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In Need Of Variety

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm running into the same problem I ALWAYS run into when things seem to be going well. And I have yet to find a solution. NUMBER ISSUES! I not only have to control my calories for weight loss but it's also important for me to limit my carbs, protein and sodium for various health reasons. It usually proves difficult to get the numbers to line up where I need them to.

Calories 1200-1500
Carbs 100-120 grams minus the fiber
Sodium under 1500 mg I usually end up with 2000-2400
Protein under 75 grams

So I end up where I am now eating the same types of things every week. I tend to stay with what I know works because every time I try to think outside the box the numbers end up all over the place.

For example, I tried to add a Tuna Fish Sandwich on Whole Wheat into my meal plan today and well, my sodium count went up to 2800. So I took some other items away and my carb count went down to 90 and my calories dropped to 998. I can't win!

I'm going to do some research on line today and see if I can find some meal plans that I can add to my existing plan for some variation. I need variety! I just don't know how to get it without unraveling the numbers. I have eaten the same Turkey, Mozzarella Cheese and Spinach Sandwich on Whole Wheat for lunch for a week now, and it's getting old. emoticon
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    Congratulations on the GREAT report from Dr.
    1882 days ago
    Wow.. what a hard balancing act you are trying to do...I hope you have found some way to add variety into your diet because that is important so you don't get sick and tired of what you are eating !! Good luck on your quest.. the nutrition tracker at least can help sort out the nutrients for you .. as you are finding out it is easy to throw things out of alignment . emoticon
    1884 days ago
    It is a bit of a juggle, but it is manageable. Have you found either Starkist or Bumble Bee low sodium tuna? That should help. Also, if you put it on a deli-flat or thin bagel, that reduces sodium further.
    Also, I try to hit my carb/sodium, etc., goals over the course of a week. Tuna sandwich one day for lunch, nice big salad with lots of fresh veggies and oil/vinegar another or homemade soup. I do think variety is so important. Look on Spark recipes or other sites to get some good lunch ideas that won't blow your goals.

    1886 days ago
    Sallie I do the same thing I can seem to keep everything in line but the sodium is tricky and its the bugger that stalls us....but we will figure it out emoticon emoticon
    1886 days ago
    I have that problem with sodium if I eat ham/bacon. Then I pay for it. Good luck. ((HUGS))
    1886 days ago
    Good luck on your hunt. I usually have the same foods breakfast and lunch every day because they are relatively easy to remember and I have them on hand. emoticon Dinner can be anything!
    1886 days ago
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    emoticon Gotta change it up now & then!
    1886 days ago
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