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15,176 11/25/12 9:38 P
When working away from home I tend to eat the same things for days on end if not months on end (just finished 4 months of work eating almost the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch - but dinner being different to degrees).
Breakfast was chex cerel and a cup of coffee with 1/2 tsp of non-dairy creamer (yes not a get option, but mornings and me have never faired well)
at work if I get a break time I'll munch of what I bring for my lunch which is... 20 carrot sticks, 20 or so grapes, home made garlic or pepper hummus, cucumber slices (if I can afford the cucumber), bag of snap peas (if they are on sale to get to start with).
Now I don't eat all of that is listed in a single sitting 9 times out of 10 I'd eat the carrots as able to do so and the grapes the same - my lunch doesn't high in the calories but for me and what I was doing finger foods that are gluten, dairy, soy and nut free was 100% necessary.
To me as long as you get the nutrients in daily that your body needs it doesn't really matter if you eat the same things day in and day out if it works for you.
I get bored with food so I have to have a wide variety of things to eat. I am so ok with that.
Fitness Minutes: (20,400)
2,704 11/23/12 6:56 P
I usually cook big batches of food each weekend, eat them same things through the week and then make something different for the next week. Last week I made cinnamon-oat pancakes with natural peanut butter for breakfast, a layered grain and vegetable salad for lunches, and a spinach and bean salad for dinners. Next week I'm repeating the pancakes (they were good!), making a different salad for lunch and planning a warm salad for dinner.
I usually have 16 animal crackers for breakfast if i don't eat them all i finish them by the end of the day , lunch usually a veggie roll or grill cheese with 1/2 cup homemade soup dinner 3 oz meat potato 1/2 cup cottage cheese 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 35 calorie slice of bread. I'm not losing weight one reason is i fry the potatoes and meat i am going to start putting it in the crock pot or something i got a little one ! Any suggestions will help !
I eat the same foods over and over again too, until I get bored of them then I switch it up. As long as I'm losing weight and feeling satisfied, I'm good to go. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. But also be wary of 'diet-boredom'. I'm so done with the mindset of being on a diet, so as soon as I get bored of something, if it's making me want to grab something junky because I'm just so bored, it's time to find something else.
I have about 3-7 go-to's for every meal that I rotate to keep myself enjoying food and giving my body a range of vitamins and nutrients. Breakfasts are usually egg based or smoothie based... I don't mess with those because it's fast, satifying and I love it, day after day. But lunch and dinner I rotate more. I brown bag my own lunch, so I usually cook up something like a giant frittata (lots of eggs, coconut milk and veggies) on the weekend that will last me 4-5 lunches and add fruit, nuts, and veggies. Dinner I try keeping my husband's favorites in mind: he loves meat and potatoes, pastas and RAW vegetables. So I bake him a potato and myself a sweet potatoe... I leave his veggies raw and saute/blanch mine... we eat meat probably 1-2x a week, and I try and have leftovers.
Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 11/16/2012 (11:14)
11/16/12 7:27 A
good ideas from those who have responded thus far.
Don't cheat yourself, because eventually it will catch up with you in any number of ways
are you actually getting enough fiber and veggies/fruits with that plan? i have to say that your plan looks very brown and unvaried to me. and like it's rather high in sodium. granted, the way you make your salad might make that question ridiculous, but 2 cups salad could be anything from 2 cups of iceberg with a mild sprinkling of carrots and cucumbers and a load of cheese and dressing to a cup of spinach with another cup of rainbowed and varied veggies. some really easy things you could do to make your plan better: -add onions, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes or eggplant to your eggs in the morning. chop them small and you'll hardly notice them, but you'll be adding another serving of veggies in. -instead of buying canned soup, make big batches of homemade soups and freeze them. you can control the sodium and add extra veggies to make up for any colors you aren't already getting. -instead of having a cup of pasta, have half a cup of pasta and half a cup of zucchini sliced in the same shape as your pasta [ie noodles if you're using spaghetti or linguini, little chops if you're using ditalini or penne or shells]. -add things like shredded carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, squash, olives to your marinara sauce. it will up the volume of good for you stuff. - i would say your snacks need a little more substance. fruit/veggies are good for you, but they aren't great by themselves. most of the time they need a little protein and/or fat to make them a balanced snack, so adding nuts, yogurt, cheese, whole grain crackers would make them a better choice.
and as long as you're rotating out what you're having and it's hitting your needs [particular in terms of vitamins and minerals and such], i'd say you're good.
Fitness Minutes: (3,215)
11/15/12 9:30 P
Thank you for your ideas of meal plans A,B and C... definately workable...
And thank you for the tip of upping my calories... this too is workable. will maybe add to my snacks... and add a little more variety. Or even increase my portion sizes on some of the foods to increase.
Edited by: LUVDANRS61 at: 11/15/2012 (21:32)
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11/15/12 8:57 P
I also eat the same things over and over, but my plan has been approved by several professionals.
The main problem in your plan is that you are not eating enough calories and that will cause you to have a setback.
In time, your body will start to feel the effects of not eating enough and the stress of exercise. You will more than likely run out energy and resort to binging on food because your body will think its starving.
Try to revamp your plan so that you are eating within your weight loss range.
11/15/12 8:53 P
While you can meet your caloric needs by eating the same thing every day and then switching it is harder to meet your nutritional needs. On my quiz the other day, a question was how many different nutrients total do you need each day....there are 45 different ones you need. And you can only get all 45 in by eating a variety of different foods (and sometimes you don't get a nutrient one day it is okay you get a bunch the next day). With my self and my kids not only do I look at daily nutrition but averaged over a week.
I know that sometimes people will work up menu plans but they don't realize that many people can't buy groceries that way (the plan might call for a half cup of grapes, well what does a single person do with all the other grapes)...so I generally will just get ideas from published menu plans.
So my thinking is start small, come up with an A day and a B day and then alternate...then once you are comfortable with that come up with a C day. Alternating A, B, and C days will provide you with more variety and better nutrition. Once you are comfortable with that you might feel comfortable with even more variety.
Fitness Minutes: (3,215)
11/15/12 8:50 P
I usually fall into the meets category on all of it... i fall off just a little in the precentages like instead of 50% in carbs its usually lower and a little higher in the protein and about right on or a little lower in the fats... it does fall short on the calories. But I am not hungry if I were I would eat more. I know that you dont want to be too low in cals.. my average is usually in low 1000's not usually above 1100 but never lower than maybe 960 on a real busy day. I am staying away from sugar and white's.... as evidenced by my menu...lol. I have been back on plan for the last 2 weeks. I had been off for a while and not adhering to anything...since back on I have lost 7 lbs. I am also exercising..doing 28 day boot camp exercises. so at least one of 2 videos per evening.
LUVDANRS61 ~ Congratulations on your weight loss so far. Do you track those foods here at SP and if so, are you getting all the nutrients? As long as you are filling all your nutritional needs and have been successful in weight loss, what you are doing is just fine. Keep up the good work.
Fitness Minutes: (3,215)
11/15/12 8:30 P
I have a tendency to eat the same foods day after day. Here is an example... every day I have a bkfst burrito (home made 2 scrambled eggs, whole wheat low carb tortilla and hot salsa 2 tbs.). Lunch is a sandwich thin with 2 oz of slices chicken or turkey breast with 1 tbs spicy humus, and either a cup of light soup or 2 cups of salad with kens low fat northern italian dressing.... Dinner is 3 to 5 oz boneless chix breast browned in some olive oil, one cup of whole wheat spagetti tossed with a little olive oil, garlic and about one tsp of parm cheese browned a little or plain topped with 1/4c of spicy marinara sauce, 2 cups salad with kens low fat northern itlalian dressing and 1 to 2 cups of brocolli, For a snack I have 10 grapes in the morning and 10 frozen grapes at night, and sometimes a little pack of mini carrots about 20 cals. Here's my question am I harming or helping myself. Its so much easier for me knowing what I have on a daily basis...makes it easy on my grocery budget etc. I will do this for a few weeks then get tired of this and switch it to some other foods that I will then eat for a few weeks. I dont want to have to plan something different every day etc. Its just easier for me and when I like something I tend to like it to death.... does anyone else do this? good or bad for weight loss?