A Look Into My Weekly Grocery List and How I Start Each Week Fresh!

No, I don’t always pop up out of bed on Monday stoked my alarm went off at 4am but I do try to choose to be thankful for the opportunities I have and do my best to make each day filled with purpose.

Looking at the week from a nutrition standpoint and setting myself up for success in that area, it always begins with a shopping list and the dreaded trip to the grocery store! Im always super proud of myself when I can make myself get up and going early on a Sunday morning and get to the grocery store when there is only a few other early risers there, grabbing their eggs and bacon for Sunday morning breakfast or their football game supplies. 

I admit I am a major creature of habit and a lot of times I have to force myself to step out of my food box and add more variety in my diet. I could eat a lot of the same things for a solid month or more and not think twice. It is a new goal of mine as of recently to take the time to change things up and so far it really has served me well. Here is an example of some staple items I make sure to have in the house each week:

  • Proteins: Turkey Burger (93/7%), Egg Whites, Whole eggs, Lunch meat (as all natural as possible!), Chicken or Fish, Turkey Bacon.
  • Veggies: Zuchinni, Yellow squash, Romain lettuce (salads or lettuce wraps), Spinach (add into scrambles, etc. for extra greens!), broccoli, asparagus, Onions, carrots.. anything else that looks fresh and appealing!
  • Fruits: Bananas X2 (we eat a lot of nanas in our household!), Apples, Berries of some sort (add into smoothies, oatmeal, dessert!), avocado.
  • Starches: Purple potatoes (loving these lately-all the colors!!), sweet or baby red potatoes, brown rice, butternut squash, Dave’s Killer bread- thin slices!, Organic Rice Cakes, Tortillas.
  • Dairy: Organic half & half (coffee addict!), Kerrygold Grassfed butter, Greek Yogurt, Arctic Zero or Halo Top Ice Cream (when I need a sweet treat!), reduced fat Cheese pre-shredded (time saver!), Laughing Cow cheese.

Yes- I pretty much buy all of this every week, some things every other and I definitely try to change things up and things may vary depending on what’s in season. I always make sure to pack in as much veggies as possible- get those greens!!

Life is crazy busy for all of us, doing food prep and staying on track can feel overwhelming, especially mid week when we are in the thick of it all. A few things to keep you on track at the beginning and throughout your week:

  • What Are your Top 3 priorities? In what order?
  • What Is Your biggest Nemesis during the week keeping you from your Goals?
  • What Makes you Happy?

Ask yourself these questions and keep them in mind throughout the week. Keep  your priorities in line, keep whatever it is that gets in your way in your control and most of all do what is going to truly make you happy!! 

Don’t wait until the “next Monday” to start chasing your goals, too many Mondays will fly by and before you know it months and years will be gone! Make a plan now and set yourself up for success!

Whatever your journey may be, take on this week and crush your goals, don’t let another week fly by without doing the things you really want in life! 

Pancakes with Peanut Butter and Berries

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Sometimes you just need a fat stack of pancakes to get going…. Love this pancake recipe and it’s super filling!

Blend:

50g banana

1 Dannon light and fit vanilla yogurt

40g oats

138g egg whites

 Mix in 100g blueberries, cook on skillet into 4 cakes. 

 

Heat together @waldenfarmsinternational pancake surup/3oz strawberries/1 T peanut butter! 

Sunshine, BBQ and Minding your Macros

Now that this time of year has finally come, it seems like every weekend the temptation of a big juicy burger and a beer never goes away! There are lots of different ways to make this time of year macro friendly, whether you are grilling at home or gathering at friends or family. Here are some ideas to help you succeed!!…

  • Plan ahead!! Decide if you want to indulge on a burger with a bun, have a beer or eat some potato chips, you can have these things as long as you plan ahead and make the rest of your meal fit around it! 
  • Choose Lean meats and ask yours to be grilled with no added oils or glazes. 
  • Go bunless! Premake shish kabobs, wrap your burger in lettuce or slice your grilled chicken over a bed of lettuce for a yummy salad!
  • Low-Cal condiments! Mustard, hot sauce and reduced sugar ketchup are good go-to’s. Condiments can quickly add major macros to your dish if you aren’t careful!
  • Snack on veggies instead of reaching for the bag of chips! These will fill you up much faster and save you lots of carbs and fats!
  • If you associate summer bbq’ing with alcohol, reach for low cal beverages like light beers or liquor with flavored soda water. Try drinking a big glass of water for each drink you have, these will help from over-indulging and keep you hydrated!

Counting macros does not have to stop the summer fun! Plan ahead and you will succeed! Always keep your goals in plain view and it will be easy to stick to the plan in situations like these!!

The Daily Struggle… Balance and Keeping a Healthy Mindset

Many people always put their job first, or their kids first and swear this takes precedent over healthy eating. This does not have to be the case, you CAN excel in your career, in raising a family and hitting your goals in the gym. 

There are million different diets and eating regimens out there, and new ones popping up all the time. Whichever one you choose, somewhere along your diet road, you will slip up, it’s inevitable. We are human beings and it’s a fact of life. How you deal with these slip ups can make the difference in long-term success or failure. Even if you succeed for 30 days straight, on day 31 you might “reward” yourself with a cheat meal and then another, and another, until you are back to where you started. We start to develop the mindset that, “well I screwed up so I might as well just quit.” Then starts the never-ending cycle of stopping and restarting diet after diet. 

In order to succeed, you have to be okay with failing. Failing is what makes us learn and makes us stronger. The next time you have a drink too many, eat that piece of cake, or go back for thirds, remember that tomorrow is always a new day. Cash it in as a weak moment, and know that that one cheat will not ruin all the hard work you have put in. A week of weak moments will ruin your progress, so stop it with the “screw it” attitude or that guilt trip you put yourself on when you slip up! Buck up and make the conscious decision that you will not let it stop you and that you are not a failure!

Enjoying life and being able to “cheat” with a healthy mindset is why I love Flexible Dieting. If you want to have a drink with friends or have a piece of pizza with the family, you can! If you go over your given Macronutrients and mess up, tomorrow is a new day and you know exactly how to get back on track and hit those numbers on the head the next day! The main goal is to develop a healthy  mindset with food. Let’s eliminate the guilt trips and reach our goals while enjoying all the yummy foods!! 

Taking the Next Step

Growing up I was raised in a health conscious family, but like most Americans, we would always go back for another helping of pasta, a second bowl of cereal, or one cookie turned into five. The next morning I would wake up and go for a long run to “burn it off,” swear by low fat foods, starve myself all day, only to repeat a binge meal the next. Doing this, I was able to stay in decent shape, but there were always days I hated my body, wished I could lose just five more pounds and felt like the only way to truly get the body I wanted was to eat bland food and very little of it. 

Out of high school and entering college, I became an avid runner. Even running several half-marathons, I still wasn’t satisfied. Soon I found Crossfit, which brought much more variety into my workouts. Finding a new love for the barbell, I watched my body transform into a much more muscular physique. Like the majority of other Crossfitters, I strictly followed a Paleo and Whole30 diet. Doing this I felt much better in my workouts, I slimmed down and swore this was the only way to eat. Continuing to put on muscle, I just told myself that the “puffy” look I had was just the sacrifice I had to make to have muscle, be strong, and compete at a higher level. Over time I began to ask myself, “if I work so hard in the gym, why am I still so uncomfortable in my own skin?” I knew I needed a change to feel better about myself, but what kind? Will I have to quit lifting so heavy? Do I need to eat less? None of this sounded appealing, I didn’t want to give up something I loved and I definitely didn’t want to starve myself!!

Now, by no means do I want to bash Paleo or Whole30, I still to this day think they are awesome ways to clean up your diet, get on the right track, and even see great results. I just hit a point in my journey where I knew to become leaner, a better athlete and really love the way I looked, I had to take the next step. I took my Crossfit Level 1 Certification in 2012 and this was the first I learned of the Zone Diet. They taught this way of eating, but I had purposely ignored it because it required weighing and measuring your food. There was just NO WAY I could commit to weighing and measuring all my food! Way too much work, just not practical and I’m just way too busy to have time for that!! Over the next couple years I kept hearing various crossfitters talk about Zone and I saw an opportunity pop up online. My gym, Thorbeckes Crossfit, had been following Crossfit Invictus programming. Invictus is very reputible and they were advertising their 12-week nutrition challenge. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to commit myself, have an actual nutrition coach, and take that next step. I joined and over 12 weeks I saw great results. However, I took some short cuts, I would partially weigh meals, eye ball foods, and “treat myself” on the weekend. I was watching my portions closer then I ever had, really made sure I was getting a good balance of Protein, Carbs and Fat at each meal and kept my eating clean. I saw great results doing this, but over 12 weeks, I ended up a little bummed out that I didn’t see more extreme results.

A few months later, scrolling through social media, some “before and afters” caught my eye. I was then led to a coach that I immediately signed up with to begin Flexible Dieting. At this point, I was ready to take my commitment to nutrition to the next level. Over the next 18 weeks, I weighed and measured every single thing that I ate and drank. What I thought was going to be way too time consuming, socially paralyzing and a diet prison, became the most freeing, exciting thing i’d done in a long time. I had control of my food, I had no guilt, I was seeing absolutely amazing results physically, my mindset towards food became healthier then ever and my performance in the gym was skyrocketing. Was this real life?! I was eating clean, yet more then I had ever eaten before and enjoying treats that I love without having to punish myself the next day. I knew I had to learn more and spread my new found knowledge with as many people as possible.

Flex Fuel Life was born! My best friend Mallory Long started Flexible Dieting at the same time I had, and we knew almost instantly; that we wanted to create a place where people could experience what we had. This was something that no matter what age, activity level or lifestyle, people of all different walks of life could achieve success.

Starting this business just felt right. We knew going into this, we are in the right place. Its like crawling into bed after a long day, or putting on the perfect pair of shoes; it feels so, so good, to be on the right track, and helping others to boot. 

I write this post to challenge you. Take a chance on yourself and make a commitment to make you feel awesome about YOU. I truly believe this is not just about outward appearance and physical change. It changes how you feel on the inside, boosts your confidence and gives you a healthy relationship with food. 

Love Ya’ll!!

Katy