The prep this time was just as rigorous as last time in the sense that it took a little mental power. What I love about this plan is the food is AMAZING and the days are literally outlined for you so you don't need to worry about what to eat or when. The only struggle I have is the first day of prep is just a lot of work, but having done this before I can say it's 100% worth it!
That being said, I was able to remember some of the prep tricks from last time and made a few extras of things and took advantage of our freezer! I also had the help of my husband with cutting and chopping, and like I said, the food is more than worth the effort and once you prep you are totally good to go for the entire week, no cooking required!
Here is a sneak peek at my Week 1 food prep:
Week 1, Day 1: This program is exactly what I remembered- WELL worth all the prep yesterday!! The microgreen salad continues to be my favorite of all time (I had to skip the sprouts because I'm pregnant and it's not allowed for pregnant women for risk of e coli). But other than that the food was exactly what I needed and left me feeling rejuvenated today. I am upping portions a bit because of the pregnancy and added a banana to each day (again because of the pregnancy), but other than that stuck to the plan and was more than satisfied!
Day 1 Video: https://youtu.be/oWXC5YhdB3k
Week 1, Day 2: SO MUCH FOOD!! That's all I can say, and mentally knowing all my food is prepped and scheduled out has been great, it's been proof that when I say I'm "hungry" I'm usually not - I'm usually just bored (since I haven't been eating those times of the day and I've been fine!). I think this taco is one of my favorites! I ate the parts separate (dinner) because that's how I like to eat foods, but it was so good and I'm sure as a 'taco' it would be amazing too!
Day 2 Video: https://youtu.be/ryKOWUYerJU
Week 1, Day 3: I keep being worried I'll be hungry and if anything I can't FINISH the food. I was particularly surprised by tonight's dinner (Nori Rolls, Cucumber Salad, Miso Soup). As I was preparing it I thought "Geeze, I'm going to be starving!" but of course I wasn't. I actually had a hard time eating it all!
Day 3 Video: https://youtu.be/2ZkAlG6svb0
Week 1, Day 4: Another great day, struggled to finish my dinner. I know from experience the portions go down next week, but it is amazing to me how satisfied and 'not' hungry I am. I was talking to another coach that I'm doing the program with and we both agreed- the temptation to eat or snack on junk isn't even there! I think I love this most because I know the food will be tasty and satisfying so I never 'need' a treat.
Day 4 Video: http://youtu.be/AtynydYrvZQ
Week 1, Day 5: Today I found myself getting a little hungry so I had to add in some of the extra Tempeh from the Nori Rolls. But at meal time, I feel insanely satisfied! I think the hunger came from being pregnant (which also justifies the extra protein!). Food was great again today, I particularly loved the oats with walnuts, apples and maple syrup - something I need to remember to have on a regular basis!
Day 5 Video: https://youtu.be/tmfyukqw_zg
Week 1, Day 6: Today I found myself not totally 'loving' the dinner choices - which I think had to do with my preparation (I was lazy about blending the soup for one!). But I feel amazing and actually had a GREAT review at the doctor today. She had been concerned about where my weight was a week ago and this week was very happy.
Day 6 Video: https://youtu.be/PrRxrW7dGH4
Week 1, Day 7: Last day of week 1!! I really struggled to finish my dinner, so I split it up into two meals, but it was amazing. I am loving how much avocado I get to eat on this plan!
Day 7 Video: https://youtu.be/V36S3ooz34c
Week 2, Day 8: Day 1 was a success!! I even went to the movies with my son and the smell of popcorn, butter and candy didn't even phase me - when you have the right foods in your system the crummy ones are significantly less appealing. Crazy how that happens. I LOVED dinner tonight, simple but probably one of my favorites!
Day 8 Video: http://youtu.be/SU-BSD2Fdgk
Week 2, Day 9: Today was one of my FAVORITE recipes! The sweet potato bisque seriously melts my taste buds (as did the chickpea mash with breakfast!!). I struggled to eat all the lunch so I spaced it out. It's nuts how great I feel and how less frequently I'm eating.
Day 9 Video: https://youtu.be/tZc957PFTHA
Week 2, Day 10: I got a little hungrier today so I decided to check out the 'snacks' section of the book (I didn't even see it at first, but one of my other coaches did!), having the broccoli and avocado was a real lifesaver! Still feeling great. I miss some 'regular' foods but I don't ever feel unsatisfied which is a big eye opener. I'm also not obsessed over food 24/7 which is a big plus!
Week 10 Video: http://youtu.be/CUXxHetGrEU
Week 2, Day 11: Halfway! This nutrition plan continues to amaze me. I can't ever seem to finish any of the meals. Today's lunch was a quinoa and veggie salad (with tons of amazing spices) and I decided to add the avocado TO the salad and mix around - so good!! I had a little bit of leftover acorn squash with the tahini from last night as a mid afternoon snack, and dinner got back to the Miso soup (this time with veggies!). I feel so much better than I have in MONTHS!
Day 11 Video: https://youtu.be/c6tf_vZJa9k
Week 2, Day 12: Another great day - struggled a little bit because we went out to lunch (my son, husband and I) and for the first time I actually felt an urge to eat foods other than the ones on this program. I think it was all the smells! I'm really proud of myself for staying on the plan, but man it was hard!
Day 12 Video: http://youtu.be/0qU6X_xPQ70
Week 2, Day 13: Food was great today! I LOVE the mashed chickpeas for breakfast, it sounds odd but they are so good (minus the garlic breath!). I prepped for next week as well and am doing a combination of week 2 and week 3 just because of the pregnancy, but I am LOVING how these foods are making me feel. The roasted corn and edamame salad was out of this world!
Day 13 Video: https://youtu.be/mKwpQOuiQHM
Week 2, Day 14: Another great day!! I am finding that I am needing to stick to the Week 2 plan moving forward (more the 'quick plan' to make it easier on myself), mainly because being pregnant I'm a little hungrier than I had been when I last did this and want to be mindful of that. That being said, the food continues to amaze me. I am LOVING the chickpeas and avocado with a veggie for breakfast. Minus the garlic breath!
Day 14 Video: http://youtu.be/YOCU5AaiuhI
Week 3, Day 15: Food is all prepped for Week 3!! Feeling great, no headaches, no issues with fatigue. Only thing I'm noticing is that around the middle of Week 2 I started to get hungry between meals so I adjusted and just have been splitting my meals up and eating half and then a few hours later the other half! No crazy cravings - and all the food is still super yummy!! I had to take a break from the microgreen salad (which I LOVE) just because in the Winter I was having a hard time eating it (so cold!).
Day 15 Video: http://youtu.be/SL_rRSiQTXU
Week 3, Day 16: Day 2 of the second week!! Still no crazy cravings, tons of energy and overall very satisfied (now that I've split my meals up a little), but I will admit that I am missing the variety of Week 1 and Week 2. In minimizing prep I cut out some of the variety (same food most days versus different meals for each day/meal), and I'm getting 'less excited' about my food. So that's food for thought for next time - I actually would argue I think the prep is WELL worth it in terms of the excitement around the food and less of a wondering eye! But all in all things are going well!
Day 16 Video: https://youtu.be/SL_rRSiQTXU
Week 3, Day 17: Today is my busiest day of the week - lots of traveling and teaching. I packed my food for the day and was completely satisfied. When I got home I had an extra serving of rice and beans (from week 1) for added protein which is what I've been doing because of the pregnancy - and it hit the spot! It's an amazing feeling not to feel totally distracted by food all day!
Day 17 Video: http://youtu.be/d_bwswwxmes
Week 3, Day 18: HOME STRETCH! This is my last week 'at home' and I'll be traveling, so I will be mindful of my food choices but transitioning a few days earlier than anticipated. The goal is to stick to whole foods, and transition back to my normal diet. This program was EXACTLY what I needed and I can't wait to do the full program (with supplements again!) post baby!
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