Well, the new eating plan is working well. I can't quite bring myself to enter in on Spark every day since it's pretty much the same. I have added a couple things to it based on some research I did. Here are the changes I made:
5:45: 1c fruit, 1c leafy greens, tea
10:30: 1c rice (white, cuz the hubby won't do brown), 1c boiled vegetables, 1c fruit, 1/2c beans/lentils
12:30: 1c fruit, 1/4c nuts/seeds
2:30: 2c leafy greens, tea
5:30: 1c rice, 1c boiled vegetables, 1/2c protein (usually beans or lentils, with fish once a week), 1c soy milk
7:30: 1c raw vegetables, 1/2c hummus/lentils
It sounds like so much food and I had a hard time figuring out when I'm going to eat it all, but my hope is that since most of it is veggies, I'll be hungry by the time I'm supposed to eat again.
These changes came about because I realized I wasn't getting any fruit and only 4 servings of veggies on my other plan. I also bumped up the protein and cut out a dose of rice. Miso soup was part of my meal plan before and I am still going to do that, but only as broth with the rice, veggies, and protein being a soup. I discovered that having miso soup on its own--while delicious--caused me to vomit and dry heave uncontrollably for hours.
Didn't see that one coming since I love it so much and it never gives me a problem when I eat it with a meal....
An important note about this plan is that iceberg lettuce does not count as a leafy green. Also, white fruits do not count towards my daily 3-cup requirement. By white fruit I mean any fruit with white flesh like apples. (I can't think of any others at the moment, but there must be some....) This is based on a meal plan my father is following right now.
Dad has had MS for a while and has been steadily declining. His doctor recommended the Wahl's Protocol Diet. It's interesting because it's designed by a doctor/biologist who developed MS. She still needs her medications and doesn't recommend anyone stop traditional treatment, but with the diet, she stopped declining and has regained much of her health. She had the same rapidly declining MS Dad has, so we're hopeful that the diet will help him. It's all about brain and mitochondrial health and, as a biologist myself, I can get behind those ideas. This was what made me realize I wasn't getting enough fruits and veggies.
All that being said, we'll see how it goes. Sunday has become my cooking day. I boiled my veggies for the next couple days, made my rice, cooked a round of garlic lentils using the stock from the vegetables, cut up fresh veggies and put them into 1c servings, divided up some sunflower seeds into 1/4c servings, and stocked up frozen fruit and veggies--fresh and frozen are OK, canned are a no-no (sneaks a can of diced tomatoes into the boiled vegetables while no one's looking
The other big change is with my soda drinking. No, I didn't murder anyone, but I did have some soda on Thursday. I felt better immediately, so I'm convinced I have a caffeine dependency. I also gained 4lbs and all I did differently was start drinking soda again.
So, going back to soda is not an option, but staying the angry, moody person I've been isn't either. I think I frightened some students on Wednesday.... My answer is to drink caffeinated tea with breakfast and at one of my snacks. I love tea and stopping to make a cup is zero-cal, no chemicals, many flavors, feels healthy me-time. Plus, my students, daughter, husband, and random strangers I meet in the street will thank me.