Yesterday was another trip to the Bay Area to visit/help my dad. This has become a huge problem for me over the past few months. Stress, tired, no ‘me-time,’ however you want to put it, these travel/out of town days have been fraught with too much/wrong food choices.
Since doing the detox diet, and being accountable to Vicky (P.T.), I really did not want to go off track yesterday. So I wrote out my food plan for the day–3 meals, 2 snacks- made it as nutritious and filling as possible, and was determined to stick by it! I also tried to include some ‘treat’ type food, so I wouldn’t feel deprived. And I stuck to it–YAY!
Here’s what I planned:
Before leaving house: Yogurt, 100 cal.
Stop at Starbuck’s: Coffee w/half and half, 40, Macadamia and white chocolate Clif bar, 240
Snack: Raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips (13, I count them out!) 200 calories
Lunch: Pear, 1 cup cottage cheese, 2 Tbsp flax meal, 270 cal, steamed green beans, 25 cal
Snack: Popcorn, 135 cal
Snack: Frozen yogurt, toppings, 280 cal.
Dinner: Turkey 4 oz., 160 cal, veggies, 25 cal.
1475 calories–my goal 1480!
Okay, I only veered off at the end. Out here we have these little stands that open up each spring and sell strawberries picked at the peak of ripeness-really a different fruit than store strawberries! So I picked some up on my way home, and I couldn’t resist a bowl of them with a little greek yogurt (Fage 0%) total calories: 80. OMGoodness, people. You have to try this yogurt. I can’t believe it is so thick and creamy. And low in calories and high in protein.
Another insight for me, and maybe you. Since I am in my car so much, I really want to have snacks to eat in the car. The green beans that I brought for lunch were those young ones that you can ‘steam in the bag.’ I brought them along, and steamed them in my dad’s microwave. I was so full from lunch, I didn’t eat them. So on the drive home, I found them to be excellent ‘finger food’ to snack on. I might be replacing my popcorn obsession with veggies soon!