I’ve been meaning to a make a meal plan for myself for around the same amount of time as I’ve been meaning to finish my palm tree I made from yarn. It’s been about a year now that I started both of these personal projects. My palm tree was to fill the awkward blank corner of space in my bedroom and recording my nutritional changes were to take away the lack of discipline I struggle with.
Unfortunately both of these great ideas have been left unaccomplished for far too long.
In the realization of my birthday weight gain, I decided I could do better. My friends have been so great on myfitnesspal at recording their food and I’m using them as motivation to start doing it too.
On Sunday night I jotted out a quick meal plan for me to stick to. It wasn’t too hard to figure out what I wanted to eat since my lack of time requires my meals to be quick to prepare and packed full of as many essential nutrients as possible. Using my logic I gained from The Four Body, I’m sticking with beans as my staple carbohydrate though I’m not going to beat myself up over eating whole grain bread and the occasional pasta. I think beans are a great source of not only carbohydrates, but the amount of fiber and protein you get per serving makes it a valuable resource for weight loss.
If you’re eating your beans canned, there is a high chance of them containing a lot of extra sodium. Some of the nutrition facts I found had over 1,000mg of sodium per one cup! NOT good.
However, homemade beans where you control the salt content can greatly reduce your sodium. Home boiled black beans only had 2mg of sodium per one cup.
My favorite beans are the Trader Joe’s organic black beans. As you can see in the picture, they have a nice amount of protein, fiber, and just enough calories to add an awesome boost to my giant bowls of lettuce and other mixed veggies. The sodium content is pretty high but I know I’m not getting much sodium anywhere else so I’m not going to worry too much about it now.
So… I realize I totally just went off on beans. Can you sense my enthusiasm over this loved legume?
Anyway, this week’s meal plan was pretty repetitive each day and was not solely bean based as I had all sorts of carbs like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, cereal, and mac and cheese.
I won’t go into the actual foods I’m eating because you can look at my daily food journal on myfitesspal if you’re interested.
I’ve been proud to see that I’ve been sticking with my plan and have been consistently around 1,600 calories each day by eating a ton of vegetables with around three servings of carbohydrates a day.
I’m down two pounds from my birthday gain and hopefully will have the rest of that weight off soon!!!
Do any of you make meals and/or track your meals? Do you find you behave better when you do it?
I’ll be back tomorrow with a blog on “keeping fit while vacationing” as Alyssa is WORKING DILIGENTLY on her thesis revival since she GRADUATES with her Master’s degree in less than a month. WOOOOOO!