It is implementation day of our seven diet plan. I should briefly recap that last week we felt so amazing after getting seven hours of sleep and exercising for sixty minutes each day that we decided to change our diet plan. By “diet plan” I don’t mean “weight-loss plan.” I mean we developed a crazy idea to follow the food plate (no longer a pyramid) to see if after seven days we felt really good and healthy. Thus far, we have bought the food, wrote out what we will eat, and as of 4:55am (the time we woke up to go work out) have begun eating.
DIET PREPARATION: Thoughts
On the set-up… Setting up a new eating scheme totally sucks. To start, the whole plate thing is in ounces and cups, whereas every other food pyramid in the world is in servings. So I have had to break out my high school science metric changeover skills (which I haven’t used since I learned them) in order to figure out what we can eat and then what we can buy. If we are going to stick with this, we will need a food scale ASAP.
On buying fish… Buying fish – sucks. We live in the Midwest. I am not about to spend $15 a pound for a fish, so my only two options are salmon and tilapia (#firstworldproblems). Meh. Salmon it is.
On staying in budget… At the checkout – I totally stayed within budget. Whoever said eating healthy is more expensive is totally an idiot, or worked for Frito Lay. For $4.00 – I could get any ONE of the following HEALTY items: four pounds of carrots, four heads of lettuce, eight cucumbers, five pounds of apples, or five pounds of oranges. For $4.00 – I could get any ONE of the following UNHEALTHY items: a large bag of Doritos, four liters of soda, one container of ice cream, or a large bag of chocolate chips. My point is, per pound – healthy food is much more affordable. You get more, and you don’t feel like going into a diabetic coma afterwards.
On sugar… My biggest dietary dilemma is that amount of sugar I consume. I do well at not pigging out and not eating fatty stuff. However #SugarIsMyBFF. However, on this diet, you are only supposed to consume 120 calories per day from sugar (single tear rolls down my cheek). Since I drink coffee with cream AND SUGAR every single day, I have made the decision that my daily sugar intake will come in this form.
“Oh yeah” moment… I was talking to a friend about the idea when she mentioned what I forgot. She noted “Well, seven days isn’t really enough to feel the full impact of the diet.” Del and I should have thought of that, but didn’t. We discussed the thought and came to the conclusion that we would try this for seven days. Depending on how we felt after that, we might keep it and keep going – or try something else really crazy.
DAY 1 REPORT: Plan and reactions to day one of the food plate diet
Breakfast… 3/4c granola, 1c milk, 1c orange juiceSnack… 2 orangesLunch… 1c broccoli, 1/2c chicken, 1/4c cheese, 2oz tortillasDinner… 1/2c salmon, 1c couscous (I am so cool), 1c brussel sprouts
By lunch I feel hungry. I want sugar. I want sugar in the form of chocolate – or a chewy granola bar – or some Doritos. I think there are sugar packs in the drawer below the coffee maker…. Be right back….
By lunch Del feels… tired. I should mention that we both got seven hours of sleep and worked out for an hour this morning. A decision is quickly made that this is not enough food.
WINNER WINNER SALMON FOR DINNER:
OVERALL REPORT: Conclusions
Set up was a pain, but change can be painful. We stayed in budget. We planned it out. We are both hungry and need to up these ounces. Now on to day two…………..