I leave for a yoga retreat in Mexico very soon! 40 days to be exact! I am so excited to relax, do lots of yoga, and get some sun. I am not as excited to get this body back into a bathing suit. Yikes! The holidays were crazy busy and left me teaching yoga more than practicing. It’s not just the physical “workout” I need from yoga. I need the mind-clearing, heart opening, chakra flowing stuff. When I don’t get my yoga in, I feel jumbled and anxious, and hurried. And then I turn to food that doesn’t fuel my body.
So, this week I have been really amping up the protein, adding lots of leafy greens, and eliminating sugars. This is the way my body runs the best. I almost forget I have UC when I eliminate gluten and sugar from my diet. In just one week, I am down 5 pounds. My body no longer wonders where the cupcakes are. I just keep feeding it spinach and beef. After the initial withdraw from sugar, I feel energetic and less bloated. Below are some goodies I have been eating this week:
This is the new Power Chicken Hummus Bowl from Panera. Delish!
The next day I sauteed the shrimp(that we didn’t have enough bacon for) and tossed it in a salad with Newman’s Family Recipe Italian dressing and chopped pecans.
Salsa Chicken: Another favorite at my house (except for Brody because he only eats bread.) and so easy for busy people! Throw a package of boneless, skinless chicken breast in the crock pot. Add a jar of salsa, and a package of reduced sodium taco seasoning. I eat it plain…and yes that is coffee. I even had this for breakfast! When we had it for dinner though, it was awesome on a bed of romaine, and tortillas for the kids.
And Quest Bars. Love these. There are some protein bars that are so delicious…Oh yeah! bars, Power Crunch. These aren’t those. I cannot have the superyummyamieatingasnickersoraproteinbar type around. I love chocolate Power Crunch bars so much that I ate 4 in one day one time. I can only buy one at a time. And only on Saturdays. I am so not kidding. Now I buy these. Tasty…but not like a candy bar. Tons of protein, fiber, and pretty low-calorie and fat.