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Can you look at what I ate today?

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mytwoblackandwhitecats Sat 28-Jun-14 21:40:22

I'm trying really hard to eat "normally" smile I am a bit overweight but not hugely significantly (would like to lose a stone.)

Breakfast - cup of tea with semi skimmed milk

Lunch - one banana (was out and got stuck in traffic, I would normally have something a bit more substantial.)

Evening meal - one rainbow trout fillet. Half a yellow pepper, half an orange pepper. Salad (just leaves!) the peppers and trout were cooked with a small amount of butter - just a scraping. I also had a tiny blob of reduced fat mayonnaise with salad.

One tub blush of strawberries with one tablespoon of clotted cream.

Harley's orange jelly - one of those individual pots.

I've just had water and a can of diet coke to drink.

Am I on the right lines ... My fitness pal says I am on 850 calories but I think it's underestimated the strawberries.

McBear Sun 29-Jun-14 10:06:10

Breakfast is a funny one for me. Generally, if I don't eat it I'm not hungry til later in the day. It's like eating awakens my hunger.

I've started eating 2 slices of peanut butter on toast and a banana for breakfast. This really sets me up for hours.

Lunch is a chicken breast with flavouring on (sachets available in herbs and spices aisle) and mixed veg

Tea is chicken (with a different flavour so I don't get bored) or gammon and salad.

It's doing well for me and I go to the gym three or four times a week. Those strawberries will have been estimated too low. They're full of sugar and quite calorific. Sometimes it's just better to have a chocolate bar.

goodasitgets Sun 29-Jun-14 11:26:38

I said full fat mayo because OP expressed an interest in low carb
It's oil, eggs, vinegar. Nothing bad for you, and OP isn't eating enough calories anyway

sanfairyanne Sun 29-Jun-14 11:30:52

you sound an ideal candidate for 5:2

eat like that 2 days a week then normally the other 5

AnyoneForTennis Sun 29-Jun-14 11:36:30

So much sugar

And why are you so afraid of 'fat'?

mytwoblackandwhitecats Sun 29-Jun-14 12:26:07

Is there any chance we could leave it now, please? I think we've established my eating is terrible and that I should stuff my face with chocolate instead. I'm sorry - I do want to eat better but I really am quite upset, not by what's been said but by the tone of these messages. We bured my dad a month ago today, I'm trying to keep on top of things as best I can and while I know I'm not perfect I honestly thought yesterday was good because:

* I didn't eat rubbish when we were stuck but had a banana
* lots of fresh food - fish, salad, veg, strawberries.

I'm not afraid of fat: I cooked the fish in butter, had a (small) amount of Mayo and a small amount of clotted cream. I actually thought I'd be pulled up on that, not the amount which seemed okay to me.

So anyway, please leave it, it was yesterday, I won't ask again don't worry!

ShellyW40 Sun 29-Jun-14 12:31:02

Starving yourself like that is not healthy and long-term you are heading for a future of yo-yoing in weight.

Let me ask you: What exercise did you do today?

If the answer is "None", you need to re-evaluate things. Your diet is only half of the equation when it comes to be healthy and slim.

mytwoblackandwhitecats Sun 29-Jun-14 12:38:39

I did plenty of exercise thank you.

Please could we leave it now? smile

No one said you should stuff your face with chocolate.

I'm really so sorry about your dad thanks. When you are grieving just be kind to yourself and don't worry about your weight (easier said than done I know).

When you are able, you could see a nutritionist and get a really good healthy eating plan written up. It could help you break the binge & starve cycle.

Now I will leave you alone...look after yourself (())

mytwoblackandwhitecats Sun 29-Jun-14 13:18:54

Thanks, taking smile I don't think I need to see a nutritionist, I just need to try to eat a bit more regularly and normally. The last 6 weeks have been awful, and I have been veering between starvation (not intentionally, but initially I really couldn't face food) and snacking on chocolate and cake-y things.

By contrast, fresh fish,veg, salad, fruit is good. Yes, I accept there wasn't enough yesterday: I've just had an identical lunch, using the other half of the yellow and orange pepper, another trout fillet and salad, and it was delicious if I say so myself. Now I've got another tub of strawberries (they were/ are all on offer at sainsburys!) but for later I've got a banana, a chicken salad sandwich and a chocolate mousse (I am at work so a packed lunch.)

I suppose I was feeling quite proud of myself! sad

AggressiveBunting Sun 29-Jun-14 14:20:32

Re breakfast- could you eat a bit later? I also get up at 5.45 as I go to the gym, then come home and go school run before work so I have breakfast when I get in to work just before 9. i do a desk job so that works ok but I guess if you do a 'real time' job it's not so easy. Then I have lunch at 2 and dinner at 8. Works for me. And don't worry about the strawberries. No-one ever got fat by eating too many strawberries.

mytwoblackandwhitecats Sun 29-Jun-14 14:25:55

I can't really - hopefully I'll be able to go back to my old job soonish, but at the moment it's pretty full on!

I USED to eat breakfast when I didn't have to get up in the middle of the night <yawn>

It wasn't very inspired though. I usually had two Weetabix with semi skimmed milk and a cup of tea! I had the same problem as the poster above though in that breakfast made me hungry!

allisgood1 Sun 29-Jun-14 14:27:26

Even for today, take a look at the amount of sugar you are consuming. Try replacing high sugar foods with little/no sugar foods.

I also can't face breakfast in the morning so I make a huge batch of muffins (using almond flour--loads of recipes on Pinterest or follow "just eat real food" on fb)...these last me a week so I take two and hit the road and eat later (10ish) when I get hungry.

mytwoblackandwhitecats Sun 29-Jun-14 14:29:25

What sugar? I genuinely don't understand where all this sugar is I'm consuming? In the fruit? Both WW and SW (a previous poster advised both these) have you eat as much fruit as you want.

I don't have sugar in my tea and I don't add it to anything at all. One tiny chocolate mousse, a banana and strawberries?

allisgood1 Sun 29-Jun-14 14:29:30

Meant to add: the wheat that we consume is more likely to make us hungrier. That's why I use almond flour when making muffins, bread, etc as it's already wheat free and high in protein so will fill you up rather than make you hungry!

allisgood1 Sun 29-Jun-14 14:36:20

The fruit is generally not a bad thing. Bananas are high in sugar, strawberries are medium. That doesn't mean don't consume them that just means don't consume vast quantities. Low sugar fruits that you can eat more of include raspberries and blackberries. Also a handful of almonds is a good snack (be careful again not to eat these by the ton).

I would stay away from things like jelly and mousse, even the "sugar free" ones as they are worse.

Cakeismymaster Tue 01-Jul-14 18:57:18

cats I think it looked like a fine amount to eat and certainly didn't look like a load of junk.
Just wanted to say that smile

georgedawes Tue 01-Jul-14 19:05:33

I'd do 5:2 too if I were you, sounds like you'll find it easy to do

idontlikealdi Wed 02-Jul-14 12:42:47

Just wanted to say that this:

"You need 3 meals and 2 snacks every single day"

is not right, no one needs 2 snacks a day.

The reason for the 3 meals and 2 snacks is to prevent you going more than 3 hours between eating.

gelati3 Wed 02-Jul-14 13:15:32

Have a look at Jon Gabriel's site (Gabriel Method). He gives lots of ideas of healthy eating and also looks at the psychology of why some people are overweight.

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Wed 02-Jul-14 13:25:26

Poor you, OP, I do think some comments have been a bit harsh. I have been there with the "all or nothing" approach and do understand. I am struggling myself, so have no magic answers, but two things spring to mind - a bit more protein and veg overall would be good, and also don't look at one day in isolation, look at a whole week and see how things balance out - one 850 calories day, if you are satisfied, isn't going to put you in starvation mode or any such nonsense if it is followed by a couple of 1800 days or whatever. But if you are actually hungry on that 850 day, that's not good, as you might feel deprived and feel the need to binge later in the week.

I get fed up when people bang on about breakfast - no point eating when not hungry. Also get fed up when people demonise fruit - at least you are eating the sugar in the fruit alongside all its fibre and nutrients. I also think it's good to balance fruit with a few nuts as well - protein again!

ouryve Wed 02-Jul-14 13:35:07

Dinner fine, but you need to replicate that at lunchtime, as you will soon start to feel it if you don't have more protein and less sugary fruit in your diet. Maybe organise yourself to make up a tub of salad the night before, when you prepare your evening meal. Don't miss breakfast if you're not used to missing breakfast.

If it was a 250g tub of strawberries, then that's about 3 portions.

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 02-Jul-14 13:39:34

Going to go against the mould and say that it sounds fine to me! I regularly eat similar amounts, don't feel hungry and am a size 8-10.

BubaMarra Wed 02-Jul-14 13:55:20

I understand the breakfast thing, I don't eat it, I can't bring myself to eat it and eventually stopped beating myself about it.
But you need more protein in your diet. Maybe for lunch have something similar to your dinner. And don't worry about strawberries, they are one of the least calorific fruits - only about 30kcal per 100g comapred to apple around 50kcal or cherries 80 kcal. So a tub would hardly make 100kcal in total. What is meant by too much sugar is that while fruit is full of good stuff like vitamins and minerals and fiber, they come at a little bit higher 'cost' in terms of calories. In other words, you can have all that good things if you eat vegetable without going overboard in terms of calories and sugar consumption. It's actually quite easy to go over board with fruit, especially those denser and starchier like bananas.

BubaMarra Wed 02-Jul-14 13:59:57

Oh and sorry about your dad thanks.
I also think that your diet is not horrible, especially if you tend to have a proper lunch as you said you usually do. Just make it protein rich and full of vegetables.
Well done for resisting junk food and chosing banana instead. Banana might not be ideal food, but it is better than mars bar for sure.

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