Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Boring, But Oh Well

Some of the more boring posts on my blog are where I write down what I am eating. I don't do it often, but when I am making changes or trying a new plan I do like to have a record of what I had and how it's going. It's very helpful for me to look back and see what I have done and the results.

So if you don't like reading menus and boring stuff skip this one, but if you have any feedback on my menus yesterday and today I welcome it. I don't usually ask for menu feedback but I am open to input right now because I have no set plan and really don't know what I am doing besides trying to eat less, fewer carby foods, and using what I have (CSA box, frozen pastured meats, fresh fish, and a box of protein bars and shakes and such).

Morning: black decaf coffee, iced coffee with a little cream and sugar free vanilla, 3 protein bites (kind of like mini protein bars, 7 in a serving) Was in a hurry to get things done and get on the road for a medical trip.
Lunch (on the road, restaurant): salad made of mixed greens, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, black olives, and blue cheese with crumbled bacon and a sliced hard boiled egg on top. Ranch dressing on the side, used maybe a tablespoon.
On the drive home: Starbucks iced tea granita with half the syrup.

It's almost 6:30 and I am about to drink a big glass of water, steam a bowl of fresh local broccoli, and top it with a melted slice of American cheese. That's dinner.

If I get hungry later I will have something small like a few cherries, almonds or sliced turkey breast.


Anonymous said...

Looks junk free except the Starbux. Try an iced tea or coffee with just cream IMO.

Gina said...

Sounds wonderfully varies to me. Nutritious and delicious. Not that my opinion matters. You are good enough, and can make good food choices. You've proven that. Blessings

Lyn said...

Thanks guys! I will do a plain iced tea next time Anon. Gina, love the pic of your pup! Thanks for the nice words and input.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound like nearly enough food. I understand that you're trying to limit your food intake - but this is seriously low-calories and unsustainable and is just setting a person up for a possible binge or large intake of food because of hunger. You should be aiming for 3-solid meals containing protein, veggies and a healthy fat (nuts, avocado, seeds etc..). If each of your three meals hit those markers, you'd definitely feel satisfied and know that your feeding your body well. While it might seem like this is all you want - this could stem more from your urgency to want to shed pounds immediately vs. what's the best choice for a healthy body. And I totally get that every body is different and not everyone beats to the same drum, and some bodies can't handle fruit or carbs or copious amounts of grain....but what does every body need? An appropriate number of calories so that a body can properly function and a metabolism can work the best and fueling a body with healthy foods. I just think that you are really under-eating right now...and even a couple of eggs in the morning with turkey bacon and a side of sliced avocado....but that's just my 2 'cents.

MaryFran said...

Looks like a well balanced and sustainable day!

Sam J. said...

Looks ok but skip the Starbucks and have a better breakfast!(I know you were in a hurry though)
And maybe add some additional protein to your dinner.

Anonymous said...

Mostly good choices, but a few items maybe not so much: Protein bites out of a box, Starbucks drink, bacon (not because of the bits you had on your salad yesterday, but because it features in your day-to-day menus very frequently)--known carcinogen, and American (processed) cheese.

But a pretty good first day, I'd say.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I meant to add to my previous comment (and will echo another's concern) that perhaps you didn't really have enough calories to meet your daily nutritional needs. If you counted, then you'll be able to say . . .

Anonymous said...

I think you are still eating too much. I know you don't count calories, so allow me. I entered your food into my calorie counting program and got 1455 the first day and 1027 the second day. Of course I had to estimate amounts but I feel if you are serious about this you have to remember your metabolism test and eat under 1000 calories a day if you are not excorsizing vigorously. My tips: drink only water, never eat cheese, bacon, or avacado. No fruit.

Anonymous said...

Since you asked, 4 protein bars or shakes per day. Unlimited green vegetables. That's it. That is my suggestion.

Anonymous said...

Or forget shakes and bars and eat just green vegetables and meat. It isn't complicated. Why do you NEED bacon? Drink black coffee. Coffee has virtually no calories. Decaf is fine.

You need much more protein. Protein with every meal and snack.

Anonymous said...

Not enough calories. I'm not one to claim breakfast is The Most Important Meal Of The Day, but something more substantial. A homemade breakfast wrap, for example. Wrap it in lettuce or rice paper (or both?) if you must.

I personally don't give much thought to the content of my meals, just whether they contain enough calories. Granted, I really like things like tuna with rice and nori seaweed and I find a lot of things like bread too dry and candy too sweet. I'm big on protein. So I'm not really butting up against cravings for "unhealthy" foods. But still, you want your body to become less efficient with its energy, not train it to be more efficient by radically limiting your intake.

Lyn said...

last anon~

I know when I was on Medifast and ate so few calories I regained very fast and my metabolism really slowed. I have read that doing a high calorie day once a week can keep that from happening, like if you generally average 1000 calories a day but eat 2000 once a week, you get better results than just doing 1300/day all the time. Thoughts?

Note: I am not going to count calories, but I can eyeball it and have a general idea of low or high cal days.

Anonymous said...

If for no other reason, the 1000/day with once a week "cheat" of 2000/day should result in more weight loss because that's 1100 calories less for the week than the steady 1300/day plan. On a boring but true level, it's like balancing your checkbook. If you fudge the numbers, it'll definitely show up on the scale. And whole foods instead of highly processed foods will give you more bang for your calorie buck. The fiber will keep you satisfied for longer. Sorry you're getting so much conflicting advice but you did ask for advice. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn,

Just a thought on coffee. As a Brit I'm never quite sure what American mean when they say they put "cream" in their coffee (is it actual cream?) as in England we standardly use milk so bear with me haha. How you make your coffee/tea can have a surprising impact on weight/loss from the calories.

For example, switching from using whole (full fat) to skimmed (no fat) milk in a Starbucks grande sized drink can save you:

- 400 calories per drink for a cafe latte
- 250 calories per drink for a cappuccino
- 200 calories per drink for a cafe misto
- 200 calories for a chai tea latte

Per pump of syrup adds about 80 calories.

For actual cream it would be more calories than whole milk. Semi-skimmed (half-fat) milk is a good compromise if you don't like the taste of non-fat milk.

Anyhoo, my point is: if you literally changed nothing in you diet and just switched what type of milk/cream you used in coffee, had 1 coffee a day (saving 200 calories a cup) you would loose (200*30= 6000 calories) almost 2lbs per month from this small change :-)
If you also only used sugar-free syrup (saving 80 calories a cup) you would loose (80*30=2400+6000=8400) about 2.5lbs a month from this small change.

I know you don't like to count calories so thought you might find this helpful as you wouldn't have to calorie check your drinks (hopefully it was!)

Lots of Love

Anonymous said...

Why do you have such an aversion to counting calories? I think it's a useful exercise that provides a reality check in terms of "portion distortion." Sure, there are some times when counting is not possible, but when at home it's entirely do-able.

It sounds like you've been checking out something called "calorie cycling." Personally, I've found that occasionally exceeding my daily calorie limit helps to lose weight, or bust through plateaus. Of course, it's not meant for eating an extra thousand calories of junk food. But, again, it's necessary to count calories--why speak in terms of 1000 or 2000 calories, etc., when you don't really know for certain what you're taking in? And, you know, 1000 calories/day is simply not sustainable over the long haul. Better to eat your maximum, weight-loss limit and get a little more modest activity than to set yourself up for failure.

I think eating well and losing slowly is the ticket.

Anonymous said...

I say this is not enough food, but specifically not enough protein (maybe with a little more protein this IS enough food). I shoot for 30-40 grams of protein at each meal, but strongly disagree with those saying you need 3 meals/day. I eat 2 meals/day and aim to avoid snacking (sometimes successful, sometimes not). I'd also say skip all syrup in the Starbuck's drink, sugar is NOT a friend to those of us with history of obesity. I'm maintaining a 70-lb loss over a year now. Hope this helps. All best.

W said...

Hi Lyn,

I've been reading your blog for a while, but I've never commented. I don't think your post was boring! I'm not great at menu advice because everyone's body is so different, but I wanted to say it looks like you're not eating much sugar. That's always the first step for me when it comes to controlling cravings. Great job!

PamL said...

Hi Lyn,
I think you are still eating too little fat. Did you ever get a chance to read anything about the PFC (protein/fat/carbohydrate) way of eating? Dietician Cassie recommends a protein, fat, and carbohydrate at every meal and snack. I think you do still have to watch portion sizes, because calories do matter, but eating in this combination help satiate you and make you feel full longer. Good luck on your plan!

Mia said...

I do cycling occasionally, about every two weeks or so to keep my body happy. I'm very careful on what I add, I usually eat about 1200 calories to maintain and have about 1600 calories on my cycle day. I usually had some extra avacado and almonds. Another 400 calories isn't much but it helps lose when I was losing. I've lost 156 lbs and kept it off almost a year.

PamL said...

Here's a link that's very interesting- Dr. Mark Hyman on fats.