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16 January 2008 @ 06:24 pm
Okay...I can see three ribs, and when I raise my arms, I can count five on visual alone. I eat a lot, and even eat a lot of cheese, nuts, and soymilk (which is high in protein). I eat whenever I'm hungry, unless it's just a couple of hours before bed...but I'm going to be making an effort to eat more foods that are healthy and good for maintaining weight. Someone suggested to me that I eat junkfood- it seems redundant to adopt a less healthy diet in order to 'fix' my appearance. I may try eating more veggi-chicken patties and burgers, as well as more bread. I already eat a lot of pasta.

Yesterday: Water throughout the day

Hand-made ravioli with spinach, mushrooms, and cheese. Topped with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and garlic powder. Canned peas on the side. I probably had a serving and a half.

Salad with romain and iceberg lettuce, a fresh tomato, and a drizzle of olive oil.

A candy cane.

A little baggie of 'paradise' trail mix- nuts and dried fruits.

An apple.

A bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch
moonbeam_067 on January 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I also have to disagree with the suggestion to add 'junk' food to your diet in order to try to maintain your weight. I looked over some of your recent posts and it looks like you just might not be getting enough calories on some days (especially if you have an active job or exercise.) If the lettuce and tomato salad was a meal, I would suggest adding an additional source of protein.

There are several good meat substitutes besides the veggie chicken patties/burgers (although I do like to eat those for breakfast on the days I have to work.) Some of these include: tofu, tempeh, seitan, and beans/lentils/seeds etc.

If you just want to increase the number of calories you are eating daily, you can always add juice or a nutrition bar/drink. Another option to eating junk food with little nutritional value would be to add some dark chocolate with a high cocoa content to your diet. (I love chocolate dipped fruit!)
kinectra: Turtle-Totskinectra on January 17th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
There are days that I eat junkfood; just today, I had a bowl of chocolate brownie fudge icecream. I keep my junk to a low intake, but an intake none the less. I have very low willpower. ^^;

As far as tofu, tempeh, seitan, and beans/lentils, seeds, etc go...I grow old of tofu quickly. Really, I only eat it in stirfry. I've never tried tempeh or seitan, but now that I know it's like tofu in nutritional value, I'll bump it higher on my list of grocery priorities. I also eat beans as it is, either refried or chili beans with my squash.

Juice is a good idea that I didn't think of. As it is, I drink water most of the time. It wasn't too long ago that I was overweight, so it's still habit to cut out 'unnecessary' calories when I can.

Especially since I rarely exercise. My job is very low-impact, and it varies from night to day to night, so I spend a lot of time recalibrating my sleep schedule. In the past week, I've probably been on one walk (with those exercise things they have in the park) and had one session with my yoga ball.

And the thing about having just a lettuce and tomato salad (by the way, I added garbanzo beans two days last week, and will try to in the future for more protein)- I don't consider that a meal. While at work, I usually bring four or more foods including at least one fruit. I don't really eat three meals a day, nor think of them as meals. I just eat...like a bird? Sometimes I'll have a large meal if it's available, but otherwise, I just kinda eat all day. Hence it's easy to lose track of insufficient calories. I always include a trail mix though, that has nuts and dried fruit in it.

I'll definitely look into seitan, tempeh, and more whole fruit juices. Thanks!
moonbeam_067 on January 22nd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
No problem.

Yeah, I eat 'junk' food sometimes too. I just don't recommend it as the best way to gain/maintain weight.