Friday, January 16, 2009

One step forward, two steps back

On the no sweetener, i'm doing great!! Well actually i did have it twice but i would still call it a total success so far :)

As far as the clean eating. I should have done a little more homework on it before i  started!! I've always been someone who just jumped on the wagon and off i go :)

So this week, since i have some days off of work, i'm sitting down and planning out menus. I'll be reading a couple of books and planning how i'm going to go about this :) The other thing that's against me this week is the decided lack of funds!! I don't get paid until next week and i will need to go to the store to get quite a bit of stuff.

So this week is all about planning, making grocery lists and deciding what i think will be the healthiest way for me to eat!! I won't go no carb because i just can't and won't do that :) I would like to go low carb. Lots of veggies and fruits and healthy proteins!! What i would like to try to do is to get a little protein, a few healthy carbs and some healthy fat in most of my meals and snacks. But we'll see what i come up with.

The one thing i can't seem to decide is whether to eat three meals plus two snacks or to stick to three meals!! Anyone have any thoughts on this one?? I'm open to suggestions :)


  1. I usually have three meals and one snack. If I am hungry mid-morning, I have it then or if I am not and don't need it until the afternoon, so be it. It's nice and flexible for me.

  2. I think you shouldn't eliminate your snacks. Also, the snacks should be determined on the calorie load you have at those three meals. Some days, weeks, are different from each other, so don't get so rigid that you can't be flexible.

    You can do this! Keep up the great work!

  3. Good going on the no sweetener!!

    All the nutrition folks say eating small meals throughout the day keeps the metabolism going. I find that somedays I don't need 2 snacks but somedays I do. Listen to your body!

  4. I am not one to ask about snacking as I think that's all I do! I definitely eat 3 meals and usually 2 snacks: afternoon and evening. I always wake up starving in the morning. Not sure why since I feed the beast at night??

    What are you thinking of for snacks?? I do fruit or yogurt in the PM and popcorn or carrots/PB at night.

  5. My sister-in-law has been on a diet forever. She never lost weight. Finally she got a trainer. The thing that changed everything for my sis was eating 6 small meals. She eats every 3-4 hours. The trainer told my sis that because she had not been eating enough food her metabolism had gotten "lazy". Your metabolism slows down when you deprive it. So everything my sis was eating was getting stored as fat. She has now lost over 40 lbs. so I think it works. Go for more meals! Eat a healthy protein and a whole grain carb. throw in veggies too!

  6. wow - you ar doing great! Good job on the meal planning strategy - it really does help!

    My usual day is 3 meals, one snack and dessert!! I always have room for that!

  7. Maybe mix up so no carb days in with your otherwise regularly healthy days?

    You're inspiring me to try a little harder. And, I have decreased my carb footprint ... I think. I feel like I did.

  8. I eat at least 6 small meals per day!!! I have read what Katrina said above many many times. It seems to be working for me!

  9. Glad to hear the planning and such is going great! Horray!!!!!

  10. Snacks are a MAJOR step in the right direction. If you go for more than 4 or 5 hours without eating your metabolism slows. If you have 5 meals about 3.5 hours apart your metabolism speeds up considerably. Then you burn more calories, which is what we're after :)

  11. they say frequent eating keeps your metabolism high. I find that if I eat 5-6 mini meals, I am never to that starving point where I want to eat a house.

    The kind of diet you mentioned is pretty much the zone diet. Their website is great and you can download which foods to eat that contain the right balance... proteins, carbs, healthy fats. You eat all three with every meal and snacks .....and wine is even suggested as a bedtime snack :)

  12. Stopping by to fellow A Teamers to show support...I'm struggling right now but I'm hoping reading the A-Team blogs will help me out. Hope you're kicking a$$ and taking names!

    "The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!" By Marvin Phillips

  13. Keep the snacks! It's good for your metabolism and blood sugar.

  14. I like eating 5-6 smaller meals a day. I'm never hungry and crazy for food. My mind knows that my stomach will be fed at regular intervals and it calms me.
    Clean Eating DOES NOT mean eliminating carbs!
    If you look in the book you'll see that the menus include starchy carbs as well as fruits and veggies.
    For myself I can't eat too many starchy carbs and lose weight so I keep it to only one serving a day.
    This isn't the right way to go for everybody though. Some of us need more and can burn it off.
    The plan recommends eating a protein at EVERY meal and snack along with a carb.
    You KNOW I love this way of eating :)