My general eating plan is to down healthy stuff during the week so I can ‘splurge’ a bit on the weekends. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but do seem to stick to a ‘flexitarian’ lifestyle, particularly Monday through Friday. Luckily, I have never had a problem with my weight. However, like every female I know, my healthy choices are partly driven by vanity, partly driven by increased energy and sense of well-being.
Due to some heartburn issues, I recently started to cut caffeine from my diet (specifically coffee) and watch my dairy intake.
I pretty much eat what I want, focusing on getting some whole foods and veggies in there. I do not count calories. I do watch my portion size. I also exercise regularly (3-5 times per week, alternating running, weight training, pilates, and yoga).
The plan is to have ‘Total Tuesdays’ on the blog, a day when I will bore you with give you the minutia of my life. All other posts will continue to focus on the highlights of my foodie existence here in the Burgh.
So, let’s start ‘Total Tuesdays’ on a Wednesday. Here are the eats:
Breakfast, 7:30AM : 1/2 cup oats cooked with water, topped with blueberries, blackberries, a spoonful (TB?) of TJs natural crunchy PB, a small spoonful (Tsp?) Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, 2 TB almonds (hmm, and I believe there are some mini chocolate chips thrown on top)
An 10 AM snack was a Cashew Cookie Larabar and a Yogi Ginger tea. I don’t put sugar in this tea. I am trying to cut artificial sweeteners from my diet as well.
Lunch (12:30PM) (not pictured) included a TJs whole wheat pita with hummus, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta cheese. I had some TJs ‘Rice and Beans’ chips on the side. This was followed by 3 small pieces of dark chocolate.
Afternoon snack (approx 4PM) (not pictured) was a banana and a handful of carrot sticks with hummus.
When I got home from work around 6:30 PM, a handful of cheese and cheddar popcorn from Pittsburgh Popcorn was eaten. Oh, I do love fake cheese powder. Then the workout clothes were thrown on. When I can (ie the weather is nice and its not dark yet), I walk to the gym. Mapquest tells me this is about a .6 mile walk. Yesterday was a cardio day and I hit the treadmill. I am still a bit addicted to the treadmill. I need to learn to run outside! I did 3 miles on the treadmill, alternating running and walking. I walked approximately 1 mile and ran 2 miles. I did this in about 35 minutes. The .6 mile walk back home was a nice cool down.
After the gym, it was dinner time. Yesterday,I made a creamy pesto with fresh basil, pine nuts, and the farmer’s market chevre. I added some chopped fresh tomatoes and had this over a new TJ’s find:
The pasta was a bit chewy and nutty, but I liked it, especially for a quick weeknight meal. I also sautéed a tilapia fillet. The pasta and tilapia were split into two servings (leftovers for lunch!) and I sat down to dine with a small glass of Chianti. Yes, I drink wine with dining alone. Don’t judge.
After dinner, I caught up on a few family phone calls and nibbled a mini soy ice cream sandwich for dessert (also from TJs).
Yes, this is my simple life. When The Boy is home, dinners are a bit more adventurous. However, I often work long hours and need to keep meals quick and easy. I also prefer to workout after work v. the early morning. Therefore, I often eat dinner pretty late. 8:30 or 9 would be the norm. Not sure if this is a problem or not.
And this completes the first ‘Total Tuesday’. Congrats if you are still reading!
Oh, and one more thing: