Diet Change

Hi guys,

I have to apologise for me leaving you guys again. After my second job finished, I’ve been trying to put as many hours as I can at my first job so I have a bit of money coming in! Next week I’m working 8 days in a row >.<

But anyhow, I wanted to update you on how I’m doing. The past month has been quite stressful with worrying about money and family. I’d fallen off the wagon a bit and generally feeling quite crappy and sorry for myself. The thing is, I wasn’t bothered enough to do anything about it. Then, I just happened to want to go to Costco as I hadn’t been in over a year/two years and I saw a diabetes cookbook. Don’t ask me what drew me to it, especially as it focussed on the story of the author’s type 1 diabetic child (I’m type 2), but it really resonated with me.

I decided I was going to go low carb. I’m on day 3 so far and I’m feeling generally OK. Yesterday was the “new diet blues” where you’re constantly ravenous despite eating (I blame my body craving sugar) but I’m already seeing results which is nice. My blood pressure is down a bit, my blood sugars have fallen slightly and I’ve lost a kilo (though I did put 3 on in a month and I know that weight fluctuates daily but it’s just nice to see the scales go down!).

One thing that has confused me though, is what macros to actually use. I know I wanted to go low carb, but not enough to go into ketosis (I struggled really badly on the Cambridge Weight Plan which focussed on staying in this) so I knew I wanted to start on about 90g carbs. The hardest part after was trying to figure how much protein and fat to eat. A lot of advice leads to having higher fat consumption, which I have really struggled to get my head around. I’ve used a couple of macro calculators and some were telling me to eat 100g of fat! Personally, I would prefer to focus more on protein but there are warnings not to go too high or you won’t lose weight. What’s a girl to do?

So I’m going to experiment. I’m using MyFitnessPal to log my foods and macros (username is YzzyBella if you want to be friends). My current macros are: protein 30% (115g), fat 47% (82g) and carbs 23% (90g) with my calorie goal at 1558. It might be all wrong, any dietician looking at it might think I’m crazy but I’m going to see how I go for the next week and adjust if necessary. Obviously if my blood sugars, weight and blood pressure are rising, then it’s not working for my body and I’m going to have to look again at my macro distribution. Luckily I’ve got the equipment to monitor it daily so also if it falls too rapidly, I know to visit my doctor and look at my medication too. I have to admit that I haven’t done an insane amount of research on macros and this diet. I previously have dabbled low carb before about 4 years ago and I think it worked well for me but then I went to start Slimming World and forgot all about it. If you have any advice, please leave me a comment as knowledge is key, right?

Until next time.. x

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Meal Plan – Tues – Mon (20th – 26th Jan), Costco Shop (20th Jan) & Weigh In Monday

Hi guys,

As promised here is a summary post of all that I’ve missed the past few days.

Meal Plan – Tuesday – EE

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and bananas
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with clementines (s)
College: jacket potato with tuna (p) in light mayo and coleslaw (s) in light mayo (6 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker roast chicken (p) with roast potatoes and roast carrots (s)

Wednesday – SP

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with clementines (s)
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with celery (s) and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)

Thursday – EE

Breakfast: spinach (s) and mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s)
College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and baked beans (p)
Dinner: miso soup noodles (0.5 syn) with mushrooms (s), beansprouts (s) and a fried egg (p)

Friday – SP

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with pear (s), ham (p) and cucumber (s)
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with celery (s) and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s)

Saturday – EE

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with banana and clementines (s)
Lunch: rice with black bean salmon (p) with garlic fried broccoli (s)
Dinner: miso soup noodles (0.5 syn) with mushrooms (s), beansprouts (s) and pan fried scallops (p)

Sunday – SP
Breakfast: mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s) and a wholemeal bap (HEB)

Monday – SP
Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with pear (s) and clementine (s)
Lunch: Poached eggs (p) on toast (HEB) with mushrooms (s) and bacon (p)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s)


Costco Shop

Well, I had a bit of a shambles last week so there’s plenty of stuff left in the fridge. I topped up the shop with 2 boxes of clementines, a kilo of strawberries and a few books and clothes for me and OH. I also found a 3 pack of Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion for £5.49 which I thought was a bit of a bargain.


Weigh In Monday

This week I was pretty disappointed with a half pound gain. I have to admit it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but I was a bit down on myself as I wasn’t able to build on my loss from last week. I slotted a few SP days in this week so I’m hoping for a bit of a boost. I struggled doing SP for a full week so interspersed with EE days is the best for me. I would like to aim for a 3lb loss for next week as I gained this week. I need to get a shimmy on if I want to get near my desired weight for the wedding. Going to group definitely helped as there are some people who have lost so much and the motivation they still have is amazing.

OK, think I’ve talked enough for this week.

Until next time.. x