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Sun, Feb. 10th, 2013, 06:12 pm
BMR Light Diet

Until we get the gastritis & hiatal hernia problem solved, I'm not going to have much in the way of an appetite. I am still having problems with meat, and should stay away from heavy, greasy foods. On the other head, because of my blood sugar issues, I'm supposed to stay on a high-protein diet. I'm 35 years old, weigh 67kg, with a body fat of 36%. My BMR is about 1300 calories and I'd like to go back to 120lb (54kg), which was my weight before I started the awful medication, but I'll settle for 125lb (57kg), and ideally I'd like to lose about a pound a week. With my other medical conditions exercise cannot be considered an option. I will exercise (or at least go to stretch class) if and when I can, but it will probably be sporadic at best.

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
morning meds
( = 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.

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)

1/2 cupUnlimited dehydrated leafy greens or green veggie chips (homemade)
( = 30 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)

2 scoops whey protein powder
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
probiotic powder
1 Tablespoon yogurt
1 cup soy milk
night meds
( =300 calories)

Total = 1060 calories daily (I think) With increased energy comes increased activity. I can safely increase my baseline to 1200 calories for at-home days, adding 200 calories for days I run errands, and 400 calories (for a total of 1600 calories) on days I have stretch class or volunteer.

If my estimations are correct, I should be at about a deficit of 250 calories a day when I'm on total bedrest, and 350 calories a day when I'm just resting in the house but still up and about on the computer or reading. What I really need to know is, if I eat the above diet, is it nutritionally sound? Note that the morning medications include a general multivitamin and D3 pill.

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.

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Mon, Feb. 11th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)

White Rabbitt's Liquid Chicken Dinner

2 cups of warm, cooked white chicken (broiled works best)
2 cups of warm Chicken Broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons of olive oil

Add chicken to your processor and process until it begins to clump on one side of the bowl.
Add 1/2 cup of liquid and process to smooth paste. Add remaining liquid and pulse several
times, using spatula on side and bottom of bowl to make sure it is well mixed. Add
Pepper/salt and oil.

Mon, Feb. 11th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
jadxia: Sounds ummmmmm

Liquid chicken, yeesh.

Sounds a little icky, and I've not really handled chicken all that well recently, in any form. I did manage to eat a granola bar though.