Ship’s Log–February 10th, 2015

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One of the real struggles I have with staying on the Eat to Live plan is balancing the Eat to Live protocols with the constant influx of information telling me that I need more protein. Eat to Live doesn’t have nearly as much protein as just about any other source says I need, so I feel pulled in two directions. As a result, I usually find myself anxious about protein and adding in extra refined sources, like I did today at both breakfast and after my workout.

I probably didn’t need this calories from the protein powder this morning or the jerky after my strength training session, but a little voice in the back of my head told me that I MUST SURELY need that protein given how little protein there was in the rest of my day.

I do know that three years ago when I first did the Eat to Live program and stuck with it like it was my new religion, I lost weight. A lot of it. Fast. And then when I was encouraged to join a program that focussed on protein, I added it back. Not as fast, but that’s the point when I started gaining again. While I’m sure some of what I gained back is muscle, not all of it was. I think that once I let those refined, processed proteins start sneaking their way back into every meal, it’s a quick slip and a slide into breaking all the rules daily, like refined sugars and salty snacks.

I know Eat to Live works, so why can’t I just stick to it like a good little soldier, huh?

Distance to goal weight: 23.5 pounds

Fitness:

  • 10 push ups, sit ups, and squats
  • 35 minutes strength training

Breakfast:

  • Steel cut oats with banana, walnuts, and a little drizzle of maple syrup
  • Vanilla soy milk with one scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Morning Snack:

  • Peppermint green tea with honey and lemon

Lunch:

  • Bowl of black bean and corn chili
  • Quesadilla with whole grain tortilla, Daiya cheddar, salsa, and mixed greens
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Mixed berries

Afternoon Snack:

  • Hummus with carrots and cucumbers
  • Post work out: Seitan jerky

Dinner:

  • Crock pot risotto with peas, mushrooms, and vegan sausage
  • Mixed greens with balsamic

Late Night:

  • Chamomile tea
  • Almond date balls, probably too many

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