Results of food experiment
Friday, March 08, 2019
After two days of feeling like I was starving to death, I'm calling off the experiment with the slimming menu plans in "Stay Slim for Life". I think that they are very good for following for a week to kick start things, and although the calorie count is low, ultimately it was the lack of fats that did me in.
Seriously, we eat very healthy. So when I couldn't sleep a few nights ago because all I could think of was buckets of KFC (which we've never eaten by the way, but did bring one in years ago for a trio of babysitters who thought they could handle my savages - but that's another blog). So it didn't take a genius to realize that I needed fat. I knew, hubby knew, and DD knew.
So today I'm back to meal planning. However I will be using the valuable lessons I learned from the menu plan.
1/ I need to eat at least 300 calories less than hubby. I had been serving us similar sizes, so this was an essential lesson. If I give him 6 oz of meat, I get 4 oz. If he gets 2 slices of bread, I get one or possibly none.
2/ We need more healthy fats. There were no avocados on this plan which is our usual source for healthy fats. The only fats we had were the odd teaspoon of butter here or there and it really wasn't enough.
3/ To be sustainable the calorie count has to be a bit higher than we found on this meal plan. My calories were always between 1,000 and 1,100 while John was always in the 1,400 range. Just not enough calories. I think I need a minimum of 1200 and anywhere up to 1550 would be ok. John needs between 1800 and 2000, possibly more as he starts more physical work outside.
Still, it was a very good plan and very doable for that kickstart week to remind us of portion sizes and the differences between the male and female members of the family. I wonder if I have another book with pre-made menus I can follow without thinking much about? mmm, the laziness calls and I'll have to go through my cookbook collection.