Thursday, February 23, 2012

Diet Day #1 - Snacks Galore

From the previous week of test driving the diet, I know that without the 'carbs' I'm used to - breads, pastas, rice - I'm constantly starving.  While some of that is possibly true, I also think a lot of it is mental, as I'm literally missing these foods and how satisfying they are.

In order not to cheat and eat the bagel/slice of toast/bowl of rice I might be craving, I'm telling myself that it is okay to snack more this week since I'm officially ON the diet.  Hence, don't judge.  I'd rather eat 500 calories of nuts, fruit and vegetables than eat 500 calories worth of bagel.  While they're both 500 calories, the effect they have on my body is significantly different.

6am - Breakfast.

  • Iced coffee with skim milk.  
    • still trying to get used to the missing flavored creamer, and I might eventually break down and buy a sugar-free creamer.
  • Small smoothie
    • Frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple tidbits, plain yogurt (significantly less sugar than even the vanilla lowfat yogurt so I think it's okay in limited quantites) and ice with a splash of OJ to thin.  Not bad, needs tweaking.
8am - Snack.
  • 3/4 cup of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Cutie orange 
10am - Snack.
  • 1 package of Cashews
    • Trader Joe's sells packages of individually portioned nuts.  The Cashews are salted, but they're delish! I pack is about 200 calories and 6 grams of protein.
12pm - Lunch.
  • Chicken & Vegetable Soup
    • This was an accidental cheat as I wasn't aware that it had barley and carrots in it.  But still, not a horrible entree choice overall.  
  • Leftover Salad from Dinner
    • Greens, chopped walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese with just a little vinaigrette dressing.
3pm - Snack.
  • More salad - Just your plain everyday side salad with a few slices of grilled chicken and a little cheese.  My local grocery store carries them in the deli section.
5:30pm - Snack.
  • 1 Medium apple - sliced
    • The salad(s) actually did a great job of filling me uup all afternoon, but didn't take the edge off of the sugar cravings - but an apple did!  I presliced it that morning and stored it in an airtight ziplock snack sized bag.  It hadn't turned brown yet!  Score.
6:30pm - Dinner.
  • 4oz Fish
    • I have no idea how Chris prepared this, but it was fabulously seasoned and baked perfectly.  He's an amazing cook...
  • Quinoa & Spinach
    • Chris combineds prepared quinoa (cooked int he rice cooker most likely) with frozen shredded spinach and some spices.  Hannah loves it - We love it - and the spinach is a great addition.
8:30pm - Dessert.
  • I split an apple with Hannah.
    • She LOVES apples and often takes two bites for every 1 that you can sneak in.  :)


  1. That's a TON better than what I eat in one day and not bad at all for day 1!

  2. Doesn't look that bad to me. No empty calories, and lots of nutrients. You might actually loose weight like this, because you are not going too long without eating. So you are telling your body that you are in a place where you are not starving and that saving the food as fat is not neccesary!

  3. That is a great start. I think you are prob getting in too many fruits, so consider tapering down on those (I'd start with the smoothie- and maybe only treat yourself to one reasonable portioned fruit for dessert. Best to have the glycemic spike at the end of the day instead of dealing with the craving cycle all day long). You are totally correct in not worrying about the calories. If you eliminate most carbs from your diet (including starchy veggies and fruits), then you can totally keep yourself full on healthy fats and proteins. Nice job with the nuts. If you stick with this diet they will become a large portion of your diet. Experiment with Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans (yum!), peanuts to add to the cashews. There is variety- you just have to get more creative with low-glycemic/amylose choices. Another thought- switch the skim milk to whole milk in your latte. Harvard Nurses Research Study shows 1 whole milk serving/day while TTC to be an ovulation booster as well as helps produce a more quality egg. And it is totally allowed on this diet since we don't watch calories. Plus, whole milk has balanced sex hormones in it. Skim milk whisks away the hormones in milk that attach to the fat, and leaves you with just the hormones in the watery part of milk- unbalanced. Food for thought ;). I think you are off to a great start on day one. Keep it up! You can do it!

  4. You will totally lose weight on this diet if all the rules are followed. Typical weight loss is 7-14 lbs in the first two weeks.

  5. I know exactly what you mean.. I tried snacking on food that kept me fuller longer yet healthier options, like lentils and quinoa. But at least the snacking else where can keep you from eating bread.

  6. WOW! Awesome day. Did you end up feeling hungry? Sounds like a good balanced diet of nutritious food! Way to go Carla.

  7. I failed big time. I was so sick from the diet I couldn't get off the couch so I must be doing something wrong that you were able to work through it.




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