Well hello there! How are you? We are on day 13 of The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge. Today (and most of the following week) is going to be crazy for me. Remember what I told you about busy schedules? You really have to keep focused, don’t forget you meals and adapt to every situation! It’s hard but not impossible.
Today is game day and afterwards we are having takeout with some friends (very challenging for a healthy lifestyle right?). Tomorrow some friends are coming to town and are staying with us for the week while exploring the Bay Area (of course I’ll be joining them whenever possible…). Who doesn’t like to travel and explore? 😉 Nevertheless that also poses a challenge because being out most of the day on an unknown schedule means that you’ll probably have to eat outside, pack your lunch or snacks…
And finally, I’m moving next Tuesday! :O So it’s going to be crazy, crazy, crazy! I still have so much stuff to pack and I’ll have to find time to do it so we don’t mess our weekend and following week plans 🙁 ha. So I’ll give my routine a twist and share it with you.
So far I’ve been cooking every day so you can find inspirations and ideas of how to combine your meals. Starting today and probably for most of the following week I’ll show you that even when you eat outside, order takeout or go out to have fun with friends you can always find a meal that suits your needs. And this is a perfect example for when you are out of town or on vacations too! There are no excuses to keep yourself on the healthy side of the road.
Besides, this is the real deal right? A perfect example of how to follow healthy habits no matter the situation. I’ll tell you all about it, post photos of what I had, the units consumed in those meals and if my schedule allows me, an alternative recipe to match them ;).
For sure I’m going to pack myself with fruits and snacks. This is not a gourmet option but it is a very practical one, so now my pantry is filled with easy to carry on fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, peaches, grapes, you name it!) and I’ll be carrying some nuts in my bag as well, just in case. Of course my friend the thermos is coming with me everywhere! So let’s se how it goes but I promise I’ll behave, all right?
Ok! So the menu for today is:
Day Meal Plan
Breakfast: Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
- 1/4 medium Banana
- 3/4 cup Strawberries (preferably frozen)
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 3 Ice Cubes
- 2 Splenda packets (or sugar substitute of your choice)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and liquify.
- Enjoy while cold!
Units Consumed: 1 fruit unit, 1 dairy unit
Calories: 210 kcal
Fat 8 g (Saturated Fat 5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g), Cholesterol 24 g, Sodium 98 g, Potassium 611 g, Carbohydrates 29 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 23 g), Protein 9 g, Vitamin A 5 %, Vitamin C 1 %, Calcium 29 %, Iron 3 %
Snack 1: Peach
- 1 1/2 medium Peaches
Units Consumed: 1 fruit unit
Calories: 102 kcal
Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 0 g, Sodium 0 g, Potassium 0 g, Carbohydrates 26 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 23 g), Protein 3 g, Vitamin A 17 %, Vitamin C 29 %, Calcium 2 %, Iron 3 %
Lunch: Stadium Dog
I had a stadium dog for lunch and a bottled water. Out of the options that they had to offer I thought that was the most acceptable right? I seasoned it with mustard and a bit of ketchup 😉 Since the sausage was on the big side, I considered it as 2 deli units instead of 1. (Remember portions are important)
- 1 Hot Dog Bun
- 1 Sausage
- 1 tsp Ketchup
- Mustard to taste
Units Consumed: 2 cereal units, 2 deli units, 1/3 of limited condiments
Calories: 365 kcal
Fat 13 g (Saturated Fat 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 50 g, Sodium 993 g, Potassium 0 g, Carbohydrates 39 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 5 g), Protein 16 g, Vitamin A 0 %, Vitamin C 8 %, Calcium 4 %, Iron 8 %
Snack 2: Shredded Coconut and Nuts
- 3 tbsp unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 5 Almonds
- 5 Pecan Halves
- 1 Splenda packet or sugar substitute of your choice (optional)
- Shake ingredients in a sealed Ziploc bag and enjoy!
Units Consumed: 2 fat units
Calories: 160 kcal
Fat 16 g (Saturated Fat 10 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 5 g, Sodium 5 g, Potassium 98 g, Carbohydrates 5 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 1 g), Protein 2 g, Vitamin A 0 %, Vitamin C 0 %, Calcium 1 %, Iron 3 %
Dinner: Japanese Takeout
I usually have sushi when ordering takeout but since this time I only had 1 cereal unit left I had to choose something that didn’t have too much rice 🙁 or at least a portion that I could control. So I ordered an octopus sunomono salad (actually 2 of those because the portion was incredibly small), a miso soup and a side of steamed rice. Usually the sunomono salad is a great option, but most of the times it has sugar, so I specified that mine should be without sugar or sweetened with Splenda if possible. To my surprise, they omitted the sugar! (well done) So I had to add a bit of Splenda on my own. Finally I just ate a bit of the rice side order since the portion was too big, but at least I could control the amount.
Here is what my takeout looked like:
These are the ingredients I believe the dish had and the approximate nutritional breakdown:
- 1 1/2 cups of sliced Cucumber
- 3 oz. Octopus
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 Splenda packet
- 1/2 cup steamed White Rice
- 1/8 cup of chopped Seaweed
- 1 cup Fish Stock (dashi)
- 1/2 tbsp miso paste
Units Consumed: 1 cereal unit, 1/2 meat unit, total of limited condiments
Calories: 357 kcal
Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 82 g, Sodium 1573 g, Potassium 658 g, Carbohydrates 38 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g), Protein 36 g, Vitamin A 7 %, Vitamin C 15 %, Calcium 12 %, Iron 52 %
Yesterday I tried the 30 Minute Dance Party routine, and since I thought it was good (specially because I needed a bit more workout on my legs and this routine focuses more on that), I repeated the same workout early this morning. Besides, some of the moves were a bit challenging (they required more core strength and balance) so I wanted to nail them this time. Actually I could get better haha (my balance is not my biggest strength).
Tomorrow I’ll post a review about this routine if you want to know a little bit more on the subject, all right?
Thank you to those that are still doing this challenge, specially for your commitment with this lifestyle, we are doing great so far. 😉 And remember, consider subscribing to Be.Daze.Live’s mailing list if you never want to miss an update on the daily meal plans and workouts.
If you wish to know more about the challenge and the meal plan that we are following to shred some pounds the healthy way, please check out these posts( The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge, The Balanced Meal Plan).
All right! So keep up the good work and remember, even in the harshest situations you can always keep yourself healthy 😉