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!
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 1/25/2014 (21:29)
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4