Hey y’all. Phew, this week has been a bit of a whirlwind. I had to come to terms with reality and accept that school is in full swing, and therefore I actually have to do some work. Sleep has been limited at best, and I’ve been more grateful than ever to be on my 80/10/10 experiment, as I’ve had a LOT more energy than usual. Even still, I had to have coffee twice this week – still better than a daily habit. Honestly, it is what it is. I’m happy to say that I’m no longer addicted to coffee in the sense that I need it to feel like myself, but I really enjoy drinking it and love the boost of energy it gives on days when I really need it.
I’ve got a smattering of things to share with you guys, so I thought I’d throw together a Five Things Friday post, per the inspiration of Fitting It All In.
1. Continuation of 80/10/10 eats
I’ve been starting pretty much every day with a banana date smoothie with approximately 5 bananas, 8 medjool dates, and +/- a liter of water.
Lunch has typically been another smoothie or a HUGE ASS salad. When I have to pack my salad to take to school I usually take it in too large separate tupperwares #fitproblems
Dinner has been steamed potatoes and veggies or lots and lots of rice in lettuce wraps with a side of avocado.
I’m proud to say that, as of this morning, I’m down 5 lbs after 4 weeks on 80/10/10. I still don’t know if this is a long term sustainable way of living for me, but as long as I can sustain it, I will. My body feels great, my digestion is significantly improved, and I feel lean and strong! I can’t say this enough – if what you’re doing isn’t working (and you’ve really actually stuck to a plan), then do something different! Every single person’s body is different. Find something that works for you.
2. Coconut sugar
I’m obsessed. There are differing views on this when eating an 80/10/10 macro breakdown, especially if you’re trying to eat Raw Til 4(pm) like I am. A lot of people emphasize the lack of nutrients in refined sugar, as well as the blood sugar spike that results. I’ve been adding coconut sugar to some of my smoothies to make them taste sweeter and more caramely, and it’s frankly DELICIOUS. My approach to it is that 80/10/10 is working for me, and if I didn’t add some of this sugar (which has a low glycemic index and some surprising nutrient density), I would be far less likely to succeed on this lifestyle.
At the end of the day, if adding some coconut sugar to your smoothies is going to be the thing that makes you look forward to eating your fruit, especially when you don’t have access to fresh ripe fruit year round (like here in cold New England), then eat some! It’s not ideal, as the best option is always to get all your calories and nutrients from Whole Foods, but to help me get through the winter, I’ve been loving it.
3. Hubby’s bike training continues.
Things have gotten serious around here, folks. Our entire apartment is 650 sq. feet, and his trainer takes up our entire living room. He’s often up riding until midnight getting those miles in #dedication
4. It’s so cold in the morning that my preworkout freezes.
Now that’s dedication.
Made this for hubby for dinner a couple weeks back, and it will definitely be making a return this summer!
5 articles or videos that stuck with me:
Food Combining Chart (for those of you who, like me, struggle endlessly with proper digestion and are determined to fix it!)
Confessions of a Part Time Vegan <– Love this post – it’s not about a title or a club – it’s about doing the best you can – every meal counts
5 recipes I plan to make:
5 favorite memes of the week:
Cheers to Friday!