Why don't you just plan out your menu for an entire week in advance, and then go buy that amount of groceries.
You have cut out a lot of food, and the limited selection is causing you to struggle to get enough calories. What you need to do, is expand the list of acceptable foods. When your doctor says cut out Twinkies, counter that by adding a healthier food, like nuts, or beans. This will have to be done with your doctor, or a dietitian.
Most diets focus on categories of food in varying quantities. So maybe you are supposed to eat more fiber, grains, fruit/veggies etc, and less sugar, and processed foods. The problem usually occurs when you cut those bad foods out, and have so few options.
I started low carb 4.5 years ago, and it felt restrictive. At that time, I only ate corn for vegetables. NO green junk for me!! So when Atkins said, no corn, I was vegetable-less. Same thing with bananas. I ate one daily.
What you need to do, is make a list of healthy vegetables, fruits, grains, pasta/rice, nuts, cheeses etc., and go ask you doctor what is okay, and what quantities of each category he/she wants.
You need to know:
1.) your macronutient breakdown. Is it 50/20/30, or slightly different based on your health and nutrition needs. 2.) Any categories they wish for you to avoid ( sweets, or maybe even nuts/cheeses ) 3.) What foods in each categories might be not acceptable. Are bananas not okay, but berries are? 4.) what your calorie range is, and if you have other things to track, like sodium.
Since you are under a doctor's care, I am guessing you have some medical reasons, even if just to lose weight. So you need to ask your doctor for these basics, and then if you choose to share, make your food tracker public, and let people know what your plan is.
What you seemed to have learned is that you don't eat enough. No one can really make suggestions. I could say have 2 ozs. of cheese, to get your 200 extra calories, but this could cause you issues if I did so. You could be lactose intolerant for all I know. Or have a stomach disorder.
That being said, you may not need advice at all. So I will end with just congratulating you for sticking to tracking for a whole week, and hope you learned enough to see what needs to be changed. Eventually, you will learn what foods fit together to get all your ranges correct, and have a few options if you fall a bit short, to make up any shortages. If you start looking at more variety in what you can eat, 1200 calories should be easy to reach. Maybe eating 10-15 servings of vegetables will do the trick. You just need to consume more types of vegetables. there are hundreds to choose from!
I understand about only getting 1000 kcal per day and it's recommended for us to not get less than 1200 kcal per day. When I eat fresh fruits and vegetables is when I find it the most challenging to reach 1200 calories because they fill me up so well I cannot eat another bite. I try drinking some calories like Crystal Light, a smoothie or fresh squeezed juice that I can have throughout my day. That usually helps.
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It's really great that he is certified in Dietetics. Most Drs aren't.
I tried to have a sneaky peak at your SparkPage but it is set to private. IF this is intentional that is fine, but a lot of people don't realize it and as a result miss out on loads of support and friendship. If you want it open, it is easy enough to change it - just make sure that you save the changes.
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Is your Dr qualified in Dietetics? If not, you may find it beneficial to ask for a referral to a Registered Dietician instead. Take some printouts to show him what your calorie consumption and fat/carb/fprotein pie chart is like. That can be a really good diagnostic tool at times like these. Do you weigh all your portions for accuracy? Some people don't and instead rely on guess work which can be way of base.
SparkCoach said I should tell everyone about what I learned from tracking food.
I don't seem to have much trouble tracking it, as I have a detailed meal plan set out by my doctor. There is a list of ingridients I am allowed to eat for a while and she gave me a plan so I now exactly what portions I should eat for the day, at least for a time. With time this plan will change and I will be allowed to try new food.
The only thing that really is challenging with tracking food is that I see now, that I'm only consuming around 1000 kcal per day. That seems to be very few calories and so I will call my doctor today.
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