Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cut the Cheese

As I wrote previously, I just started seeing a nutritionist connected with my fertility clinic. I'm hoping that her advice will help me lose weight a little bit faster and more effectively when done in conjunction with the Weight Watchers program I'm currently following.

I met with the nutritionist for about 2 hours and she talked to me about my goals, issues, what I was eating and what I thought I could change.

She helped me to lay out several basics:

  1. Dairy: reduce the amount I'm eating, eliminate cheese, switch from skim to whole milk.
  2. Starches: only whole grain varieties (basically did this already), eat at breakfast or lunch, no starch at dinner.
  3. Timing: eat every four hours, make sure that you are actually hungry when you do eat. NO eating after 8 PM.
  4. Protein: make sure to have protein with every meal and every snack.
  5. Natural Foods: closer to nature is best, so no more artificial sweetener, go back to sugar; choose organic whenever possible.
She told me that I really needed to increase the variety of the foods that I was eating, and that I should only repeat a menu item once every four days. We also worked to come up with several ideas for each meal:

Breakfast
-2 scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast (my usual breakfast, but without the cheese)
-Oatmeal with fruit and whole milk
-Cereal and flax seeds with fruit and whole milk
-Smoothie of fruit, whey protein powder and whole milk

Lunch
-Tuna on whole wheat with veggies (a variation on my usual lunch, a tuna melt)
-Salad with grilled chicken and balsamic vinaigrette
-Salad and soup
-Fage (Greek yogurt) with fruit and nuts

Dinner
-Protein + Veggies

Snack
-Fage with fruit
-Luna Bar
-Apple with nut butter (almond or cashew is preferable to PB)

14 comments:

Antigone said...

Breakfast sounds really hearty. I don't think I've had fage before. So what do you think of the menu? I think the hardest part is the lack of bread - but that's coming from a carb addict.

annacyclopedia said...

Sounds really good, Jendeis! I struggle with variety sometimes, too, so it sounds really great to get this kind of advice on how to diversify in an easy way.

theclam said...

That looks really good Jen! And it looks like it might be really easy to maintain as well...

Wishing you all the best!

xxx

Io said...

Proving once again that I can't function without coffee, I read through this and for a moment thought - gee, that's a huge freaking breakfast! Sounds yummy! -Before I realized that that was four different breakfasts.

Doh.

Fertilized said...

yum fage. I think those options sound yummy.. What about you?

LutherLiz said...

Sounds great. The only thing I'm curious about...was there a reason to go up to whole milk? That is the only advice that seemed odd to me somehow. Good luck!

I Believe in Miracles said...

Thanks for the prayers.

Somehow your blog wasn't adding to my reader (I thought it had been added before) and then when I tried again (and thought it had been added)... times two. In any case - now I'm all on board and all caught up. My apologies.

Ok this food thing is awesome. I'm loving the tips. I realize I totally eat carbs at night - eek! But I do try not to eat after 8. Why switch from skim to whole milk? That seems bizarre to me.

So about the MF issue. I know other people who did the testicular biopsy to remove sperm. They did it simultaneous with the IVF and had back up DS just in case. He ended up w/o sperm (azoospermia) and they used DS. There IVF didn't work (for other reasons) and they got pregnant with DS and an IUI. It is a painful operation... so that might scare JD off. Unless of course, you don't tell him...

Ok. Long comment ending now.

***HUGS***

Kymberli said...

I wonder how if that would need to be adjusted at all for someone with PCOS/IR like myself? Thanks for posting this. I might have to give it a try for a few weeks and see how it goes.

Cajunchic said...

I may need to try some of these. The cheese issue would be the hardest for me. I am a cheese junkie.

Tricia said...

I think variety is the key. When I stalled at WW they had me switch it up and it worked. By the way.. your food sounds awesome. I always find that I eat better when I am dieting!!

So, how many pounds are you down now?

Searching for Serenity said...

I don't see Eggos on that list. :-)

Jen said...

That sounds good! I always mean to make a regularly rotating schedule and stick to it.

Me said...

But I can't live without cheese! Other than that though this looks pretty doable!

whataboutmyeggs said...

Everything sounds really good!! It's not anything that I don't recognize like a lot of other diets. I hope it works for you> Good luck