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Project Beach Body’s Meal Plan: It’s a Wrap!

Week2recapIf you’ve been following along, you know that for the past two weeks I’ve been testing out That Clean Life’s Project Beach Body meal plan. The past two weeks have been so important to me (read about week one here!). This plan was a great starting point at understanding what my body needs versus what I WANT. I have known for years, over 10 to be exact, that I am an emotional eater. That Clean Life took the emotions out of it for me and put the nutrients into it. I have truly focused on using food for fuel and understanding how my body responds to food.

While wrapping up this week, I recognized that I’m more in tune with my body than I originally thought. I know what my body needs, but I give into the wants far too often. Sticking to the grocery list really proved to be effective. Of course, the luxury of having the list done is a win for any mama, as I’ve mentioned before. What I didn’t realize until this week though was that that list was another form of accountability. It reminded me what I needed and what I was doing. Reminding me I didn’t need to worry or overthink it this week. With less worry and thought on what I need to feed my family this week, I was able to focus on the feeling behind the plan. The list also reminded me of my commitment, and allowed me to reflect on why I chose to try this particular plan. This week was not a let down either, the recipes were delicious, satisfying and left those “let’s do THAT again” feelings at the dinner table! See for yourself:

Project-beach-body-585From fish tacos with pineapple salsa and avocado to spicy shrimp fried rice to Alfredo sauce made with cauliflower, this plan had a wide variety and lots of tastiness! When I first received the plan, Abigail expressed her reasoning for making Project Beach Body available. She was feeling sluggish and struggling with nutrition on a personal level and took time to educate herself and find a way to change. She wanted more energy and fewer dreary days. Sound familiar? This plan focused on just that: changing the way we fuel our bodies.

I asked Abigail where she got her recipes and what inspired her. She did a lot of research into recipes she enjoys and played in the kitchen with foods and ingredients to recreate it on the plan. She was committed, and so was I. I stuck with her recipes and food plan. I continued to add protein to make the plan more personal for my needs and to keep me satisfied and away from triggers. That original concern of deprivation wasn’t in my mind this week. Week one let me play with snacks a bit, and for week two I knew what worked for me and I carried that forward.

For the busy mama, especially the new mama, this plan couldn’t be more perfect! Remember, it is not a personalized plan. What is important is to use this as a platform toward your own journey into a lifestyle change. It’s not always about being a points- or calorie-counter — it’s about feeling good and showing our bodies appreciation for all it does for us!

I’m so glad I tried this plan. Have you ever tested a meal plan? —Jennifer

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