Food week continues: eating according to Plan B

by DaniGirl on September 10, 2008 · 3 comments

in Me, only better

Hard to argue with the results. Plan B appears to be working beyond my wildest expectations. I’m down a full seven pounds in three weeks, to 184 lbs. Fourteen to go!

You know what? After three weeks, I actually do see this as a sustainable way of eating. It’s easier when I’m eating most of my meals at home, but I’ve been able to accommodate eating in restaurants, at friends’ houses, and on the run. I haven’t fallen too far off the wagon or been tempted to blow it all off, either. And there’s even room for treats every now and then.

The plan I’m on allows for 1400 calories a day, roughly divided into the following categories: 3 breads, cereals and starches (and two or three days a week should be starch-free), 3 fruits, 1 “restricted” veggies (simple carbs like carrots and onions), 7 proteins (each ounce of beef or chicken or cheese is one serving, as is 1.5 ounces of salmon and 3/4 of a cup of low-fat yogurt), 3 dairy, and 5 fats (i.e. tsp of oil, 2 tsp of salad dressing, 1/4 of an avocado, a strip of bacon, 2 tsp of peanut butter or 10 almonds.) The idea is to eat several small meals with healthy snacks in between so you’re never starving.

If you want to see exactly how I’m eating in all it’s boring goodness, I’ve tucked it below the fold.

Plan B sample diet:

6:30 am
Coffee with milk = 1/3 dairy
Heritage Os = 1 bread/cereal

8:30 am

¾ cup Silhouette Fieldberry yogurt = 1 dairy (or one protein)
mixed with ½ cup blueberries = 1 fruit
Coffee with milk = 1/3 dairy

10:30 am

1 banana = 2 fruit
10 almonds = 1 fat
16 oz green tea

12:30
One Lick’s Natureburger patty (meatless soy burger, frozen, from a box, grilled on the BBQ) = 3 protein
topped with ½ cup guacamole = 2 fats
and ½ cup salsa = free
(no bun)
5 cherry tomatoes = free

2:30 pm
10 baby carrots = 1 “restricted” vegetable
½ red pepper, sliced = free

5:30 pm
6” turkey and swiss from Subway = 3 proteins (two from turkey, one from swiss cheese) and 2 bread/cereal and two fats (southwest chipotle sauce and olives) and lots of free veggies

8 pm
10 almonds = 1 fat
Decaf with milk = 1/3 dairy

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Another sample day:

6:30 am
Coffee with milk = 1/3 dairy
Heritage Os = 1 bread/cereal

8:30 am (breakfast out)
Mixed fruit salad = 2 fruit
Coffee with milk = 1/3 dairy
2 eggs, scrambled with cheese = 2 protein
2 slices of bacon, extra crispy = 2 fat
1 tbs peanut butter eaten right from the little package (no toast) = 1 fat

10:30 am
1 apple = 1 fruit
16 oz green tea

12:30
2 oz (maybe ¼ cup?) hummus = 1 protein
eaten with ½ red pepper, sliced = free
5 cherry tomatoes = free

2:30 pm
¾ cup yogurt = 1 protein

5:30 pm

home-made chicken fajitas: 2 fajitas with two strips of chicken each (3 oz chicken = 3 protein), 1 tbs guacamole each (2 fats), 2 tortilla = 2 bread / cereal, plus salsa, red pepper, onion and lots of hot sauce (free)

8 pm
½ package of Thinsations Chips Ahoy cookies = 50 calories of junk, a recent once-a-week addition to my repertoire and surprisingly satisfying
Decaf with milk = 1/3 dairy

Both of these menus came in under my daily allotment of 1400 calories. It doesn’t look like a whole lot of food when you spell it out like that, but it’s surprisingly satisfying. As long as I space out the proteins through the day, I am rarely hungry. I’ve also found that I get that full feeling a lot quicker, even though it’s only been three weeks. I overindulged and ate an entire personal-sized pizza the other day when we were out and felt positively gross afterward. Lesson learned: if I let myself get too hungry, I’ll get panicky and overeat. Even then, my calorie count for the day was just over 1700, not too monstrously high and about 500 less than what I’d been eating on an average day before Plan B!


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Theresa September 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I just LOVE that you get two cups of coffee in before 9 am!!! LOL

Gotta hand it to you girl – the start up of that program looks like it would take a lot of planning, and a LOT of discipline….you really MUST want to get back into your work clothes!! Keep it up!!! (oh and give yerself a wee pat on the back, eh?!)

2 Kia September 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm

This plan does look totally do-able. Congrats to you on your success so far! AWESOME!!! You should be so proud of yourself!

3 Renee September 11, 2008 at 9:11 am

That sounds like something I could actually do! Especially the Subway sandwich and the junk! Way to go, Dani.

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