off his leftovers on top of my own dinner.
Breakfast: 1 scoop protein powder, 1 whole banana, handful spinach, 1 tablespoon Pb, 1 cup of ice, 1 cup of water (or almond milk for an extra creamy flavor.) I sometimes also use Zantham gum (you can find it on Amazon.) It’s a natural thickener that gives it the consistency of a milkshake. The one pictured below is from a local coffee shop, but it consists of pretty much the same ingredients.
Snacks: for snacks I just try to stick to the package portion size. Some of my favs are sriracha almonds, protein shakes ( just protein powder and water), and lately these nothin but granola cookies (pictured below.) Full disclosure, they sent a box of these to me. However, they didn’t request that I blog about it, I just honestly think they are delicious.
lunch: 2 cups vegetables (usually frozen stir fry blends), 3 ounces chicken breast, 1/3 cup cilantro lime rice ( i get the Archer Farms brand at Target and it’s delicious!) and 2 tablespoons of guacamole. I stir this all together like a burrito bowl, and it’s super delicious. The protein and fat keep me full.
^^ Another typical lunch. Not pictured, heaps of guacamole
Dinner: 2 cups vegetables, 3 ounces chicken breast, salsa, 2 tablespoons guacamole (again I’m obsessed.)
Protein shake: If I work out I always have a protein shake after. Just protein and almond milk or water.
And that’s it. This really seems to work for me, and I don’t feel like I’m starving myself. If I get hungry I just eat an extra snack. Oh and I’ve been trying to cut out wine on the weekend so I’ve mostly been doing fresquilas (fresca, tequila, lime) or vodka, soda, lots of lime. Also, like I said, I don’t follow this 100% on the weekends,. If we go out to sushi or something I eat what I want, but I try not to turn it into a cheat weekend.
^^my “before” taken two weeks ago before I started the healthy eating. Feeling a little pudgy (for my personal standards) after a few months of indulging with the holidays and vacations.
I hope this is helpful to some of you, and if anyone wants to join with me feel free to send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Honestly, I would love to have a gym buddy or an accountability partner!
Thanks so much for reading (if you got this far lol!)