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30 day menu plan - but now re-thinking

Monday, March 25, 2013

So, it's almost 3 months since going gluten free. I feel pretty good, if not fantastic. I bought a Fitbit and have been pushing myself to hit 10,000 - 13,000 steps a day. Started back doing Slim in 6 and Turbo Fire.

The scale has gone up. emoticon How can that be? I'm discouraged but not giving up.

I was going to list my 30 day menu that I sat down and wrote out. But now I need to re-think that. Use it as a tool to see where my problem is. I'm trying to limit GF pasta to once a week as well as gf breads. Then we get into the issue of rice - that's on there at least once a week. Do I cut it out completely or get back to measuring every thing.

For the rest of this month and into April I think I will measure all my grains. I'm toying with the idea of cutting them out all together - since they are a trigger food for me. (There's another blog post in itself!)

So, here are a few weeks of my menu's - some with the sides listed some without because I'm not sure what we'll serve yet. I always have a big veggie as a side item as well as a starch. Maybe someone out there could give me some insight. to me a meal isn't complete unless you have a meat, a starch and a veggie. How do I break out of that thinking?

Roast Chicken - with veggies
Taco's - normally with Spanish rice but I may have a taco salad.
Chicken strips - homemade/gf breading.
Pasta (gf) and meatballs.
Pork chops
Smoked sausage & fermented saurkraut
Shrimp kabobs - usually on rice
Roast pork - probably veggies
Meatballs - probably with pasta
Orange chicken - rice
Pasta bake
Ham steak with scalloped potatoes
Homemade gf pizza
tilapia - normally I love rice with fish
Pot roast - veggies
Chili - pasta & toppings
Teriyake chicken - rice - again!

Now that I'm looking at it - it's crazy. I eat way too many carbs. How do you break that cycle? Giving up bread & regular pasta was easier than cutting out all these carbs.

Please someone help me! What is on your menu's if you're cutting out carbs?
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    Could the scale be showing water retention due to increased activity level? Have you tried increasing your water above 10 glasses a day? Are you eating at the recommended calorie level for your activity level? I understand the frustration completely. Are you limiting your grain intake to dinner only? I try to limit grain intake to one or two meals a day only. I have to do it for a health reason but it wasn't easy at first to find lunch options that didn't have bread. I occasionally have bread or cereal at breakfast but more often than not I have fruit, nuts, and/or yogurt.

    For Asian dishes, I either mix rice and quinoa together so it is a better option or lately I have been serving them over steamed cauliflower and broccoli instead of rice. DH actually liked that option and said he didn't miss the rice.

    Hang in there and keep pushing. You will figure it out.
    1490 days ago
    I don't know what to tell you as I had a hard time eliminating carbs when I did it alone and tried paleo. I would just buy gf bread etc. and that is just changing one thing for anothher. After dr, physio, massage, chiro are not helping e with my arthritis pain, I decided to go to naturopath. She had me gf, sugar and dairy free for 3 wks, I did it cold turkey. that is not even gf bread as it has sugar, Anything with a sugar in the ingredient list. So for 3 wks I dit that and didnt cheat once, not at all. Lost 10 lbs and felt great pain lesseened. then went back she took me off the garlic and cinnamon pills, put me on some that are more for pain and inflammation and so far still for anmother 6 wks so 4 to go, the same diet. Had a friend whos son was told to limit his carbs to 50 g and she was so worried. I said it wont hurt him, perhaps help. I feel better, right now my pain is bad but we still haven't figured what is triggerig it. I had bad sciatica for 2 summers past, and am getting it on the other side now. oh well doing all I can.
    So I am allowed 2 serv of startches a day, 2 serv of frut a day and 1 serv of greek yog if I want. I MUST have 2 cups fo greens and 1 cup of veggies daily.
    So it cn be done, I eat meat for supper daily as I too can't figure and imagine with out it. I eat it with a ton of veggies not always carbs. I haven't had rice, did buy gf past and had spag. once, but was hard to find a spag. sauce without added sugar. but did and wasnt that tasty. but okay.
    Hope you can figure it out. tons of recipes out there but still have to get your mind in the right set. that sme now, saying not an elimination but healthy clean eating.
    Gotta scoot dog wants out. HUGS

    1490 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I don't believe in cutting out anything because then you build a desire for something you deny yourself and set yourself up for failure when you give in to the impulse. Moderation is the key, avoiding certain foods without telling yourself you can't have it, or allow yourself one meal with that included once every couple of weeks is when helps me.
    1490 days ago
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