Jenny’s 7 Day Low-Sugar Meal Plan

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This is me in May 2014. Very pregnant and huge. I had gained quite a lot of weight with my pregnancy. Although I ate healthy throughout those 9 months, I also couldn’t say no to another helping of my mom’s famous apple crisp or an extra croissant with my decaf coffee. It definitely wasn’t a low sugar meal plan.
Pregnant Jenny

Me very pregnant before my baby shower.

According to everything I read about breastfeeding and what other moms had told me, I really thought the baby weight was going to melt right off. Wrong. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. In fact, I had a heck of a time producing much milk at all.  In order to produce what my baby needed, I had to start eating more. Although I wanted to lose the weight, consuming enough calories became a priority. I wasn’t focused on what I was eating necessarily, just that I was eating lots of calories. 


 

 
I continued that for next several months. Sure, I lost a bit of weight here and there, but mostly water, and really didn’t notice it. Fast forward to January 2015. I was starting to feel sluggish and tired all the time. For my New Year’s resolution, I wanted to cut the kettle chips and pork products. To be even healthier, I decided to go back to the way I ate prior to being pregnant. Low carb/low sugar/high protein. I’ll be honest, I don’t have much time to cook and prepare elaborate meals for myself and I end up eating a lot of the same foods throughout the week. But it’s working for me and I’ve been feeling so much better!
 
And this is me today, February 24, 2015. In the past month I’ve lost 10 pounds by following this simple meal plan and carrying around my 17-pound, 8-month-old, literally a couple hours at night and ALL the time on weekends! Starting in March, I’ll be adding in workouts a few times a week, including the plank challenge. My goal is to lose another 30 pounds by September. 
 




 

jenny today

Shedding the baby weight!

 
7 Day Low-Sugar Meal Plan 
 
I drink: water, unsweetened almond milk, hot tea, and coffee. I use coconut oil for cooking. And avoid all condiments except for mayo and balsamic dressing. 
I should also add that I don’t count calories. Why not, you ask? I don’t have time! My portion sizes are modest and if I’m still hungry, I’ll eat more nuts or a protein source.  
 
Day 1:
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs 
Snack: a green apple with nut butter
Lunch: Large green salad with grilled chicken, topped with balsamic dressing. Small avocado with salt and pepper. 
Snack: 10 Cheese cubes
Dinner: Grilled chicken with steamed cauliflower and broccoli 
Dessert: a few chunks of 65% dark chocolate 
 
Day 2:
Breakfast: plain nonfat yogurt with stevia and almond slices
Snack: fresh blueberries 
Lunch: Large green salad with balsamic dressing. Small avocado with salt and pepper. Tuna pouch. 
Snack: 10 mini sweet bell peppers
Dinner: Turkey sausage with steamed kale
Dessert: chia seed pudding 
 
Day 3:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with a sprinkle of shredded cheese
Snack: handful of raw almonds and a few strawberries 
Lunch: Large green salad with balsamic dressing. Small avocado with salt and pepper. Quinoa with butter, spices to taste. 
Snack: green apple and cheese cubes
Dinner: Turkey meatballs topped with marinara and shaved Parmesan.
Dessert: a few chunks of 65% dark chocolate
 
 
Day 4:
Breakfast: hot buckwheat cereal with stevia and almond milk 
Snack: cottage cheese and almond slices
Lunch: Large green salad with grilled chicken, topped with balsamic dressing. Mini sweet bell peppers. Tuna pouch.
Snack: celery sticks with nut butter
Dinner: Spaghetti squash with marinara 
Dessert: Chia seed pudding. 
 
Day 5:
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs 
Snack: Tuna pouch.
Lunch: Large green salad with balsamic dressing. Quinoa with butter and spices to taste. Cheese cubes. 
Snack: Green apple and peanuts
Dinner: Taco salad – ground turkey, black beans, cheese, lettuce. 
Dessert: plain nonfat yogurt with stevia and vanilla extract
 
Day 6:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese. 
Snack: kale, cucumber, carrot, apple juice 
Lunch: canned tuna with mayo. Mini sweet bell peppers, cucumber slices and baby peeled carrots.
Snack: couple handfuls of peanuts 
Dinner: Quinoa cooked with chicken base seasoning. Steamed veggies.
Dessert: a few chunks of 65% dark chocolate
 
Day 7:
Breakfast: plain nonfat yogurt with stevia, chia seeds and almond slices
Snack: cheese cubes
Lunch: canned tuna with mayo. Cottage cheese. Green apple slices. 
Snack: baby carrots, celery sticks 
Dinner: oven roasted chicken with roasted sweet potatoes 
Dessert: blueberries 
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Wife. Mama. Blogger. Trying to lead a healthy lifestyle one day at a time.

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