Originally Posted by PixieLittle
Yeah, seriously, vermontgirl, what ARE you doing?! Please share your secret, I'm dieing to know!
I will definitely share. I am actually really excited about it. I have never in my life successfully lost weight until now. I just didn't really know how to do it, and I kept making attempts that just didn't work. For example, A few months ago I was convinced that I had an intolerance to wheat so I stopped completely eating it. I was miserable and had no changes. Anyway, I just sort of had an epiphany after reading The Volumetrics Eating Plan by Barbara Rolls. There is not food that I should stop eating entirely. I just need to find a way to eat foods and meals that fill me up with less calories. So, when I eat dairy (which is something I am keeping at a minimum) I do the low fat kind. I am eating lean meats, beans, LOTS of veggies and fruits and whole grains. My goal with every meal is to make sure it has a good amount of fiber, make sure that it is balanced and try to incorporate as many veggies in (or fruits for breakfast) as possible. I know how many calories I should consume to lose weight and I am keeping that number and a tally in my mind as I go about my day.
I am trying to have a 300-400 calorie breakfast. My two favorites are...#1 A small bowl of low fat yoghurt with berries and a sprinkle of Ezekiel Cereal and #2 One egg scrambled up in coconut oil and then mixed with raw chopped up greens, fresh tomato, avocado and fresh herbs. Delicious, low calorie and filling. I keep my few snacks a day to 100 calories. There are MANY 100 calorie snacks. I skip the foods that don't fill my belly but add the calories up quickly.
My favorite snacks are...oranges, apples, grapes, celery with hummus (or any veggies with hummus), one single cheese stick, one boiled egg...you get the idea. I listen to my body, and in between my low calorie meals if my belly feels grumbly I add a 100 calorie snack to it.
My favorite lunches are..."1 A bowl of broth based (not cream based) soup. Maybe with a piece of whole wheat bread, or a small salad. #2 Or just a HUGE salad with greens, all the veggies in my fridge, seeds, sometimes smoked salmon or tuna and just vinegar. I am skipping anything with oil because it adds calories QUICK. There are a few other things I have had for lunch but always veggie based. Salad is my favorite.
For dinner I have whatever the family is having, but I make it healthier for me. For example, there was one night we were having chicken and whole wheat orzo with a salad on the side. I had the chicken and orzo but I cut my normal serving in half and mixed in a whole tomato chopped up, kalmata olives, mushrooms and slightly cooked broccoli. I also had the salad.
All grains have to be whole grains. No whites over here.
So you get the idea right? I am eating a low fat/low calorie diet that is high in veggies. With each meal I think creatively. My question is, "How can I get lots of veggies into myself with this meal?" I am very happy, high energy and I am not starving. I am not drinking anything except for black coffee, water and seltzer. Everything else adds calories. I am not cooking with oil, but with water, broth or something else flavorful and low calorie. My calories have dropped in number and I feel great. No deprivation. It is like the kindest diet ever because I know it is super healthy.
It is awesome. Thanks for the interest, and good luck ladies!