I dove right in and went to the store to stock up on the right foods. Here is an example of one day's worth of food for me:
Breakfast: 1/3 cup oatmeal (with flax seed and wheat germ) with a portion of frozen berries and 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg scrambled with hot herbal tea.
Morning snack: an apple with 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter.
Lunch: a nice portion of salad with dressing (I am starting to make my own) with leftover chili-lime chicken and brown rice from the night before.
Mid-Afternoon snack: 1 cup of low fat plain yogurt with frozen berries.
Dinner: Salad with dressing, whole grain pasta with sun dried tomato chicken
Evening snack: 1 cup cottage cheese with berries.
Throughout the day I am constantly drinking water and/or herbal tea.
my breakfast one morning!
I am finding that I am not really hungry...I may sometimes think I am hungry, but it is usually just boredom or my mind playing tricks. I try to drink a glass of water and that normally helps. The fact that I get to eat every 2 1/2-3 hours usually helps with any "hunger pains". Here are some pro's and con's that I have found after 1 week.
~I cook extra with dinner every night and that becomes my lunch for the next day...so no eating out!
~I get to eat every 3 hours or so!
~I am eating fresher/organic/whole foods more often.
~ I feel good!
~ I have lost about 5 pounds this week. (More on that later.)
~I am experimenting in the kitchen...(this could probably be a con once in a while too. :))
~My kids are eating better...still could change some things, but I am seeing improvement.
~No calorie counting!
~Making dinner every night.
~Packing my food for the day takes a little longer and more planning.
~If I don't eat when I am supposed to, it can throw me off for the rest of the day.
~Breakfast takes a little longer...but it is still manageable!
~There are some things I just will not eat!!
I truly believe the pro's are outweighing the con's at this point. For the last 6-8 months I have steadily seen my weight climb....and it is not muscle. I have been very frustrated by the fact that I am very active and try to eat healthy for the most part. I did not feel like I should be gaining weight! The fact that I have seen this kind of weight loss already, is a big motivator for me to continue! I am also taking part in a challenge for the first 4 months of the year, and would really like to see my body fat percentage come down to the lower end of acceptable, rather than the high end!
I will try to post once a week or so with how it's going!