What’s Eating Meghan Jessiman (or What’s MJ Eating)

30 Jul

As a nutritionist I get asked A LOT about what I eat. Clients and non-clients alike really seem to like to know what I’m putting in my pie hole  (hint: it’s not pie) on the regular and, well, who am I to withhold the inner workings of my lunch pale?  While I never wanted this site to be one of those “fitness” blogs where the writer just recounts what she eats every day, I can see the value in occasionally snapping a photo of my meals before I scarf them back (though, that has proven challenging since I very much like to eat!) so people can find a little inspiration for putting together healthy meals of their own.

A disclaimer, though, before we get started with this first-time experiment. Firstly, I eat a lot. I train like an athlete, which burns a lot of calories, so I have to take a lot of them in. I’m in no way suggesting anyone copy my style of eats—especially those who don’t exercise rigorously and regularly. That’s why nutritionists have jobs in the first place, right? Meal plans are not a one size fits all deal; there’s a lot of specifics that go into concocting a meal plan and a lot of tweaking that happens from there. This is what works for me…for now. And secondly, my eats are not pretty! No food porn here. Just the straight up, macro-nutrient measured, tasty stuff. Looks not so good…tastes oh so good. That’s my motto.

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Motivation Monday

28 Jul

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Change. It’s so fricking challenging. I’m so over the feelings of fear it inspires. Completely illogical, but completely unstoppable, fear.  Bye bye shoreline, bye bye comfort zone, I’m diving into the unknown and I’m doing it with a smile on my generally cynical face.

This Week’s Best Reasons to Smile

25 Jul

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1. Those days when you just friggin’ murder your workout. Especially when it’s something you generally despise. Got sweat?

2. Being home when the UPS guy delivers a package…and ripping open said package like a small child on Christmas.

3. Ice cubes made out of coffee for my iced coffee. What a revelation.

4. Day dresses that illicit responses like, “that’s a cute outfit!” from boys who never tell me I have cute outfits. One shouldn’t care about external validation, I know, but sometimes it’s nice.

5. Slow and steady progress. Of course, if I became a physical specimen overnight I wouldn’t complain, but until that happens I will smile about forward momentum and hard work gradually paying off.

6. Ankle bracelets. I may have said this one before, but it bears repeating.

7. Rolling around on the floor.

8. Birthday plans made (thanks, Richy!), birthday dress acquired. 3.0 is going to be one heck of a celebration.

9. The crazy-ass summer storms that only happen in Calgary. Yah, it’s 30 degrees, perfectly sunny and hailing. Oh and then we throw in a little fork lightening, what of it?

10. Cherries. Even more so, cherries that are less than 2 bucks a pound. For some reason, they are usually like 9 dollars in Calgary, but I digress…

Motivation Monday

14 Jul

too legit

The wise, wise words of Mr. MC. Hammer. Just for the record, I’m about to crush it this week. 

Recent Reasons to Smile

11 Jul

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1. My niece, Hannibal. Oh, I mean Elliot.

2. Fire truck tours. Those things are seriously spacious!

3. Unexpected e-mails inviting me to tropical places. If I’m able to secure an assignment for this trip, this will be my most exciting assignment yet.

4. Guava margaritas. Who am I kidding? Any flavour of margarita actually.

5. One date cancelling, a better date swooping in. Divine intervention at its best.

6. The new coconut almond milk blend. So very very splendid.

7. Observing that 10 days of stampeding is just not enough for people, it’s pretty much a 14 day extravaganza this year.

8. Making future travel plans with spectacular lady friends.

9. First pieces in new magazines. If anyone’s flying Westjet this month, look for my piece on S’more-inspired treats across North America.

10. Ending the night with a good old fashioned “I love you man” cry fest in the street with a buddy. Oh alcohol, you make for some hilarious memories.

Motivation Monday

7 Jul

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Things are looking up.

This Week’s Best Reasons to Smile

27 Jun

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1. Garb-orator salads. You know the ones where you just throw everything in the fridge into a bowl (or in this case the container the greens came in) and add vinegar. Most of the time salads are only good when other people make them, but when it’s a crazy sh*t-mix like this, it’s like a surprise in every bite.

2. Killer summer time playlists. If pop songs are any indication, this is going to be a good season.

3. Serendipity. Ask—or sometimes don’t even ask—and you shall receive.

4.  Scale victories. I was starting to wonder if there was maybe something physiologically wrong with me because no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get any of my post-vacation pudge to move. I had a big smile the other day when I hesitantly stepped on and my weight had finally taken a serious drop. The health and wellness professional in me knows it ain’t nothing but a number, but I won’t lie, the scale is still a mind fuck from time to time. And that’s why it lives under the bed and only comes out every few weeks.

5. Breaking patterns. Or perhaps even more so, just recognizing patterns and doing what needs to be done to avoid going around the merry-go-round one more time.

6. Online shopping that just goes oh-so-right. I’m two for two on randomly choosing stuff online and being so pleasantly surprised with fabrics, fit and quality. I should probably knock on wood right now.

7. Magenta toe nails. Man, they just can’t be beat.

8. Good old fashioned phone calls with some of my favourite people. Sometimes you just need to “reach out and touch someone”. Not literally of course, that could land you in jail, but you know, with your voice. That was an AT&T slogan back in the day wasn’t it? I don’t think I just made that shiz up.

9.  Speaking of jail, season two of Orange is the New Black. I really didn’t expect to get into that show, but thank you Netflix.

10. Longshots that come true. I swear I need to find a job that only involves making people say yes to my ideas and I would be a very happy camper for the rest of my days.

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