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What's your Typical Daily Menu? #814346
04/01/13 03:04 PM
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I did up a FAQ for my facebook page and thought I'd post it here too smile

What is your Morning Shake?
Pretty much every single morning, when I wake up, I have a morning shake plus a set of orange chewable vitamins. Numerous studies show that it's important to "jump start" your metabolism by eating something healthy within a half hour or so of waking up. After all, your body has just gone many hours without food, and it needs those nutrients. So it's important to ingest SOMETHING. However, I just can't bring myself to eat when I wake up. I'm not interested in food. So a shake is the alternative that works for me.

What I choose to eat is the EAS AdvantEdge protein shake with 3g net carbs, 2g protein, and 17g fiber -
EAS Shake Review

There are many similar shakes on the market. This just happens to be the one that tastes best to me. If you like vanilla, or strawberry, or the Atkins shake, that's all fine. It doesn't really matter WHICH one you choose - it matters that you get SOMETHING into you at the start of the day. If you'd rather have an omelet that's fine too! Some of us are up for eating in the morning, and some of us aren't. Whatever meets your needs, go with it. Just make sure you eat *something*.

The shake more than fills me up for breakfast. I always end up with some left at the bottom of the glass, that I'm just not interested in stuffing into me. My boyfriend drinks this.

With my shake I have four chewy orange vitamins. I admit I have trouble swallowing vitamins so again this is my compromise I make. I have three sugar-free FiberChoice pills, for 10g fiber. I have a Centrum chewable multivitamin. I take two sugar-free Tums, for calcium. And I take NatureMade 500mg Chewable C.

I don't get bored of this combination. If anything, I crave it every morning when I wake up. I can get grumpy if I'm out of shakes. Again, we're all different. If you crave variety each day, that's fine.

What is your Lunch Salad?
Again pretty much every day for lunch I have a salad made up of half a bag of Dole Very Veggie salad mix -
Very Veggie Review

I work from home and tend to be quite busy all day long. So I don't like to take long periods of time to cook. The salad mix makes it easy. I pour half of the bag into a big bowl. It has pea pods, radishes, and other things in it already. I add in olives, shredded cheddar cheese mix, some little tomatoes, and top it with whatever dressing strikes my eye that day. I have a few. Then I take it with some flavored water back to my desk and eat it while I work.

As with the shake, it's what I crave for lunch. Fresh, crunchy, flavorful, and filling. It takes me a while to finish the whole bowl, because it's so filling.

Dinner?
This varies day to day, and usually it's my boyfriend who makes it for us smile

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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames] #814357
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Lisa,

My menu varies and is very irregular.

Breakfast for example - every day last week I had an english muffin and a slice of ham steak for breakfast. I didn't have a chance to go grocery shopping when we got back last night so this morning, I had a slice of leftover turkey, some string beans and a bit of mac and cheese.

Lunch is all over the place - if I was in my office all day I have soup and something (sandwhich or salad). If I have morning and afternoon meetings I will have a regular size hamburger, small fries and small diet coke, that I eat as I drive from one side of the County to the other.

Dinner - I might have fish for one or two nights. At least one night of fast food - for example, Thursday night I was trying to clean the house and pack so we could go away for the weekend so I had combination fried rice (I know, not a great choice).

I had salad one night when the kids had hamburger helper stroganoff (which is a favorite of mine...LOL)

As I continue to run and prepare to run more races, I'm hoping to get better - no - I WILL get better.


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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames] #816235
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Hi there. Lisa, studies show that those who routinize their meals tend to keep their weight under control. One of the risks, however, is that the limited variety of foods can lead to nutrient deprivation.

That's not your problem as you supplement with multi-vitamins, minerals and fiber. smile

I do need variety as I get bored with the same same same. Making menus ahead of time is useless as I often veer from the plans at the last minute. I feel suffocated by schedules and routine!

Because of this, my nutrition is unbalanced. If I can't do routine, I at least need to muster up the courage to keep an online public food journal to keep me on track and accountable. I was afraid of not only humiliating myself but deterring others from their low carb goals with all of my high carb posts!

But so far, posting my exercise efforts in the Exercise forum is paying off. Maybe I'll post my food journal somewhere.


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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames] #816512
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I lost my job in July of 2009 and slowly I've become lazy so I go to bed late and wake up late which means that I eat at different times and since I don't eat healthy to start with my diet has become worst so I take complete vitamins before my breakfast and two calciums during the day.

Soon I will stop being so lazy, I will get up at a normal time (even when i get to bed late) and with that I will be able to start having a more normal breakfast and eat a dinner and supper at normal times. Until I'm used to it again I may continue eating badly so if I do that I'll continue taking vitamins and calcium.

When I used to eat three meals a day on normal times I was eating complete meals so I had all my vitamins and calcium with the food I ate.

I'm lucky that doing that only brought me a small tummy (which im happy to say is almost all gone now...started exicising again last year...never skip an exercise at least).

I never counted the fat, sugar, salt and calories and never ate and drank low and no fat, sugar, salt and calories food but at least I was eating better than I have been for about two years.

I have many kitchen appliances that I have yet to use (griddle, steam cooker, etc...) and I am writing down all the menus I can make with them, like that you can make the same thing but cooked differently so there's no way you can get bored with what you eat.

I think I'll come back here every day when I will start eating normally (well at least at normal times at first..haha). Just writing all my dreams and writing what I spend money on has been helping me so that may too (for my exercises i wait until im done with 1 to go post about it).

Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Dianne W - Editor] #817041
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Dianne -

That's a shame that you have to eat while you drive! Does your work not give you enough time to sit somewhere and eat in relaxation?


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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Lori-Dreams] #817045
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Lori -

You definitely want a routine, but it doesn't have to mean the same food every day! Eating a healthy balanced meal for dinner is a routine. You can still have an entirely new meal every single day smile.

You're welcome to post your food journal here if you'd want, we are happy to provide cheerleading! Definitely it helps to journal, however you do it.

Even if you cook ahead, you could just cook a "roast chicken" ahead and then use that meat in an enormous variety of ways with wildly different flavors smile.


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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Nancy Roussy] #817046
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Nancy -

I know I'm biased here, but I don't think it matters when you wake up smile. It only matters that you eat good meals. I can wake up at 2pm and I have my breakfast. It's what I do when I wake up. Then in a few hours I have lunch. It doesn't matter what the clock says, it only matters what my body needs.

Ignore the clock! Eat healthy based on your own body's rhythms.

Start simple. Start with breakfast. What would some good breakfasts be that you'd want to eat when you wake up, whenever that is?


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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames] #817048
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Hi Lisa!

A good breakfast for me is something that will keep me from being hungry for a few hours. The past few months I only eat one or two or thre toasts so in less than one hour most of the times I am hungry again.

When I was having a normal routine I would eat eggs with other things (bacon or/and potatoes or/and english muffin or/and etc...and i would also sometimes finish with a fruit).

I too think that the times do not matter but the times I have been waking up keep on changing so I cannot get into a normal routine. Plus now I don't want to get to bed even when I have to get up early.

Two days ago it was passed 10:00 when I went to bed so it was 20:00 when I got up. Today it was passed 9:00 when going to bed and 19:00 when I got up. That was the plan I came up with to stop myself from not wanting to go to bed and I think it's working. By the end of next week I should be able to get up at 10:00.

It started when I moved with taking a few minutes to get up then it went to an half hour then one hour and last year it was three hours and now it's I can't go to bed, and the worst is that I only now go outside for an appointment so I'm also stuck in the house.

Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames] #817049
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Thank you, Lisa. I will do it.

Posting in the exercise forum has had a tremendous positive effect. The number one thing I have a problem with is consistency. I'm working on small but doable steps with exercise. At this point, I'm working on just getting out the door every day for a walk/run (1, 2, 3 miles, depending).

This one little step has started the ball rolling towards more healthful habits. Choosing better foods is what my daughter and I are working on.

I was too intimidated to start a food journal online. It's so...public. And I didn't want to be humiliated if I failed.

You're right about reframing how I define the word "routine" because it just means consistent behavior. One can have an exciting routine (although in the past, it was an oxymoron to me!)


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Re: What's your Typical Daily Menu? [Re: Nancy Roussy] #817056
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Dear Nancy -

OK if you are trying to break a habit of lying in bed for hours then maybe shaking things up with be what you need to help out smile. I'm all for changing things around if you want! And some people do react well to that morning sunshine and having a sunny day before them.

Are there other things you can build into your schedule, to lure you out, that you'd like doing? A local library to visit? A local park to walk in?


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