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........
Alcohol – except once per week
Bagels (except skinny bagels)
Bread (except subway, sonic)
Cheese (except lowfat Laughing Cow)
Chips (except baked or sun chips – limit one pack per day)
Crackers (except melba toast)
Cream, cream sauces, creamy salad dressings
Desserts, in general
Fried foods, in general
Milk (except 2%)
Muffins (except bran – one per day)
Spaghetti (except Lean Cuisine)
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, DON’T EAT WHEAT, DAIRY OR SUGAR.
Alcohol – only one time per week
Avocado – half per day
Beans and all legumes
Cheese (Laughing Cow lowfat only)
Cocktail sauce with shrimp
Corn on the cob
Fruit of any kind
Green chili stew (at any restaurant)
Granola bars (low calorie, not more than one a day)
Hamburger (without bun or Sonic junior-size)
Hot dog, no bun
Mustard, even flavored
Oatmeal, one packet per day
Potatoes, except fries
Veggies of any kind
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.