Welcome! I know how hard it is with the food allergies. My son was diagnosed with a ton of food allergies when he was little...after three sets of ear tubes! One of the many things he is allergic too is high fructose corn syrup...which we found out is in SO MANY things! That is when I became a label reader!
I have my crockpot oatmeal every morning! Love it!
Sounds like you have a plan and will be sticking to it!
Just checking in, and introducing myself, I have been using SparkPeople for a few weeks regularly, and am getting into the Teams thing. I am already in a group for teachers. I love the support at the SP forums!
I remember seeing the Eat Clean book about a year ago and admiring the beautiful photos. At the time, I thought the plan was completely unmanageable. But since then, I have been diagnosed with food allergies and find I cannot eat a lot of junk food anyway. I am allergic to corn, and so many prepared foods have corn starch, corn syrup etc. It really annoys me when they ruin a perfectly good food with unnecessary garbage! For example at my grocery store, they sell applesauce in tubes, it is apples, pear juice and...corn starch! Just not necessary and there is another thing I can't eat :)
I also have a tree nut allergy. Have not had an actual reaction to nuts that I know of, but I have had some cross-reactions to tree fruits. I can eat them cooked, but not raw. That has affected my snacking. I still am doing okay with the eating. I think (I bought a plate that has compartments, and I use it to get in veggies at dinner and manage portions. Also, I pack bento boxes for lunch).
My weakness is chocolate, I am really trying to cut back! Other than that, I think I do okay. Here is a typical day for me:
Breakfast: Oatmeal mixed with unsweetened applesauce. This is my fairly standard breakfast :) It is very filling. I can't eat raw apples, so this is my compromise.
Snack: I need to get into having morning snacks more. I am not generally hungry at mid-morning, so I usually save my snacks for the afternoon. Maybe I could get in a veggie serving and some protein (hummus, bean dip, something like that) for dipping.
Lunch: I pack a lunch every day. Usually, I have soup, home-made. I keep cooked beans, cooked mince, frozen vegetables and healthy grains on hand all the time, so I can assemble a soup as quickly as cooking canned soup. Today's is fairly typical, whole-wheat couscous, TVP, broccoli slaw and frozen squash. Sometimes, I have a fruit side dish, sometimes, I save the fruit for a snack. On non-soup days, it is usually leftovers from whatever I had for dinner.
Afternoon snack: Usually, trail mix (made from whatever is on hand of some kind of dry cereal, soy nuts, raisins, mini-crackers) and a piece of fruit. I am often really hungry when I get home though, so I may need a better afternoon snack plan.
Dinner: Usually, a lean protein with two side dishes, one being a vegetable. I am working on dinner stuff :)
Anyway, that is my usual day. Happy to be here and hoping to learn more so I can refine my program!
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