Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What I'm Eating

Well due to my insulin resistance I'm having to adjust to eating a different way. Really, I think this is the way that everyone should be eating. I think if everyone were to eat this way, we would be an extremely healthy people!

I'm not following a specific diet, but what I am doing is using the principles of a low glycemix index diet, the concept of the Zone Diet and eating clean. Basically this consists of lean protein, fruits & vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Mostly what I'll do, especially for dinner, is use a smaller dinner plate and do 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 carb. I will also try to not have any more than 2.5-3 hours between eating. I am also trying to consume 3 litres of water a day.

Here's an example of my menu:

Breakfast: Muesli (1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1/4 light soy milk, 1/2 low fat yogurt, 1 tbsp slivered almonds, 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, 1/4 apple chopped and 1 tbsp dried cranberries)

Snack: 1/2 banana & 1/2 protein bar

Lunch: Tomato Cucumber Salad (10 cherry tomatoes halved, 3/4 cup cucumber chopped, 1 tsp olive oil, salt & pepper) and Ham & Hummus Pita (1 whole wheat pita, 1 tbsp hummus, 2 lettuce leaves, 4 slices of lean ham)

Snack: Creamsicle Smoothie (1/2 cup fibre-rich OJ, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, ice cubes)

Dinner: Chicken and Lentil Stew and 3/4 skim milk
Chicken (skinless chicken breast sprinkled with salt & pepper, cinnamon, cumin and coriander - baked (4-6oz serving))
Lentil Stew (onion, celery, green pepper, eggplant and garlic sauteed with some olive oil. 1 can of lentils and 1 large can diced tomatoes. Season with cumin, coriander, salt and pepper (1 cup serving))

Snack: Cottage Cheese and strawberries (1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese and 1/2 cup chopped strawberries)

Grocery shopping, I make sure I stock up on all my staples needed to fuel my new lifestyle. I then take about 10 minutes before I go to bed and plan out my following day's menu. I have a wipe board calendar in my kitchen with a notes section and I write the menu right on there. This is working wonders!

My girl Kristin from The Biggest Loser had a saying, I think I saw it on her Facebook profile, "Failing to plan means you're planning to fail". How true is that?! You come home hungry, no plan in sight, you go to the cupboard or fridge and the only thing in your head is EAT! So you just grab whatever and it usually ends up being a poor choice. If you have that plan in place...your only choice is SUCCESS!

1 comment:

  1. I've been eating along the same lines. We cut out refined sugars, flours and anything processed.
    I just made some awesome bran/blueberry muffins that I found the recipe in the Oxygen mag.(which my sis in law is in!!! How awesome!!)
    I also allow myself one cheat meal a week. This week I overindulged and had the BIGGEST piece of icecream cake that made me feel sick!
    We've given up all pop and I have switched over to stevia as a sweetner instead of splenda.
    Can't wait to read about your journey. It's nice to follow someone that is trying to do the same as me.
    Have a great week.