Saturday, February 19, 2011
Since I have plenty of time to do whatever I want, I decided it would be perfect to really buckle down and plot out my diet. I have a plan in mind and think that it is really smart and am excited to implement it. I definitely encourage others to follow suit if they have the right desire and motivation to accept such a change in their own life.
I'm first going to start off by making a list of foods I enjoy eating and that I like. Then, I will make a list of foods I don't really mind. The hard part comes when I research all the different recipes out there involved with these ingredients. I'm going to do the old fashioned thing of making note cards with recipes on them. On the cards I will include calorie info, fat content, and protein content. (Protein content because once I'm down to one Kidney, I'll need to watch that intake.) I will use colored sticky tabs which are assigned certain ingredients and place them on the cards. This way, when I need to cook a meal, I can say "Hey I have chicken and broccoli. What can I make?" Then all I have to do is find those two colors and choose a meal!
Another key part to this diet is management. A lot of people eat crap, like fast food, because it's so much less work. It's not necessarily about the time, although that plays a part. What will help is after I've made my grocery list and have arrived back home with it all, I'll take the time as I'm putting the groceries away to wash fruits and veggies, cut them up and store them in freshness keeping containers. I will also, if needed, sort any meat products in serving sizes and put them in the freezer in a more manageable fashion. I can already see this saving me tons of money because I won't be throwing away unused and gone bad food.
I've never really been one to binge or gorge on snacky type foods, but I think this plan will still help in that department. If I am planning well enough before going grocery shopping, and having my weekly meals plotted out, there really isn't any room or thought for the crap. Occasionally I'll probably get a craving for something, like ice cream, but that's ok. I do not see myself succeeding by completely and forever cutting out pleasurable foods. It won't work. Limiting them to an appropriate portion size and amount, in addition to exercise, it's fine! Being aware of how often and how much is the key point there.
I'm sure there are plenty of other things I can implement into my dietary plan, and I'll find those as I continue. I'm excited to just be conscious of what I'm eating in a more controlled, planned out way.
Any tips or suggestions you have, or anything you've done that has helped? leave a comment with your thoughts. :)