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My Clean Eating Diet

Posted May 01 2013 6:30am
Do you know what's scary?  Having to wear a bra top on television.  Yup.
Last week I was asked to host an informercial for the Ab5 Body Shaper.  I love talking fitness and being on camera, but I was very nervous about having to wear a sports bra and tiny shorts.  So nervous that I almost totally turned down the gig.  Turned out to be a really fun day with a really wonderful crew to work it.
I found out that I booked the gig about 5 days before it was supposed to shoot.  Basically I found out on Friday and had a half marathon on Saturday and the shoot the next Thursday. Well you can't exactly try to lean down before a half marathon, so I fueled my body with the healthy carbs it needs to perform like always.  Then I had from Monday - Wednesday to eat a really clean diet.  I wanted to feel energetic and good about how I looked on Thursday.
Many of you asked what I ate preparing for the shoot and since it's What I Ate Wednesday I thought it was the perfect time to share.
Note: This is a sample of what foods I ate for 3 days.  Somedays there were other snacks (almonds, grapes, almond milk) added. It's not a diet or a plan to lose weight. Kyle ate similar foods, but with more carbs and overall calories.

Breakfast - When I'm eating super clean I look forward to breakfast the most.  Each morning I made a smoothie with 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup of frozen berries, and 2 tablespoons of Nuttzo nut butter .
The nut butter is important and I needed all those calories and fats to keep me full.   Nuttzo is also great because it has omega 3's and the dark chocolate peanut butter flavor was a perfect compliment to the berries.
Morning Snack - It's not exciting, but it did keep me full.  Hello cucumbers.
Lunch - 2 cups of spinach, 3 oz of rotisserie chicken, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Green tea.
Afternoon snack - Sugar snap peas, asparagus, almonds

Dinner - 2 cups of spinach, 3 oz of chicken cooked in coconut oil or baked tilapia, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I added roasted brussels sprouts like here.
What was the hardest part?

The food prep the night before was time consuming, however having all the food packed and ready to go makes you stick with the plan.  Lunch was also a tough meal and if I was still hungry I would have some carbohydrates for brain power through the rest of the day.

The good part was the huge vegetable intake that Kyle and I both were having.  I have kept that up this week and Kyle is snacking away of greens at work every day.

Now that I don't have to show my tummy to millions of people I am keeping some of this plan in place (shakes and veggies) and I am eating more carbs at lunch. And rice cakes.  I have been on a rice cake hunt this week.  Luckily the bag is almost gone!

How do you eat when you are trying to be "perfectly clean"?

Love and leafy greens,
Carissa & Kyle
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