WIAW: AdvoCare Eats

I’m still at it. I’ve had a few slip-ups here and there (hey, I’m human), but I’m sticking with the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge guidelines for the most part. I still haven’t had any dairy or coffee and I’ve only had 12 oz. of beer despite being constantly surrounded by it, both at work and home (we bottled our first homebrew on Saturday!) I thought What I Ate Wednesday would be a great opportunity to show you what a day in the life on the 24-Day Challenge looks like.

Breakfast nearly every day is a Meal Replacement Shake. I ordered some of the Orange Cream flavor last week and it’s pretty darn tasty. Kind of like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, minus that yucky feeling on the roof of your mouth. I must admit though, the Chocolate Mocha is still my favorite.

Today I mixed a few frozen berries and a sprinkle of fruit punch Spark in with my Orange Cream shake. Super yum! Since I’m now onto the MAX Phase of the program, I also take a little pill cocktail with breakfast and down a big serving of water. Yes, this photo was taken in the bathroom. Eating breakfast in the bathroom is all the rage these days…
mrs orange

One of my favorite lunches is this one. Chicken mashed up with half an avocado and fresh lime juice, on top of mixed greens with edamame and tomatoes. Sometimes I drizzle it with more lime juice and/or olive oil. Really light and refreshing, but also really filling.
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I’ve been buying rotisserie chicken because it’s quick and I like it both hot and cold. When I don’t have much time, I’ll throw a small sweet potato in the microwave for a few minutes and eat something like this for lunch on the go.
lunch

For snacks I’m still eating a lot of apples, as well as throwing in a clementine from time to time. Plus pistachios for the healthy fat win!
clem snack

I have been a little more creative with dinners, but most of my meals are non-recipes in that I just throw a bunch of “suggested foods” together to create a meal. My creation on Sunday night turned out pretty tasty.
chili

As I mentioned, it was really a non-recipe, but here’s the method to my non-recipe madness:
-Heat 1/2 cup chicken or veggie broth in Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat.
-Add diced carrots, celery, and red onion. About 4 carrots, 4 celery stalks and half an onion.
-Cook until onions are softened. Add salt and pepper if desired.
-Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash. Add more broth if desired. Cook for about 5 minutes.
-Add one 28 oz. can of stewed tomatoes and one 15 oz can diced tomatoes. I used organic Trader Joe’s brand. Bring to a boil & then reduce heat and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes.
-Meanwhile, brown one pound lean ground turkey & cook quinoa according to directions on package.
-Throw some spices into the veggie mixture if you’d like. Chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, whatever you’d like.
-Add one can beans (black, pinto, chili, etc.), browned turkey, and quinoa to veggie-filled pot. Stir. And serve.

When I heated up leftovers, I ate it over a bed of spinach to add some green. Since I can’t guarantee that I’m getting the exact portion of protein-to-veggie-carb, this meal isn’t technically following the rules to a T, but as with anything, you gotta live a little! The general idea follows the guidelines, which is what I’m trying to do….generally live by the guidelines.

I simply don’t have the time to measure out everything I eat, nor do I have the willpower. I’m saying no to so many of my favorite things every day, so I’m choosing to take it easy on myself as far as measuring/ratios are concerned. I realize this will not present me with the ultimate results, but I will seriously go crazy if I have to spend too much time measuring/portioning. It’s all about a healthy lifestyle, not an obsessive lifestyle, right?

The MAX Phase is all about energy, shedding fat & maintaining muscle. I take four sets of vitamins/minerals/metabolism boosters throughout the day. I also incorporated Catalyst into my regimen. In general I am feeling a ton of energy during this phase. I’m doing some at-home workouts and hoping to try out hot yoga for the first time this week.

I feel like I plateaued on the weight-loss for a few days (could have been due partially to working 28 hours in a 46 hour period) but this morning I hugged my scale again. My goal for the week is to leave this weight “decade”. You know, pass the zero, move into the next set of 10. 😉 Seeing that 9 at the end of my weight will be awesome!

It’s Winter Restaurant Week here this week. We’re going out with friends Friday night and I plan to indulge a little. I’m keeping it really clean and light leading up to it so I can fully enjoy.

Tomorrow night I’m attending a mixer at Nick & Angie’s and I’m super excited to chat with others who are enjoying AdvoCare success!

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