I’ve talked quite a bit on this blog about the philosophy I’ve taken with my eating habits during my weight loss journey, but to this point, haven’t discussed, in detail what it is I’m actually eating these days. Someone asked me recently, “So…what DO you eat?” I thought I’d share a bit about it today!
Since I’m pretty new to this whole blogging thing and don’t know the rules about mentioning name brands (can I do that?) for now, I’ll stick to generalities. If you want specific brand name information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be glad to tell you more.
First things first, as I’ve said before, I use a website and its mobile app to track my calories on a daily basis. It takes approximately 5 minutes a day to keep up with, and truly, has been key to my success. Tracking, along with measuring and making sure I’m actually eating the appropriate sized servings, is what has made all the difference for me. I have a measuring cup and a cheap digital food scale at home, and a measuring cup in my desk drawer at work. That’s the extent of my weight loss gadgets and gizmos or accessories!
I entered my height, starting weight, age and gender into the tracking app when I first began, along with my goal of losing 2 pounds per week, and it calculated the total number of calories I needed to eat per day to reach that goal. It also gave me targets for things like fat, carbs, sodium, protein, cholesterol, etc. Honestly, I haven’t focused on trying to reach the nutrient goals, because the food choices I’ve made within the calorie goal automatically makes me reach the nutrient goals.
When I first began, I was eating around 2,200 calories per day. With each 10-pound weight loss, the app would reset my goals and my calorie allotment would go down according to my new weight. As of today, my goal is 1,610 calories per day. Because the calorie goal goes down slowly and incrementally, you don’t really notice it and it’s not a big deal. It’s not like it makes you decrease by 500 calories overnight!
A sample of what I might eat in a day now, taken from my actual food journal looks like this:
1.5 cups multigrain cereal 165 calories
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 35 calories
2 clementines 70 calories
½ cup diced peaches 35 calories
1 cup blueberries 80 calories
2 slices high fiber multigrain bread 70 calories
1 wedge light cheese wedge 35 calories
6 slices deli turkey 50 calories
15 chips, baked potato chips 120 calories
2 tablespoons hummus 70 calories
4oz. high fiber blueberry yogurt 50 calories
1 cup raw broccoli 25 calories
6 oz. boneless pork loin 210 calories
1 cup broccoli 25 calories
½ cup corn 75 calories
½ cup roasted garlic mashed potatoes 120 calories
1 slice high fiber multigrain bread 35 calories
mixed greens side salad with cheese, croutons, tomatoes, cucumbers 110 calories
2 tablespoons fat-free dressing 45 calories
1 serving drizzled popcorn pack 120 calories
TOTAL 1545 calories for the day
So, there you have it! I eat all day long, as you can see, so it keeps me from ever feeling like I’m deprived or overly hungry. It keeps my metabolism running smoothly and constantly, without overdoing it any one meal. Our family also eats out a lot, so I'll address restaurants in another post some other day.
I’m eating real food, regular food, but in the correct serving sizes, and with attention to the choices I make. Yes, I love broccoli and blueberries, and eat LOTS of them regularly, but I also couldn’t imagine life without bread or mashed potatoes! I’ve simply found better options and healthier ways of preparing the things I really enjoy and have them in moderation. I get to eat the same foods as the rest of my family, and we’re all healthier as a result. I can live with that!