Meal plan + Burrito Recipe | lifestyle

You know what drives me crazy? Weight gain. I’m sure I’m not alone in this and I’ve come to realize that most women feel this way – even the skinniest and tinniest of girls are worried about gaining weight in the wrong places. I’m here to tell you, you’re not alone. I mean, really…. I’m almost never home and when I’m traveling my eating habits are not the worst but they’re not the best either. Genetically, I’m thick. I could never be tiny and that’s okay, but I don’t like feeling like I’m over my average weight to the point where I have to jump up and down to get my jeans to fit right. Do you feel my pain?

A few years back, during my first year in college (4 years ago) I noticed a huge increase in weight gain and by the end of my sophomore year I was about 20 pounds overweight. I knew I had to quit the weekly outings and the terrible 3 AM eating habits. So I started cutting out things like soda and bread. And of course, I joined the gym.
I’ve always been an active person, don’t get me wrong, but I do not carry the same metabolism as I did when I was 15 playing soccer. I’m 23 now, I have to work extra hard to maintain a weight that fits my body.

So I took it upon myself to get back into shape and on some serious life-changing habits. My routine is bizarre; I juggle school, work, blogging, photography, and gym all at the same time. So you may be thinking how in the world do I manage to shed weight or maintain my weight on a schedule like this one. The truth is I cook all my meals. From the very first thing I have in the morning to the last meal of the day. I am not a fan of prepping all my food on Sunday and eating it throughout the week. Instead, I cook my meals over night and leave them ready for the next day. I prefer fresh food.
I am not on a diet. I hate thinking of the way I eat as a diet, because more than likely I am going to quit the diet by the end of the week. I don’t do well with diets, and most people don’t either. I decided years ago I was going to change the way I was going to eat. This meant, less red meat, less bread, less rice, less pasta, less starchy food, no salt, no sugar and no soda. At first, it was hard because the body has to adjust to a proper nutrition. I am not even close to being a nutritionist, but this has worked out for me, and hopefully works out for you too.
After doing my research and learning about eating right, I created a little food-guide that will remind me of what a well-balanced meal looks like. I have this breakdown in my refrigerator, on my travel bag, and on my purse. I carry it with me everywhere I go. While I’m out eating at a restaurant, I peek over guide to make sure I order something similar to what I have to eat according to the day. Of course, you can change it up, but I’ve memorized the days to the point that I know exactly what’s in store for me.
Here, I break it down by days. If you want to join me, you can try this little plan for a month, but it all depends on you. You would be surprised of what you can do by simply sticking to the goal.

A start to healthy lifestyle:

Breakfast: 1 green tea bag, 3 egg whites
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Chicken, asparagus, mushrooms with quinoa
Snack 2: Mixed nuts (peanuts, almonds, ect)
Dinner: Grilled Chicken with broccoli & cauliflower
Herbal Tea
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Salmon/white fish with broccoli and cauliflower
Snack 2: 2 boiled eggs
Dinner: Chicken with spinach mixed with olive oil and vinaigrette
Herbal Tea
Breakfast: 1 tea, oatmeal with berries
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Chicken with 1 hass avocado, cucumbers, and quinoa
Snack 2: 3 scoops of Greek yogurt
Dinner: Grilled chicken with sweet potato and asparagus
Herbal Tea
Breakfast: Fruit salad
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Grilled chicken or lean turkey with boiled carrots and broccoli
Snack 2: 2 boiled eggs
Dinner: Chicken with spinach mixed with olive oil and vinaigrette
Herbal Tea
Breakfast: 1 tea, 3 egg whites
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Chicken with zucchini, yellow squash, and quinoa
Snack 2: Fruits
Dinner: Grilled Chicken or Steak with broccoli & cauliflower
Herbal Tea
Breakfast: Green smoothie
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Salmon, white fish, or shrimp with broccoli and cauliflower
Snack 2: 2 boiled eggs
Dinner: Grilled chicken with sweet potato and asparagus
Herbal Tea
Breakfast: 1 tea, oatmeal with berries
Snack 1: Protein Shake
Lunch: Any food of choice
Snack 2: Fruits
Dinner: Chicken or Fish with spinach mixed with olive oil and vinaigrette
Herbal Tea
I don’t eat high in sugar fruits. I stick to green granny apples, grape fruits, blue berries, strawberries, blackberries, and kiwi. I mix them when I need to have a fruit salad.
To my fruit salads, I only add one of the following fruits to add a sweet taste to the already sour patch: banana, pineapples, oranges, cantaloupe, mango, plum, grapes, or peaches.
Along with all of these, I take a few vitamins to keep me motivated and going strong.
I take the following:
2 fish oils daily – Optimum Nutrition Fish Oil Softgels, found here.
2 daily women multivitamin – Optimum Nutrition Opti-Women, found here.
1 scoop of protein shake – Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, Vanilla Ice Cream, found here.

A few things to keep in mind if you’re going to follow this:

– Have breakfast within an hour after waking up.
– Eat something light within an hour of working out (I usually eat a rice cake with peanut butter)
– Almond milk or water for green smoothie shakes, I found a whole bunch on Pinterest, follow me here.
– Drink either a gallon of water a day, 2 liters, or 8 cups, but drink a lot of water.
– If you must cheat, drink 1 glass of red wine with a piece of dark chocolate. I prefer Ghirardelli.
– Cook everything with either coconut oil or olive oil.
– Add the following greens in your smoothie: kale, spinach, or celery.
I was craving burritos and tacos, badly. Here is an alternative of that craving, but in a much healthier way.

DIY Chicken & Salmon Burrito wrap:

Salmon, Chicken, Gluten-free wheat wrap, cucumbers, 1 hass avocado, half a bell pepper, spinach, and 1 tomato.
Step 1: chop into slices the tomato, the avocado, the cucumber, the bell pepper and the spinach
Step 2: Season the chicken and salmon with Mrs. Dash and prepare to cook for 10-15 minutes using 2 table spoons of olive oil.
Step 3: Let both the chicken and the salmon cool down for 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Heat or microwave the wrap for 15 seconds. Spread it evenly and place both chicken or salmon inside the wrap mixed with the greens.
Step 5: Once both chicken and salmon burrito wraps are stuffed, fold them and enjoy!

Once again, I did this because I wanted to eat something different, but still healthy enough that it doesn’t make me feel guilty after eating it and it goes perfect with my weekly nutrients.

The ingredients:

Gluten-free wheat wrap
1/2 a cucumber
1 hass avocado
1/2 a bell pepper
Handful of spinach
1 tomato
Olive Oil
Mrs. Dash

Leave me comments below with any questions you may have. Can’t wait to share results.

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