WIAW: Changing My Eating to Focus on Building Strength

And tasties. Tasties are always good.

Good morning Open-mouthed smile

Actually, it’s good night for me. My Wednesday morning is abnormally packed today due to some new clients at the gym (yay!) so I’m actually writing this post on Tuesday night, right before bed, to save some time in the morning.

So bear with me if I don’t make sense, mmk? I’m a morning person, so I’m a wee bit foggy after 8:00 pm. After 8 pm is for things like catching up on all my favorite shows like Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, and now The Walking Dead now that it’s back on! Speaking of, anyone want to chat about the premier? Wheewwwwie!

Moving on. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday post, and I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to show you what I meant yesterday when I was changing up (read: MOAR food) my eating style lately because of lifting. I’ve also been trying to eat as much organic, detoxifying foods, and as little processed food as I can, but for a much different reason. One I’ll perhaps get into at another date.

So here we go!

6:15 am – apple cider vinegar cocktail:

1 tbsp. ACV, 2 tbsp. juice (I went with mango from TJ’s,) dash of cinnamon, and 1/4 c. water <— I eyeball all of those measurements.

There are many benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, but here are the ones I care about:

  • detoxifying
  • decrease high blood pressure
  • kill cancer cells
  • lower blood glucose levels

6:30 am – coffee w/ splash of half and half

7:45 am – oatmeal:

For this bowl I went with 1/2 c. oats, 3/4 c. So Delicious coconut milk, 1/2 banana, dash of sea salt, and stevia, and then once I turned it to simmer I stirred in 1/4 c. egg whites, cinnamon, and half a chopped pear. Topped with PB2 and some plain Oikos Greek yogurt. I also ate the rest of the pear whilst cooking away. Yum!

11:00 am – Fitmixer aminos before/while lifting

12:00 pm – Green pumpkin smoothie:

In the mix: 1 c. coconut milk, 1/2 c. pumpkin, handful of spinach, cinnamon, stevia, Tera’s whey vanilla protein powder, dash of sea salt.

2:00 pm – leftovers from Monday night’s dinner:

Courtney’s chicken parmesan burgers (we eat them just about every other week – seriously!) with mozzarella cheese on a whole wheat bun with brussels sprouts – and an apple.

and uhhh a handful of cat cookies:


4:00 pm – NuGo bar before training a couple evening clients:

I just purchased a box of the dark chocolate organic flavor and they taste SO good. Almost as good as the sea salt pretzel ones.

and some Barlean’s fish oil:

6:20 pm – a few chips ‘n guac:


6:30 pm –dinner: more fishie (salmon) and steamed broccoli w/ coconut oil and Mrs. Dash:

This was just ok. The salmon was delish, but the broccoli was frozen and I steamed it and it just didn’t wow me. I ate it anyway.

8:30 pm – cottage cheese, almond butter, casein snack…thingy:

I just whipped together some cottage cheese, Justin’s hazlenut butter, and Julie’s casein powder – and then added a couple choco chips Winking smile – and ate it up with a spoon! Pretty darn tasty.

And now I’m drinking some of this honeybush chocolate torte tea with milk and honey, and about to close up the lap top, open up the book, and cuddle up under the covers. Ahh.


45 minutes of lifting (back and biceps)
25 minutes easy-moderate elliptical
25 minute Niko walk

Happy Wednesday!


Morning or night person?

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  1. Loving everything about this post!
    (especially the chicken parm burgers and the cat cookies) 😉
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  2. Definitely a morning person! I’m up at 5 a.m. and super productive in those first few hours of the day. Then, like you, I totally crash after 8 p.m. :)
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  3. Seriously love those NuGo bars for when I’m on the run. They’re quite filling, add a good crunch and are extremely tasty!
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  4. That was my workout today…well, minus walking Niko. 😉 Sounds like some delicious eats!

    As for The Walking Dead, I dropped off after the first season. I read the comic (a friend of ours is a co-creator and the original artist on the book) and I really wanted it to stick to that story like. Did you watch it in the beginning? Has it gotten better?
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  5. haha i’m so foggy after 8PM – especially nights when i have to work and i’ve been up since 4:45AM i’m like WHERE AM IIIIIII!! those chicken parm burgers look ultra good – checking out the recipe right this second – i love anything with parm cheese in it hahah
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  6. Morning for sure!
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  7. Great day of eats, Justin’s hazelnut butter is pretty much my favorite thing in the world lately. I’m definitely a night owl! I have way more energy at night and after dinnertime than I do first thing in the morning. My roommates, coworkers, family, etc all know to steer clear until I’ve had enough coffee! Haha
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  8. I had some sweet potato chips and guac last night too. I don’t know what it is about that combo but it is GOOD!
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  9. I am totally a morning person, however sometimes around 9:30 I wish I could crawl back into bed! I have been drinking ACV on the reg with a splash of lemon nunaturals and water!
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  10. I’m getting to be a morning person! I just can’t get up before 7:00am though…. I think it is because the hubby stays up late. I like your meals girl. I’ve been lifting heavy here lately, and so I’ve been trying to sneak in more protein. That salmon has me drooling over it!
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  11. Such obsession with the Walking Dead! It’s a great show and I think this season is going to be particularly good. I love how they actually gave Carl something to do instead of being a liability all the time!

    I’m more of a night person, I’m more productive in the afternoon/early evening then I am in the morning!
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  12. Babe! This excites me SO much :) !!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo
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  13. Love the TJs Ginger Cat Cookies.

    Would you say you are eating more protein for muscle gain? Is there a guideline about this kind of thing?
    Elle recently posted..Fresh Tomatoes.. Ah, So DeliciousMy Profile

  14. Your oatmeal bowl sounds delicious! I need to try that little combo. 😉 And I’ve been meaning to try Courtney’s Chicken Parmesan Burgers since she first posted them… I need to get on that! I’m glad to hear you love them so much! And lastly, those sweet potato chips sound delicious. I think I’d be in trouble with that bag.

    I love your new focus on eating, and I think you did an awesome job at it yesterday! I always love how balanced your meals are, and you never deprive yourself. Thank you for being such a positive role model!
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  15. I have got to try Courtney’s chicken paresan burgers….they’ve been on my recipe list for awhile. I also need to get my hands on those sweet potato chips. I haven’t ever seen that flavor. Definitely a morning person here too! I can get so much more accomplished in the morning.
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  16. Love all the eats and just can’t get over how delicious that nighttime snack sounds! Those chicken parmesan burgers sound amazing too!
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  17. Definitely a morning person!

    Oatmeal in the morning is my fave :)
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  18. My GOODNESS you and I are so much alike!! Not only do we have similar careers- we have extremely similar eating patterns/meal times too! I am DEFINITELY a morning person as well. I have much more energy for teaching my 5:30 AM classes than I do my 5:30 PM classes for sure!
    Your food all looks so good… except the Casein. I just can’t get down with it. I have to combine it with a TON of other stuff to mask the flavor!

  19. Sweet potato tortilla chips?! Yum!! Try having your casein with greek yoghurt instead of cottage cheese, and a sprinkle of cocoa powder :)
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  20. I’m definitely a morning person! I get way more done than at night. Your oats look good, I’m always hesitant to add yogurt to warm oats, not sure why! I think your new focus for eating sounds awesome! And you have a great way of looking at food and never depriving yourself, which is a great thing in the blog world!
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  21. They say making a baby requires eating more protein too… just throwing it out there.
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  22. I’m definitely more of a morning person; I’m much more productive early in the day!
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  23. Those NuGo bars are delicious. I love that they’re vegan since dairy and my tummy are not friends. My favorite flavor is the Dark Chocolate Mint. I tried the sea salt chocolate pretzel one, too. Yum!

  24. i’ve never seen those sweet potato chips before! yummy! I must keep my eye out for them!
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  25. Cara @ I don't believe in diets says:

    How do those barleens omega 3 things taste? I def want to eat more so am curious.
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