Simple (starter) meal plan

By BeeHappy2 Latest Reply 2013-08-05 12:05:45 -0500
Started 2013-08-02 22:55:57 -0500

Okiedokie all you experts out there — I need a simple, starter meal plan. I'm good with breakfast (an egg or two and tomato slices) and good with supper (dinner) — protein (~3 oz.) and salad or green veggies, but I am a total mess for the rest of the day. And, I am swamped with work + home + family + old age "stuff" too often. Someone want to put this on Amazon and sell it — I'll buy! I would like a three-four week daily meal plan with not much wiggle room and to include snacks — perhaps two of them: one for three meals + a snack or two and another for meals every two hours (including amount to eat). I'd like it to fit into a GI diet plan, too.

Am I just asking too much? If I had time, I swear I would do this myself, and perhaps offer additional things, like grocery lists, a few recipes (who has time to whip up all the yummy stuff that is possible on the plan????), and maybe some other meal plans — one for beginners, one for more advanced (I hate to use the word dieters but can't think of another at the moment), and then perhaps one with more choices. I do not want lists. I already have lists. I do not want just cookbooks. I have those, too. And I have GI diet explanations galore. I want meal plans, dangit! LOL! Anyone point me to such a thing? Thank you!!! :-)

6 replies

BeeHappy2 2013-08-04 07:16:08 -0500 Report

Thanks Joyce. I've seen three, so far. I'm glad you have a neighbor who will help you with your meal plans :-)

BeeHappy2 2013-08-04 07:14:41 -0500 Report

Thank you, Nick. At least you offered a couple real examples I might use. :-)

I forgot that something like 97% of people don't read past the first paragraph. What I'm seeking isn't forever, just to get a good start which I will undoubtedly change as I become more comfortable with changing nearly everything I was ever taught about how to eat healthy (I am definitely a "food pyramid" kid).

Nick1962 2013-08-05 11:01:52 -0500 Report

Yeah, I grew up with the food pyramid too. Funny thing was my parents never fed me from it, and once I reached college age, a balanced meal meant I had tomato on my burger.
I think the last time we were healthy as a country was the 1950’s, and food may not have changed much since then, but we definitely changed how we get it into us.

One of my habits is on the weekends, I spend some extra time in the kitchen cutting up veggies and making extra meats and such I can cut up for a “salad bar” during the week. I grilled up some chicken on Sunday and made sure we had extras that I can use just chopped, or I can quickly mix as chicken salad, stir fry, or even a quick chicken veg soup. All the prep is already done, and I can just snack on the “parts” or take time to combine them into a meal. Experimentation is the fun part of it!

BeeHappy2 2013-08-05 12:05:45 -0500 Report

Good ideas, Nick. Actually, by the time you were born, I was only a year away from graduating from high school, so food pyramid was running wild in the 50s!

My schedule is such that when I have a day off from one employer, I often spend it trying to make sure another employer's work is caught up and/or a bit ahead. "Weekends" are things of the past but thanks for that idea. I actually do cook chicken ahead and cut it into smaller servings, and I used "bagged" salads. In cooler weather, I cook large pots of soup and eat it every day for up to a week (lentil soup, for instance). As I said, I'm in pretty good shape with breakfasts and dinners :)

Thanks again for your response!

Nick1962 2013-08-03 20:03:38 -0500 Report

This won’t answer your question, so sorry about that up front. We tend to get a bit hung up on following a set meal pattern when we really don’t have to. I mean you don’t burn the 400+ calories you take in at set times, why do you feel you need to eat them at set times? If you’ve got the two important meals figured out – breakfast to start your day/recovering from your overnight “fast”, and diner to keep you nourished while you sleep – everything in between is just “fuel as needed”. In other words, eat if you’re hungry, it doesn’t need to be a “meal”.

If you’re as busy as you sound, pop a few handfuls of unsalted nuts – that’s at least good for an hour or two. Later, if you’re near the fridge, slap a slice of ham on a lettuce leaf and move on to the next chore (don’t forget the mustard). Those little single-serve cups of cottage cheese are great protein too around 3:00 (which should get you to dinner), and by keeping it light and “as-needed” during the day, you don’t get the before lunch hunger pangs and after lunch lags. You stay sharp all day.

Try it for a week. Eat your breakfast, then go until you feel hungry. At that point, just eat enough to quell the feeling, no matter what time it is, then go again until you feel the need to eat again. For me this keeps my BG’s pretty level throughout the day because I’m not spiking them with meals and dropping 30-40 points a few hours after. If I do it right, I can maintain a 86-100 mg/dl all day. Just my 2 cents.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-03 12:16:14 -0500 Report

You should speak to a nutrionist to help you come up with a meal plan that will get you through the day. Each person has his or her own meal plan that works for them. You are asking people to build a meal plan for you.

You can eat the same kinds of foods for lunch as you do for any other meal. There are all kinds of meal plans on the internet. You have to find one you think will work for you. I eat a protien and a carb with every meal with some kind of veggie for dinner. I am waiting for my adjusted meal plan as soon as my neighbor finishes it. I found I was getting hungrier between meals and needed an adjustment.