I am a Beach Body coach. That you already know. Sometimes that makes me feel like I am supposed to be perfect, I am supposed to have everything planned out, that I need to have this glamorous, organized, Pinterest worthy lifestyle where I know exactly how to do everything because I am trying to help other people figure their shit out too. But I don't have everything figured out. Sometimes it makes me feel like a fraud. Other times, I remember IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE PERFECT. No one has ever asked me to be perfect.
Ok, so listen- this is a very surface level vulnerability post. I want to dive in more about me and my personal struggles over the next few weeks. So if I need to start with a surface level post, then I need to start with a surface level post before I get deep.
I have a few confessions to make. Some things I want to get off my chest. They're mini things but they're things I think other people might think of me because I post on social media all the time about food, so I just want to get this out there.
1. I am an awful cook. Seriously I make decent food. I do alright, but I know nothing about actual cooking techniques. Deglaze, charbroil, flambé. Yeah. Those are all words I just looked up on Wikipedia. I've heard them before on Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Guy's Grocery Games, but I have no idea how to do them or what they mean or anything. I love food and I love cooking shows, but I have zero interest learning more about cooking, well, right now at least.
I am in a place with food right now where I am healing my rocky binge-eating, guilt ridden relationship. I feel like I need to keep working on this before I start introducing something else with food. We went to a cooking class once, and the amount of butter they used made me feel sick for days. So right now ima do me, boo. If you've seen my blog or social media, you know I am NOT just eating kale and quinoa, but I do use the same ingredients over and over. I actually feel like having the 21 Day Fix simple, simple, simple guidelines help me do more with less. I know I am going to eat 6 servings of vegetables and 2 of those servings are going to be raw carrots or peppers with hummus, so I am super creative in what I do with the other 4 servings. I eat salads every now and then, but I really rock at spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, and grilling all the vegetables. Keeping it simple right now helps me stay on track with my meal plan and helps me not worry about what I am going to eat. When in doubt, I just eat some veggies we made on the frying pan. I think it's called pan frying. I'm not really sure. It also doesn't matter. I make it and eat it and it's delicious. Ok, I just looked on Wikipedia again. It is pan frying. Wait, do I have cite Wikipedia for commonly known vocabulary but I didn't know it? Is Mr. Sloan or Mrs. Atchison going to give me an F on this blog post? Eek. But anywho, if I can eat well without really knowing how to cook, then you can eat well without really knowing how to cook. Even before I was doing the vegan plan, I rocked at making ground beef or crockpot pork tacos, chili, enchiladas, soups, frittatatatataas, etc. All really basic, easy meals.
This brings me to confession number 2...
2. I don't meal plan anymore. GASP. I know! I know! The girl who used to write out weekly meal plans in her Google docs and put links into the recipes she was making. I know. I just don't do it anymore. I don't want to stress about food anymore. I just want to spend my time on work, my business, exercising, reading, and enjoying life. I don't want to spend hours trying to meal plan. So I have the same or similar things for breakfast and snack and switch up lunch and dinner and always have the same dessert. And it makes me happy. I have never felt happier about food than I do right now. Today. As I am typing this. Every day I am happier about my relationship with food because I am in a healthier and less obsessive place every day. Here's what I usually have:
Breakfast- carb, fruit, and peanut butter. This might mean oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter. Or maybe toast, banana, and peanut butter. Or this week I have been having quinoa, apple, and peanut butter.
"But Jaclyn, YOU said I should start my day with veggies and protein. What happened to that?"
I know. My bad. I got sick of eating eggs and broccoli. Look, this is what works for me right now. I am not going to claim it's the perfect breakfast, but right now, it is the good enoughist breakfast for me.
Here's why: 1. It's simple and takes almost no time during the week. On Sunday, I can make a big pot of either oatmeal or quinoa and portion off into tupperware for the week. Then the morning of, I slice a fruit, top with PB, and stick in the microwave for 1 minute. Less time than waiting in line at McDonalds or going to Dunkin Donuts. And it costs like less than a dollar a serving.
2. I can switch things up easily without me having to rethink my whole meal plan. I just know I am always going to start my day with a carb. If I don't feel like oatmeal, I grab a slice of bread and toast it. Cool. Sometimes I top it with chocolate chips and coconut shavings. Nom nom.
Lunch- whatever is at work. Yeah, I lucked out on this one. I get free lunch at work. I always pick the vegetarian option and ask them to scoop just a small scoop of rice. EVERY restaurant wants to give me a giant bowl of rice, but I know better. A little rice goes a long way.
Snack- usually baby carrots or peppers and hummus or maybe some roasted chickpeas
DInner- A million vegetables with beans
DESSERT- Shakeology brownie. Every. single. night. I vary things with topping, but I have this every night and don't binge on cookies during the day. It works.
So wait, I just said I don't meal plan. Does that sound like a meal plan? It's a mini meal plan. I am just not on Pinterest every weekend trying to curate amazingly detailed recipes with vocab words like deglaze and parboil. I just mix and match what's in our house.
3. I am a bad house wife. I don't make Paul's food anymore. Don't worry. We still eat together. We always eat dinner together, but I stopped making him food. It was something I stressed out about because I would make him breakfasts or pack veggies for him for lunch, and he wouldn't eat them. I would get angry about me taking the time to do it and him not eating the food. He is not a big breakfast person, and I haven't been able to convince him to be, and that's fine. I can't control his life. He is an adult. He is his own person. And he's great, and I love him. So what does Paul eat? He puts meat in the crockpot with veggies, he grills a lot, he PAN FRIES on the stove (I think I used that right!) He is a carnivore for sure but will have a few veggies here and there. This has helped our relationship immensely. I can't force him to eat vegetables. (And he can't force me to eat meat!) And we live peacefully when it comes to food.
Alright, those were my confessions. And now I have a fake recipe:
Pan Fried Zucchini (98% sure I am using that term right)
Here is why this is a fake recipe:
1. Slice zucchini.
2. Put a little oil in a frying pan to PAN FRY the zucchini.
3. Your zucchini is done when it looks burnt and yummy. If you like it super goopy, leave on longer. So I hope Scott Conant never reads this because he will never want to be my friend with me using such sophisticated cooking terms. Maybe Jamie Oliver will be proud of me for eating vegetables though!
Like I said above, I don't use a ton of recipes, but rather I make and buy ingredients to have in the fridge to put together for my meals. I used this zucchini as a topping to the best freaking salad there ever was.
Obvi Jamie wanted some. Obvi. Here's what carnivore Paul said about this salad: "That looks delicious. You make some really good vegetarian shit." Ah hem. Vegan.
Want another fake recipe?? Make this salad: mixed greens, sliced grape tomatoes, diced red onions, a 21 Day Fix yellow container of quinoa (Did you make a giant pot on Sunday? You can use it for the whole week if you did!), a 21 Day Fix red container of pinto beans (also made a giant pot of these on Sunday to eat throughout the week)- if you aren't on the vegan plan, count the beans as a yellow or do a half container of quinoa and half beans, avocado, zucchini, olive oil, salt, pepper, a few shakes of dried basil, a few shakes of dried oregano, and a generous helping of Cholula hot sauce. It's the best. If you're not vegan, throw on 2 sliced hardboiled eggs or a red container of chicken breast. (Make a shit ton of chicken in the crockpot on Sunday so you can eat throughout the week.)
And that's me. I am a fake. A fraud. Full of lies and deception. So now you know the truth about me.