Food Diary: October 2012

A common refrain among new Fit4Godians (can I coin that term?) is “Okay, no grains, no bad fats, and almost no sugar. So….what DO I eat?” Periodically I like to keep a food diary so people can see what a real person living Fit4God looks like.

I’m a wife, mom to a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old, I put 10 hours a week into Fit4God, I have a L’BRI Pure ‘n Natural business (wonderful all-natural aloe-based skin care, if you are interested), my kids are involved in lots of activities, I teach at church, and of course there is all the cooking and cleaning!

Life is busy, for sure. But my family makes Fit4God work, and we are so much healthier for it! Your family can do it, too!

A note on this diary: A good weight for me is about 133. Over the last year, I gained about 3 pounds when my daughter broke her arm, another 3 when my Dad died, and another 3 when my in-laws came to visit. It wasn’t a failure of Fit4God that caused my weight gain. It was “user error,” or, to be more precise, it was SUGAR!!!!

I eat Fit4God ALL THE TIME. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks. Period. Maybe 5% of my food is not Fit4God approved. If that.

Except for that one pesky problem: I am a sugar addict. So when I’m stressed, I reach for sugar to comfort myself. Not a great plan, to be sure. And it showed up on my hips every time I used sugar to make myself feel better this past year. (Need help with sugar addiction? Click here, here andhere.)

Oh, and just to clarify: I didn’t reach for sugar when my in-laws were here because I was stressed out, the way I was when my daughter broke her arm and my dad died! My in-laws are wonderful people! It’s just that my father-in-law loves sweets, so we had lots of sweets around that week, and I indulged. To my detriment! (Note to self: Next time in-laws come, don’t make gluten-free sugary treats that tempt me! Buy Chips Ahoy that I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole!)

So that said, I started the week at 139.2 and ended at 137. Today (November 6, 2012) I am at about 136 and have 3 more pounds to lose to get to where I want to be.

Oh, and one more note. You’ll notice that I put brown sugar on my sweet potatoes and white sugar in my tea. This is a new thing. I used to eschew sugar altogether unless I was having a sweet treat. This little bit of sugar throughout that day has worked surprisingly well for me. It does not stimulate sugar cravings, and in some ways, seems almost to ward them off.  And it’s still totally Fit4God compliant, because Fit4God allows 3 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is about what I had each day, or even less.  (It’s usually about 1 teaspoon brown sugar on a sweet potato and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per cup of tea, so it’s not much each day.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

139.2 lbs

1550 calories, 65 g fat (37%), 180 g carb (44%), 76 g protein (19%)

20 minute walk, 10 minutes toning

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ Sweet Potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar, green tea w/ ¼ t sugar, 1 orange

 

Sweet potatoes cooked in the crockpot come out so perfectly moist. I make a few at a time, and keep them in the fridge. Half a sweet potato with pastured butter, sea salt and a touch of brown sugar is wonderful for breakfast.

Lunch: 2 cups Chicken Vegetable Soup, ½ cup rice w/ butter, 1 orange

Afternoon: ¼ cup raisins, small piece dark chocolate, green tea w/t honey

Dinner: 4 oz grass-fed hamburger, 1 sweet potato w/ butter and brown sugar, ½ cup green beans with butter

 

 Wednesday, October 24, 2012

138.2 lbs

1639 calories, 71 g fat (38%), 159 g carb (29%), 99 g protein (24%)

20 minute walk

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ sweet potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar, green tea w/ ¼ t sugar, green tea w/ sugar

Lunch: 2 cups Chicken Vegetable Soup, ½ cup rice w/ butter, 1 orange

Afternoon: ¾ oz unsweetened dried shredded coconut, green tea w/ sugar

Dinner: 4 oz Totally Easy Tilapia, 1 cup rice w/ butter, ¾ cup carrots and a ¼ cup broccoli steamed with butter

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

137.2 lbs

1597 calories, 56 g fat (31%), 182 g carb (44%), 100 g protein (25%)

30 minute walk pushing stroller partway, 10 minutes toning

 Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ sweet potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar, green tea w/ ¼ t sugar

Lunch: 2 cups Chicken Vegetable Soup, ½ cup rice w/ butter, 1 ½ clementines, 1 cup grapes

Afternoon: Green Berry Smoothie, 1 slice bacon, green tea w/t sugar

Dinner: 4 oz Totally Easy Tilapia, 1 cup rice w/ butter, ¾ cup carrots and a ¼ cup broccoli steamed with butter

Green Berry Smoothie: blend 1 cup spinach, 5 frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and about 1 cup water. Light, refreshing, nutritious, filling, and only 60 calories.


Friday, October 26, 2012

136.6 lbs

1524 calories, 72 g fat (42%), 150 g carb (38%), 77 g protein (20%)

20 minute walk, 5 minutes toning

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ sweet potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar, black tea w/ ¼ t sugar

Lunch: 1 Sammie Pattie; 1 zucchini and 4 baby bella mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with salt, pepper and thyme; ¼ cup green grapes; 2 clementines

Afternoon: 1 pear, 1 slice thick-cut bacon, chai tea w/ ¼ t sugar

Dinner: 4 oz Meatloaf, 1 bowl Vegetable Soup, 1 sweet potato with ½ T butter, 1 t brown sugar

 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

136.2 lbs

1850 calories, 84 g fat (41%), 204 g carb (41%), 86 g protein (18%)

No official exercise, but was on the go all day to soccer, grocery store, and Halloween party

Holy guacamole! Plantains are considered a “safe starch” and I thought I’d try them out for breakfast fried in butter and coconut oil. They were okay, but I wasn’t happy when I put it into FitDay and discovered that one – that’s right, ONE! – plantain is 274 calories and 74 grams of carb!!!! Blew my whole day for my calorie and carb goals. Uh….I think I’ll pass on the plantains next time…SO not worth it!

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger, 1 T ketchup, 1 plantain fried in coconut oil and butter with a little brown sugar, black peach tea with a bit of sugar

Plantains fried in butter and coconut oil. Fairly tasty, but very caloric. if you’re going to eat this, might want to limit your serving to only half a plantain.

 

Lunch: Sammie Pattie; Spinach salad w/ grape tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms and tomato poppy seed dressing; clementine

Snack: pear, ¼ sweet potato w/ a little brown sugar and butter, black peach tea w/ sugar

Dinner: 4 oz Meatloaf, 1 bowl Vegetable Soup

Sunday, October 28, 2012

136.6 (I doubt I am up a bit today b/c of the higher calories/carbs yesterday; it was probably because I ate dinner 3 hours later than usual due to getting home late from a Halloween party)

1443 calories, 64 g fat (40%), 147 g carb (40%), 75 g protein (21%)

No official exercise today – again was on the go ALL day, plus am definitely coming down with a cold from being outside in the cold all weekend. My Multiple Sclerosis makes it harder for my body to handle cold.

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ sweet potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar, black peach tea w/ ¼ t sugar; Valencia orange

Lunch: 1 Sammie Pattie; salad w/ spinach, grape tomatoes, carrots, baby bella mushrooms and tomato poppy seed dressing; red pear

Afternoon: black peach tea w/ sugar, ½ sweet potato w/ butter and brown sugar

Dinner: 4 oz Meatloaf, 1 bowl Vegetable Soup, ½ sweet potato w/ brown sugar and butter

Monday, October 29, 2012

136.6 (again, we ate late at 8 pm last night, so I suspect that is why I am not down today)

1619 calories, 62 g fat (34%), 208 g carb (49%), 70 g protein (17%)

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ sweet potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar, black peach tea w/ ¼ t sugar; grapes and pineapple (maybe 2/3 cup?)

Lunch: 1 Sammie Pattie, 1 ½ bowls Vegetable Soup

Sammie Patties – I’ve just improved this recipe to make it grain-free and I love it!

Afternoon: 2/3 cup pineapple and grapes, 1 slice Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-Free) – I’ll probably regret the bread! Later – yep, ½ hour later I am already craving bready things. Grrr! Instead, I have some grapes and 2 slices of bacon. Bacon is always a great weapon in a fight against a craving!!!

Late Afternoon: Double Grrr! Still craving from that one piece of pumpkin bread and had another. Plus a handful of chocolate chips! No more!

Dinner: 4 oz hamburger, ½ sweet potato w/ brown sugar and butter; buttered green beans, chamomile tea w/ sugar

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

137 lbs ( Grrr….this is the pumpkin bread coming back to haunt me!)

1234 calories, 42 g fat (30%), 150 g carb (48%), 66 g protein (21%) – light on cals today b/c I am sick and not doing much

Breakfast: 2.67 oz grass-fed hamburger w/ 1 T ketchup, ½ sweet potato w/ ½ T butter and 1 t brown sugar

Lunch: 4 Chicken Livers, Zucchini and Mushrooms in Thyme, Valencia orange

I like to buy a pound of chicken livers and divide it up into 4 parts. I eat one part, then freeze the others. I usually make liver for lunch about once a week.

Afternoon: Pineapple and grapes – about 2/3 cup, and an orange Diet Rite (I generally try to avoid soda, but I’m fighting off a cold and the spizzle felt good on my sore throat)

Dinner: 1 ½  bowls Chicken Vegetable Soup w/ 1 ¼  cups rice, 1 clementine

 


 

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  1. Thanks for sharing your food diary! It makes it much easier to see it being done. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed but just seeing more ideas on meals is super helpful!