Meal Planning Day 2

Happy Friday! Day 2 of my meal planning experiment was definitely a success! It was so much easier to make healthy meals with a plan in place.

For lunch I made a pasta dish of whole wheat pasta with garlic chicken sausage, garlic, kale and bit of parmesan.

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Brandon had the day off, so when I got home from work he had already started prepping dinner (best fiancé ever!). We made a caprese salad with lean chicken breast seasoned only with lemon pepper. It was delicious!

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Pictured above is Brandon’s portion…huge! He’s 6’4 so his portions are typically way larger than mine (and he still finds room to finish off my food!).

In between meals, I snacked on chocolate covered pretzels dipped in peanut butter. I’m glad they’re almost gone because it takes all my will power not to eat the entire bag.

I took a day off from the gym yesterday because I’ve been feeling rather fatigued and headachy and felt like I needed a rest day. I think this is due to low levels or iron. Two reasons I came to this conclusion is that I typically feel sluggish the week after my period, which is common in women my age who have low levels of iron, and I recently learned that people who are more physically active need higher levels or iron. I believe I need to increase my intake of iron and vitamin C (which aids in absorption of iron) and plan to increase intake through food sources as it is both more effective and safer. I will keep a close eye on if this changes how I feel!

There are a few fun activities on the agenda this weekend including a comedy show, possible paddle boarding and a BBQ. I can’t wait!

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