The problem with healthy eating, is my family. My kids want to eat junk and turn their nose up at my healthy meals, and my husband is hungry ALL THE TIME. I know it boils down to personal responsibility but the struggle is real! It’s a constant battle for women, who are trying to feed their family and make them happy, while maintaining their own health goals.
As far as the gym, I have nobody to blame but myself. After a 5 week gym hiatus I have about 10 pounds to lose in 6 weeks if I want to be bathing suit ready for our beach vacation. With that as my motivation, I’m hoping to make that goal possible.
so, What’s My plan?
If you’ve read some of my past health and wellness posts, you know I hate the gym, but it has to become my friend again. I’ll be back at the YMCA 4 days a week for my Body Pump, Body Combat and Tabata classes. Each class is an hour and kicks my butt in all the right ways!
Due to the weight loss benefits, I’m going to incorporate apple cider vinegar in my homemade salad dressings and to start my morning. Green tea will also replace any drinks other than water. To see my recipes, check out my Pintrest board.
The goal is to eat every 3 hours so I don’t get hungry and eat whatever I can easily grab. I’m also taking fiber and a probiotic in the morning to help with digestion.
As soon as I wake up: One cup warm water, mixed with apple cider vinegar, lemon and honey
Breakfast: 1 egg, spinach, tomato bake – or – green protein smoothie w/flax seed
Early Lunch: Protein and veggie. This week: Curry chicken with cauliflower rice & stir fry veggies
Late Lunch: Green salad, no protein. This week: Modified Cobb and Apple Walnut Salads
Dinner: Protein and veggie. Primarily turkey and chicken
Before Bed: Blended chocolate casein shake with scoop of coconut oil
You can find all of this on my 6 week challenge Pintrest board which I’ll be adding to each week. The recipes pinned will have modifications as seen below for the lettuce wraps. We had them for dinner tonight and they were AMAZING! Of course my husband, still made himself another dinner. Why don’t I just make steak and potatoes every night?
I’ll be posting other modified recipes throughout the week. For now, you’ve got to try these wraps!
Thai Lettuce Wraps
- 1lb ground turkey
- 1 cup minced green pepper
- 1 can water chestnuts
- I TSP Onion Powder
- 1/2 TSP Paprika
- 1 Head Bib Lettuce
- 2 TBSP Soy Aminos
- 2 TBSP Hoisin Sauce
- 1 TBSP Rice Vinegar
- 1 TBSP All Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 TBSP Honey
- 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
- 1/2 TSP Powdered Ginger
- Combine all ingredients to make sauce in bowl, set aside
- Put turkey in pan, sprinkle with onion powder and paprika. Cook till pink is gone.
- Add peppers and water chestnuts. Cook 5-7 minutes.
- Add sauce, lower heat and cook 5- 10 minutes
Fancy meals, no matter how large the portions, cannot make my family of 5 happy. It boils down to whether cooking new, healthy recipes makes me happy, and I think it does, most nights. The other nights, I think I’ll make them do the work and I’ll put my feet up!
What are your family meal plan struggles?