Slender Kitchen Meal Planning Giveaway

It’s hard to believe yet another new year is upon us, right?  As you know, there’s just something about starting a new year that makes people want to shed those holiday pounds and start dreaming of summer, right?.  Of course, one of the biggest challenges for meeting that weight loss goal is preparing and eating healthy foods that are tasty.  Meal planning takes a lot of time — looking up recipes, making a shopping list, etc.  You want to eat healthy and lose weight, but you just don’t have the time.  So, what’s a weight loss wannabe supposed to do?

Slender Kitchen Meal Planning

Well, Kristen over at Slender Kitchen may have just the answer for you!  If you aren’t already familiar with her site, do yourself a favor and check it out!  She offers her awesome Slender Kitchen meal planning subscription service.  It includes not only a meal plan of three meals per day for the entire week, but also includes a shopping list as well as what pantry staple items will be needed for all of the recipes in that week’s plan.  Pretty cool, huh?! Her meal plans include the full nutritional information which means it can be incorporated into any type of eating plan you might be following such as Weight Watchers, calorie counting, low-carb, etc.  If you want a sneak peek, you can view a complete sample weekly meal plan here (PDF link).

If you’re interested in more information, be sure to check out the Questions & Answers section on the meal plans page (scroll down to the bottom half of the page).  Here are the quick highlights of what the membership includes:

  • Weekly Meals Plans for 2 or 4 people
  • Nutritional information
  • Weight Watchers® PointsPlus® included
  • Complete, categorized shopping lists
  • Vegetarian Meal Plans available!
  • Low Carb Meal Plans available!
  • Quick and easy breakfasts
  • Packable lunches
  • Delicious dinners
  • Fallback meals to swap in
  • Over 100 Bonus Recipes
  • Ideas for snacks and desserts
  • Time saving tips on meal preparation
  • Month-to-month unlimited access!
  • Printable and cell phone/tablet friendly
  • Memberships are available for $6 monthly or at a discounted price of $35 annually

If you haven’t looked at the sample meal plan linked above, I’m sure you may be asking yourself what types of recipes are included and wonder how easy they are to prepare, if they taste good, etc.  I’ve been a subscriber for over a year and can vouch that they are definitely easy to prepare and taste delicious!  They also call for just basic ingredients that should be available at virtually any supermarket in the country.  You don’t have to worry about trying to track down some exotic ingredient you’d probably never use again.  Love that!!

As for the types of recipes, here are just a few examples for the types of recipes that have been included in the 2014 plans thus far:

Regular Plan

Vegetarian Plan

  • Tomato, Egg, & Cheese Cupcakes
  • Chickpea Pot Pie Soup
  • Slow Cooker Tuscan Sloppy Joes

Lowcarb Plan

  • Western Omelet Frittata
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Carnitas

You can also find lots of amazing recipes and information on her blog.  For example, just check out this photo of her Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate recipe that she posted recently.  It looks amazing!!  I definitely want to give this recipe a try.

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Now comes the fun part!  Kristen is offering one of my readers a complimentary one-year membership to her meal planni service.  I’ll be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway, so please be sure to read the details carefully.  Giveaway ends at 11 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  There is one mandatory entry and all the others are optional bonus entries.  For the mandatory entry, leave a comment below letting me know whether you currently plan your weekly menus.  If not, why?  Please note this is a mandatory entry, so anyone who clicks the “I commented” button in the Rafflecopter window without actually leaving a comment will be disqualified.

Even if you don’t win the giveaway (or don’t want to wait), you can still take advantage of Kristen’s meal plan subscription service.  She is graciously offering my readers a special discount through Wednesday, January 15.  Rather than the usual $35 annual subscription price, you can get it for only $25!  If you do the math, that works out to basically just 50 cents per week for a year’s worth of great meal ideas, recipes, shopping lists, and more. At that price, even if you don’t follow the meal plan exactly as written each week, it’s still a great resource for ideas, inspiration, or just a jumping off point for your own weekly menu plan based on your family’s tastes and/or food restrictions. To take advantage of this special offer, please visit this special subscription link and use the password “skspecial” to access the discounted pricing.

UPDATE:  This giveaway has ended.  Congratulations to Candice on winning the one-year meal planning membership!!

Until next time …

Melissa Script Sig

Disclaimer:  Slender Kitchen provided me with a complimentary one-year membership for the purposes of this giveaway.  I received no compensation and, as always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

R.I.P. Grandma T

Grandma T. On Friday, I lost my last living grandparent.  This was my Grandma T.  She was the mother to five, grandmother to 16, great-grandmother to 36, and great-great-grandmother to 13.  She was a woman of faith who loved my grandfather dearly.

Given I’ll be turning 50 in a few weeks, I realize what a blessing it is that I had a living grandparent for so long in my own life.  Many of my friends lost their grandparents in the teens and 20s, so I feel extremely fortunate that my grandmothers lived until I reached the middle part of my life.

R.I.P. Grandma T.  You will be missed.

melissayuku

My 2014 To Do List

2014 To Do List Happy New Year, everyone!!! Here we are that the beginning of bright new sparkling and shiny new year.  2013 is done and past, and 2014 has arrived on our doorstep.  As my friend Terri posted on Instagram last night, today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.  What will you write in your book for 2014?

I’ll start by saying I’m not really a fan of the whole New Year’s Resolutions thing.  It seems like most people don’t really take them very seriously for more than just a week or so, if that.  So, I’ve decided to go a different route this year and make a To Do list instead.

Given I’ll be turning 50 in 2014, I decided it would be fun to come up with a list of 50 things for my to do list in honor of my 50 years of life.  Hence the name, 50 Things for 50 Years.  Some are on-going items that will last the entire year or are multiple-part items, while others are a one-time shot that can be marked off as completed.  I have my 2014 to do list divided by the two types of activities to make it easier.  So, without further adieu, I present my 50 Things for 50 Years:

On-Going:

  1. Get back on (and stay on) my Spending Diet for all of 2014
  2. In bed by 10pm on work nights and midnight on the weekends
  3. Track my food every day on the Weight Watchers site and/or mobile app
  4. Walk at least 10 miles per week
  5. Take my lunch at least four days per week
  6. Drink at least 48 oz of plain water per day
  7. Complete at least fourteen 5k races in 2014
  8. Try at least one new recipe per month
  9. Balance my checking account every month
  10. Read at least 10 books
  11. Post an Instagram of at least two positives every day
  12. Post on my blog at least twice per week
  13. Perform at least one random act of kindness per month
  14. Take a progress photo on the first day of every month
  15. Make & send at least a dozen handmade greeting cards
  16. Put $10 in my savings account for each item as I complete it
  17. Vlog at least once per month

One-Time:

  1. GRADUATE!
  2. Lose 50 pounds
  3. Create a budget
  4. Take a transatlantic cruise to Europe (scheduled)
  5. Mail someone a hand-written letter
  6. Watch the sun rise (planning to do on my cruise for an unobstructed view)
  7. Watch the sun set (planning to do on my cruise for an unobstructed view)
  8. Stargaze (planning to do on my cruise for an unobstructed view)
  9. Take a selfie at the Eiffel Tower
  10. Eat some chocolate in Belgium
  11. Visit the Starbucks concept store in Amsterdam
  12. Visit a museum
  13. Attend a live theatrical performance
  14. Go to an Angels baseball game
  15. Finish stitching Le Quaker à 6 Mains
  16. Finish stitching Halloween Fairy
  17. Finish Siren and the Shipwreck
  18. Finish Happy Halloween
  19. Stitch and finish a Christmas ornament for my 2014 tree
  20. Frame at least one of my completed cross stitch pieces
  21. Declutter and organize my home office/craft room
  22. Create an inspiration board
  23. Spend an entire day reading
  24. Bake something from scratch
  25. Try a new group exercise class
  26. Answer 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
  27. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific
  28. Go hiking at Runyon Canyon
  29. Unplug completely for a weekend (no TV, no phone, no interwebs)
  30. Complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
  31. Buy myself flowers on my 50th birthday
  32. Go one week without turning on my DirecTV box which leads to …
  33. Cut the cord (DirecTV) – yeah, this one might be the most scary. lol

Well, that’s my personal list.  If I manage to mark everything off my list, it will definitely be an awesome 50th year for me!  I’ve added this list as a page available in the navigation pane at the top of the page.  That’s the list I’ll be updating and marking complete as the year progresses rather than always returning to this initial January 1 post.

Will you be making resolutions, setting goals, creating a to do list, etc. for the new year?  If so, what’s your biggest goal for 2014?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  )

Until next time …

melissayuku

Weight Watchers Simple Start – Free Magazine Sub!

I just want to start by sending out a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has stopped by my blog recently.  My traffic has been waaaaay up over the past couple of weeks from everyone checking out my Weight Watchers Simple Start review.  If you’re new to my blog, welcome! 8)

Weight Watchers Simple Start

If you’re considering joining Weight Watchers as part of your New Year’s Resolutions or just as part of making a move toward living a healthier lifestyle, they’re offering a great deal right now!  If you join through this referral link, you can get a free one-year subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine ($14.95 value) once you’ve completed at least two weeks of membership.  This offer is available for both the monthly pass holders attending traditional meetings as well as for an online membership.  Note:  This offer is available to U.S. residents only and other restrictions apply.  Please visit the referral website for all the details.

Weight Watchers Magazine

I received my January/February 2014 issue yesterday which features Weight Watchers spokesperson Jessica Simpson on the cover.  Even better than that? My pal Melanie (@mpkann) is also included in the magazine as part of a success story feature titled The Transformers.  You can check out this post from the Weight Watchers Off the Page blog to read more of her story.

If you’re planning to join anyway, why not take advantage of the referral offer and get a free magazine subscription to boot, right?!

Until next time …

melissayuku

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Weight Watchers for this post. I’m a current member and sharing it as part of their Refer-a-Friend promotion.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Winter Solstice

Weight Watchers Simple Start Review

UPDATE: Are you considering joining Weight Watchers to check out the new Simple Start program? After you’ve read my review, be sure to check out this more recent post for information on how to receive to free one-year subscription to Weight Watchers magazine when you join!

Weight Watchers Simple Start In case you haven’t heard, the new Weight Watchers Simple Start plan was unveiled to members this week at Weight Watchers centers and to online subscribers.  If, like me, you have been following the Weight Watchers program for a while and are worried about a new program, you can relax and take a breath.  For us, the plan isn’t changing.

The Simple Start plan is designed to get new members started on the program without having to learn too much all at once.  It’s two weeks of meals that can be mixed and matched without having to do any weighing, measuring, or PointsPlus counting.  The Simple Start plan is basically a variation on the Simply Filling plan that is already part of the program with a few tweaks here and there.  At the end of the two weeks, the new member will then be introduced to the full Weight Watchers program.  They can elect to either move on to the full Simply Filling plan on which Simple Start is based, or they can switch to the more traditional PointsPlus tracking method that has been the cornerstone of the Weight Watchers program for many years.

To make it even easier for new members, Weight Watchers also introduced a new Simple Start smartphone app that is available to U.S. members for both iOS and Android phones.  The app includes the same information and recipes found in the Simple Start booklet members receive at the meetings.  The app also has some fun badges that members can earn and share on Facebook.  Note: the app does require a valid Weight Watchers member login just like the Weight Watchers Mobile app.

Of course, the Simple Start plan isn’t exclusively for new members.  It’s also something that existing members can follow if they choose.  It’s a great tool that members can use if they find their motivation slipping and/or want to take a little break from weighing, measuring, and counting PointsPlus values.

Of course, there are also updated products available for sell in meetings rooms, too.  There were definitely several things that interested me, but I couldn’t buy everything at once. lol   Here are some of the new/updated items that I can remember off the top of my head:

  • “Under 20″ cookbook which includes 200 recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less, 70 of which can also be used on the Simple Start plan.
  • Updated Shop and Eat Out food list books.
  • Collapsible measuring cup set – these are the same measuring cups that were available last year exclusively in the 2013 Success Kit.  They are now offering them as an individual purchase for $4.95 which I think is brilliant.  I keep a set in my desk at my office and love them!
  • Updated gourmet measure serving spoon set – these have been available at my local center since early Fall, but I’ve heard from members in other parts of the country that they’re just now starting to see them.  I’m so happy to see they replaced the old 1-cup spoon with a 1/2 cup slotted spoon in this updated set!
  • Updated electronic food scale – this was really more of a cosmetic change than anything since the basic functionality of the scale is the same.  There is a built-in database of over 500 commonly eaten foods to make calculating the PointsPlus value quicker & easier and you can store up to 10 additional items as favorites.  I’m planning a video review of this scale soon, so stay tuned for that!

Let’s move on now to one item that I did take advantage of on Sunday when I attended my meeting.  I picked up the new 2014 Success Kit.  Here’s a pic of all the goodies that came with it followed by a detailed listing of everything includes:

Weight Watchers 2014 Success Kit

  • Multipurpose expandable tote – can be used as a lunch bag, tote for your materials, or even as a tote for your netbook or tablet.  Available in three different prints — the pink funky print I got, a cowhide print, and a blue plaid that would work well for men or those wanting something a bit more conservative.
  • Find Your Fingerprint book – personalized strategies, hints, and workseets to help tap into your strengths, manage temptations, and stay motivated and on track.
  • Portable collapsible microwave steamer bowl – used for steaming, storing, or taking food on the go.
  • Master Your Meals and Snacks cookbook – contains 150 recipes, 50 of which can be used for Simple Start.
  • Plan & Track – 12-week planning and tracking companion.
  • PointsPlus value and Power Food stickers
  • Mix & Flip exercise cards – portable deck of exercise cards to help you incorporate activity whenever, wherever.  Sounds perfect for the #wycwyc (what you can, when you can) hashtag started by Roni!
  • Coupon sheet – $45 in savings including a free PointsPlus Calculator and skin or box of mini snack bars.

The Success Kit will regularly sell for $39.95, but it’s currently available for $34.95 through the end of January.  I thought it was a pretty good value for the money given all the tools included in it.  I’ve used the steamer a couple of times already this week.  I love having an option to steam in my microwave rather than using the stove top!

Even though I primarily track using either my iPhone or eTools on my computer, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the layout design of the new Plan & Track journal.  It’s basically laid out exactly how I would have done it had I been designing it.

Each week starts with the “My Week at a Glance” section. Since it’s a two-page spread, it’s perfect for pre-planning your menu and workouts. There’s even a section at the top of each day to write down any events/occasions that might be going on so you can plan for those.  Here’s a pic of half of the week at a glance spread:

Plan & Track Week at a Glance

 Next up is the “My Weekly To Do List” and shopping list spread.  This is a place designed for jotting down the names of recipes you plan to make and where to find it (cookbook name, website, etc.).  As you’re jotting them all down, the opposite side of the spread has the grocery list sheet which makes it very handy to write down any ingredients you might need to purchase to prepare the recipes.

Weight Watchers Plan & Track To Do List Weight Watchers Plan & Track Grocery List

After this, it moves into the daily tracking pages.  There are 17 lines per page, so there’s plenty of room for eating all the foods you might consume throughout the day.  Naturally, there are areas for also tracking your daily Activity PointsPlus and the check boxes for the daily Good Health Guidelines.

Weight Watchers Plan & Track Daily Page

Lastly, at the end of the seven daily tracking pages, there is a Weekly Wrap-up page.  You can track your weight change for the week, any notes from the meeting you might want to remember, any lessons learned for the week, as well as a place to track your weekly PointsPlus allowance and total Activity PointsPlus values for the week.

Weight Watchers Plan & Track Weekly Wrap-up

At the end of the 12 weeks of tracking pages, there are a few additional pages for Notes available in the back of the book.  Isn’t that such a nice design?!  Honestly, the only thing I think I would have included that isn’t there already is a place to track monthly body measurements over the course of the 12 weeks.  Of course, that could easily be done in the Notes section at the back of the journal, but it would’ve been nice to have a printed page for it, in my opinion.

Ok, that brings me to the end of this review, although it’s really more of just a recap, I suppose.  As I mentioned at the beginning, there really aren’t any changes for those of us who have already been on the program.  Since I was already doing Simply Filling, I did decide to give the Simple Start program a try after spotting the app available in the App Store on my iPhone last week.  I’m at the halfway point thus far and it’s been fine.  It has been a bit of an adjustment breaking my typical 49 Weekly PointsPlus Allowance (WPA) out as 7 PointsPlus value per day, but that’s how it works in Simple Start now.  It doesn’t impact the regular Simply Filling Technique plan though once a member moves on to it.  On Simply Filling, members can spread their 49 WPAs out any way they like.

What are your thoughts on the small tweaks at Weight Watchers for 2014?  Will you be giving the Simple Start two-week plan a try or will you just stick with either the Tracking method or Simply Filling Technique that you’ve already been doing.  If you aren’t currently a Weight Watchers member, what are your thoughts on Simple Start?  Do you like the idea of having two weeks of meals pretty much planned out for you so that you don’t have to do a lot of planning, weighing, or measuring when you’re just getting started?  Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Until next time …

melissayuku

UPDATE: After reading my review, are you considering joining Weight Watchers to check out the new Simple Start program? Be sure to check out this more recent post for information on how to receive to free one-year subscription to Weight Watchers magazine when you join!

Losing List: Reasons to Lose Weight

Why I Want to Lose Weight The meeting topic at Weight Watchers this week wasn’t so much as how to lose weight as it was about the why of losing weight.  I really love when we have topics that really delve more into the psychological aspects of weight loss versus just the physiological ones.  This was definitely one of those topics.  It really gave me pause for a LOT of thinking this week.  I think this topic applies not only for reasons to lose weight, but about a lot of other things in our lives, too.  It really can apply to any task or project we undertake, but I’m only going to look at weight loss today.

It’s no secret to anyone who has been reading my blog for any length of time that this whole weight loss project can be a real struggle for me.  There are times I do really well for quite a while and can drop a nice chunk of weight only to let something complete derail me and I gain most, if not all, of it back again.

Losing weight is fucking hard.  Pardon my language, but it just is, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!  If it were easy, there wouldn’t be as much obesity as there is not only in the U.S., but is much of the world.  People would just realize they needed to lose a few (or lot) of pounds, change their eating habits, and be done.  Yeah, it doesn’t work like that.  I mean, sure, there are some people that can do that, but for the vast majority of us dealing with being overweight or obese, it just isn’t that simple.

Lately, my motivation has been going strong, which is a good thing.  Over the past six or seven weeks, I’ve lost nearly 12 pounds. Woo Hoo!!  Of course, we’ve also just entered what is basically the most challenging eating time of the year.  The period from Thanksgiving to New Year often derails the best laid healthy eating plans of many of person, myself included.  My goal is to not let holiday eating derail my weight loss efforts this year, and I think this week’s topic of creating a “Losing List” is just what I need to help keep me on track!

So, what exactly is this Losing List you may be asking.  Well, in a nutshell, it’s about going back and reconnecting with all of the reasons why you wanted to lose weight in the first place.  It’s thinking back to that time when you were in the honeymoon phase of wanting to lose weight when all of your reasons for doing so were clearly set in your mind.  You knew exactly why you wanted to lose weight, and that “want power” resulted in a lot of “willpower” for your journey.

For a lot of people, their reason for starting a weight loss journey revolves around an event like a big party, wedding, class reunion, etc.  For me, it was about my mother suffering a heart attack at 58 years old which resulted in a quadruple bypass, as well as both of my parents having Type 2 diabetes.  It was about my health. That was the initial push that got me through the door of Weight Watchers many years ago.

Given I’m now more than a decade older and looking 50 hard in the face, it’s a really good time to reconnect with those feelings.  With that in mind, here’s my Losing List of the reasons why I initially wanted to lose weight as well as some of the current reasons as well.

Initial Reasons:

  • To grow old healthy without the fear of developing heart disease.
  • To keep my blood sugars normal so I don’t develop diabetes.
  • To no longer have to shop in plus size clothing stores.
  • To feel sexy again.
  • To not worry whether or not I will fit in a restaurant booth.
  • To stop letting my weight hold me back from doing the things I want to do.

Current Additions:

  • To prove to myself that I can do it.
  • To move freely and be more active.
  • To no longer let food control me.
  • To feel better about myself, both inwardly and outwardly.
  • To reduce the pressure on my knees and ankles.
  • To feel more confident at work and stop wondering if people are judging me due to my weight.
  • To have the courage and confidence to start dating again.

What about you?  If you need to lose weight, what are your reasons for wanting to do so?  Have you lost touch with them?  Thinking about my own reasons has been very powerful this week.  If you are on your own weight loss journey, whether that be with Weight Watchers or some other plan or eating, I really encourage you to take some time to think about the whys again and reconnect with them.

Choose Your Hard As I mentioned earlier, losing weight is hard, but you know what?  So is being fat.  I guess I just have to choose my hard.

Until next time …

melissayuku

Fitness Friday: How I Spent Thanksgivukkah

Welcome to the Black Friday edition of Fitness Friday, everyone!  No, I won’t be participating in any of the shopping insanity that is Black Friday.  You couldn’t pay me to deal with all of that craziness. lol   On top of that, I actually have to work today.  The only good part about it is that I get to telecommute, so that makes working the day after Thanksgiving a bit more bearable.

For the most part, I have a fairly uneventful Thanksgivukkah yesterday.  It was nice to have a day where I didn’t have to think about work or school, and just relax and think about all the things in life for which I am grateful.  Given how easily we can all get caught up in the day-to-day grind of our normal lives, I really think we should have a Thanksgiving day every month. yes

Donut Dash 5k I started my day off bright and early with a very chilly 5k walk.  It wasn’t an “official” turkey trot event or anything like that.  I just took the opportunity of having the day off to knock out one of my remaining virtual 5k events toward meeting my goals of 13 events in 2013.

Now, I realize when I say “chilly” that some of you are probably chuckling since it was about 48 degrees.  However, given I live in SoCal, that’s definitely chilly for me! As you can see, I even pulled out my iBeani cap I got at FitBloggin‘ a couple of years ago. lol

After that, I spent the rest of the day just hanging out.  I watched some movies, chatted with friends, gaming, etc.  It was just what the proverbial doctor ordered for a day of relaxation.

In the afternoon, I spent some time in the kitchen prepping for a little Thanksgiving dinner.  Since I ate my “big” meal last week, Thanksgiving dinner today was pretty low key.  Rather than cooking a whole turkey, I roasted some chicken instead.  Along with that, I made roasted Brussels sprouts, steamed green beans, baked sweet potato, homemade cranberry sauce, and bake some pumpkin custard for dessert.  Everything turned out great!

I have to say, I was especially happy with how my cranberry sauce and pumpkin custard turned out.  I thought these would be the most challenging to make Simply Filling, but they really weren’t!  I had also planned on making a brown rice stuffing, but ended up decided there was more than enough food without it, so I just skipped it.  I’ll be posting the recipe for the pumpkin custards here on my blog in the next few days, but I’ll just leave you with a couple of my favorite food photos from the day for now.

Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Custard

Before I close out, I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who have asked me about the voting for the Best Health Blogs contest (link at the top of the page in my sidebar).  Yes, as it turns out, there was a glitch in their voting system that wasn’t allowing people to vote every 24 hours despite what their rules claimed.  Thankfully, they’ve fixed that issue and people CAN actually vote for their favorite blog(s) every 24 hours now.  You can actually vote for each blog twice if you have both a Facebook and Twitter account.  If you are so inclined, I would appreciate it if you throw a vote or two my way. )   I’m currently on the bubble of the Top 25 in the rankings, but would love to make it to the Top 10, if possible.  Thanks for your support!!

Until next time …

melissayuku

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, and to those that celebrate, a very Happy Hanukkah!  Or, using the buzzword of the year, Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgivukkah

Hanukkah

Until next time …

melissayuku

A Day in the Life of Simply Filling

SimplyFillingAs I mentioned in my Change of Course post yesterday, I’ve officially made the switch to following the Simply Filling Technique on Weight Watchers.  As I’ve been talking about this online and with local friends, one of the biggest questions people have been asking is about what I’ll be eating on Simply Filling.  Most people seem to view it as a very limiting program, but one you really take time to think about all of the amazing variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, etc., it’s actually pretty amazing how many different meal options one could put together.

I’m just getting started again on this new way of eating, so I haven’t ventured into the whole realm of creating recipes yet, but I’ve been extremely satisfied with the foods I’ve been eating the past couple of days.  I know once I get more comfortable with cooking fresh foods vs. buying conveniences foods, I’ll get a lot more adventurous in my meals/recipes.  My pal Suzi from up in Canada is a great inspiration to me in that department.  In fact, she even has a separate blog where she posts lots of Simply Filling recipes, so be sure to check it out if you are following, or plan to follow, the Simply Filling Technique.

Since the whole “what do you eat” question keeps coming up, I thought I would just do a run-down of what I ate yesterday.  I have pics of a couple of the meals, but not everything.  Anyway, here goes:

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Simply Filling Lunch Idea

  • Spinach salad with carrots, kidney beans, chickpeas, onions, and half of a hard-boiled egg.
  • 2 tbsp. Bolthouse Farms Salsa Ranch yogurt dressing – used 1 WPA
  • 3 oz. grilled chicken
  • 1 cup watermelon cubes

Afternoon Snack:

Dinner:

Simply Filling Dinner Idea

  • 4 oz. pork tenderloin topped with Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup steamed sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup Sunbursts tomatoes
  • Garlic toast (2 slices light whole wheat bread toasted with 2 tsp. olive oil & garlic)

Evening Snack:

  • Weight Watchers smoothie made with nonfat milk

So, that was my day in food for yesterday.  As you can see, I had a wide variety of Power Foods and met all of the Good Health Guidelines.  Given I get 49 WPAs per week, I think using only 3 of them for the day was great!  I realize I’m only a couple of days in on this latest foray into the world of Simply Filling, but I’m loving it so far!

Until next time …

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