Hey there, does anyone out there have as hard of a time finding protein to eat with their carbs as i do? Sometimes I am just not in the mood for egg-whites, cottage cheese or meat. I am not a tofu girl either. Does anyone know if it is ok to have your carb without the protein if you have extra protein later? Are you just supposed to have 6 protein portions and 6 carbs in a 24 hour period or do you have to eat them together? I am really bored of the same stuff and all the restrictions are getting to me. Sigh..
I hate to be the bearer of bad news for you, but...no, you absolutely cannot have carbs alone. This plan is designed to be six, equally proportioned meals per day. One important reason that protein is eaten with carbs, is that protein slows the absorption of the sugar in our carbs, so that we don't have a large increase in insulin release. Insulin is the hormone that causes sugar to be shuttled into the cells and stored as fat. You want to keep insulin levels steady throughout the day.
So, eat six meals - use palm/fist method. But for items that cannot be measured that way - use label and get about 20-25 gms carbs and 20-25 gms protein per meal. Most women only need about 20gms, stay closer to that end of that spectrum. Make sure you get in ALL SIX meals.
Look around this site for food options, but many of us eat the same things over and over each day, for convenience. Especially if, or when we see what foods and combinations work to get us the results we seek. Michelle Champster wrote in a post Friday, ..."be willing to eat 'cottage cheese' six meals a day if it means you'll succeed".
What week are you in?
Have you tried the cottage cheese pancakes? I just posted the recipe on the post "Someone help me. I am about to give up all hope" Also, try the greek yogurts. Great meal. I do it twice per day. I do add a TBSP low carb protein powder (vanilla) to get my protein up to approx. 20gms.
Embrace this plan as a way to get to the new body you are wanting! You can do this.
If you want to do the program, do the program. Maybe it's not for you if you are so unhappy with it. Try Weight Watchers-and you might be happier.
What has worked for me is to find some food combinations that you enjoy. For me pretty much every day I have 2 protein shakes and a serving of cottage cheese and fruit. That leaves me with only 3 other meals I have to prepare. Those other meals are usually a chicken *** or ground turkey buger or lean ground beef burger or some type of fish or an omlette. The key is to find what YOU like. I don't always have a starchy carb with my protein but sometimes just veggies (like a stir fry). It is very important to eat your protein at every meal and than mix up your carbs between fruit and starchy and fibrous carbs.
fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"
- Soya mince .. a meat substitute. It is actually textured vegetable protein.
- Fish fish fish... umm and then some more fish.
- protein shakes.
Julie, thank you so much for putting this meal plan into perspective. My fiance and I just finished week 6 and I needed a little encouragement. You are right, I can do this! How is C2 going for you Julie? How was C1 for you?
Mimi-d, I really found your post discouraging and well....rude. I had to take a day to respond to you so that I too, did not come out with something rude. This forum is to encourage eachother, not to tell eachother to quit and do another program if this isn't for you. You should really think about what message you are sending yourself and others by these kind of responses next time please. Luckily for me, other people found encouraging words and advice for me, or I might have been let down when I truly just needed someone to help.
fit4life, thank you for your response. You are right, i just need to adjust to my taste, and i do love veggies. I keep forgettting to incorporate those into my meals, because i am so fixed on gettting the right amount of protein. I love fish too. Do you happen to know if it is heavily recommended or just suggested to have egg-whites only?
Thanx LeonV, i will look for that soya mince. And i do love fish. I will just need to experiment more.
There is a thread entitled "chicken, brown rice, brocolli" in the Getting Started section. Brobar posted a great response about making our foods more appealing without adding sugars or sodium. It is a great post. I am definitely going to start using more fresh herbs and spices. I have never been much of a cook, and have always used a lot of salt, because I didn't really know how to use spices/herbs. I will need to do some experimenting!
Yes, I did C1 from Jan.18 until April 11. I started out quite heavy. I am 5'3" and was 165.0lbs. I just couldn't get the weight off after baby number 5. I always struggle to get the weight off after my pregnancies, and this time was even worse! I am 45 now, that may play a role, of course. In C1, I lost 18lbs., going from 165.0lbs. to 147.0 Then I took 2 weeks active rest (A/R) and lost 4 more. I started C2 on April 26. Today is the first day of week 9! Very exciting. My weight loss has slowed, as I get closer to goal weight. No surprise there. I am at 137 now, so I have lost 6 more in C2. Even as the scale weight loss has slowed, the changes in my body continue. It is all good! I love the weight training, and I love seeing what it is doing to my body! Cardio, not so much...but it does serve its' purpose!! My 4 year old is now trained to say, "Come on Mom. It's only 20 minutes!"
Good luck. Stay in the game. You are week 7! Good job getting this far. How is your transformation? Are you seeing the changes in your body, and the way your clothes fit? If not, it will! Just keep the faith! It is so nice that you and your husband are doing this together! That is great.
Have an awesome week 7!!!
Julie!!!! Have been meaning to contact you! Sounds like you are rockin this challenge! I just finished up C2! Only lost 13#, but I'm only 5# from my goal wt. At 165 now, but people say I weigh 140 so that's exciting!!
Love what your 4 yr old says!! Too cute!! Keep pushing it hard, lady!! =)
DebMO :0) Blessed to be a Blessing...
can I chime in again with FISH!?
If you have a trader joe's they have TONS of pre-portioned frozen fish choices everything from halibut to salmon. NOM NOM NOM
wow, julie, good for you, you are doing just awesome! I personally have had four kids, and I am 5'4". I am very lucky to have a fast metabolism, so i don't have a lot of weight to lose, i just need to tone up what is there, as i haven't been as active for the past 7 years. First was college, then a sit-down job, so the body went to flab. I lost 4 lbs my first week, and even though i haven't lost more weight, i know my body is getting toned and leaner. I think i have gained some muscle weight, as my calves are really showing in my pumps and my kids keep asking me to flex my biceps (lol). I just want to know that all this meal planning is worth it, since i have to eat differently than the kids and its a pain. However, you are very enthusiastic and i have received a lot of great advice and encouragement from you, and others on the BFL site. Thank you so much Julie, you are inspirational and i really, really appreciate it! ;)
llpirata, thanx for the fish talk ;) good thing i love it!
I am happy to help! So glad you are seeing results. Remember lots of women see the biggest changes in the last few weeks, too. So, the best is yet to come!
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