Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Day of Food

Just for fun, I thought I'd post a day of my typical food intake. Pardon the "sweet heavy" day, though, as I am mid-cycle and was craving chocolate yesterday  :)

Every morning, I start my day with a cup of nice hot green tea.

Then I have my breakfast around 8AM. Yesterday, I had a chocolate chip crepe (made from Medifast pancake mix) filled with light cream cheese and cinnamon, topped with sugar free maple syrup. I also enjoyed a cup of french pressed coconut creme coffee with a bit of Splenda and organic half & half.

At 10AM I usually have my mid morning snack. Usually it isn't a sweet, but like I said... ah well! I had a Medifast brownie (made in a little tray in the microwave).

After I walked a mile taking my daughter to school, I made myself a lunch of tuna salad. This was 1 whole can of water packed tuna with chopped fresh cucumbers and garden tomatoes and a bit of mustard and light mayo. I had a side of Medifast honey mustard pretzels and some iced lemon green tea with it.

I worked around the house a bit and then wanted to sit and relax with a cold drink, so I made myself an Italian cream soda: seltzer water, sugar free strawberry syrup, and 1 Tbsp half & half over ice. Ahhhh!

I went to pick up my daughter from school, and then it was time for my mid afternoon snack. I was pretty hungry so I made a huge protein shake. This is one Medifast pudding packet, 1/3 c water, a can of diet Root Beer, and a whole tray of ice. Blend and drink! It makes a HUGE amount of shake, almost 4 cups. I drank half at 3PM and half around 4PM. Tastes like a root beer float!

At 6PM it was dinnertime. I made scrambled Egg Beaters with lots of veggies: yellow crookneck squash and zucchini from my garden, and organic baby spinach. I topped it with some 2% Cheddar Jack cheese.

My last meal of the day is always a treat. I settle down on the couch to relax and watch TV with my favorite snack, which is often a chocolate "frosty" (Medifast pudding + water + ice in the blender) topped with sugar free chocolate syrup. Hard to tell by the picture, but it actually makes a nice large (12 oz) serving.

So there's what I ate yesterday. The portions were all reasonable, I was not hungry at all. I drank about 10 glasses of water as well.

Care to take a guess at how many calories, carbs, protein, and fat there was in all this food?

Here ya go:
965 calories
92 g carbs
121 g protein
23 g fat (19% of calories)

Feeling great!


Alison said...

VERY impressive!

Or, have a personal chef, just like you!

Vee said...

Wow. I would have thought more calories. Interesting! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Food pics are always good! Plus, it's nice to remind people that you can eat healthy, deliciously, and keep it low calories. (And have treats as well!) Yummy day! :)

Potato Diva said...

I agree with Vee. I thought it would be more calories as well with all those sweets.

Myself, I am a potato and pasta girl. Hence the blog http://potatodiva.blogspot.com.

Stephanie said...

I thought there would be WAY more calories. I'm shocked at how low the number was.

Wow. Nice!

spunkysuzi said...

Looks good kiddo :)

chris? said...

So, you are normally doing the 4 and 2 plan now?

Anonymous said...

Are you doing your own version? It looked like 5 and 2 to me.

Blubeari said...

That is a great day of food for so little calories!! Looks very satisfying. :-)

screwdestiny said...

It's incredible how much you can eat for so little calories when you just make good choices. I enjoy these food diary posts once in a while. :) It's interesting to see how you prepare your meals.

Lyn said...

Chris? and Anonymous~

No, this is a regular 5 & 1 plan on Medifast. You are allowed to split your Lean & Green meal and eat half for lunch and half for dinner.

My Lean was:
1 can tuna (1/2 Lean)
1/2 c EggBeaters (1/4 Lean)
1 oz reduced fat cheese (1/4 Lean)

My Green (3 veg servings)was:
1/2 c Cukes & Tomatoes (1 veg serving)
1 c. squash & spinach (2 veg servings)

Hope that clarifies :)

Mrs. Thighs said...

The eggs looks yummy! I think I'm going to try making those.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great. I am just curious how much artificial sweeteners are in this stuff? I seem to crave more sweets after eating food with it. You do seem to have a sweet tooth. I am amazed it is only 1000 calories. Maybe I need to rethink all my clean eating. I don't drop the weight like you do. Good job.

Lyn said...


A lot. Way more artificial sweeteners than I have ever used: in the diet soda, the sugar free syrups I use, the sweet Medifast products. I am not thrilled about it but it is a tool to get the weight off, for me. NOT one I plan to continue after Medifast, though... maybe a little Splenda in my coffee on occasion but I intend to switch back to whole foods and get my sweet fix from fruits and local honey.

I have not had any cravings triggered by any Medifast foods or artificial sweeteners, though.

Autumnforest said...

Wow! That's amazing numbers and a great variety of content and I would totally eat that for a day and feel quite happy. You have found the gold standard for making it work for you!

Damjana said...

That seems like a LOT of food!

Dinah Soar said...

I like sweets but I couldn't eat that many sweets in a day. When you are not midcycle how many sweets do you typically eat per day?

I try to limit empty calorie sweets to 2 a day--even if they are sugar free and very low calorie.

When I was thin I typically ate a ton of sweets daily. I had no energy and was tired all the time. Probably from sugar spikes.

Theresa said...

have you taken photography classes Lyn? Your pix always look great!!

Lyn said...


Well, PMS time is similar :)
But usually I try to have more savory snacks rather than sweet, maybe save the sweet for the end of the day. But I have always had a sweet tooth. Since fruits are restricted on this low carb plan, I am looking forward to having fresh fruits as my "sweet treats" when I am off Medifast.


I took a class over 20 years ago in college and I think I have a knack for it, but since I only have a point and shoot for now, my artistic expression is a little more limited! But thanks :)

MackIam said...

That's amazing!! I was looking at all that food going... that must have a gajillion calories. lol. All of it looks too yummy to be good for you! Way to go with making that diet work for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn,

It's pretty impressive that you are eating that low calorie and yet not seeing a metabolism slow down after several months (the "starvation mode" we hear so much about). I'm willing to bet it has to do with the high protein intake. When I was eating 1200 calories a day, I had great success for a few weeks, but then lost 1.5 lbs/week instead of 2...then just 1 lb...and then the next week I only lost .5 lb and decided I needed to eat more for a while to boost my metabolism back up. But my macro nutrients weren't as well controlled as yours.

I wish you nothing but continued success but wonder what medifast says about metabolism and rate of weight loss as you get closer to goal. In my experience it is one thing to reach a healthy weight, and another to reach an "ideal" weight according to weight charts and such. Most people who lose lots of weight still end up about 10-15 lbs. above their "ideal." This is because if you are eating <1000 calories at 180something lbs., and your caloric needs reduce the more weight you lose, eventually your metabolism compensates so much that <1000 calories a day doesn't produce the same result. And there's a limit to how low you can go with calories before there's no way to avoid malnourishment. I know medifast still recommends a pretty low calorie diet on maintainence (1200-1600 calories which sounds about right to me - I maintain at 1500-1700 and I'm maintaining a ~45 lb. weight loss). But do they have guidelines for tweaks (like a planned high calorie refeed) as you get closer to goal?

Dinah Soar said...

I didn't think about fruit being limited...having to get all your sweet tastes from non-fruit sources would mean eating more of the empty calorie kind.

Don't know if you can have ricotta cheese, but when I tried South Beach one of the sweets that was pretty good was ricotta cheese spread on a plate and sprinkled with Splenda and cocoa powder. Nice thing about it was the protein content...and I didn't crave more sweets after eating it as is often the case.

Lisa said...

you come up with some very creative ideas!

Lyn said...


Medifast does have a transition plan but it adds in calories rather than taking any away. Up until I reach my goal weight though I will stay at about the same calorie level. I think the best way to speed up metabolism is exercise :)