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Get Back on Track With This Easy Weekday Meal Plan
Wellness
Published Sunday Sep 02, 2018 by Carissa Stanton

Get Back on Track With This Easy Weekday Meal Plan

Nutrition
Food
Recipes

Summer is like the holidays except instead of lasting for a couple of weeks; it’s three glorious months. I swear I’ve had a wedding, vacation, or some event involving an abundance of food and adult beverages every weekend. Needless to say, I’m ready to hop on the“back-to-school-time" and "get-your-life-together” bandwagon—even if I’m not actually going back to school.

For me, making healthy choices has never been easy. I don’t naturally wake up at 6am ready to do burpees, nor do I crave veggies like I crave pizza and french fries. It’s always been a conscious effort for me to make the healthier choice, but I do love a good challenge—especially when it comes to bettering myself. If I want to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle, I need to plan ahead. 

From my morning exercise session to grocery shopping, I am a scheduler. Lunch meetings, date nights, workouts, meal prep days… I put everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, in my Google Calendar. Even the classes I book on the MINDBODY app automatically sync to my calendar. Planning ahead when it comes to my wellness ensures I won’t miss my next indoor cycling session or find myself grabbing a salad from the restaurant next door to my office that surprisingly has more calories and fat than a cheeseburger (you’d be surprised how caloric salads can be when you don’t make them yourself!).

 

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Meal (and snack) planning is a huge part of my routine—and beneficial to my evolving fitness goals. It doesn’t have to be complicated either. Whether it’s a quick and satisfying afternoon snack or a tasty dinner for the family, here are my recipes and a sample plan of what my meals look like Monday through Friday. 


Monday:

Breakfast- Sweet Potato Kale Frittata
Snack- Walnut Brownie Protein Ball or ½ of an RX bar
Lunch- Blackened Salmon* with Skinny Caesar salad
Snack- Organic apple or carrots and hummus
Dinner- Salsa Verde Shredded Chicken with brown rice, black beans, and fajita veggies (bell pepper, onion, zucchini)
*I know what you’re thinking: Salmon for meal prep?! It actually stays fresh for three days in the fridge!
Not a fan? Sub for chicken, shrimp or tofu!

 

Tuesday:

Breakfast- Sweet Potato Kale Frittata
Snack- Walnut Brownie Protein Ball or ½ of an RX bar
Lunch- Blackened Salmon with Skinny Caesar salad
Snack- Organic apple or carrots and hummus
Dinner- Salsa Verde Shredded Chicken brown rice, black beans, and fajita veggies (bell pepper, onion, zucchini)

 

Wednesday:

Breakfast- Sweet Potato Kale Frittata
Snack- Walnut Brownie Protein Ball or ½ of an RX bar
Lunch- Blackened Salmon with Skinny Caesar salad
Snack- Organic apple or carrots and hummus
Dinner- Salsa Verde Shredded Chicken brown rice, black beans, and fajita veggies (bell pepper, onion, zucchini)

 

Thursday:

Breakfast- PB & J Smoothie
Snack- Walnut Brownie Protein Ball or ½ of an RX bar
Lunch- Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken
Snack- Organic apple or carrots and hummus
Dinner- Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Buns

 

Friday:

Breakfast- PB & J Smoothie
Snack- Walnut Brownie Protein Ball or ½ of an RX bar
Lunch- Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken
Snack- Organic apple or carrots and hummus
Dinner- Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Buns & Red Wine!

 

Need some extra help when it comes to meal prep planning? Check out some of my quick tips!

Carissa Stanton
Written by
Carissa Stanton
Contributor
About the author
Graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Kinesiology, Carissa is a huge advocate for fitness and healthy eating. When she's not traveling the world with her new fiancé, Carissa is all about helping others maintain a happy, balanced life.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.