So. I’m leaving for Jamaica this week. And like most, I vainly want to look good in my bikini uniform that I plan on wearing the entire trip. So what do I do when I’m looking to lose a few pounds/flatten my belly?

  • Bump up the workouts a bit
  • Decrease the refined carbs and flour
  • Build meals mainly around protein and vegetables

Because eating out is one of my obsessions/favorite things to do, I planned a few healthy dinners out at Chop Stop, Malibu Fish Grill and Chipotle which helped to break up the protein + vegetable dinners. I haven’t lost any weight but I think my stomach is a little flatter…

workout: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes walking hills on the treadmill

coffee: dunkin donuts hazelnut k-cup (Why aren’t they available to buy online?! My Mom had to ship from WI.) + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: flapjacked protein pancakes. I’ve mentioned these before, and I’m still loving them. I top mine with a touch of maple syrup + almond butter.

coffee 2: I’ve started an unfortunate cold-pressed iced coffee concentrate obsession. It’s another expensive habit that I really don’t need…but it’s fun. And delicious.  I mix a  few ounces concentrate + 1/3 cup 2% milk + splash of 1/2 & 1/2.

lunch: salad with chicken. I topped a bunch of salad greens with mushrooms + shredded carrots + tomatoes + sunflower seeds + dried cranberries + roasted chicken (side note: I tried the roasted, sliced chicken from trader joe’s – totally paying for convenience but I’m a fan) and a blue-cheese vinaigrette.

snack: carrots + cheese stick + almonds that I didn’t end up eating

walk: I was planning on a quick barre3 workout when I got home, but I ended up chatting on the phone, not getting on the bus and walking home from work. Four slow miles.

dinner: I annoy myself with dinners sometimes. Ok, a lot. I always have things planned and then I change my mind. Tonight was supposed to be chicken + cucumber noodles with a peanut sauce. I didn’t want that and decided meatballs sounded good. Then I realized the marinara sauce had mold and I had no canned tomatoes (another side note: who doesn’t have any canned tomatoes?!) so I settled for turkey meatballs with a bit of parmesan + kale & chard sauteed in ghee + sauteed grape tomatoes.

Oh, and a splash of wine!

dessert: one square dark chocolate

approximate nutrition stats: 1,712 calories, 80 grams fat (41%), 146 grams carbohydrates (33%), 38 grams fiber, 51 grams sugar, 115 grams protein (26%)

See you back in LA! I’ll probably be instagramming up a storm…I apologize in advance. :)

15 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Karla @ Foodologie
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    I’m incredibly jealous you’re going to Jamaica. I should follow the Bump up the workouts a bit, Decrease the refined carbs and flour, and Build meals mainly around protein and vegetables plan just for life…

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  2. Mercedes
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    You mentioned Chipotle as one of your healthy dinner-out options. As you know, I die for Chipotle and feel that I do a pretty good job ordering healthy ingredients there. I would love to know what you order when you go there!

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    • Emily
      Aug 06, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

      I always think about that time we went on Halloween and had to “dress up” as a burrito! Ha!

      My standard order is: salad (no dressing) + chicken + fajita veggies + a little beans + mild/medium salsa + a little sour cream + more lettuce.

      Sometimes I’ll add a little brown rice and sometimes we’ll split chips & guac. You can also go on their website and calculate the nutritional information: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/nutrition_calculator/nutrition_calculator.aspx

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  3. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    have a fun trip!!

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    • Emily
      Aug 06, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      Thanks!

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  4. marybeth
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    love this daily eats! especially, mold on the marinara sauce and no canned tomatoes – that is totally me!

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  5. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Have fun in Jamaica! I can’t believe that I have still never been to Chipotle.

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  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Have a great time in Jamaica! I have to say, even though it wasn’t what you planned, your dinner still looks good! I do the last minute switch-up thing for dinner way too often, too.

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  7. Lori
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Wait, did I know you were going to Jamaica?! Maybe we talked about it. :) Have an amazing time! Order a rum cream and a Steel Bottom for me.

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    • emily (a nutritionist eats)
      Aug 08, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

      Well we did talk about it, but I wasn’t sure where we were going so we didn’t talk a ton about it. What is a rum cream and steel bottom? Two different things?

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  8. erin
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    Have a wonderful + relaxing week on the beach, dear!

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  9. Luv What You Do
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Where in Jamaica are you going? I can’t wait to read and see all about it! I’m sure you’ll look fantastic in your bathing suit!

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  10. Dr. David Orman
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    I do not think a little iced coffee is a bad thing by any means. In fact, there is ample evidence to suggest that 1-2 cups a day can have nutritional benefit. More than that can be problematic.

    The flip side here is that coffee is the most sprayed product in the world. Look for organic.

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