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Welcome to the #BikiniSeries edition of What I Ate Wednesday! We are on week 1, day 3 of the challenge, and I am so impressed with the updates to the challenge this year. I started following the meal plan with a little hesitancy because in the past, their meals have been way too calorie deficient and I was always tired and hungry. Hangry Lindsay is not a good time. But this year they’ve added a lot of healthy fats to the meals, and upped the amount of protein they are recommending, and I’m actually feeling satisfied all day long! Plus, the amount of exercise they’re prescribing each day is so much more realistic. Sorry, but last year I was not about to keep up with a 40 min “bootycall” (AM workout) plus 60 min of cardio later in the day, all while running off about 1200 calories a day. It really seems like they listened to their community and these changes reflect that, which is seriously so awesome.
These next few weeks of WIAW will be fun, since this week is the Bikini Series week 1, then the next 4 weeks I’ll be doing the Alchemy 365 challenge (think whole 30 meals), and finish up with the last 2 week of bikini series! Plus, I’ll be going on a climbing trip to Devil’s Tower in May, so I’ll be posting some awesome paleo/bikini series/whole 30 approved meals for when you’re living in a tent and on the road! So here’s what my day 2 of the bikini series looked like:
I woke up, put on workout clothes, and jumped right in to my AMWO (AM workout) – the new Sandy Sweat HIIT Routine. I followed this up with 12 oz warm water + lemon, and my breakfast of Pina Colada Overnight Quinoa! This is from TIU Nutrition Plan, except I swapped the oats in the recipe for I Heart Keenwah flakes, removed the honey, and doubled the protein powder.
After breakfast I grabbed a Rebbl Reishi Cold-Brew, and headed to work. For a mid-morning snack, I had my meal-prepped chocolate Chia Pudding.
I mixed about 1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk, 1/2 scoop Perfect Fit chocolate protein, 4 tsp chia seeds, and 3-4 drops liquid stevia in a jar. Mix everything well, then place in the fridge overnight. I topped mine with 1/2 cup fresh strawberries.
For lunch, I had a wrap on a Siete Foods cassava tortilla, with 4 oz chicken slow cooked with Primal Palate meat + potatoes seasoning, 1/4 avocado, 2 sliced strawberries, and a small drizzle of honey. On the side I had some leftover butternut squash noodles that I sauteed in avocado oil with mushrooms, spinach, and sundried tomatoes.
After lunch I was craving coffee, so I made a caffeine free latte with about 2 Tbsp of my Dandy Blend tea, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup water, 1/2 scoop Nuzest Creamy Cappuccino protein, 1 Tbsp Sun Potion Anandamide, 1 heaping tsp collagen, 1 tsp l-glutamine, and a few drops of liquid stevia. I also snacked on a few dried apple rings.
***EDIT*** I have removed the link to Dandy Blend tea because this company is deceiving and when tested by independent organizations, it is NOT gluten free or safe for those with Celiac. I have been having terrible Celiac symptoms just found out are due to drinking this.
I ate an early dinner since I was going climbing. I had my leftover Tahini Tray Dinner from the TIU plan, which is why this picture does not look too appetizing – leftovers rarely do. It’s basically a combo of chickpeas, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tahini, and spices roasted in the oven. It was actually super delicious!
After climbing for a few hours, I cam home and ate a banana + 2 pieces dark chocolate for dessert before bed.
I know that a lot of these meals are NOT paleo. I thought I would treat myself a little bit before starting the Alchemy challenge next week. Although I enjoyed every meal, I am totally paying for it today and I feel awful – bad bloating and cramping, fatigue, and headache. Not fun. THIS is why I eat paleo, and sometimes it takes a little falling off the wagon to realize that 🙂