If you would have told me 2 1/2 years ago, I would be eating 1500 – 1700 calories per day, I would have laughed at you. Throw in almost no fast foods (I eat out 1-3 times per month), no processed foods, no grains, etc., I would have died! What is life without the food?
Diet is so important. To feeling good. Getting strong. Thinking clearly. Yet, I notice it is one of the neglected parts of losing and maintaining weight.
Our school breakfasts are doughnuts, pop tarts, cinnamon rolls, etc., served with flavored milk and usually juice. Yes the doughnuts are “specially formulated, and has healthy whole grains”, and not at all like a Dunkin Dount, but it is straight carbs and sugar! Milk = carbs and sugar. Juice = carbs and sugar. Lunches are the same. Chicken nuggets, pizza, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, processed ham and cheese sandwich. Carb loaded sides, fruit, and milk. Yes they offer a salad, but it is usually served with cold chicken nuggets, processed ham, or sugar filled yogurt and honey flavored sunflower seeds. They also have extras like chips, ice cream, cookies, and popsicles.
Yes, please send that kid to my class and expect me to teach them anything! The ADD/ADHD kids are already bouncing off the wall, this makes it worse. The already overweight kids are complaining they are still hungry (they ate a doughnut, 4oz of juice and a couple sips of chocolate milk because it is not sweet enough) or falling asleep on their desks from the “carb coma”. Lunch is the same. The fruits and veggies get thrown away and they eat the crap. Then are in “carb coma” again after lunch, and wanting to go home so they can watch TV/ play video games and eat more.
So, as for my diet… When I started off December 31, 2010, I started “The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet” by Drs. Richard and Rachel Heller. I started with their entry plan (low carb breakfast and lunch, reward meal for dinner). The point of the diet is to regulate your insulin levels so that you are less hungry overall. I slowly began to eliminate gluten from my diet. At first, I was allowed to eat gluten at restaurants and 1 item per day at home. I gradually worked towards only 1 gluten containing item when in restaurants, to finally gluten free. I have known for years that I should eat gluten free, but I have never stuck to it. At this point, I decided that I am gluten free for life!
After a few months, my weight loss began to slow. One day I decided I would not change my eating, but just count, in my head, the calories I was eating. I realized I was eating about 3,500 calories per day AND STILL LOSING! I decided I would cut my calories down to 3,000. I mean, really! The average man gets 2,000! I would not be deprived! Slowly, over the course of nearly a year, I was down to about 1,800 calories, and still using “The Carbohydrate’s Addict’s Diet” as my base. The number of meals per day varied, based on how hard I was pushing weight loss or just maintaining, but was 1 large meal, or two small snacks and 1 large meal, or some other variation. During this time, my insulin levels dropped from off the charts to normal.
During the next year (2012), I began running and seeing a personal trainer. I realized I needed food in different ways, so I tried a couple different ways. I tried eating 6 small meals, only 1 of them with carbs. I tried adding carbs in the form of sugar alcohols and fiber. I tried Atkin’s meal bars and shakes. It all either made me hungrier or didn’t mentally satisfy me. I went back to my 1 giant meal a day, but continued to struggle and question.
During spring break of 2013, I discovered Crossfit and Paleo. I was initially very scared, because it meant carbs throughout the day, and giving me more freedom than I was used to. I quickly fell in love with it. My diet for now is Paleo with 4 exceptions:
1. white potatoes a couple times per month
2. dark, high quality chocolate (72% or higher)
4. Honey for my paleo breakfast muffins
Occasionally do I eat non-Paleo stuff? Sure. When we eat out, I am far from Paleo sometimes, but always with in my calories (the best you can a restaurant), and I try to get the least processed food. But I know that I feel awesome when I am 95% Paleo or better. So for now, I’m sticking with that!
A current daily food log looks like this:
Breakfast: Homemade banana-walnut-chocolate chip muffin (Paleo except the honey), a pink grapefruit, 6 spears of asparagus and 3 slices of bacon.
Lunch: Homemade chicken and veggie soup, pumpkin-almond butter bar (Paleo except the honey), a orange.
Dinner: Homemade stuffed cabbages made with 99% fat free turkey and no rice, 1/4 cup of dried fruit, 6 small squares of 72% dark chocolate with raspberry pieces, 1/2 cup of mint chocolate chip coconut milk “ice cream”.
Total Calories for the day = 1650.
Off for squats and ab work!