First of all, thank you for the kind comments and support! I’m excited that people are actually interested in reading this!
I thought I’d kick off my first entry by writing a little bit about my diet, and begin taking you through an average day with me. Let me just say, right off the bat, I do NOT calorie count and I do NOT do fad diets. The latter is more obvious– fad diets are great for a short-term weight loss that you will not keep off. They aren’t realistic in the long-term since they usually involve eating extremes, but I’m sorry, no one is just going to eat grapefruit for the rest of their lives.
The former may be a bit confusing to people. I DO portion control. But calorie counting (and programs like Weight Watchers) are dangerous for someone like me, who will eat an ice cream sundae and a salad all day. You might lose weight if you keep it under a certain number of calories, but it’s too tempting to eat a little junk food in lieu of a lot of healthy food. Plus, I’m prone to binge eating, and eating healthy has helped me get that under control, or if I just can’t help myself, binge out on a big pile of crunchy green beans instead of potato chips.
Disclaimer: When i first started dieting, I didn’t eat nearly as healthy as I do now, and I still lost weight. My first step was to cut out all white flour and white sugar. I lost about 10lbs and then plateaued, so I cut out all starchy carbs (rice, pasta, bread, and potatoes, and no, i don’t care if it’s whole wheat, it counts). I lost about 20lbs more, and then plateaued again. So now, I eat a very low carbohydrate, high protein and fat diet. No, this is not Atkins. I eat lots and lots of veggies. Generally, I try to eat between 50g-100g of carbohydrates a day (from fruit or root vegetables). My diet is surprisingly high in fat! At the end of this food series, i’ll show everyone a nifty pie graph of what I eat during the day, and I swear, over half of it is fat! And yes, i’m losing weight doing it. So, without further ado, here’s the first part of my daily diet!
My Workday Breakfast
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup unsweetened blueberry & pomegranate green tea
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup strawberries
2 tbsp flax seeds
I should say now that I absolutely HATED cottage cheese AND milk. So, let me now introduce you to my two healthy breakfast saviors:
I add stevia extract to both the milk/green tea concoction and stevia and vanilla extract to my cottage cheese. Be careful with the stevia! You only need a little sprinkle– it’s a lot stronger than regular sugar. The flax seeds are a recent addition, but I really love the nutty taste they add to the mix. I’ve gone from being completely grossed out by cottage cheese to now looking forward with bated breath to my breakfasts! But if you absolutely can’t stomach it, plain low-fat Greek yogurt is an OK substitute.
My Weekend Breakfast
5 egg whites
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup feta cheese
splash of milk
First, I sautée the spinach and the garlic in a medium sauce pan. While it’s cooking, I crack the eggs and mix them with the milk. Then I put the sautéed spinach, garlic, and whatever spices you want (I’m a oregeno and garlic salt fan) in with the eggs and whisk it all together with a fork. I cook the omelet on medium heat until the top stops being soupy, and then I add the 1/4 cup feta and fold. I cook it for a couple more minutes on each side, and voila! Delicious Greek-style, healthy egg omelet. One of the bonuses of this breakfast is that I didn’t use my one serving of sugary fruit in it, so I get to have a Larabar later on as a snack!
Also, my breakfast isn’t complete without my arsenal of vitamins/supplements!
So, that’s that! If you’re dying to see what I have for lunch, you’ll have to look for my next installment of A Day in the Life of Nessie! Also, I love feedback! Have any breakfast suggestions? What is your diet like? Was any of this helpful? Let me know!