21 Day Fix – Day 12

 TGIF! This morning I woke up bright and early, put the coffee on, checked my email (I doubt anyone is looking for a response at 6:30, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything critical last night), and put today’s workout on my ipad. So Far + So Good = Great Friday.

Today is going to be short and sweet because I ain’t got time fa dis!

The Workout:

Cardio Fix – I have no idea why I was looking forward to this today because I totally struggled with it and it kicked my A$$!!! I made it through though with no blood, but lots of sweat and tears….or maybe I just mistook the extra sweat for tears. I don’t know. Cardio is your frenemy. It puts a beat down on you but fights your fat cells at the same time. Damn cardio.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow)

  • One over easy egg over broccoli and mushrooms
  • Black Beans

Lunch:

(1 green, 1.5 reds)

  • Turkey Unwich with onion, jalapeños, sprouts, & mustard

So today I made plans with my friend Karin because I’m working in Jacksonville and we haven’t seen eachother in forever. I told her we needed to find something healthy which is terribly hard among all of the restaurants downtown. You just never really know what chef’s are adding to things to make them taste good, and I don’t want to be that girl that customizes everything. We ended up going to Jimmy Johns because I could get an unwich there. I know iceburg lettuce is basically water and doesn’t count as one of our veggies, but I’m counting that along with the other items as my veggie. So I guess I did customize this but it’s not like I asked for it to be rolled up in spinach leaves that they didn’t have. 

Snack:

(1 green, 1 purple)

  • San Marco Elixer (apple, carrot, celery, parsley, beets, ginger, garlic)

Right after I met with one of my favorite customers I felt super hungry and didn’t have anything with me. Luckily Pulp was right across the street. Pulp in Jacksonville is one of my favorite juice bars. I wish there were one of these everywhere. Other places, it’s harder to come up with something with no added sugar, but lately I’ve been accommodated for. I love to add beets into my juice! one of my favorite smoothies here is Good Morning Granola. I’d have that every time if I could! 

Dinner:

(2 greens, 1 purple, 2 oranges, 1 red, 2 yellow)

  • Asian salad
  • One beer
  • One glass of red wine

Sooooo I kind of cheated tonight. I didn’t mean to! We went to watch an improv show across from our building and then saw that this place down the street was having a soft opening. We have been waiting for it to open so wanted to go check it out. I ended up having a glass of wine at Hourglass Pub and an Asian Salad at Elements Bistro. I was only going to have a taste of it and then ate almost all of it. It could have been worse. I think the only thing that made it a real cheat meal was the dressing it was tossed in because it had a sweetness to it. The tuna was amazing! By the way, I’m totally guessing at the container amounts


We went back to the pub afterwards where we caught an awesome blues band and…I had a beer…

Hopefully that will tease my body a little and won’t affect my fix. I doubt that it will. It’s not like I had a burger and fries and sometimes your taste buds need to have a little bit of fun!

21 Day Fix – Day 11

This morning I woke up bright and early and started the day. It’s Thursday, and for some reason I’ve always liked Thursdays. I mean, it’s no Friday, but it’s still a pretty good day. I woke up on the right side of the bed with happiness in my heart. I think those endorphins are really kicking it, because I’m like happy and I want to exercise and I think it’s always beautiful outside even when it’s not. They should really create an endorphin pill for people who won’t ever exercise because then people wouldn’t complain as much. If I had loads of money I would do the research and create it myself, but now someone is just going to steal my idea like always. It’s okay though, if I can spread the happiness, then I’m all for whichever robber is stalking my idea cupboard. I know some people use cocaine, but that’s just not good for you!

 I knew today was going to be a great day and it was! Mostly because I received a box at the end of the day from one of my fabulous vendors and it was literally a box of money plus a couple of dope items from their collection of Freakers and Freaker Feet. See below for pics!

   
 This is an awesome company and if you want to meet the owner Zack and find out about his story, then definitely watch this documentary that features him and a couple of other entrepreneurs that started their businesses through crowdfunding. It goes through the ups and downs of starting a business and is really cool and inspirational. Check it out:

 Capital C – the movie

I need to get more boxes like that. Anyone want to buy a Freaker display? The sell through is great…I’m just saying!

The Workout:

Pilates – Another great Pilates session for the books. I really felt like I needed to do a little cardio today even though I was sweating during this session. I just added a little more to the end of my workout by doing some jacks, weighted walking lunges, push-ups, and more planks. I probably could have done another workout but didn’t have very much time today. Is it crazy that I’m looking forward to cardio fix tomorrow? 

Tonight we went to Everbank Field for the NFL Draft picks. We live right by he stadium but it’s a good half mile, so we had a nice little walk to and from tonight. Plus our first pick was  Jalen Ramsey from FSU! #GoNoles

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 green)

  • Broccoli, mushroom, onion fritata with shredded cheddar

Fritatas are definitely my new favorite. I’m running out of hot sauce plus a bunch of other stuff so I’m going to have to find time to go to the grocery this weekend.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 green, 1 orange)

  • Salad with baked chicken
  • 21 day fix dressing (1/2 orange)
  • Walnuts (1/2 orange)

We had chicken left over from a few nights ago that was still good, so I ate that on top of some Romaine lettuce with the dressing and nuts.

Snack:

(1 1/2 green, 1 purple)

  • Green smoothie with berries

I really look forward to my afternoon smoothie. Next week I’ll be in some small Ga towns so I doubt that I’ll be able to find a way to get one for a snack.

Dinner:

(1 1/2 red, 1 yellow)

  • Turkey meatloaf

I knew that if I didn’t have dinner made tonight that I wouldn’t be able to make healthy choices. I had prepared a meatloaf of the leftover turkey sausage and ground turkey so popped that in the oven when I got home. Otherwise I would have had to find a food truck or concession at the stadium and would probably not have gotten anything fix approved. Among all of the beer drinkers I felt a little lonely, so I had a glass of wine for my carb substitute. I think you can do that a couple of times a week. I also had my two tsp of almond butter when I got home. Can’t let a tsp go to waste! Now we have leftov meatloaf for tomorrow which I’m excited about because we are running out of food. Guess I can always revert to canned tuna if need be! Duh!

Here is my obligatory selfie on the way to the stadium. In this picture it looks like my face may be a little bit slimmer, but it may just be the angle. Can’t wait to see those results!

  

21 Day Fix – Day 10

Day ten and we are basically halfway through the fix. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling good (even if you aren’t doing it with me and you’re feeling good for me, that works too). The only thing that I’m not getting enough of is sleep, mostly because of this blog since I have to finish it after dinner. I’m sure I am technically getting enough, I just like to sleep more than most people. I could sleep a week straight if I wanted to and I can fall asleep anywhere and sleep through anything. Maybe it’s because my dreams are magical, but I think it’s mostly because being horizontal just feels so good. This is especially true when you’re surrounded by feathers. I obviously don’t have much to say today, so let’s dive in to the daily workout and eats.

  
Today’s Workout:

Lower Fix –

I stopped by Wal-Mart when I was out today and picked up some weights. I was looking for 12lb free weights but they didn’t have any. I knew 15 would be a little much, especially for upper fix so I just got 10lbs. I’m not sure if they will make much of a difference, but we shall see. I also bought a heavy resistance band so I could try that out. I figured it would be great for traveling too!

Leg day felt good, but I feel like I could have pushed it a little more and would have had a better workout with 12lb weights. I say that now that it’s over with; I may not have said that while I was in the midst of it. I’m hoping I will feel sore tomorrow. I’m not saying it was easy, I’m just saying that I think I can be tougher! Pilates is tomorrow so I may try to find time to do a double workout and get in some more strength training tomorrow. 

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 blue, 1 1/2 red)

  • Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar
  • Turkey Sausage

So I bought this turkey sausage like a week ago and have yet to make it because I haven’t really felt like eating it. I just went to the store a couple of days ago and bought this other sausage that my boyfriend really likes. When I was making that for him this morning I deceided to try the turkey sausage and you know what? I just isn’t the same. I love sausages and maybe that sounds gross, but I don’t care. I’ll shout it from the rooftops, because it’s true! I made two patties and ate 1 1/4th. I think I’ll put rest in a turkey meatza or turkey meatloaf later on this week. Sausage Fail.

Snack:

(1/2 blue, 1/2 red)

  • Chicken & hummus

I brought leftover fajita mix from last night for lunch today and had some extra chicken for the hummus I’ve been craving. Good little snack to get me through until lunch. Gotta get that, gotta get that Pro-tein!

Lunch:

(1 yellow, 1 red)

  • Leftover fajita mix
  • black beans

For lunch I just packed leftovers from last night (which I already told you). A yellow scoop of blackbeans and a Red scoop of fajita mix. I didn’t seperate the veggies out from the chicken to measure, but it was mostly chicken so that’s what I’m counting. It was yummy cold too!

Snack:

(2 green, 1 red)

  • Strawberry, Spinach, Carrot Smoothie with almond milk

I found out that if you go to a juice bar you can order anything you want. I mean they have all the ingredients so why not ask? Tasted just like the one I make at home. I get weird looks wherever I go, so I’m used to it. You may not be. It kind of helps to be an actor, because sometimes you just find yourself experimenting on people.

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 2 tsp)

  • Tuna filet
  • Broccoli & mushrooms
  • Black beans

Dinner tonight was so yummy. It fulfilled all of my cravings even though I stuffed it down my throat in order to make a meeting with fellow actors tonight. Our meetings usually don’t get over until late so I wanted to make sure I ate beforehand and not after. Instead of using coconut oil tonight, I wanted a different flavor so I used ghee (a paleo friendly ingredient) which I love. It is clarified butter and used in a lot of Asian recipes. I also had two tsp of almond butter when I got back from my meeting, which ended earlier than usual due to lack of attendance.  I didn’t like almond butter at first, but I have to say, it really makes me happy now!

Now I’m about to edit a little vlog for Friday. When it comes to fixin, Day 10 is done! You go girl!

21 Day Fix – Day 9

Today I’m sleepy and I could have gone back to bed for the rest of the day. Even though I’m sleepy I still have energy. My body isn’t tired, my brain is wide awake, but my attitude is just a little sleepy. I’m an introvert that pretends to be an extrovert. I could go days without any social interaction and be okay with it. Since I’m striving to be a professional in the acting world and have another job that puts me in front of so many people each day, you might find this fascinating or just plain wierd. It is kind of wierd! My thoughts provide more entertainment for me than any other human could. If you could steal my head for just a moment, you’d be flabbergasted (such a great word).

Well enough on that, I don’t want to share too much. This is about the 21 fix anyway isn’t it. That’s not a question.

So i got breakfast ready this morning, put on my face because I wanted to look cute today. Not for any particular reason. Sometimes if you actually try to look decent it just makes you feel more decent. I put on my new $30 dress which I got from 4c (which was also marked down from $300 – I only bargain shop these days, but when I do it, I do it right). I got in my car. I drove to St. Augustine. I was early for my appointment. Whoop Whoop! I’m never very early, I usually make it right on time though.

I then realized that I forgot to pack a lunch or snack and I forgot my lemon water…shitake! I worked everything out though. Take a look.

The Workout:

Upper Fix was great today. I think out of everything Push-ups are still the hardest for me. They are the only exercise that I have to move to the modification for. On the first set I started out with 8 and then had to move to my knees to make sure my form was correct. On the second set I did about 5 and then moved to knees. Otherwise, I stuck with 8 lbs the entire time and didn’t struggle on many of the moves, so again, I need to increase.

After my workout tonight my friend Natalie and I went on a nice walk with her baby who is just the cutest. He slept most of the walk while she and I caught up. It’s been beautiful weather, so this was a great way to end the day and burn some extra calories! This was a case of much needed social interaction. Maybe I’ll explain it to you one day.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1.5 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 blue)

  • Broccoli & Onion fritata with shredded Gouda

I love when I start my day off with a great breakfast. Fritata’s are so easy to make and look super gourmet and stylish, so you feel extra fancy when you eat them on a paper plate (for some reason I always use paper in the mornings..oh I know the reason it’s because our dishwasher needs a 21 day fix and I hate handwashing).

Snack:

(1/2 blue, 2 purple)

  • 6 almonds
  • 1 banana

Thank Goodness I didn’t have any fruit this morning or I don’t know what I would have done and thank God I had gotten a little bag of almonds to put in purse just in case this sort of thing happened. I was in St.Augustine meeting with customers and all of a sudden I got sooo hungry. I looked at my phone and saw that it was already almost 3pm. No wonder. I knew just where a Starbucks was and I was dying of thirst, so I stopped and got an iced unsweetened green tea to have with my 6 lonely almonds. When I got up to the window there were bananas just sitting on a tray with a sign that said “eat me”. No, I’m sorry the sign said, “only $1” and I was like, “You may be worth a dollar to someone, but you’re priceless to me.” I asked the kind barista if she would add a banana to my order and she complied.

Score.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1 green)

  • 1 can of tuna
  • Green Goblin juice

As you can imagine I had a really late lunch, but I didn’t want to wait all the way until dinner because we usually don’t eat until about 7 or 8. I got home and grabbed a can of tuna, added some hot sauce and ate it while I made a green juice (celery, kale, lemon, & ginger). I’m not totally sure what a serving size of juice would be, but from most of the research I’ve done I’ve learned that it should count as one serving of veggies a day. I made 10 oz worth.

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 tsp, 1 green)

  • Chicken fajita salad

After I got back from my workout I got a little more work done and cut up chicken and veggies for fajitas. Then, I ran the bath, lit a candle, and relaxed! I picked up some bubble bath from Old City Bathecary in St. Augustine and pampered myself for a bit. They have some of the best products. Click here and you can see for yourself! Once I was shriveled up I got up and out and heated up a pan with coconut oil. Minutes later dinner was ready. No tortillas for me, just some Protein and veggies over romaine lettuce with black beans.

While I was washing dishes I was thinking about something sweet. I had a tsp of crunchy almond butter and it did the trick. It’s hardly sweet, but tastes like a treat!

Truthful Tuesday: Today was a good day, I hope yours was too! Meow.

Materialistic, St. Augustine, FL

21 Day Fix – Day 8

So this morning I got up and thought I’d weigh myself since it’s been one whole week. I haven’t lost a pound (insert blochy teary eyed face). I am not weighing myself anymore until the end. I know there isn’t anything wrong with me. I just had a check up at the Dr. and was issued an  A+ on my clean bill of health. No thyroid problems or anything. So I took a deep breath and said, “Jul, just stick to the program and it will all work out.”

My measurements haven’t changed either (for those of you wondering). Well I didn’t measure everything else today, just my arms, waist, and hips…but those didn’t change. 

So, someone has a case of the Monday’s…

Today instead of being out and about I’ll be in front of my computer for the most part of the day on conference calls and customer calls.We have an awesome new line we are representing called Cinda B so that’s super exciting! If you haven’t watched my vlogs or read any of my other posts, I am a territory manager for a company called Just Got 2 Have It. We rep so many great brands that you see in your local boutiques. It is such a fun job. Not only is it great because of the line up of brands we have, but our rep group is amazing – the best team I’ve ever been a part of (it’s mostly women and I haven’t even seen one cat fight), and fabulous customers!

I was going to try to workout this morning but I didn’t have time and accidently slept until 7:15m. Hopefully I can fit something in between work and my improv class tonight. If not, it’s going to be a late one!

The Workout:

Total Body Cardio Fix

Not to be confused with Cardio Fix, but they both kick your butt. The surrenders, which are the very first exercise after the warm up are getting easier for me. They are super easy on my right leg, but my left leg still struggles. My right leg has always been my dominant leg and also measures bigger. I think they still look pretty symetrical though.Crap, I’ve never thought about it. What if every time I walk into a room, somebody’s like, “Oh there goes Julie Ann with her big right thigh. I bet if you fry that up it would taste just like chicken!”

Omg, I hope not. Haters gonna hate. I bet my thighs do taste like chicken and now they’re going from processed and fatty to free range lean mean organic machines!

Anway, I do need some heavier weights for the leg exercises so hopefully I’ll have some time to grab some this week.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 red, 1/2 green)

  • Scrambled eggs with hot sauce
  • Green beans

We had plenty of green beans leftover from last night so I’m probably going to have the rest for lunch or dinner

Snack:

(1/2 green)

  • Green Beans

…or maybe I had the rest for a snack. I had them cold and they were a great snack actually. I might just have to make them for snacks. They’re like veggie fries!

Lunch:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue)

  • 1 can of tuna
  • black beans
  • shredded white cheddar and hot sauce to top it off

Oh you know, just love that canned protien!

Snack:

(1 1/2 green, 1 purple)

  • Strawberry Spinich smoothie with 4 oz almond milk and water

This is the same thing I had yesterday without the carrots. Sooo goood and refreshing.

Dinner:

(1/2 green, 2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • Bun less sandwich?

I guess that’s what it was. I fit in my workout in just enough time to take a shower, get on another call for work, then grab something out of the fridge before heading to my improv class. You know what’s good about improv class? It helps you improvise! I had no plan for dinner so I grabbed a couple of romaine lettuce leaves, some turkey, and some hummus. I cracked an egg in the pan and flipped that right on top and devoured it. That’s why there’s no picture. It was eggcellent and the yolk almost dribbled on to my white shirt but I did a little dance move and it went on to the floor instead. Don’t worry, I cleaned it up!

What a crazy day of eats. This is how I don’t meal prep. Works for me though.

I’m just getting home and am ready for bed. I also just had (2tsp) some almond butter because I didn’t use my teaspoons today. It was a nice little treat.

Class was fun, but I was a bit tired and not on top of it. I love watching my classmates more than anything. It almost, not quite, but almost makes me want to direct.

Here is another lesson learned through improv: 

Trust the process. It all comes together in the end.

Goodnight!

21 Day Fix – Day 6

 Saturday’s are for fun, but it helps when you get your workout done before the party starts or you veg on the couch with an all day Netflix binge. Let’s face it, we all love those days!

Today we actually slept in which is rare for us. We bounced out of our tent at about 9am and went to get some firewood from the ranger station. When we got back, I got out my mat and weights, set up my camera and pressed record. Once you hit that play button on your DVD player you hit the point of no return!

The workout:

  • Dirty 30

I am doing the 30 day free trial of the Beachbody on demand app. I feel like since I already payed for the 21 day fix workouts I should be able to stream those for free anyway, but of course not. That’s how they get you! I am using my iPad to stream them and it stopped loading midway so I had to reload the page and find my spot. I jogged in place for a little while I was waiting. When I was done working out I went to my camera and found that it stopped recording! I didn’t get the whole workout on film, but I think I got at least the first two rounds. 

We also went for a little walk along the nature trail and went canoeing for 2 hours which was so nice. By the end of the night I was ready to rest!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast

(1 purple, 1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • 2 over easy eggs with cheese
  • Strawberries & raspberries
  • Blackened mahi mahi
  • 1 cup of coffee with almond milk and stevia

Oh that bacon over the campfire smelled sooo good. Where oh where in the world is this will power coming from Jules?

I brought my containers with me so was able to measure my fruits. The salad from last night that I was going to eat today for lunch didn’t look so hot so I reheated the rest of the fish over the fire and added that to my breakfast. A little extra Protien after a workout never hurts!

Lunch:

(1/2 green, 1 red, I purple)

  • Turkey lettuce wraps 
  • More berries

So self explanatory – turkey wrapped in lettuce!

Dinner:

(1 1/2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1/2 blue)

  • Slaw with baked chicken, feta cheese, & Dijon approved dressing
  • Sweet potatoe fries

I packed this dinner for the trip because I knew I needed a healthy option for tonight. We made sweet potato fries (wrapped in tinfoil and thrown in the coals)as a side. I wasn’t a big fan. They were kind of mushy. My boyfriend had crescent dogs roasted over the fire which looked delish. The Dijon vinaigrette that I made had way too much olive oil for my liking…so I won’t share that recipe! 

Snack: 

….I might have had an extra piece of cheese (1/2 blue)

I might not have! You can believe whichever you’d like.

21 Day Fix – Day 4

Today we stretch it out, which will feel oh so nice on those muscles. It’s funny because I’m never sore directly after a workout. It usually takes one ore two days for me to feel the pain. Last night my triceps started feeling it forrr surrre! The sides of my buttocks (haha buttocks) are feeling it a little bit right now, but I know as the day goes on it will get worse. One thing I like to do when I’m feeling sore is to take a nice warm bath with Kneipp bath salts. Particularly the joint & muscle mineral bath salts with arnica. It seems to work very well for me.

 

kniepp joint and muscle mineral bath salts


I first found this brand at a spa I work with in Tallahassee called Kanvas (beautiful spa with fabulous products and specialists). The salts are from a body of water in central Germany that’s 250 million years old. Check out their website below for more information (I’m not getting anything for this, just love this product)!

Click here for Kneipp story! 
So there’s that…

I feel super energized today and might have to add in some cardio or a Hiit workout to today’s plan. We shall see. I ain’t about that bass, but I’m all about results!

Workout:

  • Pilates fix

This workout felt great today. I have always loved Pilates but have never really done it in a regular basis. I’ve never worked on any of the machines, but I know lots of women (who are all lean) that love the studio workouts. Here’s to a flat tummy and being a lean mean human machine! 

If you want more quick Pilates mat  workouts then check out YouTube. I’ve been following Boho Beautiful. She has some great Pilates and yoga workouts if you feel like you need a stretch and more engagement on those muscles that you might need more attention on in any given day. I’m sure there are other great channels that you can subscribe to as well for that.

Another great YouTuber to watch is Christine  Salus. She has a ton of HiiT videos where she works along side you. She definitely knows how to make you sweat and if you start at the beginning with her you’ll see her transformation too. I was doing some of her workouts last summer when I wasn’t in the gym and she kicks butt. There are some great 20 minute workouts if you need a quick intense session! I did about 10 minutes of one today and then I decided that maybe my butt was a little too sore!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 green, 1/2 purple, 1 red)

  • Eggs with spinach & hot sauce
  • Strawberries

Great breakfast and I didn’t miss the little bit of cheese I have been using one bit!

Snack:

(1 purple)

  • Half of a banana

Lunch:

(1 green, 1 1/2 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue)

  • “Santa Fe” salad
  • Romaine turkey wrap with cheddar

So I was super hungry for lunch today and then I was super full. I had a little bit of the mix left over from my Santa Fe peppers (sans cheese) so put that on top of lettuce with a little bit of salsa. I also had a romain lettuce leaf topped with Turkey and a little bit of cheddar cheese & yellow mustard. That really hit my sandwich spot and I didn’t even miss the bread!

[If you are on the go, the unwich from Jimmy John’s is a pretty tasty lunch. You’d definitely have to check out your serving sizes though. I would say half of one would probably be a good bet]

Snack:

(2 teaspoons, 1/2 green, 1/2 blue)

  • Almond butter (by itself)
  • Carrots
  • Humus

So I got confused today because I was thinking almond butter fit in the orange category. Nope! I rarely use that little orange guy and just thought nuts! I was wrong so I’ll have a little teaspoon overflow today. I really don’t think coconut oil should even count, but whatever.

Dinner:

(1 yellow, 1 green, 1 red, 2 tsp)

Or

(2 green, 1 red, 2 tsp) *see below

  • Butternut squash fries
  • Asparagus/mushroom sauté in coconut oil
  • Baked chicken with spicy Mrs. Dash

I have had a butternut squash sitting on my counter just asking for me to do something with it. I found a recipe in Pinterest for these fries and let me tell you something. They. Were. Delicious! They did take a long time to prep which I wasn’t a fan of, but they turned out great. 

So Autumn counts butternut squash as a veggie even though they are one of the starchier types of squash.  Even so, I’m still counting it as a yellow container. Hate me if you want. That’s the closest thing I could get to a carb besides another can of black beans…

Check em out check em out!

 

  
Looking forward to tomorrow. Stay tuned and thanks for catching up with me. I love feedback so if there is anything you want to share, go for it!

Xo Julie Ann
PS. I just realized that I had half of a purple container left so I had some grapes! Saving a fruit for dessert is the bomb!💣

On The Road & Eating

When you travel for work it’s often hard to keep up good eating habits. I go through phases where I prep my lunches and snacks before heading out into the big, wide world, but there are times when I don’t have enough groceries in my fridge or time to make that an ongoing thing. When I don’t have my food packed up and ready to chill with me on the drive, I go to these gems below.

Before I get into my top picks, I just want to say that it’s not that hard to be healthy. It might mean taking the bread off of a club sandwich or losing the croutons on veggie filled salad. That might make you want to hurl, but if you are really looking to change your lifestyle, you become accustomed to eating healthy foods and your body will start craving them. If you can’t find one of these spots below or something similar, modify an item from your favorite place and lose the fries! If you’re not interested, start by eating half of what you are served. I promise you, that’s enough.

1. Zoe’s kitchen – These places are popping up everywhere and I am super thankful. There are plenty of healthy options and their chicken salad is supposed to be the best, but that’s not what I opt for. They have a Mediterranean Protien Power Plate (510 calories) which is grilled chicken and caramelized onions over their famous slaw (feta, scallions, light vinaigrette – no mayo). This is my go-to when I can find one. LOVE THIS and could eat it for every meal. (I’m eating it right now actually)… 

Zoe’s Kitchen – Protien Power Plate

 
2. Zaxby’s – The zalad is where it’s at. I get the grilled house zalad and lose the bread, fried onions, and (sometimes) cheese for a healthier option. 

3. Fresh Market & Whole Foods – Not every town or city has jumped on the bandwagon with these chains, but you can pop in and always find a healthy option to go. At Fresh market I usually get grilled chicken and two sides of veggies.

4. Your favorite Mexican restaurant – so I don’t know about you guys, but in the South there is a chain of Mexican restaurants that have different names, but the exact same menu (or something very similar). The salad that I always get is the San Jose Salad. It has fresh avocado, grilled chicken, onions, and tomatoes on it. I add a little bit of salsa instead of dressing and it is dynamite (as JJ would say).

5. Chipotle, Moes, Tijuana Flats – Again a salad is my go to or you can get a burrito bowl which is packed with your favorite protein as well. When I ate more legumes, I would add black beans, but now I just opt for the salad – lettuce, grilled chicken, guac, pico de gallo, salsa, and cheese.

I’m going to try dropping dairy from my diet, so will have to lose the cheese on some of the salads I eat, but that shouldn’t be a big deal. Most of my picks make you get out of your car to grab your meal, but it’s nice to get out of the car after a couple of hours to stretch your legs and much better than stopping at McDonalds for a burger and fries. Sometimes I’ll stop at Starbucks if I’m up early and need some caffeine. I’ll get a breakfast sandwich and lose the bread. For instance this morning, I ordered the sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. I lost the bread and the cheese (because it’s melted to the bread- I think that they did that on purpose so I wouldn’t eat it) and ate the sausage and egg.

In everything you do, you make choices. Make the ones that you will benefit from. The happier we are with ourselves and the healthier we are, the happier we can make others and the easier it will be to positively impact the world. I do believe the food we eat is important. Everything starts from within. I do believe that I’ve been unhealthy for a long time and I think that has something to do with what I put in my body. 

Most of my meals are at home, but if I can make subtle changes when it’s easiest to make bad choices then that’s a good start. Like most people that write blogs say…If I can do it, anyone can. Take care of yourself this week. Embrace your life and be grateful for it!

Fresh Friday – Fresh Field Farms

So today when I opened up the freezer to pull something out for dinner tonight I realized that it was time for a trip to the grocery. Whenever I need an ingredient for a couple of things I’ll just pop into the store and pick it up. Today I felt like going on a much needed adventure though…and adventure to Fresh Field Farms!

The holiday season got kind of tricky for my regular grocery shopping sessions because my household was very busy. Between me and my boyfriend we have a lot going on because we both have regular work hours and then we have our not so regular work hours when we are still actually working. He is in an outlaw country band and plays the stand up bass and I am an actor. Our schedules are always packed so sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook healthy meals. Often I’ll buy fresh veggies and they will go bad by the time we are actually able to stay home and cook a nice healthy meal. Now that the holiday’s have been over, it’s easier to get on and stay on track. I just have to figure out how to tackle the holidays when they come up. Advanced meal prep is key…I have yet to do that!

Fresh Feild Farm’s is a great grocery store. It’s more of a farmers market. They bring the farm to you! It’s full of freshly packed, organic, non GMO, antiboitic and hormone free foods. Many people are scared to jump on the health food bandwagon because it may seem more expensive to buy fresh foods (especially of a great quality) than processed foods, but that isn’t the case if you know where to shop! I definitely suggest scoping out your local farmers markets if you don’t have access to a store like this. Although, it seems now that people are becoming more aware of their diets and nutrition, places like this are popping up everywhere, so be on the lookout! If you are in Jacksonville or Orlando Florida check out the below link to learn about Fresh Field Farms and find the location nearest you!

Fresh Field Farms
Watch my vlog to sneak a little peek into Fresh Field Farms and find out what great goodies I got. I also found a recipe via Pinterest that I made with all of my fresh goodies. The link to that recipe is in the video description notes and I can attest that it was yummy!  Click the link and watch below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel for FRESH updates! Have a great weekend!

Fresh Friday Vlog – Fresh Field Farms