If you haven’t read my last post on intermittent fasting, check it out! I promised I would give updates as I continue on my journey to eating cleaner and losing a few pounds.
I’m about a week or so in with my intermittent fasting, and it has seriously increased my appetite.
Right now, I’m fasting around 16 hours with an 8-hour window to eat. The schedule I’m currently sticking to is waking up and skipping breakfast. I’ll usually still drink coffee (black now since there’s no fear of calories–but oh my goodness it’s nasty! I’m a cream + sugar gal). Around noon (my 16 hours of fasting mark) I am pretty famished so I “break my fast” and try to eat as healthy as I can from our employee cafeteria, usually chicken or fish, beans, and fruit. This way I’m not adding a lot of extra calories so that my body can focus on burning away the stored fat during my “fasting” hours.
Since 12-8 p.m. is my “eating window”, I aim to have dinner fixed and eaten by 8 p.m. I then begin again with another 16-hour fast.
A Shopping List Refresh
I had gotten so lazy in my shopping and eating this past year. It was easier to just grab Taco Bell or McDonald’s (don’t judge me, I LOVE their fries) than to cook a meal after coming home from work. But thanks to my boyfriend Greg, he encouraged me to be more cognizant of what I put into my body and I’m glad I listened.
In addition to a lot of changes, I’ve begun to drink almond milk instead of regular (less hormones and preservatives), lessened my consumption of soda, eat leaner proteins such as salmon and am amping up my smoothie game ( love putting chia seeds in mine!)
Just last night, Greg and I decided to make fish tacos and they turned out so well! I listed what we put in ours below:
- Flour tortillas
- Tilapia – I seasoned this with garlic salt, oregano and thyme
- Black beans
- Mango salsa