So, since March 1st, this is a pretty accurate list of the types of food I eat every day. When I am at a restaurant or friend's house, I just choose well (thanks to the nutritional information cards and the internet...just like you, Matty O!) and if need be, eat lighter on my next few meals. Other than 1-2 times per week, I tend to stay right around 1,700 calories at least 5 days per week. I think it is a good blend of fruits, veggies, egg whites, some cheese and turkey, chicken or ham and a little bit of bread.
If ANY of you have recommendations on specific types of foods that I might be missing, please let me know.
Breakfast (about 415 calories)
4 egg whites (70 calories)
mushrooms, asparagus, and/or jalapenos (40 calories)
grilled chicken or turkey pepperoni slices (85 calories)
1 serving of string cheese (80 calories)
1 banana or apple (90 calories)
Half and Half cream for my coffee (50 calories)
(Alternates: 3/4 cup of cereal with non-fat milk + banana)
Lunch (about 600 calories)
1 Subway foot-long Ham sandwich (580 calories)
(w/o cheese, but add tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, and fat free red wine vinegar dressing - 20 cal.)
(Alternates: homemade sandwich; 2 slices of Hawaiian thin-crust pizza)
Dinner (about 445 calories)
1 can of Campbell's Healthy Request Chicken Gumbo soup (280 cal.)
1 string cheese (80 cal.)
1 chicken or turkey pepperoni (85 cal.)
Snacks (about 265 calories)
1 apple - (85 cal.)
Rice Cakes - (80 cal.)
1 Yoplait fat-free yogurt (100 cal.)
(Alternates: 5 prunes; Turkey Jerky; sliced carrots, gelato)
Total = 1,725 calories
Some final comments:
- I drink a lot of water and tea...and I drink a 4-shot espresso every day (and I have done this for about 12 years now).
- I am NEVER hungry, but never grossly bloated either. It is awesome.
- I LOVE eating fruit now (I never really have before). Strange days indeed.
- One key thing that keeps me on-track is that I track my daily foods on http://www.sparkpeople.com/.
- Another key thing for me is to have the stuff I need at home, which means I tend to buy my groceries often. I mostly buy fruit, vegetables, chicken, eggs and milk. MY FOOD NOW IS SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN MY JUNK FOOD LIFESTYLE!
- One way for me to speed up making that breakfast (almost every day) is to cut my veggies about twice a week and keep them in tupperware in the fridge. That way, I can crack the eggs, throw the veggies in and have a huge, protein and vitamin-filled breakfast on my plate in about 5 minutes.
- I try to eat most of my calories at lunch. Mostly, my plan is to have a lighter dinner and not eat anything after about 8pm at night. I'd rather eat heavier during the day, when I can still burn calories just by moving. To load up at dinner and at night means that it will just sit in my body when I am not even moving... not a good plan.
- I know that all of this might make me seem like some unrealistic, Martha Stewart-type, prima-donna, type of guy. Especially when I am blathering on about eating fruit and cutting my own veggies. I understand if my enthusiasm seems a bit obnoxious, but I am being totally honest here. I am a caveman and this IS my first rodeo in terms of eating healthy foods. I am only two months in and have a long way to go, but I am not struggling and will likely keep going until I weigh as much as your little sister.
Thanks for the support everyone. I would be 22 pounds heavier right now, if it weren't for all of you.