Liquids and light foods are tolerated best, so I've come up with the following meal plan. The fourth meal was the shake I've been doing anyway (I have to have protein at night with my medication or my blood sugar drops in my sleep and I wake up sick in the middle of the night). I use an organic whey protein powder which is 90 calories for two scoops. All the other calorie counts are vague estimations, they could probably be better checked. I plan to stick to this diet on days I'm resting at home. I have a stretch class I used to attend that I'd like to get back to; it's an hour and fifteen minutes long, plus the commute which includes some walking to and from the subway. I figure I can then add in a small 400 calorie meal at the nearby Noodle Company or Panera to offset this.
(Diet Amended 2/12/13)
(Diet Amended 2/25/13) -- but still needs 200 calories added and a calorie count for Meal #1
18 oz. water upon waking, along with Prilosec
2 "Touch of Bran" muffins (I admit it, sometimes I sneak a 3rd, these are yummy!)
(12 oz.) coffee & soy milk
( = 200 calories??)
NOTE: If I have to leave the house on an errand (for the most part, going to the doctor), I allow myself an extra 200 calorie snack. If I go to stretch class or volunteer that day, I add an extra 400 calorie meal or treat.
MEAL #2 (SHAKE)
1/2 cup berries
1/2 fresh pineapple
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 Tbsp. spirulina
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
( =230 calories)
I really don't limit myself in this area. I lightly salt and occasionally oil this stuff, but for the most part it's negligible in calories and nutrient dense.
Meal #3 is going to be a 3-day rotation (all appx. 300 calories).
(12 oz.) plain green tea
Day 1: serving of fruit / gluten-free seed crackers / nut butter
Day 2: serving of fruit (chips) / hummus
Day 3: brown rice / fish OR seed crackers / fish
( = 300 calories)
MEAL #4 (SHAKE)
2 scoops whey protein powder
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 Tablespoon yogurt
1 cup soy milk
( =300 calories)
See the Diet Tweaks Post for complications. Still needing to adjust for more folic acid. I've created an egg-less, sulfite-free version of the Touch of Bran muffin, but the consistency is still a little gummy and I want to try it with a little oat bran as well as the wheat bran.