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Nutritious diet plans

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I bought the Beck pink book last night. I have read a number go blogs by other people and thought I would give it a go.

So, I'm now on day 2 and having a think about two diets to follow. It's got me thinking!

Counting calories works well for me as it gives me the flexibility I need to add my favourite foods and adjust to an unpredictable schedule.

The downside, however, is that it never taught me about nutritious eating. As long as I was within my calorie range, I never worried too much about what was going into my body. But, I know that Sparkpeople worked the first time round, and I know it does provide options for healthy meal plans. So, I think I'll start with this one. But, focus much more on nutrition, now.

I know I want to include more vegeterian recipes into our diet. But that's not really a diet plan, is it? It's more a plan. I'd like to have a balance of perhaps 70% of the meals we eat being vegetarian and the remainder including meat. This seems to fall in line with the "Flexiterian Diet". (According to Google!!) I think I'll make this our number 2 diet.

Let's see how it goes. It seems strange to be following a prescription in a book. But, I'm trusting the process. I've been looking at my weight-loss charts. I was maintaining a weight of around 56kg (2kg over my pre-baby weight) for quite a while. My weight began creeping up in the last three months to 58kg. I am frustrated that I haven't returned to my pre-baby weight permanently, especially when I realise that it has been two years! (Where did the time go!)

But, I also understand the stress I was under. I have time now and a lot less stress, so I can work out how to manage my eating better. And I need to accommodate getting older. It's time to get more serious about what I put into my mouth.

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    Agree with the others. I track protein, fat, carb, sugar, sodium and fiber on Spark. It tells me the recommended ranges for calorie range and if I stay in range on macro nutrients, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I eat right. Fiber tracking is key.
    1091 days ago
    Good luck to you!
    1092 days ago
    I have also found the Spark Nutrition Tracker supportive of my weight loss and weight maintenance efforts. Once I was comfortable meeting calorie targets, I began paying more attention to the macronutrient percentages and learning more about nutrition. It continues to be an ongoing learning experience for me.

    You have done an excellent job to keep your weight so close to your pre-baby weight. Stress impacts us. I remember reading that it takes at least 18 months for a woman's internal organs to return to their pre-pregnancy state. So, two years is not a long time when it comes to restoring ones body to a pre-pregnancy state.

    Glad you are not under so much stress. Best wishes with Beck. It has been such a supportive process for so many people.

    1092 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Haven't used the Beck approach; have used calorie counting to help me lose and maintain that loss. My food tracker gives me info on nutrients and vitamins and fortunately I have a fairly good knowledge of nutrition. I too aim for about 70% vegetarian meals and focus on eating real food and a variety.

    BTW, I think it is awesome that you are close to your pre baby weight. That is quite an accomplishment.
    1092 days ago
    SP nutrition tracker is very good.. Also good feedback on macronutrients.
    I'm glad you have the Beck Diet Solution - I love that book.

    I think it is a great achievement to get so close to your pre-pregnancy weigh.
    2 years is not long at all for such a goal.
    1092 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/31/2017 2:16:38 PM
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