I've had good days and bad days planning or deciding upon what meals I am going to eat. I'm aiming for 1200 calories in a day but flex to up to 1500, with few carbs, my five a day minimum, and high percent of protein. I'm not worried about fat, but watching the sugar. My doctor agrees that as long as I eat the good stuff and am not relying on processed diet meals and getting lots of fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals, this is a good target calorie range for my age to have the 1 1/2 pound per week weight loss I am hoping for.
Here's three days worth of eating.
B-Two scrambled eggs, banana, coffee
L-2 small, equivalent of a large, pumpkin oat muffin
Party food,1-deli slice of roast beef, 2 deli slices turkey, cup + of cut up fruit, 1/2-3/4 cup of broccoli salad, 2 of my sisters delicious pinwheels (I couldn't help myself!)
Candy Apple Shot-1 part Butter Scotch Schnapps and 1 part sparking cider-sweet but really yummy. It was a party and the schnapps and cider were part of my gift to her but other wise, stuck to water.
Party Food,2, later-two slices deli turkey with cream cheese olive spread inside and rolled up. More fruit, way too many potato chips.
I tried to balance out knowing I was going to indulge at my sister's 50th birthday party with a high protein, no carb breakfast, and light, but substantial lunch as the muffins are loaded with whole grain and pumpkin. Drinking a lot of water really helped. It felt good knowing I could go to a party and ignore the nacho cheese and chips and the desert spread. Damn those potato chips-my down fall every time. My sisters pin wheels, though, the fact that I had just two, was sheer will power!
B-Greek yogurt, banana, coffee
L-Salad with mixed greens, broccoli, sunflower seeds, 1 ounce turkey, 1/2 ounce cheese, 1/4 cup egg salad mix(I made egg salad sandwiches for DD2 and DH)1 Tbls dressing.Cantaloupe chunks.
D- Marinated honey mustard chicken, loads of steamed vegetables
Snack-two thin slices turkey with half cheese stick in each one.
I avoided carbs completely, which was tempting with the egg salad. I love egg salad sandwiches. I did really well with my vegetables between the salad and the double portion of steamed mix veg.
B-Protein bar and coffee. I was running late so relied on my desk stash.
L-Two hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, cantaloupe
Snack- 21 pretzels
D- 3/4 cup whole wheat pasta, 6 meatballs(serving recommendation) and marinara sauce, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 ounce mozzarella
Dinner was more calories than I had eaten all day cumulatively, but still came in at 1350. I should have skipped the mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese, but was just feeling like I haven't had enough calcium. The pretzels should have been skipped-mindless crunching, but I counted as my hand pulled one out of the bag, and stopped at a serving. I was terribly weak in fruit and vegetables Monday.
OK, your turn. What feedback do you have on my choices? Who has successfully navigated the party circuit (grad parties galore over the next few weeks) and lived to put your regular size pants on?