I went to see a nutritionist the other day as part of my ongoing treatment for my stomach issues. Where I have been so ill for the last few months, I am missing out on valuable nutrients or something. There was a big explanation from my doctor about it. I switched off after a while.
So, off I went to see the nice lady with the food advice. She was excellent. Not patronising at all. She listened. She asked questions. She didn’t tell me to lose weight. She completely understood my goal was about healthy and not beauty.
Armed with a bunch of print outs, a balanced diet sheet (ie, you need x servings of protein a day and this is an example of a serving), and confidence that this was achievable, I set off into the wide world.
I am, in case you’ve not noticed, a foodie. I love food. I love making it and eating it. I love grocery shopping. I love recipes and can spend hours looking at them online searching for inspiration. One day when I am ‘all growd up’, I want to have my own little vegetable patch – preferably that comes with a gardener so I don’t have to get my hands dirty! Ok, that was only half a joke. But I do want to grow things. Anyway, my point is that this is a challenge I am on board with. I get to think differently and look at things in a new light. This could be a great thing!
Breakfast was easy. Well, mostly. I don’t know exactly what ‘camp’ some of the stuff falls into, but it was low in calories and high in taste.
One slice of gluten free bread, toasted, with scrambled egg, bacon flakes and chia seeds. Including the butter that I have to put in to make the eggs (they taste so much better!), it came to a total of 209 calories. I could happily have that for brekkie every day!
Next up was lunch, which due to a super filling breakfast, I didn’t really fancy. I had an apple. Meh. That’s at least one of my fruit options done for the day!
Dinner is pretty much always my favourite meal of the day. Unless it’s the weekend and you start your day with a full English!
Dinner is where I can create and experiment. Or be super lazy and just make something easy but still tasty. Easy and tasty was my option here. But let me assure you, it tasted just as good as it looked!
Steak cooked on the George Foreman, with roasted potatoes, broccoli and peppers.
Now, I did use oil. I have to have 4 “fats” a day. Sadly for me, I didn’t read the instruction list quite correctly. I thought a tablespoon of oil was rather a lot, but added two-ish over the whole dinner anyway. In fairness, I dripped it back off the meat again, and the veggies were tossed in it and transferred to a pan for roasting, so not all of it remained on the food. That’s my view anyway! Next time I will not use as much,
Nevertheless, dinner came to 573 calories. Not too bad for a first effort.
I have no idea what is for dinner tonight. Breakfast was a banana and the remainder of the steak because I haven’t been to the store yet to stock up on easy things to have when you’re running late for work! Next week is going to be very good though because I am going to buy lots of yummy groceries and create heavenly healthy dishes. That’s the plan anyway!
P.S. I would like to say that after the above mentioned yummy meals, I was not hungry in the least. Today, however, I could eat my own arm. I have a really high metabolic rate when I eat “clean” and I forget all the time. I need more little snacky bits. Any recommendations will be gratefully received!
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add some nut butter (peanut butter, almond whichever kind you like) to your apple. the protein will keep you feeling full longer.