I really didn't have anything planned for my FF post today, then it DAWNED on me, as I was eating my well balanced and prepared lunch at work, that I would talk to you all about this 6 Week Body Make-Over that I'm trying out. While the 6WBMO actually includes other lifestyle changes, I'll just focus on the FOOD right now.
What I loved about this particular diet (I hate to call it a diet, because it's so much more than that, but to be simple we'll use it here.) is that you get to eat all the time! Hey ... that's the diet for me. I get 6 meals a day.
Downside? Yup ... there is one, NO CHEESE! Well at least not for the first 6-8 weeks. It's likely that the program for me will take up to 10 weeks though, because I tend to be a cheater and I really want to be knowledgable about the food choices.
The program has what they call an 'unlimited meal planner' which I think is divine! It really has very few limits and it's really easy to follow. Here's an example of my food day:
I get 6 smaller meals a day to keep my metabolism moving; my meals today were ...
10: 30am Breakfast: eggwhite scramble - 2 Eggwhites, peppers, onions, mushrooms and basil. With 1/2 cup potatoes and 1/2 cup of Fruit.
1:00pm Mid-Morning Snack: 2 oz White fish, 1/2 cup potatoes.
3:30 pm Lunch: Tuna Topped Potato: Tuna and Salsa atop a baked potato! And 2 cups of veggies.
6:00 pm Mid-Afternoon Snack: Tuna Salad - Tuna mixed with onion, celery, tomato, cooked rice and balsamic vinegar.
8:30 pm Dinner: Chicken breast sauteed in Garlic and White wine, Steamed asparagus & Garlic Mashed potatoes.
11:30 pm PM Snack: 1/2 cup of most any kind of fruit! YAY
Most of the portions are 2oz protein, 1/2 cup carb (1-2 cups if you're working out after that particular meal), 1/2 cup of fruit and 1-2 cups of veggies.
So by the end of the day, I've consumed, 12oz protein, 2 1/2 cups of carbs, 4 cups of veggies and 1 cup of fruit. I've done this for 2 days so far (I know I know ... I DO expect to fall off the wagon, I'm prepared to jump back on!) and I have been getting hungry almost directly to the point of my next meal. (I'm even helping myself out by eating and chewing my food slower)
What I really love about this plan is that I'm not really giving anything up. I'm learning to portion my food, to eat when I'm hungry ... and not to overeat when I do get hungry.
Downside: No dressings, no oil for cooking or for dressing. I can flavor with homemade salsa and any type of seasoning (other than salt) and fresh herbs. Also ... no dairy. Where am I getting my calcium from? I'm actually about to go look that up because they say no milk. I love milk, I may have to cheat on that one.
At first I thought this program would be difficult to follow, but as long as I get everything measured AND pre-make some meals. I'll be set. I'm off to a bit of a rocky start, I have to pick up a ton of stuff at the grocers, but that's okay. In addition, I think I'm going to be getting some bento boxes, that way I can put my Lunch, Mid afternoon Snack and Dinner in separate containers when I have to work. Another thing I'm planning on doing is cooking up a bunch of Chicken and Fish (I can't have red meats) portion them out and put them in individual baggies for freezing, that way I can pick and choose from my freezer! I CAN be organized!
I can fumble about for a few days, I don't mind that.
So ... what do ya'll think of that? Pretty groovy huh?
Now ... I'm off to plan some meals!