A note before reading: I'm only providing the information about how I, personally, eat. I sometimes feel like a bit of a renegade with my plan, but it is simple and it may work for other people. Thank you for reading my disclaimer. :) Back to the reply:
It sounds like you're putting too much dedication into your new program for it to be manageable. Small changes in the beginning will be more adaptable, without requiring a huge committment to cooking and freezing, carving out exercise time, meal planning, seperate grocry lists, etc... I wasn't able to manage it. I had to simplify.
It can be motivating to plan and track your meals - but if tripping over it causes you to fall, slow down. I take things very easy, and tracking doesn't work at all for me. So here's what I can manage:
I eat a simple breakfast: an egg, toast and fruit... or a bowl of oatmeal with a small handful of sunflower seeds thrown in... or a smoothie with: a banana, flax seeds (2 tbsp), unsweetened almond milk and a carnation instant breakfast packet (this one is a little decadent, but some days I need more calories)... I balance protein, carbohydrates and fiber - it works very well for me.
Simple lunches: salad greens, 6 oz canned tuna, 1/2 cup kidney beans (from a can) and drizzled with olive oil and raspberry vinegar... or Last night's leftovers... or soup... Or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a slice of cheese on the side, it doesn't have to be fancy.
Simple dinners: 1 part protein, 2 parts carbs, 3 parts veggies. Don't overfill your plate and you should be fine. For example: a small pork chop, a baked sweet potato (that I make in the microwave, thank you very much!), a huge serving of broccoli and a side salad with a little lemon squeezed over top. Or a serving of fish (whiting filets are super cheap), a spoonful of rice, some asparagus and a sliced tomato. Or you can mix a can of corn with a can of black beans, put a scoop into a tortilla shell and sprinkle some cheese on top. I like that one...
In the nights, I like a little something sweet. Not a lot, I want to enjoy it- not be regretful. So I'll have a cookie, or a pudding cup. It's nice. If I'm not in the mood for sweet, I'll still put my feet up and have some chamomile tea.
If you can track it all, great! I couldn't, so don't feel bad if it's not your thing either. If your pants start to get tight, reduce the serving sizes. If your pants start to loosen up, you know it's working. If you find yourself feeling physically exhausted and deprived, add some food.
This site is full of information, and you should go through as much of it as you can. It will teach you serving sizes, balanced nutrition, how to fit exercise into your day... I learned so much, I was able to take off the training wheels and keep living a healthy lifestyle.
A word of warning, though. When I quit the bad eating habits and stopped thinking about what to eat, what did I eat, what should I eat, why did I eat that... all the stuff that I had been distracting myself from (with all the food issues) became fully painful. It was hard to handle at first, and I hid a lot behind my old habits in the beginning. It gets easier with practice.
|306 Days since: I counted a calorie