I've been back on the Beach (phase 1) for only a few days but already I'm running into a problem.
I should state right off that I am a vegan (or trying to be) so I'm doing SBD without meat or dairy or eggs. I haven't found it too difficult so far at all and very satisfying, even if it does limit my choices a bit.
I planned out a menu with "mini meals" as that's how I like to plan my meals (rather than big meals and snacks). Here's what a typical day has looked like:
Morning: some kind of homemade bean dip made with 1/3 cup beans with raw veggies
Mid-Morning: protein shake made with 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk, 3 oz tofu, 1 scoop soy protein powder, and flavorings
Afternoon: either a bean or veggie crumble saute with veggies and 1 tsp olive oil (about 1/3 cup beans or veggie cumble). Sometimes it might be about 4 or 5 veggie meat slices on lettuce with some mustard and tomatoes
Mid-Afternoon: Some soup, usually a creamy tomato soup (made with 1/3 cup crushed tomatoes, 1/3 cup soy milk, and veggie broth) or zucchini soup (just veggie broth and chopped zucchini - very tasty, actually
Evening: Spinach or romaine salad with avocado or guacomole, nondairy sugar free fudge made with 2 tbsp nut butter, cocoa powder, and sweetners (I know this seems like a lot of fat for the evening, but I'm trying to keep off of the night snacking so I find that eating more fatty foods at dinner helps with this).
I've been feeling fine in terms of the amount of food, not hungry, but I was starting to suspect that it might not be enough. So I went into Fitday and put in my food for today. It came out 923 calories!
I definitely want to be eating more, especially since I'm trying to get back to exercising (not a lot, but some). My problem is that I don't know what else I can add, since I'm not eating meat, dairy, or eggs. I can up the proteins I eat to 1/2 cup instead of 1/3 cup and add some beans to the soup. But that still brings me only to about 1100 calories, which is still too low in my opinion.
Any ideas? I know SBD limits nuts to 1 oz a day, so I'm not sure if I can add more after the nut butter I use at night. Not sure what else I can do, though.