I’ve had several questions from different people asking me what I eat. (I appreciate the questions!) Well, I eat regular food. And, I still love food, even after having lost all the weight. So, for those of you who are interested in what maintenance looks like for me, here’s some of the things I ate this week.
I admit I’m not the best breakfast eater in the world. Some weeks I’ll have oatmeal, dry cereal, or make pancakes for the kids, and other weeks I don’t eat breakfast until 10:00 or so. I think for me, listening to my body became really important while I was losing the weight, and I still try and do that. I know research shows otherwise, but it works for me. That being said, here’s what I ate for breakfast this past week (even if it wasn’t exactly at 8:00 a.m.)
- 2 pieces of whole wheat bread with less than 1 T natural peanut butter – I ate this three times, orange juice
- Frosted Mini Wheats (measured out the proper amount), juice
- Yogurt and a banana
- Pancakes (I ate two. No syrup because I don’t like it. So, I had a tablespoon of jam.)
Okay, lunch is usually at 12:00 in our house. With this many kids, we do live with some structure or else we’d all go crazy! I love lunch, and it’s usually my biggest meal calorie wise. I find that if I eat a bigger lunch, then I’m not as hungry during the witching hours of 3:00 – 5:00.
- 1 whole wheat quesadilla with vegetarian refried beans & salsa, fruit, yogurt, baked chips and 1/2 of a homemade chocolate chip cookie
- Egg salad sandwich on whole wheat bread, made with just enough light mayo to hold it together. (Literally less than 1 teaspoon). I think I had chips, fruit, yogurt and a half a string cheese
- Leftover homemade pizza slice. Pizza was made using the crust recipe on the site, topped with sauce, a little bit of cheese, lots of peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms – YUM!
- Leftover chicken parisienne. This is another low fat recipe that I love a lot. I added some fruit and a salad to it, and it was delicious!
- Bean dip with homemade tortilla chips. (Don’t be impressed, I just cut flour tortillas into wedges, spritz them with spray, sprinkle them with garlic powder and put them in the oven for a few minutes. I had fruit and cheese with this.
- I had other things, but that’s all I can remember right now!
I do enjoy cooking full meals for the family. When I eat dinner, this is probably my smallest meal of the day calorie wise. I load my plate up with salad, and veggies, and just have a little bit of the main course.
- •Chicken Parisienne, rolls, salad, fresh green beans, watermelon
- •3 bean & corn dip (same as lunch), watermelon, salsa, and brown rice
- •Homemade Pizza (like lunch)
- •Penne Marinara, whole wheat french bread, great salad, zucchini
- Grits, Omelets and Toast – we have this a lot when John is working late. Since I don’t usually cook breakfast, it’s nice to have it in the evening sometimes
- Chicken Paprika – another easy, low fat dish that my whole family loves. I served this with mixed veggies, sliced cucumbers & carrots and noodles.
I’m drawing a blank on the last thing we had this week. – I’m sure it was really good though!
Here’s what I love about weight maintenance. I’ve learned how much of things I can eat without gaining weight, so I still enjoy food, and love to snack. When I was in process of losing weight, I would literally eat 5 or 6 times a day, and that worked for me! Here are some typical snacks for me throughout the week. Remember – I don’t eat all of these every day. In the past – yes. Now – no.
- baked chips
- cheese sticks
- graham crackers (chocolate of course)
- carrot sticks dipped in salsa
- fruit (apples, watermelon, banana or grapes)
- apple cinnamon rice cakes
- granola bars
- pretzel sticks
I hope that gives you an idea of what maintenance food looks like for me. Like most of you who share with me their weight loss programs, I lost weight eating real food. And because I did it that way, it certainly made the transition to maintenance much easier. Are there any favorite meals, tricks or tips that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them! Have a great Sunday. Diane P.S. – Thanks Angie for letting me know I hadn’t linked in the pizza crust recipe – I just did!