Group Forum: What I have been eating and creative food choices.

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 20:21
I thought I would share my food choices. I would love to hear others. My basic food choices on fast days are microwave scrambled or hard boiled eggs and tuna (1/2 can portions twice during day) for most of my proteins. Thins slices of rye bread toasted used as open faced sandwiches. Salads with tomato, tuna and two to five olives chopped. Olive oil for healthy fat intake. I use lots of seasonings, pomegranate wine vinegar and zero to low calorie condiments for flavor enhancement. Basically I do the Mediterranean diet because it is naturally healthy and low in calories minus the cheese and large amts of olive oil. So what I am doing is making low fat italian food on my fast days. Yum. Lots and lots and lots of tea. The more liquids the less hunger. I feel bad for the women who have to settle for 500 vs 600 cal. Those last 100 calories really make a difference - a tablespoon of olive oil or an extra egg with slice of tomato. Anyway, the best part of this diet is it gives me the opportunity to be creative and to search out foods I've not tried before or combinations of low fat foods to create new flavor sensations. Fun! Mixing more fattening foods together with filler is a nice trick as well. So for instance, cream cheese is very fattening but mixed with near cal. free spinach, with some grated Parmesan, add some salt and I can have a spread for my open faced sandwiches.

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 22:01
I usually wait until 11 am or so to have breakfast on fast days. My usual breakfast is a half cup of nonfat plain yogurt mixed with a half cup of fresh berries. Dinners vary. My favorite fast day is Friday because we usually go out to a local Japanese restaurant, where I order broiled yellowtail collar, miso soup and green tea (I usually skip the rice but will sometimes order brown rice and eat half). I often split an appetizer of steamed chicken gyoza or shrimp shumai with hubby. On other days, I usually have protein, such as roast chicken plus a salad with tomatoes and cucumbers or oven-roasted veggies (roasted cauliflower with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese is a favorite). My most difficult time on fast days is 4-6 pm, when I get very hungry. I try to drink water, tea, coffee or chew sugarless gum until I get home for dinner.

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Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 22:51
Sushi. Great idea. I love making sushi. I agree, early evening is a bit rough. thanks for sharing. Yogurt and fruit is awesome. It's kind of funny but going to bed on fast days is like being a kid again on Christmas Eve. I'm excited to go to sleep so the morning will come soon and I can eat again!

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Posted: 11 Apr 2013, 11:16
Yesterday, during the day, I had a hard boiled egg for breakfast, a can of Progresso Savory Soup w/barley for lunch (120 Cal), a full cucumber sliced like chips for a snack (surprisingly filling), and Basil Pesto Tilapia (I get from costco - 120 cal for a piece) on a bed of fresh spinach, a full tomato and shredded carrots. I drizzled this balsamic dressing on the lettuce that is only 15 cals for 2 tbs. My whole day came out to 501 cals and I did not have to go through a hunger wave. I try to wait until I feel hunger in my belly before I eat to space out my intake.

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Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 03:39
I'm a fan of non-fat yoghurt (50 kcal per 100g). I have a 200g serving for breakfast. It's filling, tasty and a protein portion.
I also use the same yoghurt to make 'cacuk' which is basically a small amount of grated cucumber with 50g of non-fat yoghurt and cold water mixed together to be like a cold soup. It makes a 250ml bowl of cacuk at 55 kcal.
Cacuk is an excellent starter to a main meal or a side dish that goes lovely with red meat, spicy stews or salads.
Like cosmospacemonkey, I like eggs and tuna on fast day evening meals with oodles of salad and a bowl of cacuk just tops it off. I am full, satisfied and go to bed contented.
I usually eat between 425 kcal and 475 kcal on a fast day.
"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy or fake!"

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Posted: 15 Apr 2013, 11:32
Protein helps you feel full so each meal I make sure I get some protein. I do breakfast and lunch at around 100 calories each, then have a decent dinner. I stay away from breads/cerals/rice as the calories add up quicker.

On fast days, my standard breakfast is 1/2 cup cottage cheese, celery sticks. My lunch is usually a fish (4 oz baked swai, pouch of tuna or salmon) on 2 cups of greens and a very small amount of EVOO with some italian seasons or a low-fat dressing. Like I said, that gives me 300 calories for dinner which is usually a protein and more greens with veggies.

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Posted: 16 Apr 2013, 20:18
I recommend chicken broth with lots of aromatics: green onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, napa cabbage, bok choy or spinach, broccoli or any other veggies - with a little chicken breast if you have it, this feels like a good sized meal for very few calories. Agree on the herbal tea, you can do fresh ginger/lemon in water as a nice tea also. I can't get through without at least one stevia soda (Zevia or Blue Sky), it doesn't seem to mess with the blood sugar like splenda or nutrasweet. Some days are harder than others, but if I can get enough sleep and take a walk in the evening that makes it much easier.

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Posted: 21 Apr 2013, 16:54
Thanks for sharing everyone. Smile

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Posted: 25 Apr 2013, 09:56
im finding stirfry vegatables is the way to go for me. large helping has hardly any calories. i use low salt soy and teriyaki sauce. lots of flaver!