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BLC, Calories and reality check

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What a week this has been! We had a crisis with a foster child resulting in him leaving, and I took a baby that is eight months old so adjustment to schedule and time is all over the place. I am finding it extremely difficult to exercise during the work week (Tuesday - Friday) as the only possible solution is to get up at 5 am and exercise, but now with two babies in the bedroom... well.. that's a challenge too. I will persevere! emoticon

My bigger challenge right now is calories, or lack of them. I don't follow the standard American diet, my body can't handle grains at all or even processed foods. I found out the hard way when we had a busy night this week, I ate one slice of pizza with the kids and was so sick the next day I had to leave work early!

So, my diet basically is pretty simple, eggs cooked in butter or coconut oil in the morning, typically with a handful of veggies (kale, onion, pepper, squash or whatever is on hand). Lunches I typically bring chopped chicken and a huge salad, but this week I have had a salad from the local BBQ joint every day! Dinner is typically a protein, salad and veggie. The challenge is, my calories are often 1,000 or below. I know I need to get them higher, I don't feel bad (fat and protein is very satiating) but my weight loss slows when I am under a certain calorie.

I know multiple ways to add calories in but I find myself missing dinner several times this week, by the time I get home, feed 6 kids, bathe two babies and get them in bed, spend time with the others, well dinner went by the wayside for me.

I think its interesting that once you kick out processed foods.... calories instantly decline. It is hard to go overboard on calories when your eating chicken, salmon, sweet potatoes, salad and kale. Even with an abundance of olive oil, coconut oil, butter (pastured organic and good for you!)

But, on a positive note, I do feel better! My coworker said to me "Oh Gosh, you are just shrinking!" emoticon Several others have made comments and I find myself pulling my pants up all the time now because they are so loose. My aches and pains are almost completely gone and my energy is through the roof! I had not realized how poor my diet was since moving to the south until I rebooted and returned to my former ways of eating. Lesson learned! emoticon
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    emoticon You seem to be doing well under the circumstances. emoticon You will meet your goals!!
    1774 days ago
  • ICAMP2
    Thanks for the comments everybody! Jesse, thanks for your vote of confidence!

    Singer, I can't have half of your list :( Food allergies are the bane of my existence. Nut butters are out for me, I am allergic to most nuts (not coconut though thankfully!) I do use tahini at times I am really craving some kind of nut butter, I also have used cashew butter, I need to get to the health food store and get some more as I am out. I also am allergic to shellfish, most fresh fruit. SO, the protein shake is out though sometimes I do make them with coconut milk, coconut oil and berries. I put flax in everything! I do eat tons of salad with grilled chicken and fish, usually dressed in olive oil and lemon, hummus is a big food here too! As for protein bars or shakes, I just don't eat anything processed. Interstingly, im rarely hungry.... its just that my calories come up really low

    Sunpanther, I was vegan and vegetarian for several years! I miss it but just not a healthy path for me now

    Linda! I am the worst accountability partner ever!!! How are you? Saw you did good on your trip! Good job!

    1774 days ago
    You are doing very well under the stresses of daily life. I have confidence you will find a way to naturally increase your calorie intake. emoticon emoticon
    1775 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Here is a guide that my dietitian gave me. Maybe you can get a sense of something to add to your menu. Feel free to message me your restrictions and am more than happy to give you ideas of what you add to up your calorie intake as I also have a lot of restrictions.

    Sample Menu

    Breakfast: Protein Shake:
    Protein Powder
    8 oz of Unsweetened Almond Milk
    ½ cup Frozen Berries
    Flax Seed/Meal
    ½ cup Frozen Spinach

    Rice Cakes with Nut Butter

    Large Salad with various raw veggies
    ½ cup of beans
    4oz of Grilled Chicken or Fish
    Flax Seed Oil, Lemon Juice, Herbs to taste

    Veggies and Hummus

    4-6 oz of Lean Organic Protein
    1-2 Cups of Steamed Veggies
    Small Side Salad

    Snack Ideas:
    Protein Bars: Quest Bars, Larabars, KIND Bars
    Fruit and Nut Butter
    Single Servings of Raw Almonds/Nuts
    Organic Jerky
    Protein Shakes
    Veggies and Hummus

    1775 days ago
    We are vegetarians here, and try to avoid processed food as much as possible. You are right - the whole calorie journey changes when we eat like this. I have to watch exactly as you do - except I only need to keep a handle on one child!
    And congratulations on the shrinking - I had a good friend barely recognise me the other day, even though I didn't feel I'd changed much.
    1775 days ago
    Isn't it awesome when someone else notices you are shrinking! :-) Way to go... NOW get your butt in selfish mode and make a little time to feed yourself dinner!
    1775 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/15/2013 8:26:02 AM
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