It's now been a few weeks since I met with the nutritionist, and I have been making changes to what I eat. Some of the changes have been harder - bringing my lunch (almost) every day, cooking a lot more on weekends to prep for the week ahead, cutting out some of my favorite things - but overall this hasn't been as difficult as I'd feared. It's amazing how easily you can make adjustments and adapt to the point where they just feel like a new normal.
I've still got room to improve, mostly in making sure I eat even *more* fruits and veggies. But I thought I'd share some more details on what I actually have been eating the last few weeks, including the nutritionist-approved snacking that I do all throughout the day.
What I Have Been Eating
Bigger breakfasts - egg beaters with mix-ins, whole wheat toast with Smart Balance spread, oatmeal with sugar-free maple syrup and raisins, bananas or oranges
Plain couscous, dressed up with my own seasoning and frozen veggie mix-ins
Whole wheat pasta with lots of good veggie toppings
small portions of meat - pork chops, chicken breasts, fish, extra-lean beef
Salads, with a variety of toppings to keep it interesting
My own homemade soups
Snacks: reduced fat cheese sticks, unsalted nuts, raisins, Activia yogurt, raw veggies with light dip, unsweetened apple sauce with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top, Sugar Free Jello and Jello pudding cups, oranges, bananas, Dole fruit cups, WW ice cream bars, reduced fat froyo, air-popped popcorn with Smart Balance spray and/or seasonings, herbal tea
What I Have NOT Been Eating
Orange juice (this was a hard one to give up!)
Restaurant soups (sad! too much sodium)
Canned soups (ditto)
Turkey or chicken sausage (for breakfast or dinner, none of the turkey kielbasa, or chicken/feta/spinach sausage, etc. All terrible for sodium.)
What I Am Still Weeding Out
Boxed / frozen food -- I'm trying to eat this sparingly, and incorporating more veggies into them if it's possible. Technically these aren't supposed to be on the list, but I'm just working through what I already had in my kitchen and not replacing the items.
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6 years ago