We’re in this together;

  • What’s most important?  Water.
    •  I need to make a conscious effort to have water within arms reach at all times during the day.  Drink a full bottle at the gym, then after the gym, 1-2 glasses before/with each meal to make myself feel more full, and to be drinking it continuously throughout the day.  And make sure the bathroom is always nearby!
  • I hate to say it, but I think I need to start the day with green tea and cut out coffee.  Maybe do an after-meal espresso, but start the day with something more wholesome.  Green tea with lemon…and maybe make some and ice it to be part of my daily water consumption.
  • Breakfast: Speaking of starting the day, I think I need to make sure and do breakfast.  I notice when I eat breakfast, I don’t eat something silly two hours later because I’m full.  When I don’t take the time to have breakfast, I find myself snacking, grazing, and sometimes binging.  Since I don’t like the yellows of eggs (I think that’s what makes eggs taste oh-so…eggy -_-), maybe 1-2 egg whites with some leafy greens or maybe half an avocado.
  • Now, what to do about lunch and dinner?
  • Well, I won’t deny myself any meats:
    • Chicken
    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Fish
    • Seafood
  • I will eat them all, just stick to mainly chicken.  That would not be hard for me as it’s the only meat I truly have any desire to consume, however my husband goes through periods where he detests chicken.  And that’s generally when I’m most depressed – when I’m eating beef all the time.  I feel sluggish, depressed, bloated.  So I will not let him drag me into his food coma.  He’s an “athlete” and, thusly, needs this protein-overload.  I don’t.  And I’m far from an athlete.
  • Veggies?
    • Arugula
    • Chicory
    • Spinach
    • Chard
    • Bok Choy
    • Kale
    • Broccoli
    • Cucumber
    • Asparagus
    • Artichoke
    • Green beans
    • …etc
    • …and…oh man, I’m forgetting what that one is that’s really fine with little like dime shaped green leaves that’s like my favorite.  Oh, well.
  • Spices/Cooking
    • Olive/Coconut oil
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Garlic
    • Salt/Pepper
    • Red pepper
    • Lemon
  • Dairy
    • Yogurt (one of my favorite snacks is mixing olive oil, garlic/salt, and dill in oil and dipping cucumber “chips”)
    • Milk
    • Cheese
      • Goat
      • Feta
      • Gorgonzola
      • Mozzarella
  • Sometimes?
    • Tomatoes… it’s hard for me to cut out tomatoes as they’re probably my favorite food.  I eat tomatoes like a cut of meat.  Like a main part of a meal.  Build a whole sandwich around a tomato…
    • Beans (chickpeas, butter beans, northern beans, cannellini, black, red)
    • Tubers like onions, radishes, etc…

Also, I will consider doing some meal/snack replacement with a protein shake (and blend in a banana).  I really like this one that I received a sample of from the Vitamin Shoppe.  It actually tasted like raw brownie batter (like the kind your mom used to let you lick off the spatula whether or not it was covered in salmonella).  My husband most recently has begun buying this one, which also tastes good, but does not have a weight-loss angle (probably, actually the latter).

And, maybe most importantly, stop letting my husband convince me to eat dinner with him when he gets home from work at 11.  Total sabotage.

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