This was my first week joining the Mushroom Makeover project and want to share with you my week one update and how all is going on my personal journey to getting healthier and adapting to lifestyle changes for a better future. During this week I have learned the following:
- Having a schedule and discipline is important.
- Involving my family in the process is key.
- Having a support group is helpful.
I am not going to lie to you doing lifestyle changes is challenging though I have been feeling so good and with so much energy that has served as a motivation to move and continue with the challenge. As off now I have lost 5 pounds so I guess I am doing well. I am not looking to drop drastic weight but to do it slowly, lose on size , manage to keep weight off and continue with the program after the 30 day challenge is over. Our nutrition coach Corinne Dobbas has provided us with tips and a meal plan that is easy to follow and also with many alternatives. For example I love rice, of course it is part of my Latino heritage we at home eat a lot of rice with our meals; well Corinne has given us replacements like quinoa and polenta that are not only delicious but have fiber and make you feel full.
But a weight loss program isn’t complete without physical activity and Mamavation’s coach and Personal Trainer Mark Segedie, Mr. BookieBoo has put together an exercise plan that combines cardio, burning calories and building muscle. Daily goal is 10,000 steps so trying to do my best and continue moving. Here a video of the so called burpees for the burn it session. First time I did this was exhausted but the more you do the plan the better it becomes. Yes you will be sore next day too!
The meals are fabulous, replacing meat for mushrooms or blending meat with mushrooms is definitely a great option. You can make many varieties of meals. I have used some of Corinne’s recipes as an inspiration to develop my own healthy dishes. Here you have some of my meals of the week.
Grilled Portabella Tacos – Portabella mushrooms are my favorite for grilling. They are meaty and could be a good replacement for beef, you can’t even tell those are mushrooms, so flavorful and bold.
Mushroom Egg Scramble – I have been eating breakfast, it is a must to activate the metabolism and this egg scramble with mushrooms, poblano peppers and onions was delicious and very easy to prepare. You have breakfast in less than 10 minutes!
Mushroom Spinach Soup – Very easy to make a good source dietary fiber and protein, and it is inexpensive. Having soup for lunch is good to help with the cravings.
Green Juice – My favorite juice ever and great after working out or as a treat for mid afternoon. It is fresh and satisfying!
Chicken Mushroom Stir Fry – This one I am using grilled chicken leftovers I had and blending with crimini and white mushrooms as well as shredded broccoli, baby carrots, broccoli florets, snow peas, onions and served over a bed of garlic quinoa.
Replacing some of the ground beef, turkey, or other lean meat with mushrooms is an easy technique called “blendability”. To learn more about this topic see this video.
I Invite you to continue following me on my journey, I am excited to go for Week Two!