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On today’s menu

Someone over at this post just asked what I eat on one of my low-carb/low-cal days. Here’s you go. The chart below is what I’ll be eating today. It all works out to 794 calories, and 36.7 grams of carbohydrates. As you can see, I weigh and measure everything. I’ve tried many different methods, and this is what works best with my rule-following, math-loving brain.

Low-carb is hard for a vegetarian, and a plan that won’t really let me eat fruits and veg seems wrong to me. But understand that I only do this twice a week, and it makes a big difference. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables the other five days.

It also helps that I don’t have a cholesterol problem, so eating three eggs in a day is fine for me (and let’s face it, how many times have I gone to Perkins and had a three-egg omelet, for just one meal?). But on these days, I definitely have trouble getting in enough fiber, calcium, and iron (no problem with vitamins A & C though – the lettuce takes care of that). It’s hard to get in enough of most nutrients on only 800 calories. But again, two days a week only. It all averages out fine each week.

This is basically nine tiny meals. The egg, butter, milk, and sharp cheddar will be a little omelet. There are a couple of salads in there (yum) and a couple of open-faced egg salad sandwiches (double yum). A spoonful of peanut butter? Yes please! And Parmesan cheese is one of my favorite cheeses to snack on.

The key for me is that I never ever eat anything I don’t really like. I love Morningstar Farms products. I love eggs. I love cheese. I love peanut butter. I love salad. If you don’t like these things, don’t eat them! Find things that you like that work for you – there has to be something besides cake. :-)


800 calorie day

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2 Responses to “On today’s menu”

  1. shannon on September 27th, 2012 10:30 am

    Just amazing…I can do this. I need to do this. I also love the fact that you don`t deprive yourself everyday. And your weight loss plan works. Merci beaucoup!!!

  2. Amy on September 27th, 2012 10:52 am

    My pleasure Shannon! If there’s one big rule I’ve learned in the past year, it’s that I have to do what works for me. Common advice that has worked for other people – eating less as the day goes on, using Weight Watchers, giving up cheese, giving up dessert – wouldn’t work for me. And in the case of giving up cheese and dessert, I would be miserable! So if the 800 calories seems hard the first few times, just keep reworking it until you find a combination that works for you.