|Christine and her son, Omar
This is a post from my new client Christine who is documenting her weight loss journey while receiving my training and nutritional advice. You can read her last post here. Read down to the end to find out how much Christine has lost so far!!
Well-Planned Shopping and Cooking Strategies Save the Day!
|Paleo Grass Fed Meatballs
I went kind of heavy on the comfort food in the beginning, but that was easily remedied with a few refreshing additions like homemade guacamole, taco salad, and tuna. Varying my palate with cool, minimally cooked things is helping me feel balanced.
|Success begins with well-planned shopping. Here, my bounty from Trader Joe’s
Baba Ganoush and Spiced Beef is a Family Pleaser
Since I’ve started this program, I’ve fallen in love again with eggplant! It’s also great sauteed with beef, onions, and tomatoes, or alone sauteed with butter. This simple Middle Eastern dish of eggplant, tahini, sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper is delicious and satisfying. Roasting the eggplant and removing the skin is super easy, so don’t be afraid to try this recipe! On another note, a good jar of tahini, which is needed for baba ganoush, can also be used as a dressing for salads by mixing it with warm water, lemon juice, and salt/pepper. Mix it with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes for a simple, filling salad that goes great with beef, chicken or fish.
|Eggplant roasted for about 45 minutes and took less than 1 minute to peel
|Caitlin’s Baba ghanoush
- Make sure you eat a good breakfast. I’ve found what and when I eat breakfast really sets the tone for how I feel all day, so eat a filling, balanced breakfast that includes good fats to keep hunger and cravings away!
- If you buy beef in bulk and freeze it, make patties before freezing and pack so you can take one at a time.
- Cook extra of meals that make great left-overs. The meals I doubled up on in addition to baba ganoush were Cabbage stew (a simple combination of fresh cabbage, ground beef, onions, fresh garlic, and tomato) and Beanless Chilli.
- Look for healthy convenience foods like canned tuna, sardines, and salmon. These are great for a quick meal. I eat my tuna with sliced tomato and cucumbers with lemon juice, salt and pepper. This meal gives me so much energy and keeps me full for hours. I love that I can get the entire dish ready in under 5 minutes, making it great for lunchtimes when I find myself hungry, standing in front of the fridge thinking “WHAT am I going to eat?”
- If you’re really feeling a desire for carbs or sugars, try a sweet potato with butter, or a cup of tea with coconut milk. Don’t forget last week’s tip of L-glutamine powder too!
- Check out Grass Fed Girl and other websites with Paleo recipes for new ideas and inspiration. If your goal is to lose weight, avoid the more “treat” like foods you find. Paleo Pancakes or Coconut Milk Ice Cream would both be delicious right now, but not helpful in my weight loss efforts. I love knowing I have some “treat” options when I’m ready to explore them.
|Hoping to drop some more lbs. before my work trip to Dubai.
Caitlin’s Comments: I am so impressed with Christine’s progress. We took her measurements on Jan 11, 2012 and then again on Feb, 1, 2012. She lost nearly 12 inches off her body in just 20 days! I am so happy for her. She said her clothes are fitting better and she is feeling less aches and pains. I always take measurements with my clients around their body because it a much better way to chart progress than the scale. We will update you soon with more!
See you next week!