Plan With Me: Feast Days Aren’t Cheat Days

March 6th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health

I failed this week and don’t have a photo of my decorated planner to share. I know, I know, I can feel your disappointment from here. The weekend just got away from me! Yesterday we ran errands all day and went to a Powwow with the baby and he had a blast. I anticipated he’d love the drums and people watching and he was entranced the entire time. I told Travis I can’t wait until next year when he can walk and we could talk him out to dance around in the circle (they invited anyone in the audience who wanted to participate to join them.)

Here is a peek at my grocery haul for the week. I had a few things at home that I’ll be eating this week that I didn’t need like eggs, oatmeal and La Croix.
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This week we have TWO feast days on the schedule. I’m in heaven. I’ve never been an advocate for strict diets that can’t be maintained long term and I love that this carb cycling approach lets you eat pretty much whatever you want IF it’s not garbage processed junk food. Yes, I still eat some things that wouldn’t pass for whole/clean foods pending the person you asked; ranch pea crisps and store bought pesto sauce for example. Even still my diet has been better in the last week then it has since before I was pregnant.

On a feast day I’m eating about 2700 calories of real food. Steamed sweet potato covered in peanut butter, super thick and creamy chocolate protein shakes, tortilla chips with bean dip. It definitely makes the low carb and low calorie days manageable.

Depending on the day my meals this week will be:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with 2-3 T of peanut butter or 3 scrambled eggs with vegetarian chili and vegan cheese

Lunch: Hearty Rice Skillet, Baked tofu with steamed broccoli, greek salad, or zucchini pasta with pesto

Dinner: Loaded Sweet Potato Fries (minus the cheese) or a huge protein shake

Snacks: mixed nuts, rice crackers, fruit, and popcorn

Today I’m doing a total body workout after a rest day yesterday. I had two strength workouts last week and they both kicked my butt.
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I finished reading the All Day Fat Burning Diet which goes into detail on the carb cycling program I’m doing. It’s a pretty technical book and I don’t agree with everything the author says (his approach to portion sizes is bizarre) but I’ve learned a lot that I can’t wait to apply to the next online boot camp I lead. Rudy was creepin.IMG_7440

We were going to try to hike this weekend but the temperature dipped back under 20 degrees so I decided to postpone it to next weekend. We are going to try to go dog sledding today, and get some blackout curtains for little mans room. Just two months ago we had four hours of light a day, and after the time change next week we will have light out from about 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. In another few months we will have light out form 2 a.m. until 10 p.m.. Alaska is cray.

How is your weekend going?
What are you eating this week? 

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5 Responses

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Erica — when you count total carbs for the day is it “net” carbs? Looking forward to seeing your detailed meal plan.

  • Christina says:

    Those Snapea Crisps are amazing! Not gonna lie, when I first discovered them I was seriously eating a bag every two days or so. I couldn’t believe I had passed them up for such a long time. Those daylight hours are crazy, though. I can’t imagine what it would be like to know that it’s 2 am and sunny outside!

  • Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections says:

    Love the title of this post. I think that carb cycling could eventually work for me, but at first I think I’d be really tempted to use feast days at cheat days and ruin all my progress. It’s hard for me to vary things up. It’s all or nothing for me, so I’m either tracking everything or nothing and get out of control!