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Choose My Plate

Thursday, July 18, 2013

So far I've been doing my 1,400 calorie diet for 11 days. I've actually been having trouble eating that much food. I get to the end of the day and I still have 1,000 calories left to eat. I find that my natural tendency is to eat very little so this diet has been very counterintuitive and challenging for me. Still, I want to give it a chance, so I am forcing the food down.

Now I am ready to start focusing on the composition of my diet in addition to just adding up the calories. My doctor recommended http://choosemyplate.gov/ for more information about what I should be eating. I'm using this and the Spark People ranges for carbs, fat, and protein to tweak my diet as best I can.

The recommendations for my age and gender are: 2 1/2 cups vegetables per day, and 1 1/2 cups fruit per day. (I'm focusing on fruit and veg and ignoring grain and dairy because I already consume more than enough grain and dairy on a daily basis).

I also learned that leafy vegetables like collards and kale only count half as much, so 1 cup = 1/2 cup towards your daily total. So to get my veg in, I'm having 1 cup kale in a smoothie with breakfast, and 2 cups frozen veggies with dinner.

To get my fruit in, I'm having 1/2 cup fresh berries with breakfast, and a whole piece of fruit (apple, peach, or pear) with dinner.

It's really not that hard to get in the recommended amounts when you think about it.
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  • ENUFF81020
    I am interested in your reasoning that you can't eat your 1400 calories. I gain weight when I don't eat enough, especially protein. It took me forever to realize that, but it is so true for me. I tend to forget to eat when I am busy at work or with something involving any or all of our 8 kids. Then, I pat myself on the back for staying OP--and I get on the scale for a devastating gain. I then overdo things and I have lost 2 weeks of healthy eating. It's an ugly trap for me to get into and I share this so you can avoid losing all of the time I lost getting this figured out.

    I wish you well for your thoughtful consideration of the parts of your diet--you will get to what you need and want, one step at a time. I do know what I need when I am my healthy normally active self, finally. You can and will do it. emoticon

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today too.
    Gentle hugs,
    1701 days ago
  • CHYNNA81
    Sounds like you know what you are doing but it's just a matter of getting it all in. Hang in there Diva...

    I too wish I could eat up to 1400 calories.

    1702 days ago
    emoticon I LOVE Vegetable Smoothies and Salads! You are right it is pretty easy to get in those Fruits & Veggies if you really do give it a shot.
    emoticon Hang in there and you will see Results when you are eating Good, Nutritionally Dense Foods!!
    1702 days ago
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