Happy New Year, everyone! I did pretty well with eating over the holidays, but I did eat some richer foods that have put me in the pleasure trap. I'm really trying to clean up my eating for the month of January so I can get past the cravings and back to a comfortable place.
Lately I've been measuring my food, not necessarily as a way to limit intake, but as a tool of awareness. Well, I've been playing around with the CRON-o-meter and of course that has me wondering whether I should be limiting my portions of starches. I know Jeff says not to do this, just focus on the principles of calorie density, but Jeff is not necessarily speaking to the compulsive overeater.
I came up with a daily plan that is similar to what I've been eating, and gives me over 100% of every nutrient on the CRON-o-meter, with the exception of vitamins D and B12:
Breakfast: oatmeal or oat bran cereal cooked from 1 cup dry, 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, 1 oz sunflower seeds [I haven't been eating sunflower seeds, but this is the best way I found to get my Vitamin E intake into the right range, so I'm considering it]
Lunch: 2 cups cooked starch, 1 lb green vegetables, optional fruit
Dinner: 2 cups cooked starch, 1 lb green vegetables, optional fruit
For me, the 2 cups of cooked starch would usually be one cup of beans and one cup of brown rice or other whole grain. I know that's more beans than Dr. McD recommends, but I find that I feel better when I eat more beans, and I don't have kidney disease, so I'm not worrying about it.
I'm trying the plan out for today, and I guess I'll see how I feel. Here's today's menu:
B: oat bran cereal from 1 cup dry, 1 cup frozen cherries and mixed berries, 1 T ground flaxseed
L: 1 c brown rice, 1 c curried blackeyed peas with spinach, 2 c curried cabbage, carrots, and peas, 1 clementine
D: 1 c brown rice, 1 c black beans, fresh salsa, 1 lb green beans with sesame salt, 1 clementine
I'll report back tomorrow.
I have to stay with my turtle energy.
Slow and steady wins the race. -- Letha