• Mercedes Benstock

F-Factor Day 8

Does anyone else feel like the days are flying by? Our new normal has been staying home. Between work, client calls, home-schooling and blogging - I feel pretty occupied these days (in a good way). As we all know its Passover and Easter which (from a food perspective) translates to temptation (aka Matzah and Chocolate). Advice? Enjoy the holidays. If theres one good take-away from all of this, it should be to enjoy each moment. Now that doesn't mean to indulge in 3 Cadbury Creme eggs on Sunday BUT depriving cravings is guaranteed to lead to binging.


For whatever reason, I've really delayed my workouts this week. I've had to force myself to get a little bit of movement in which I hate to admit.

Breakfast 11am

  • Fage 0% Greek Yogurt AND 1 Two Good Yogurt

  • 1/2 cup Julians pro granola

  • 1/4th cup raspberries


Thoughts: YES today I messed up my diet first thing in the morning by adding in an extra yogurt. I'm human and far from perfect. The worst part is that I know exactly why it happened (again) which is eating breakfast to late. The positive spin? that breakfast was only 7 Grams Net Carbs and not 34 like yesterday!



Lunch 12PM

  • Greek salad (with 1/4th cup of feta, 1 oz of chicken breast and cauliflower rice mixed in. It tastes like couscous I swear)drizzled with light Italian dressing

  • Seaweed & Carrots on the side


Thoughts: As you can see, I ate these meals very close together which is probably going to cause havoc on my digestive system and lead to extreme bloating-but-silver lining here was that I finally switched up my salads. I had a very important (and valid) question regarding PORTION sizes. For breakfast my bowls are usually as shown, but generally for lunch and dinner there's so much more to it behind the tiny picture! I only portion out protein/fats in moderation. For example, the salad pictured included 1 bag of shredded lettuce, 1 bag of steamed cauliflower rice, 2 cups of arugula, 1/4th cup feta 12 cherry tomatoes and sliced onion. Not pictured? about 3/4th of the salad along with the carrots & seaweed. Going forward should I specify amounts in the descriptions so that it's not misleading? Would love to know what you guys think!


Snack 340PM

  • F-Factor 20/20 chocolate shake

  • 1/2 cup non dairy arctic zero (chocolate)

  • 1/2 Josephs lavash bread with turkey and fat free American slice


Thoughts: As you can see today has been a total disaster. Im 90% sure its because I ate a late breakfast which merged into lunch which then lead to a late snack. Going forward I have to stick to meal plans

Dinner 545PM

  • Kale ceaser salad with shrimp and 2oz of Cod (not pictured)

  • steamed broccoli


Thoughts: After such a humungous snack this afternoon I was tempted to skip dinner- but didn't want to get hungry later on. I went for a veggie loaded salad and added some Shrimp and Cod for protein.

Overall thoughts: Did I already say that today was a disaster?! Where did I go wrong? Prolonging breakfast until 11am, doubling up on Greek Yogurt, Eating meals to close together without a healthy source of fat for Breakfast/lunch AND eating a full on dinner for snack along with another dinner a few hours later!


To be honest, I don't feel good about it. I feel overly full and disappointed in myself - but thats just me being 100% honest. Not every day is perfect and thats ok!

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