(Closed) Fitness Bees…Help on eating healthy?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you’re eating small portions, but frequently, that can be a good way to keep yourself satisfied. Make sure you’re looking at the contents of the rice cakes. You’d be surprised, most are not as healthy as you think.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What are you eating for lunch and dinner?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What are you eating for snacks, lunch and dinner? 

I try to eat as little grains, milk products and sugar as possible. 

Instead of oatmeal I would opt for eggs! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Find out what the total calories your body needs for the day, and then divide them out throughout your meals & snacks. It’s good to eat lots of smaller meals, as long as all of those little meals don’t add up to tons more fat/calories than if you were just eating 3 meals per day.

I’m no expert or nutritionist, but I personally don’t think you’re eating enough (good) fat and protein in the morning to help you feel full/satisfied initially.  That can lead to feeling like you’re in starvation mode/binging later in the day. I agree with PP, maybe try eggs/egg whites and a wheat peice of toast instead of the oatmeal. 

Just my two cents!  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Definitely eat more protein, especially in the morning.  I start each day with a skim latte and the milk really helps me feel full and satisfied.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ok so eggs are out – try something else that has protein like bacon, sausages etc. with a salad or a smoothie. Protein fills you up better than oatmeal. 

I agree with PP you need to be eat more protein & good fats. I snack on a spoonful of almond butter to get my good fats. Cashews and macadamia nuts are good too. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m a big believer of the Eat Right for Your Blood Type. It has been very eye-opening to me in the way I notice how certain foods effect my body. I think you are fine with snacking; smaller meals or snacks throughout the day helps keep your metabolic rate up. However, if you are constantly snacking on high-carb items, this could be what is contributing to your weight gain. Try fruits, veggies, or lunch meats (without nitrates) and mozzarella sticks. Also pay attention to your sugar intake; processed sugar can easily pack on the pounds too. If you want something sweet but protein-packed, I’d recommend EAS Carb Control Protein Shakes. They only 110 calories and have 17g of protein, low carbs and low sugar. If you’re looking for a calorie counter, try MyFitnessPal. They have a great community for support and tons of food and exercises in their database. Hope all my rambling helps! And hope you get over your cold soon. 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

From what you posted, it looks like you are eating a lot of carbs – try to lessen the amount of carbs and increase your proteins (as pp have said).  Soy or almond milk in the AM with the oatmeal may help to keep you fuller.

Also, try to find something called P2B – it is “peanut butter powder” – basically it is all the protein of PB without most of the fats – it is expensive, but great (I will sprinkle it on my banana I eat in the AM, my choc froyo in the PM, basically anything that tastes better with PB).

Finally, increase your water intake. Water will fill you up.  Force yourself to drink 8 – 10 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.  Yep, you will pee a lot, but you will stay full!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Make sure you are eating enough calories and exercising for at least 45 minutes to an hour three or more days per week with a mixture of cardio and weightlifting (search lift heavy and women.)  Up your protein and limit your carbs (not carb free and not Atkins levels though).  Make sure all carbs are whole grains like wheat bread, wheat pasta, and brown rice.  Fill up on fresh veggies like carrot sticks and celery; I eat 8 carrot sticks before my lunch to slow me down and control my portions.

I also look for sugar free products over fat free products because sugar is worse for you and fat free products are usually loaded with sugar.  Measure everything at first until you have a better idea of serving sizes (this was mindblowing for me.)  I have two sets of measuring cups and spoons.

Eat at home more often because it’s easier to control the portions.  We sometimes eat at home and then go out and order a small appetizer to share.  We save money and calories that way.  Also, if you buy frozen and/or seasonal fruits and veggies it shouldn’t impact your budget too much.

I only notice a difference with my weight when I control me portions AND exercise regularly.  I started out on myfitnesspal.com and with a weight watchers points guide to help me pick better foods and keep track of my calorie intake and exercise calories.  Also, toss the scale and get a tape measure to measure inches instead.  When that scale won’t budge you will still see progress in how many inches you’re losing.

Here’s a typical day for me:

Breakfast: egg (egg white if you have cholesterol problems, if not, you’re okay) with whole grain english muffin and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar; cup of coffee with Equal no cream (300-400 calories)

Morning snack: low fat mozarella cheese stick (60-70 calories)

Lunch: 8-12 carrot sticks, homemade soup or leftovers from dinner or sandwich made with wheat bread, no sugar added applesauce/fruit cup or orange (300-500 calories)

Afternoon snack: yogurt (100 calories)

Dinner: chicken breast/tenderloin or tilapia fillet with side of brown rice and broccoli florets with a sprinkle of cheddar (400-500 calories)

Usually no late night snack but if so: handful of lightly salted peanuts, glass of wine, or sugar free fudgesicle (80-100 calories)

*Lots of water and sugar free drink mixes throughout the day.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with the suggestions to increase your protein.  Toss a little tuna on your salads, use almond milk in your oatmeal, have a handful of nuts with your banana, have greek yogurt with your rice cake.

Maybe check out MyFitnessPal too.  They help you figure out how many calories you should aim for each day to meet your goal.  If you eat too few, you will slow down your metabolism & you won’t burn as effectively.  You can track specific nutrients as well, like carbs, fats, and protein, but also sodium and others.  When you’re feeling well enough to exercise, you can plug in your exercise as well & it will adjust your daily calorie goal so you don’t consume too few calories for your activity level.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Just saw the allergy to eggs.  Do peanut butter on a slice of wheat toast or low sugar oatmeal (better yet buy the non-instant oatmeal so there’s no sugar in it and you can add Equal or Splenda to sweeten it.)  It’s not okay to feel hungry all the time so it’s a good idea to find foods that fill you up without being calorie busters.  You might need to experiment some with different veggies; for me carrots do it every time.

A salad is not a meal unless there is 3 oz of protein on it so that’s probably part of the reason you’re not getting filled up.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

You’re eating ALL carbs and no protein.  That’s why you’re hungry.

Switch out your oatmeal breakfast for eggs (egg substitute since you’re allergic?  does that work?)

Switch out that rice cake for a handful of nuts, a half a cup of low-fat cottage cheese or another low-fat cheese snack, or a Greek yogurt. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Figure out what works for your body. I run and swim, so I need a lot of carbs. I normally have oatmeal and a banana in the morning, a skim latte around 10, beans with cheese, multigrain chips and salad for lunch, and then a healthy dinner which is normally 1/2 veggie, 1/4 protein, and 1/4 whole grain. I cook everything from scratch (really, not that hard), and make sure I do 5 days of cardio and 2 days of weights a week.

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