Pieces of Me

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mastering My Metabolism – Menu for the Week

I’m a huge fan of Jillian Michaels.  I know that Bob is the “sweet” trainer on the Biggest Loser, but Jillian fascinates me.  6 months ago, I read her book, Master Your Metabolism.  I checked it out from the library, but I hadn’t purchased it because it’s $30 ($25 on Amazon and that’s because of shipping).  The other day while at Costco, I noticed that they had not only this book, but also the cookbook.  Both for $14 each.  I grabbed them.  And I read through the entire cookbook yesterday (including the refresher regarding the science behind the book and hormones we all have/produce).  The gist of the book/theory is that our bodies all produce 12 different hormones and because of the environment or the foods we eat, many of our hormones are out of balance, causing us to gain weight and be miserable.  The key is to find a way to rebalance the hormones naturally so our bodies can become “energetic, thriving, fat-burning machines.”
Her cookbook includes recipes that are clean, whole and balanced that are not only appealing to the eyes but also quick and easy to make.  Here is what we are having this week (recipes not included – once we’ve tried them, I will share them, but until then, you must wait).
Breakfasts – These are always quick for us – The kids and I usually eat the same thing.  I have no idea what Stephen eats.  We are gone before he has breakfast.  I think it’s cereal, but I could be wrong.  As for the children and myself, I’ve been making muffins (not from scratch), but I’m so excited that she has three different recipes that I can make and we can eat!  Gotta love something you can bake ahead of time and freeze for later consumption. 
  • Blueberry Banana Muffins
  • Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
Lunches are usually fairly simple.  Hannah eats at school (AISD has a great lunch menu), Cayden (2 days a week, the other two we eat at home) takes a Hebrew National hot dog, oranges, and cheese to school with him, and I usually make (two days a week) a turkey and cheese sandwich, carrots, and fruit.  Sometimes I have iced tea, sometimes a soda (I know) and sometimes water.  This week, I am planning on eating some of Jillian’s recipes for lunch or take leftovers.
  • Tomato, Avocado, and Cheddar Burrito
Dinners will be something from her book each day.  We might have leftovers one day, but it will be from what I’ve cooked previously (hence leftovers LOL).  What I LOVE is that many of her recipes are something my children will eat (they are great eaters) but also do not contain tomatoes.  You’d think after 4 years, I’d be used to cooking without them, but many of my favorite recipes have tomato in them.  Here’s to trying something new and liking it!!
  • Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Asparagus
  • Thai Green Curry Halibut and Green Beans
  • Almond-Crusted Chicken Breasts and No-Cream Creamed Spinach
  • Broiled Tilapia with Fresh Herbs, Mushrooms (and Tomatoes) and Baby Spinach with Avocado, Pomegranate, and Sunflower Seeds
  • Pecan Crusted Catfish with Cranberry Maple Compote
I’m also going to make a few snacks from the book (which can be saved for all week)
  • Cheddar and Apple Slices with Cinnamon
  • Trail Mix
  • Roasted Russet Fries
  • Spiced Roasted Almonds
  • Almond-Chocolate Blondie
I’m a little nervous about my grocery list and price, but I’m sure we’ll be fine.  I checked prices already at a few stores, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be within budget.  We’ll probably also throw some things together from the pantry and freezer and try to make it through two weeks.  But if we don’t, we’ll be fine.  Remember, no eating out so our dollar goes further!
I’m also praying that these changes will help me with the sleeping issues and anxiety issues I’ve been having.  It’s been a tough week for me and I can’t figure out why.  I think I’m burned out.  And as much as I’m going to miss those little honeys, my last week of school has finally arrived!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hannah’s dance recital is Saturday.  Excited about that.  She auditions for the talent show on Monday.  She’s going to do part of her recital dance.  She’s so cute!
Cayden and I , along with Ryan, Chase, Aunt Stephie, and Uncle Daniel, had the opportunity to see a sneak peek of Shrek Forever After.  The look on Ryan’s face when he realized we were really going to see Shrek before it comes out on May 21st was worth the wait in the line and sitting in the third row.  It was really cute – as good as the 1st one – and Cayden’s 3rd movie (not counting the summer ones that are jam packed with kids and talked through the entire time).  He did really well, especially since he sat in the middle of Chase and Ryan and nowhere near me.  It was almost like I went to the movie as a grown up, only having to lean over and tell him to not talk a couple times.  He was so excited and interacted with the movie the whole time.  Cracked me up.
We are home from IKEA on a Saturday.  Very stressful for me, but worth the trip.  We are inheriting a 36” TV from Daniel and Stephanie (worked out a trade) and our current entertainment center only holds a 27”.  So for a little bit of $$ we were able to get a nice replacement.  I think Stephen is just as excited about replacing the old 25” we have currently as he would be if we had bought a flat-screen (okay, not really, but at least he’s not chopping at the bit to go and buy something we can’t afford).  We are still living in the dark ages, but we’re going to do so at with a bigger screen.
That’s life as we know it and a few more piences of me.

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