One of the most frequent questions I get about my blog is, and has always been, "what are you eating?" Whether I am on some strict plan or just winging it like I am now, people want to know what my "diet" looks like (diet in the sense of what I am eating... NOT in the sense of a weight loss diet plan). Well, like I'd mentioned, I tend to avoid sugar or have it in small amounts. This week I started deliberately choosing less carbs. I eat small portions... sometimes just a bite or two of a food I want, and it's enough. I am hoping I can keep eating whatever I like, with no lists of restrictions and no totally off limit foods... and the scale will go down.
I'll just leave you with what I ate yesterday and today to give an idea what this looks like. I don't weigh and measure any of my food so I will just give approximate amounts.
Breakfast: decaf coffee with 1 tsp black strap molasses and some half and half
another cup of coffee with sugar free caramel creamer
one poached egg and 2 slices of bacon
Snack: protein bar and a mug of hot chicken stock
Lunch: Wonderslim (low carb/high protein) cheese steak macaroni
roasted acorn squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper (maybe a half cup)
Snack: a string cheese and piece of beef jerky
Dinner was a potluck:
2 small baked chicken thighs without the skin
a few slices of Bratwurst with a couple bites of sauerkraut
2 pieces of raw broccoli dipped in Ranch
cucumber olive salad in vinaigrette, about a half cup
a deviled egg
a spoon of pea/bacon salad
a very small spoon of fruit salad
a small roll with butter
a few bites of cheesecake, no crust
(okay, so this sounds like a lot of food but it all fit on one regular size plate. Variety, not volume!)
Evening snack: warm milk with honey and cinnamon
Breakfast: decaf coffee with molasses and cream
Egg Beater omelette with bacon, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese
another cup of coffee with sugar free creamer
Lunch: 2 slices of bacon, 1/3 of an avocado, and a Clementine
another cup of coffee with half and half
a couple bites of baked chicken
half a banana with natural peanut butter on it
Dinner (at a Christmas party):
half of a small baked potato topped with a little grated cheese, butter, bacon bits, sour cream, and green onions
half a plate of mixed green salad with cucumbers, no dressing
a small spoon of green bean casserole (the kind with mushroom soup)
dessert was one dark chocolate truffle
decaf coffee with half and half
Evening: hot, plain orange herbal tea and a string cheese
Sound good? It was good! Sound restrictive? Totally not! Of course, both days were a bit out of the ordinary with the potluck and party. Normal eating will have less variety but about the same volume. Notice I am eating a bit of carbs. Yes, even potato... even dessert. But not TOO much carby stuff. I don't eat potatoes, bread, or desserts on a daily basis, but can have them once in awhile. I feel so good, and if this way of eating results in weight loss (even slow weight loss) I can totally, happily, and calmly continue this way of eating for the rest of my life. Guess we'll see!
**Edited to add**
To show what a normal, eating-at-home day looks like I am adding my meals today (Thursday) below for comparison, for those who asked.
Breakfast: decaf coffee with 1 tsp black strap molasses and half and half
another cup of coffee with sugar free creamer
Lunch: 2 poached eggs
2 slices of bacon
1/4 of an avocado
1/3 of a Clementine
half a small banana with a spoon of crunchy natural peanut butter
coffee with half and half
Snack: Knudsen Cottage Doubles (cottage cheese and pineapple)
Dinner: Panko crusted chicken with a little bacon avocado Ranch dressing
roasted acorn squash with butter and salt
Evening plan: mug of warm milk with honey and cinnamon
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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