After I opened up about my weight loss journey (which I now refer to as my fit journey), the questions poured in about my diet.
Many of you asked what I eat in a typical day, when trying to lose weight or maintain weight.
I’ve had a “What I ate today” video on my to-do list for so long and now I’m excited to share my first one.
Now, when I started looking at other YouTube videos for inspiration, I was amazed by how glamorous everyone looked!
Everyone was in full makeup by 7:30am, which is MIND BLOWING to me, but I guess if I was a professional vlogger, I’d do the same! To each their own and bless the hearts of those who know how to do makeup, because that’s an art I think I’ll never truly master.
As a preface to this video, I filmed it on Monday (this past Monday, October 19th) after a weekend of not-so-healthy eating (which, if you follow me on @GetInspiralized, you now know by I polished off a tub of almond butter.)
Thus, I tried to eat very healthy and clean. On other nights, I may add in a dessert like some frozen grapes, dates and walnuts or some dark chocolate. However, the day was long and I made dinner so late, that I kind of ate, watched some TV with Lu and went to bed! That’s how most Mondays tend to go, though.
Here’s a breakdown of what I ate:
- 8:15am: Coffee with almond milk
- 10:30am: Oatmeal with 1/2 banana
- 11:30am: Asian pear
- 3:30pm: Quinoa, Avocado and BBQ Chickpea Bowl with Kale, Carrots, Onions and Spiralized Cabbage
- 6:45pm: 1/2 banana with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 8:30pm: Dijon Roasted Salmon with Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa (leftover from lunch)
You can watch the video below and if you like it, let me know in the comments if you’d like me to continue videos like this and if there’s any other way you’d prefer to see it done! Your feedback is what makes Inspiralized be the best it can be, so thanks in advance.
This week’s module at IIN focused on raw foods and the raw food diet and also, the importance of career congruency and how it is possible to help people and still make money (the two are not mutually exclusive.)
Before I get to the career bit, I thought I’d share with you some of the raw superfoods off a list that the module shared, being the most valuable superfoods in the world:
- Goji berries
- Hemp in raw form
- Spirulina (did you know that spirulina offers the highest source of complete protein?)
- Bee products (ie honey)
- Sea vegetables (ie nori/seaweed)
Just food for thought (literally) next time you’re going to make a salad or grab a snack. Why not grab some cacao covered goji berries and load up on antioxidants?
Raw foods are great because live food contains enzymes that act as catalyst for detoxification and the absorption of nutrients. Unfortunately, when we cook food, some of these enzymes are killed off, so the nutrients from these foods aren’t as easily absorbed.
Don’t fret, as long as you’re eating clean vegetables, you’re in the right! What I love about IIN so far is that they don’t teach you what to think, they give you the tools to make your own beliefs.
Back to career talk. When I first started Inspiralized, my goal was to create a community around Inspiralized, because there was nothing on the Internet for it – there weren’t many recipes (and all of the recipes available were raw vegan.) I wanted people to learn how to eat creatively and healthfully with the spiralizer and the best way I knew how to do that was to start a Recipes blog. I said to myself, “My first priority is building this community, but if I can’t support myself after a year, I will consider some part-time work to supplement what I’m doing.”
Never did I say, “I’ll stop Inspiralized if I can’t live off of it.” Money wasn’t my #1 motivator and I think that’s why Inspiralized has touched as many people as it has today. I like how IIN talks about “Career Congruency,” which is the notion that it’s important for your career to be congruent with your spiritual self. If you’re someone who loves to help others and that makes you feel the happiest, then a job that has nothing to do with that probably isn’t for you.
Having career congruency (which I now have) is so important to maintain a fully happy, fulfilled life. Just like the saying, “Most people don’t know how good their bodies are supposed to feel,” I feel the same way about my career now – “Most people don’t know how happy a career can make their lives.”
If you’re in a financially stable job and you don’t intend to change, there’s nothing wrong with that and I like the tips that IIN provided for that. For example:
- Make your desk area more attractive – tack up motivational quotes, buy a cheery coffee/tea mug, buy fresh flowers
- Take moments for yourself to clear your mind, whether it’s taking 30 seconds to smell some essential oils (I love Peppermint during the day) or going for a walk
- Tell your employer the kind of work that you’d like to do that will satisfy that spiritual part of you – most likely, they’ll love your initiative! Want to start a charitable office potluck? Do it!
- Build more raw foods into my diet, such as goji berries and nori
- Organize my desk space
What do you think of this week’s Nutrition Talk?
In case you missed a previous Nutritional Talk, every week, I’ll be sharing some takeaways from the courses I’m taking at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. If you’d like to start Nutrition School, IIN is offering anyone who signs up through Inspiralized a hefty discount off tuition. To learn more, click here.
Disclaimer: While IIN has offered these courses complimentarily to me, I have not been compensated in any other way and all opinions are always my own.