This week, I have been using My Fitness Pal to it’s full advantage.
There are a couple of reasons why I log my food:
- To make sure I’m not overeating on calories
- To make sure that I’m getting the right split of macro-nutrients (carbs, protein and fat)
It’s so easy to pick something up and eat it, but without logging what I’m eating, I easily overeat by 600-700 calories. Not everyone is the same, but writing everything down or logging it is what works for me. I try to eat a 40/40/20 split of carbs, proteins and fats – and My Fitness Pal splits this down easily into a pie chart.
I went shopping with mum and made sure that we stocked the cupboards with healthy foods for the week. I also then said that I would cook for her, as she doesn’t eat very healthily, and doesn’t know how to cook healthy meals either. So I said I’d show her how!
I love to snack on nuts & sultana’s, but if I poured a portion for myself, I’d probably have around 200grams – which adds up to like 600 calories. So, I have to prep portions before I start eating. 50grams in little sandwich bags, then they are ready to go when I need them, with no chance of over eating!
Matt made me a lovely salad last weekend, so I re-created it for me and mum on Tuesday. Lettuce, baby spinach, rocket, baby tomatoes, cucumber, crutons, chicken and pine nuts. My mum was quite sceptical about having a salad for dinner, especially being November and bloody freezing, but I made sure I had the leaves out of the fridge for a little while so they weren’t super cold, and I mixed all of the chicken in so it warmed up the entire thing.
She really liked it! Yay!
I’ve done double on the Skinny Kitchen pizza’s this week – Wednesday & Friday – I really can’t get enough of them. They are so easy to make – wholemeal wrap as the base, then whatever you want to put on top. I generally have tomato puree, fresh tomatoes, chicken, avocado, cous cous, low fat cheese and then put it under the grill for 5 minutes. Simples. Pop some BBQ sauce and rocket on top and you’re ready to go! I had my sister, brother-in-law and nephew around on Tuesday, and they all loved them. Naomi eats as healthily a possible, sometimes having to make separate meals for herself, but this is something that she can make for the whole family.
On Wednesday, I met my friend for lunch at the local Wetherspoons. While I had a salmon salad with added chicken, he had a doubled up brunch burger with chips.
This was absolutely horrendous to look at! I just wanted to devour it. But I stuck to my guns and ate my salad. It took some determination not to steal chips off his plate!
We went to Costa afterwards for a coffee and catch-up. I had a Gingerbread Latte, made with sugar-free syrup, and I also had some oat & raisin biscuits (you know, those ones then sell by the till). This was the mistake! I ate the biscuits with my coffee and then I logged them with My Fitness Pal – 280 calories for TWO BISCUITS. Horrendous. Definitely a mistake I won’t be making again.
I forgot to take a photo of the burgers I made me and mum for dinner on Thursday. Simple mince burgers (no buns) with potato wedges. I use low-calorie spray instead of oil to grill them and make them healthier. This was probably the most unhealthy meal of the week – but not actually that bad. I made sure I used lean mince-beef for the burgers and sweet potatoes rather than regular for the wedges.
On Saturday, me and Matt had chicken breast with cous cous and salad. Simple, easy – but extremely yummy. We use the So Tender papers – they cook chicken perfectly and make them super yum!
Eating well is pretty easy – I just make sure I food shop when I’m not hungry, and plan the entire week of meals. I always have healthy snacks available, and people around me that want to eat healthily too!