Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It starts with breakfast

Cross-Training Sunday

On Sunday I needed to get in some Cross-Training, and after some thought, I decided to pull out the TurboFire DVDs that I bought a few months ago. I did a little more research to find a couple of DVDs that would give me what I was looking for. I did the fire 30 DVD again, which is a cardio class that incorporates two "fire drills" that are HIIT for one minute each. Then after that I did the Tone 30 DVD, which is exactly what it sounds like. You use weights and resistance bands to tone arms, abs, and legs. 
After I finished my heart rate settled back to normal pretty quickly, which was nice to see on my heart rate monitor. Over time my recovery has gotten shorter; it's nice to make the rest of the day useful and productive. I in fact recovered so quickly that I definitely decided that it wasn't enough of a workout. I  even posted this on DailyMile:
See that little line that says "I need a longer Tone 30"? Well...I underestimated that workout. When I woke up Monday morning I was sore in places I haven't been in a while. My back and shoulders were hurting! It felt awesome. Do you ever feel like you got more of a workout when you are a little sore the next day? I definitely feel a bit of a reward.

I'm going to commit myself to really sticking with Cross-Training on days that call for it. I've got enough DVDs to choose from, and my neighborhood has a great fitness center with weights and even a  lap pool. I really have no excuses. I'm writing it all here to hold myself accountable.

Cleaning up my diet

Aside from cross-training, I'm also planning on cleaning up my diet now as well. One of my goals for 2013 is to learn about and transition to lean/clean/green eating. I asked on a FitFluential page yesterday for some advice on where to even start. I read so many great blogs of people who eat like this on a regular basis. They share shopping lists, meal plans, and pictures of meals, yet the overwhelming influx of pictures and meals hasn't helped me understand what to keep, what to add, and what to leave out of my diet and when. 

The response from fellow FitFluential Ambassadors was great! Two books I was recommended specifically were these:
I went ahead and ordered the Eat-Clean Diet book, and a co-worker is going to let me read the It Starts With Food book. I don't have any ideas on what changes I'll make, how I'll incorporate the tips, or what I will or won't do. At this point, I'm up for anything. I know that me (and my husband) could use a major overhaul. The refrigerator and pantry contain too many carbohydrates that lack any complexity, dairy-based foods, and unhealthy snacks. That's what I know I want to change.

I'll share with you my thoughts along the way. I may go for a Whole 30 (per the recommendation or review of too many to list here), or I may just implement little changes here and there. That's still up in the air.

But the first place I need to make some changes? Breakfast. Everyday when I make smarter choices for breakfast I make smarter choices throughout the day. I generally stop by Starbucks most days, and it just has to stop (mostly because the very berry coffee cake becomes a go to more regularly than the oatmeal). I got a LOT of gift cards for Christmas, so through the month of January I've been using those gift cards up. They're almost gone. I think I'll probably get another day or two out of them, and from there, I just must start making coffee and breakfast at home. 

And that's where this posts all comes full circle. It's figuring out what I'm supposed to eat at each meal that will enable me to feel better, eat cleaner, and ultimately continue the path to toning up and hitting a goal weight. And starting each day with a solid breakfast is what will get me on that daily path. 

I feel like these are all a lot of broad generalizations, but it's exactly where my mind is. I could list out so many healthy foods for you right now, but I overcomplicate things and end up making them a lot harder than they need to be. I'm starting at the beginning.

And quickly, before going (and then I promise I'm done), I did want to share a favorite recipe that we eat quite a bit that I know will be sticking around no matter the eating plan.
Mashed cauliflower! It's incredibly tasty; it's smooth, and it wouldn't take a fool to mistake them for mashed potatoes. 

Thanks for sticking around with me for a bit of a longer post. I'll share with you my commitment and journey as I go! I'm really lucky that Tim always supports any positive eating changes I want to make. He'll dive into anything new with me and doesn't complain for a second. Sometimes he even stays more committed than I do!

I feel like this is all a long time coming...I've done a lot of talking. Now it's time to put my money where my mouth is.

What do you do to try to eat healthy?
Do you eat paleo, vegan, pescatarian, etc.?
Have you read either of the books recommended?
And lastly, do you have any tips for me?

15 comments:

Catherine said...

Way to go, girl! I too am trying to make a lifestyle change and be healthier. I've been planning my meals the past two weeks which helps tremendously.

Kat @ S and F said...

I'm partially paleo ;) I eat 2-3 paleo meals or snacks a day and treat myself intermittently....it's about balance I think....I've never had a diet of any kind work for me

Allie said...

You will have to share if you like those books! A couple of years ago I made the decision to eat clean. I switched organic foods and try my best to not eat processed food. I also like to make a lot of things at home. (Homemade peanut butter is next!) I really like Michael Pollan, I learned a great deal from his books. Good luck to you!

Curly Pink Runner said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts! I agree, it is super overwhelming to see all the different types of 'healthy' eating! Some of them seem complicated, and they each have their own bandwagon of hard-core believers that say "THIS" is the ONLY way to eat!!
I try to follow an 80/20 rule in food, eating really 'clean' with the occasional splurge. I've considered trying the Whole 30, but I don't know how I would survive without my greek yogurt!!

Meghan said...

We just go with the "everything in moderation" approach. We both try to include lots of fruits and veggies with our lunches and eat lots of whole grains and lean protein. If I feel like we need to be extra healthy, I will focus on making lean protein and veggie based dinners (such as grilled salmon with broccoli). For me, a plan like Whole30 is too restrictive.

Kelly Wade said...

You've definitely got the right idea with a healthy breakfast, once you set the tone in the morning its much easier to feel inclined to continue that throughout the day. I stick to Paleo during the week mostly because it helps my CrossFit performance incredibly. I only keep healthy foods in my apartment because I know if somethings there that I shouldn't eat, I will most certainly eat it. So my main advice would be to clean out your cabinets and fridge of anything you don't want to be tempted by and restock with fresh, whole and nutritious foods.

Emily grapes said...

I eat "clean" though putting myself in the 'clean eating' category isn't my thing.

I make all my fresh meals at the beginning of the week so I can have healthy lunches and dinners filled with veggies and lean meats.

its been working for me and I feel great...though upping my veggie intake even w/how much broccoli I used to eat, has certainly "affected" things more..if you know what I mean. hehe
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer said...

There are just SO many people with SO many opinions! I'm reading It Starts With Food right now and I think I'm going to start a whole 30 some time in February to go along with my dietbet. I don't like to label things and say I can "only" eat this or that. I just try to make the best choices. For me that tends to be more paleo... it's what feels best. I don't eat that much grains/gluten because it upsets my stomach so much. So all that to say keep experimenting and find out what works for YOU!

Running Betty said...

Instead of using up your starbucks cards, you could save them as a reward or special treat...
When I cleared out my home about 5 years ago I first got rid of hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup. Those ingredients are in so many processed foods, that by default it eliminated a lot of crap from the pantry. I think the worst thing we eat is the once-a-week frozen pizza. And I often skip that.

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

Ugh! STARBUCKS!! That place drives me crazy because their coffee is SO BAD! SOOO BAD! I have actually never had one of their treats before... They look tasty but... I crave salmon and turkey, not sweets, LOL! Yes, I am weird, but I am not going to lie, I LOVE that I crave healthy foods, lol!!!

I follow a Paleo-ish type diet... The ISH is because I am actually far more strict with my eating than the PALEO diet. You might be thinking, WHATTTTT that diet is already so restricted, well, I don't eat any fruits or nuts... My stomach is VERY sensitive (LOADS OF PROBLEMS) so I really have to monitor the carbohydrates that I shove in my mouth - which is why I eat COPIOUS amounts of high quality animal protein! :) Ostrich anyone??

Beka said...

I have 1 cup of coffee from the keurig each morning. The rest of my diet is pretty paleo... maybe 90%. The other 10% is pretty much the epitome of bastardizing "paleo". haha

I have been getting better with snacking - especially when I get home since the first thing I do is eat something to fuel up for a run.
It has taken a while, but I'm starting to figure out what works and what doesn't with my tummy issues so I don't have any surprises! ;)

Claire Kiefer said...

I love mashed cauliflower! I add light cream cheese, garlic, and veggie broth and it's so good.

I've been a vegetarian for most of my life. The good news is that I eat a lot of vegetables (and I love them). The bad news is that a vegetarian diet lends itself to a lot of carbs--they're just easy when you don't eat meat. I've been trying to minimize them lately because I want a great percentage of what I eat to be healthy and fuel and full of nutrients. That said, I'm never going to give up cheese, so there's that.

Genna said...

Can't wait to hear about hose books. I need to clean up my diet! I ate a lot cleaner about two summers ago and the weight came off without really trying. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a lot and I did start running more but I felt better! For me, the hardest part is being so pickuY!

Heather @ From Here to There said...

I've experienced veganism. It's a little tough at first, but I read the book Main Street Vegan and it was so informative and your diet isn't restricted to just veggies like you might think. I felt great while I was on it, but I wasn't able to keep it up just because some of the items were a little pricey and I just didn't have the money, but I've made switches that have stuck. I only buy soy milk now (I don't even remember the last time I drank regular milk), you have to try different brands though to find the one you like, and I also don't eat cheese slices anymore, I eat the alternate form for grilled cheeses and such and you really can't tell a difference! Good luck experimenting with it!

Jen said...

Good luck! Its hard and honestly there are so many differing ideas and philosphies... I've heard great things about paleo and whole thirty but know I couldn't give up bread or cheese- or ice cream for that matter.

More fruits and veggies is always a good idea and cut out the processed foods. But of course that means lots of time preparing food yourself...

The meals you post always look healthy, but I know thats probably not the "all-the-time" If you can cut out the Starbucks and start out with eggs and fruit for breakfast I think that would be a great 1st step.

Real Food by Nina (i can't remember her last name...) and I like Michael Pollen too as someone else said. In Defense of Food was fascinating