Monday, March 10, 2014

The Diet Fix Day Three: Diarize

Be sure to check out my other posts on The Diet Fix.

Today I went back and did the task for Day 2, which was to keep a detailed food diary. In addition to the usual food data, I was supposed to record information on meal timing, hunger and satisfaction, plus a stat called "The Daily Degree of Difficulty."

Today was not difficult, in the sense that I wasn't hungry, but I was concerned that my calories were higher than I'd like them to be. I still do Meatless Mondays, and it's not easy to get the amounts of protein suggested for each meal and snack from vegetarian sources. I made my bean and rice bowl for dinner -- the beans cook all day in the crockpot, and it doesn't take long to cook some rice and chop some vegetables.  That was very filling. I think I need to plan my meals ahead of time so I'm not trying to do math as I serve myself dinner. My DDD score was probably about a 5 because I was frustrated by my too-high calorie count.

I've been doing some research on vegan protein sources since it disgusts me to think of eating high volumes of meat and cheese. One thing I did notice, though, was that meat is a very efficient protein source: Just three ounces of salmon was enough protein for a whole meal. One chicken drumstick almost has enough.  And vegetables have some protein too.

I don't want to start loading up on supplements or making weird bodybuilder recipes to get enough protein.  I want to eat real food that tastes like food.  I do have plain whey powder, but that still seems somewhat natural, especially since I avoided all the artificial flavors.

I'm finding that I just feel tired of eating. I never used to understand why people said that in Weight Watchers meetings, but I think I get it now.  Especially since most of my favorite foods are in the "as little as you need to be happy" category and the ones I don't like as much seem to be the ones I need to eat. I love nuts and cheese, but all that heavy food in my stomach feels kind of icky to me.

I'm sure that I will get a better sense of what works after I have been doing this for a while.  I also bought some higher-protein bread so I can still have toast in the morning.

3 comments:

  1. Curious what your ratios tended to be in the past (protein, fat, carbs within total calories) - ?

    If I am understanding the plan you are following now, they give you a minimum amount of protein and you need to eat at least that minimum while staying in a calorie range. The minimum protein then forces the carb levels to go down in order to stay within calories?

    It is hard for a lot of vegetarians to stay at a lower weight, because many tend to dramatically increase carbs when they drop protein. You are right, it does not take much meat to generate servings of protein. Plain Greek yogurt, egg whites are good too. I personally do yellow split pea protein powder because I don't do any dairy. My only grain is oatmeal, on occasion, and I only use the protein powder in oatmeal to change the ratios (up the protein, reduce the carbs).

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    1. At this point, I am supposed to be looking only at minimums, not maximums. This "Diet Fix" is supposed to change my mentality. I realize that by spending so much time worrying yesterday about the calorie counts, I was not really working within the spirit of the program. The whole goal is to find the healthiest lifestyle that feels good, not to berate myself for having too many calories.

      I'm not a vegetarian, but for environmental/ethical reasons, I don't want to overdo meat. Discovering that I could get the minimums with smaller servings helps me reconcile this. If I keep the meat servings to the minimum needed and fill in with vegetables, I will feel better about the program.

      The whole point is that I am supposed to feel good while doing this, and I need to give myself some time to adjust. I will say that I have not felt hungry and I have felt a different kind of energy since starting this.

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