WWJE: What Would Janelle Eat? (Otherwise known as a “Food Journal”)

Treasure and I deal with our dietary lifestyle very differently.  That’s to say, essentially, that she is patient, cooks “real” meals, and is quite thoughtful about what it is she’ll eat each day in order to stave-off boredom.  Me?  I eat like a preschooler.  No joke.  All that’s missing in my life is one of those partitioned plates (that’s a Christmas idea for all you generous, giving-types).

It is the difference in our daily menus that prompted us to think that posting food journals might be helpful to you in understanding some of the many things you can eat, ways you can break up your blocks each day, and be completely successful in the Zone.

You’ll notice that, like Treasure, I eat a lot of the same things.  I’m quite comfortable like that, and it’s easy for me.  In the evening we tend to weigh/measure less in our house and, instead, eat a clean, Paleo menu.  Generally it’s quite close to Zoned, but I tend to bypass the weighing/measuring in favor of time saving and my sanity (what little is left of my sanity, anyway).

I have a job that requires odd hours and a LOT of nights and weekends.  In addition to that, I do some volunteering playing the piano and I play in a community ensemble, which means that I have very few nights at home with a load of time on my hands to cook.  This makes planning and prep essential.  It also means I eat a lot of dinners that look identical to my lunches.  I accept this as a reality of my schedule as it applies to Zone eating.

During the previous Nutrition Challenge I didn’t cheat.  Not once.  Below you’ll see that I do cheat (and here you thought I was super human…).  As a matter of fact, I cheat up to three times a week.  *GASP*  Had I cheated during the last challenge (once a week-ish…), I think I would have been less HANGRY and a bit more accepting of the dietary changes psychologically.  All this to say to you: don’t feel guilty if you cheat.  We all need it.  Rumor has it that Matt Chan eats one meal of ice cream every week.  I’d be willing to bet he doesn’t beat himself up over it.

Another note about my journal (for all you addition/subtraction nerds):  My “block prescription” is 12 per day.  I mostly stick with that but when I’m running a lot AND WOD’ing the summer, I eat up to 14 or 15 if I’m hungry, and in the winter I tend to be far less hungry.  Some days I eat only 10.  I listen to my body.  If I’m hungry, I eat.  If I’m not, I don’t.  Also, you’ll notice that the majority of my eating occurs in the afternoon and evening.  I don’t have the best habits when it comes to eating right when I wake up, making sure I have a morning snack, etc.  Don’t do as I do.  I’m simply a person who has no real interest in food until around 2pm every day.  I know it’s weird.  Don’ t judge.

Chipmunk Almond

Sunday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

I eat the same thing for breakfast every day.  Partly because I’m not inventive.  Partly because I’m always in a hurry, and mostly because I really like this breakfast.  This is the first breakfast I’ve found since starting the Zone that keeps me full and satisfied.  This is also something that I “make” the night before and put the finishing touches on in the morning.

Directions:

Use one container of plain, non-fat greek yogurt (I use the Voskos brand, as I’ve found it to be less tart – and less expensive – than other brands).  Put that in a storage container, and on top of it put 1/3 cup of frozen berries (make sure you buy ONLY berries in the store….nothing with sugar added).  Place lid on top, and put in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning, I dump in 1/3 cup of Paleo Granola.  Stir and eat.

Lunch (3 blocks):

I also eat the same thing – or nearly the same thing – for lunch every day (it’s the whole “eats like a preschooler” thing).

85 grams Spring Mix/Lettuce (this is 1/3 of a block and is PLENTY of salad)

2/3 cup chopped tomatoes

1 block baby carrots

3 oz chicken (taken from that handy rotisserie chicken I grabbed at the store)

2 tbs French Vinaigrette

1 peach

Snack (1 block):

I don’t always eat a snack and you’ll notice that my snacks can be rather

“creative” at times.  There happened to be a Broncos game this day, so I may – or may not – have figured out how to Zone a good football-watching snack.

1 beer (lager)

1 cheese stick (Light)

3 almonds

Dinner (3 blocks):

Tonight was a blog recipe test night.  Basically, I had some “stuff” lying around

and thought that throwing it in a skillet all together may just make a good recipe.  I love it when I’m right.  Look for “Sweet Potato/Bacon/Apple Hash” at a zoneappetit.com blog near you very soon.

Monday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

Lather, rinse, repeat.  Same as Sunday.  I’ll bet you ten bucks it will be the same on

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, too.

Lunch (3 blocks):

85 grams Spring Mix/Lettuce (this is 1/3 of a block and is PLENTY of salad)

2/3 cup chopped tomatoes

1 block baby carrots

3 oz chicken (taken from that handy rotisserie chicken I grabbed at the store)

2 tbs French Vinaigrette

½ apple

Snack (1 block):

Light String Cheese

3 almonds

½ apple (the remaining half from lunch…so thrifty and non-wasteful am I…)

Dinner (3 blocks):

I have a meeting every Monday night and it’s followed by a rehearsal until 9pm.  That means that dinner is typically something I can throw together in a hurry, consume, and get out the door…

95 grams Spring Mix/Lettuce

1 9-inch cucumber

1/3 cup tomatoes, chopped

¼ cup cooked beets

1 leftover bratwurst (reheated, of course)

1 peach

2 tbs French Vinaigrette

Tuesday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

See Sunday’s entry for the recipe.

Lunch (2 blocks):

2 oz of cooked, shredded chicken mixed with kalamata olives

1 cucumber, chopped

¼ cup cooked beets (yes…I “just eat” cooked beets.  I’m a freak like that.)

Snack (2 blocks):

2 hard-boiled eggs

Apple

Dinner (3 blocks):

                        Baked mustard and almond-crusted Salmon

Mixed Veggies

Mixed Berries

Snack (1 block):

Zoned Brownie

Wednesday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

See Sunday’s entry for the recipe if you’ve not already memorized it.

Lunch (3 blocks):

85 grams Spring Mix/Lettuce

2/3 cup chopped tomatoes

1 block baby carrots

3 oz chicken (taken from that handy rotisserie chicken I grabbed at the store)

2 tbs French Vinaigrette

½ apple

Snack (1 block)

Light String Cheese

3 almonds

½ apple

Dinner (3 blocks):

Grilled chicken and sweet potato rounds brushed with honey and cinnamon.

Thursday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

I really wasn’t kidding when I said I eat the same thing every.single.day.

Snack (1 block):

Light String Cheese

3 apricots

3 almonds

Lunch (3 blocks):

Leftover grilled chicken (3 oz) and sweet potato rounds

Dinner (3 blocks):

Krazy dogs

Salad w/ tomatoes and beets

French Vinaigrette

Snack (2 blocks):

Chobani Strawberry/Banana Greek Yogurt

3 almonds (crushed and mixed in)

Friday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

Maybe we’ll just start calling this breakfast “The Janelle”

Lunch(~ 3 blocks):

Lunch out at Chili’s today….

Lunch portion chicken fajitas w/ guacamole.  No tortillas.  Side salad with salsa

for dressing.  Mix it all together, and you have a fajita salad…of sorts…

Dinner (CHEAT):

I didn’t zone this meal.  And my guts were just fine with that decision!  J

Saturday

Breakfast (2.5 blocks):

Yogurt, Fruit, Paleo Granola

Lunch (3 blocks):

2 oz shredded chicken

Guacamole

1 corn tostada

1 oz cheese

Mixed Berries

1 cup tomatoes

Dinner (3 blocks):

Trainer Doug’s Sea Scallop Salad (recipe posted soon!)

Snack (2 blocks):

2 Zone Brownies

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