For those of you who know me, I had a baby almost 9 months ago. During my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I was extremely upset about it. The idea of pricking my finger at least 4 times a day and the added risks to my unborn child. Well, turns out it was a blessing in disguise. I gained a whopping 16 lbs the entire pregnancy. I walked out of the hospital with the only signs of pregnancy being a baby. I was in my pre-pregnancy jeans the next day and felt amazing. It was a pain to keep track of everything that I ate, and it was doubly hard to figure out what I could eat when I went out to eat. I discovered a really good eating regimen for lunches at work through this time, and an affordable one to boot! I simply used the plate method (1/4 protein, 1/4 starch, 1/2 veggies) and plugged in complex carbs and lean meats. Meals for a week would look like this:
Spicy black bean burger
Birds Eye Steamfresh mixed veggies
Sweet potato (light butter and a little cinnamon)
I would swap out the veggies for different mixes, and the starch would sometimes be a brown rice with veggies mix. Steamfresh became a staple of my daily meals. I bought a container of a Kroger brand “Mrs. Dash” to season with. How was it affordable?
1 bag of veggies was good for 2 lunches (roughly $2)
1 bag of rice/other starch was good for 2 meals (roughly $2)
1 box of spicy black bean burgers was 4 meals (roughly $4)
So dollar wise, your looked at $3 a meal. Meals for a week if I subbed a leftover protein from home one day would cost around $12. That’s a great price to eat on a budget, and healthy meals to boot!
Well fast forward 9 months and I have not done a good job of eating well and keeping fit. It’s time to change that. I am starting today…starting fresh with a good breakfast, a lunch as I described above and an equally healthy dinner to plan. Jeff is on board, and that makes it so much easier to behave when home. I know I can do this, I have done it before, and it isn’t a diet, it’s getting back to eating what I know is good for my family and myself.
How’s that for a mid-year resolution? Eat well, work out and feel better!!