Post # 1
Hi y’all…. I am definitely looking for some thoughts and ideas 🙂
My daily calorie goal is about 1700 a day… I calculated this going on my BMR… My goal is to not necessarily lose weight (although if that happens in the process I won’t stop it haha) but to continue staying healthy and to tone…
So I work out everyday (or at least most days) from about 20 minutes to 1 hour (depending on time).. My problem is I am struggling to eat 1700 calories.. I am so busy in the morning and at work that I barely have time to eat..
I guess my question is how do I eat more in a healthy way that won’t cost me a ton of money.. (cause I do not have a not extra due to this wedding lol)..
Post # 3
@mm13: well here’s the way food (like so many other things) works: it can either be healthy/nutritious, cheap, or fast and you can pick 2 out of the three. If you want low cost healthy food, you’re going to have to take the time to prep/make it. I highly recommend going to farmer’s markets and purchasing things like whole, unpeeled carrots, rather than baby carrots.
Post # 4
@housebee: ugh… I never thought of it like that…. I guess this is what I am struggling with… time is not on my side either 🙁 with two kiddos and work I’m always busy… I guess I have to rethink my options and try to figure out what is more important… Thanks for the reply 🙂
Post # 5
I keep away from sugar and carbs and eat all low fat foods and eat foods high in protein.
Post # 6
@mm13: I’ve heard of moms preparing snacks/salads for a whole week when they have time off (i.e. weekends), so that they can grab something healthy on the go without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, unhealthy food is just so much cheaper to produce.
Post # 7
It’s very easy to eat 1700 calories if you’re eating healthy fats and such… Snack on ten almonds here and there, a serving of natural peanut butter… Fruits like apples or bananas. All of those can quickly add up to over 100 calories each. When you eat more primitively and more frewuently, you do tend to stay less hungry. However, you have to set a timer (or whatever helps) to remind you to eat every 2-3 hrs to keep your metabolism running efficiently. I’m currently at 1200-1500 calories a day, and often have to force myself to eat… Just for the sake of eating.
Post # 8
also, I spend very little on groceries… steel cut oats, LOTS of eggs, lean meats, fruits, spinach and broccoli, etc… Anything on the outter rim of the grocery store (If you don’t have the time/funds to find farm raised).
Post # 9
For breakfast try overnight oats. you can make a batch each night or a couple days worth and its grab and eat. Eat while you put your makeup on or at work.
Basically its oats (regular not quick cooking) that absorb the liquid overnight in the fridge. I love the texture. You can eat them cold or warm.
Make them with some milk, a dash of maple syrup and diced apples or raisins. top with pecans and peaches etc.
You can use any inclusions or toppings, but the ration is pretty much always the same of oats to liquid. 1:1.
Snacks Even if you can only take one bite at a time as you run from meeting to meeting you do have time to snack even if you dont have time for a sit down lunch. bring celery with some PB spread on it and cut it into 1 ince bites so you can just pop and chew as you run. As another PP said, a few nuts. etc.
Post # 10
@ThreeMeers: I friggin LOVE overnight oatmeal. Here’s the recipe I use (my FI and I are particulrly fond of the Blueberry Maple one – we add in a little extra milk and also some sliced almonds): http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal
@mm13: As PPs said, it’s easy to ingest 1700 calories a day, but its much harder to do it in a healthy way. I’m very active, with 60 and 90 minute workouts 6 days a week, and I don’t even approach 1700 calories. To help, I’d pre-pack a lot of stuff. Portion things out some night after the kids are in bed: baggies with veggies and a little tub of hummus, servings of almonds, raw/natural bars (I love Kind), etc. Keep options like peanut butter and apples on hand, cook chicked and portion it out for easy pasta and salad dishes, etc.
Have you seen a dietician or nutritionist? I’m interested to hear how you settled on 1700 as a magic number. BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is the number of calories your body needs to expend to maintain daily functionings of vital organs (not taking into consideration workouts).
The other issue with BMR Calculators is that they don’t take into consideration your muscle mass. The few I’ve found online only ask height, weight, age, and gender. My body at rest burns more calories than someone who is the same height & weight, but doesn’t work out.
Anyways, I think the key for you is to eat when you’re hungry, and don’t force yourself to if you’re not. Listen to your body instead of trying to hit a magic number that some calculator online spat out. If you’re trying to maintain your weight, forcing food down your throat when you don’t need/want it is definitely detrimental.
Post # 11
I second the almonds comment! I strugged to lose weight recently because i actually wasnt eating ENOUGH according to a trainer at my gym. Whenever I want to stay healthy put put in a few extra calories to prevent my metabolism from shutting down, i reach for almonds (unsalted) or some avacado slices on toast.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
When I’m busy, I like easy but healthy snacks like apples and PB, string cheese, veggies and hummus, protein shakes, almonds or sunflower seeds, etc.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church
@mm13: I have this problem! I’m so frustrated because I WANT to eat healthy but don’t feel I have the time or money! I’ve started using my crock pot a lot. There are tons of healthy crockpot recipes out there. I get it ready the night before, and then turn it on when I leave for work. This has helped me a ton! Also, I started making an actual meal plan rather than, “what sounds good tonight.” This has helped my budget as well as kept me on track for what I’m supposed to be eating. It’s also super nice not to have to make supper when I get home from work.
Post # 14
@mm13: I usually do 1600 when I can. The hard part is that if you like to have a drink with dinner…after dinner…sometimes before dinner….it really adds up quick!
Usually a yogurt or some fruit for breakfast, then salad for lunch will allow me to eat whatever I want (as long as I watch my portions) for dinner.
Post # 15
@rickhurst35: thats a good way to look at it… more high fat and proteins.. thanks
@housebee: yes… I think that is what I am struggling with…. healthier foods are more expensive and time consuming…maybe I will just have to suck it up and spend the extra time on the weekend…
@smv22114: yeah I would have to set a timer cause I barely remember to eat all day…eating every 2-3 hours would be hard.. thanks for the idea.
@ThreeMeers: I have never heard of overnight oats…that sounds like a great idea… I can definitely eat those on the go 🙂 thanks for the idea
@BlondeBee: I had found it online haha… I guess don’t really know if that is my right BMR… maybe I am just putting too much thinking into it… I just want to be more healthy and try to eat a bit more during the day so I am not gorging out at night… and thanks for the recipe… I’m definitely gonna try to make some!!!
@shellybee13: yeah I think that is what my problem is.. I am not eating enough… ugh this is difficult haha
@lolot: those are all great snack ideas thank you
@hisgirl10: I have done crock pot in the past and I have tried meal planning for the week… I think I am going to try it again and see how it goes… do you have any websites with good healthy crock pot meals???
@veryberry13: lol yean I noticed the days that I do reach my calorie intake are the days that I have a drink.. but then I tend to go over haha… My only problem is that salads have never filled me up unless they are filled with a lot of other fattening crap lol
Thanks you guys for all these awesome ideas!! I am gonna go shopping today and try to find some of this stuff 🙂
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church
@mm13: I use pinterest a ton for recipes. I usually search “budget crock pot recipes” or something like that.