I have been reading my book and when I got to the sample meal plans I am more confused then ever, the following questions have to do with what is written in the BFL book. Page 95 for breakfast is zesty breakfast burrito with ingredients of 1 small whole wheat tortilla, 4 scrambled egg whites or egg beaters, 1 Tablespoon salsa, 1/2 Tablespoon low fat cheese, 1 Tablespoon low fat sour cream. Cheese and the condiments are not listed on the authorized food list. Page 94 for breakfast it calls for 2 pieces of whole wheat bread and I thought we were allowed only 1. Page 96 states for dinner may have a glass of red wine - whats up with that? Peas are listed under veggies but I always thought they were considered a high carb veggie so like how corn is listed under carbs shouldn't green peas? No pork tenderloin (the other white meat) is listed under proteins, why is that? If I drank a EASAdvantage shake for a meal which it has 17 grams protein and 3 grams carbs, do I need to eat 17 more grams in carbs to make it a complete meal? Sorry about all the questions but I want to make sure when I start my 12 weeks on monday I do it 100% right. I really appreciate everyones' help.
landhippo: Page 93 last paragraph states that the following meals are a sample of a few typical days on the EATING FOR LIFE METHOD. Thats why you are confused.
Most of us in a challenge are going by the authorized food list for Body for Life - people that are on maintenance switch it up a bit and can use the Eating for Life method. :)
Hope that explains things.
ps: I am far from being an expert, I just happen to read the book lots. :)
The amounts of the low fat cheese and sour cream are so small that the occasional use of these would be nominal on your results. 1/2 tablespoon of cheese is just a few strands of shredded product. A real measured level tablespoon of low fat sour cream is tiny. These would not add much flavor at all and I would skip them. I truly think these were added to give the appearance that the recipes weren't restrictive.
1 portion of carb for ME would be two slices, for YOU it might be different. Use the palm/fist method to determine YOUR portion size.
Red Wine, a 5 oz serving is about 125 calories. I'd skip it. For those that really enjoy wine, adding a glass occasionally might keep them on plan.
There are different varieties of veggies (leafy, root, legumes, etc.) Look at the package nutritional information and decide if it will be a veggie portion or carb portion for you. I personally would consider corn a grain and hence a carb. You can do a search on specific varieties at www.nal.usda.gov/.../search.
About the pork loin, use it if after comparing the protein/fat/calories of one portion to other options you find they are similar.
With the shake numbers you gave you will need a carb portion added.
Enjoy your BFL journey. You have a bunch of folks in your corner here.
I'm not an expert either but here is my take....
If you go to the library tab and look at the food list, low fat cheese is listed as a healthy fat. Use is sparingly but it is approved. I believe the list has been revised since the book was released.
Salsa is not on the list but you can use a little bit of salsa for flavor. There really is nothing to salsa. Make sure you buy some with low sugar content and don't drowned your food in it but a tbs here and there is okay.
Skip the low fat sour cream until you get to maintenance phase or on a free day
Not sure about the 2 slices of bread as I don't use it. I like the whole wheat tortillas or whole wheat sandwich thins myself. roughly 20 carbs is one serving so I suppose it would depend on how many carbs per slice of bread.
Skip the wine until maintenance or on a free day
Corn is a carb. Peas is a veggie. I don't know why but that's what the experts came up with so we just gotta trust them.
Lean Ham s on the revised food list in the library.
Yes you need to add a carb to the EAS Advantage shakes to make a meal.
Don't feel bad for the questions. It's good you are researching instead of guessing. Good luck with your challenge!
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