Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Food Plan?????

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My friend, B, gave me her "food plan" that she is using to guide her decisions about what to eat.  I usually find the idea of denying myself certain foods as a 'set up for a screw up'.  But right now, the idea of saying NO to some foods seems comforting.  I'm obviously in need of some extra boundaries.

My friend, Kristi, has shared a lot of information about the Paleo Diet with me.  That feels too structured right now but I do want to think about it.  And I want to play around with trying to give up the foods that the Paleo Diet suggests.  

Last night, I took B's food list and customized it to fit my tastes, my comfort foods, my needs to cheat, and my habit of eating out. 

Here's what I ended up with.  It's a work in progress.  Please feel free to make suggestions - especially about specific dishes in restaurants that would be good.  I love suggestions even though I frequently blow them off.   

I think the most important thing I wrote - and I first saw it as I wrote it (it was one of those aha! surprises) was --
LOG ALL WHEAT, DAIRY, AND SUGAR.

TRY TO HAVE ‘CLEAN’ DAYS OF NO WHEAT, DAIRY OR SUGAR.

The above statement needs to be my goal.  And it is a big step towards the Paleo Diet.  But, in the meantime........



FORBIDDEN FOODS
Alcohol – except once per week
Bagels (except skinny bagels)
Bread (except subway, sonic)
Butter
Cake
Candy
Cereal
Cheese (except lowfat Laughing Cow)
Chips (except baked or sun chips – limit one pack per day)
Cookies
Cornbread
Crackers (except melba toast)
Cream, cream sauces, creamy salad dressings
Desserts, in general
Donuts
French fries
Fritos
Fried foods, in general
Ice cream
Mayonnaise
Milk (except 2%)
Muffins (except bran – one per day)
Nuts
Peanut Butter
Pizza
Sopapillas
Sour cream
Spaghetti (except Lean Cuisine)
Sugar

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, DON’T EAT WHEAT, DAIRY OR SUGAR.


ALLOWED FOODS
Alcohol – only one time per week
Avocado – half per day
Beans and all legumes
Cheese (Laughing Cow lowfat only)
Chicken
Cocktail sauce with shrimp
Corn on the cob
Eggs
Fish
Fruit of any kind
Green chili stew (at any restaurant)
Granola bars (low calorie, not more than one a day)
Ham
Hamburger (without bun or Sonic junior-size)
Hot dog, no bun
Mustard, even flavored
Oatmeal, one packet per day
Potatoes, except fries
Roast beef
Salmon
Salsa
Sausage
Shrimp
Soy sauce
Sushi
Teriyaki sauce
Tilapa
Tomato juice
Tomato soup
Tuna
Turkey
Veggies of any kind
Yogurt

OUT TO EAT FOODS
Chili’s – any low-cal meal
Chili’s – chicken fajitas
Chipolte – bowls, not burritos
DeColores – beans
DeColores – tilapa and potato
El Parasol – chicken burrito, no cheese
El Parasol – chicken and whole bean burrito, no cheese
Hill Diner – baked potato, cup of chili, salad with noncreamy dressing, teryaki chicken, veggies
Sonic – grilled chicken sandwich
Sonic – junior burger
Subway – turkey sandwich meal
Wendy’s – chili, baked potato


LOG ALL WHEAT, DAIRY, AND SUGAR.

TRY TO HAVE ‘CLEAN’ DAYS OF NO WHEAT, DAIRY OR SUGAR.

Notice that ketchup isn't listed.  It's sugar.  So, if I eat it, I need to log it.  

Hmmmm.

Love,
Me

 

8 comments:

  1. What a great idea! That sounds totally do-able!
    Good luck. :)

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  2. Hi Jenn!!

    There are lots of good things on this list that are tasty - and lots of things that personally i don't agree with, but I think it looks doable!

    The main thing is going to have to be servings - even if you only ate fecking apples all day but ate 100s of them it would not be good. And more balanced diet. From what I;ve read here you seem to go through times of not eating that much fresh fruit and veggies. These are awesome as they will help you get more energy, keep you nice and regular and give you the vitamins you need. So i deffo think you need to add these things in to your daily diet. Here that DAILY

    Also - regarding Sonic / Subway - maybe aim for that twice a week (one each - not two each!!) and try some easy meals at home... Soups a great thing to make coming into Autumn that will keep in the fridge, is filling and can be heated up at the drop of a hat.

    Right - i'm off to boot camp - but if you try this you've GOT TO PROMISE to do it properly... with only your ALLOWED cheats in moderation for at least 2 weeks!!

    Yes, that's right, i'm going all drill seargent on you.
    I've three pounds left to goal... and i am going INSANE...

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    1. Deezer, I'm so impressed that you only have three pounds to go. Yay, you! You're right about servings. Portion control is an unknown frontier to me.

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  3. I'll be really interested to see what you think. It's pretty close to what I do, too, except that I don't eat wheat, sugar or dairy (except goat) at all (or only in teeny tiny amounts hidden in other foods, I guess), so that I don't have to limit to a number of slices of bread per day etc. Best of luck!

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    1. I know it's close to what you do. I just wish I could cook as good as you do. I'm about to blog about tonight's dinner fiasco.

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  4. These sound good. Everything in moderation. I learned a lot, forcefully, when I had gestational diabetes. I know about the Paleo diet because my youngest was allergic to everything while growing up. Don't forget your multi-vitamin!

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  5. As your oldest female cousin who loves you very much, want you to stay alive as long as possible. I don't want to to die from eating too much of the wrong stuff and exercising too little. I see that Los Alamos has a Curves Circuit at 967 Central Avenue. What worked for me was going to Curves for the past two years. I walked in alone, not knowing anyone, and it has been worth every effort it took to get there some days. But now I'm in better shape than I was at 40, even with my two total knee replacements. Don't be afraid to tell the trainers at Curves what you want to accomplish -- they work with a lot of women in worse physical shape than you. The manager of the Curves facility is trained to help with nutrition and exercise, and she can help you understand how to get your BMI into a normal range. It only takes 30-45 minutes out of your day to get a cardio and strength workout at your own pace. You don't have to wear fancy exercise clothes or make-up. Curves is just for women of all ages and stages of weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll be among women who are going through or have gone through your situation and will understand and celebrate an inch or a pound lost with you. If you don't want to do this for yourself, do it for the grandkids you'll be able to hold someday and for those of us who care about you -- even for those people in your life who enable you out of love. The Los Alamos Curves website is http://www.curves.com/locations/map.php?id=911123112020C and the phone number is 505-661-2455. (I'm going to be really pissed if that place isn't still in business and I have to find you a personal trainer!)

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    1. Mary Nelle, thanks for Curves phone number. I've been a member of Curves before and I know that it works well - if I go. And you've given me the kick. I'll call them tomorrow. Love you!

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