Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Preparation Begins... 58 Days Til Cruise!!

Counting down!! 58 Days until we set sail... which means 57 days until we leave ;-) Time to start making the tweaks.  If you follow my daily coolers, you might notice some subtle changes to their contents. The foods are pretty much the same, but portions and proportions are undergoing an adjustment. I'm increasing my fat, and reducing my carbs, and switching them up & when I have them. Since the figure competition, I've been in maintenance mode, but with vacation headed my way I'm going to do everything I can to be ready for it.

Shoulder aside, my food is one thing I have 100% control over, and I'm going to use that to my advantage ;-)

What kind of dietary tweaks am I making? You'll see less greek yogurt (boo!), and more protein pudding (yay!). Less granola, more veggies. Less fruit, more veggies. About the same protein, maybe smaller portions. Beginning next week, no evening starchy carb unless it's following exercise/workout. My fats are also changing, typically I put 2 Tbsp ground flax in my oatmeal - that's now 1 Tbsp, with more fat throughout the day. Minor changes make big differences. I doubt very much I'll need to reduce my calories, but will monitor my progress and do it if I need to.  

Today is the first day I've swapped out my beloved greek yogurt for protein pudding - I had thought it would be a wrench - I really, really love greek yogurt, lol! But I had forgotten how much I love my protein pudding! Ha! Yum!
Protein pudding is easy to make, but the results will depend on your brand of protein powder. You might remember during my show prep when I tested a variety of powders in the Protein Pudding Taste-Off. I later tested other brands, including Champion. While none resulted in the thick creamy pudding the Beverly powder does, the Champion was by far the best runner up - creating a thick fudgy mixture that will hit any chocolate craving ;-) It's like licking fudge sauce from a spoon. Seriously! With whatever protein powder you use, the trick is to only add liquid until your mixture turns thick, then chill it several hours. However, I must point out something... if you do not like the way your protein powder tastes, you will not like it in a protein powder pudding. Lol. (and really, if you don't like the way your powder tastes, get a new one! Life's too short to eat sucky food!)

If you're using the Beverly International UMP, this is my recipe, with any other powder, remember to add only enough liquid to thicken it, then blend well and chill.

Protein Powder Pudding Recipe
3/4 cup chocolate unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 scoop chocolate Beverly UMP
* 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp nut butter (I like almond) - optional

Blend well (I use a Magic Bullet) until smooth. Pour into container and chill several hours.

If you're not already following my daily cooler, you might check it out. I find, in my experience, that seeing helps me understand. The photos, along with descriptions can help show you what clean eating looks like. You can find my daily pictures here: http://recipeforfitness.com/todays_cooler.html



11 comments:

  1. So why the change, can you explain what you want to accomplish?

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  2. Hi Chelle,

    I'm kind of doing that too, more protein, less carbs and good fats. Want to knock some fat off and pretend I'm training for a figure competition. Good stuff that I've picked up from you!! And, happy thoughts to you regarding your shoulder.
    Thanks!!!!
    Wendy

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    1. The protein pudding recipe is for one serving, yes? Do you adjust the measurements if you want to make more than one serving? Thanks!

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  3. Those blueberries in the pudding look pretty good!

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  4. Why are you cutting out greek yogurt? To get more protein from the pudding than is in the yogurt or is there something about the dairy? Just curious. Love the site!

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    1. It's the dairy. Dairy causes slight bloating, which in the normal day to day of things is no big deal, but when you're gearing up to put on a bikini... dairy can be temporarily removed from the diet. It'll go back into my diet post-vacation ;-)

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  5. I just recently started following your blog. So far LOVE IT!! Question on the protein pudding - do you mix this up before you leave for work and throw it in your cooler or do you mix it a few minutes before you plan on eating it?

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    1. Hi Julie! Yep, I mix it up in the morning and into the cooler it goes. During competition prep, I made it the night before to save time in the mornings. It has to chill for a couple hours at least to allow the "graininess" of the protein powder to meld into a smooth pudding texture. ;-)

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    2. I realize this post is almost a month old, but figured I would let you know that I tried the protein pudding and LOVED it!!! I will definately be making that again. It helps to mix up the nightly protein shake. Thanks!

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    3. Hi Julie! Awesome!! Good stuff, right? ;-)

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