Help needed with meal planning

By brianm1979 Latest Reply 2014-12-20 13:16:53 -0600
Started 2014-12-14 19:02:21 -0600

Ok for breakfast tomorrow is gonna be: egg beaters,turkey sausage,and a slice honey wheat toast…and of course coffee!! Lunch: turkey and cheese sandwich on honey wheat,an apple,and maybe a banana just depending on how the day goes. Not sure for dinner. Any thoughts on what should be changed if anything? Like I've said,I'm struggling with meal planning,so all input in greatly appreciated. Thanks

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MoeGig 2014-12-20 13:16:53 -0600 Report

The low carb suggestions below are great. The benefit to eating a high protein/fat breakfast (ala Atkins), is that you're not as hungry for lunch. That's when I can get by with a salad. Again, with a low carb diet, you're forcing your body to burn fat for energy…called ketosis. By definition, burning fat reduces your weight, coupled with a little exercise, and you're on your way. I eat a lot of eggs, beef, cheese, peanut butter, veggies, but not potatoes, yams, corn, etc. Don't drink any fruit juices…if you must, eat the fruit but don't drink the juice. Minimize fruit. It may sounds like your cholesterol will go up, but it won't, it will actually go down.

It's the only diet I can go on, because you're not hungry all the time. Once you lose the weight you want, then you can bring in a small amount of carbs.

Fefe12 2014-12-19 19:44:31 -0600 Report

I agree with the others. Why fake eggs? Why so much carbs per meal? Why only turkey? Sounds like a very boring diet and way too much sugar. Start over by going to the store and go to the veggie part first. Buy what's on sale. If you have never tried it buy just a bit, look it up in a cookbook and give it a try. Where's the salad? Salads should be an exciting part of your meal. Billions of ways to make a salad. Then your meat counter. Have someone show you how to cut up a chicken, or turkey, its cheaper to buy whole and cut up yourself. I say you need more excitement on that plate!

Glucerna 2014-12-15 20:36:46 -0600 Report

The plate method recommends filling half of the plate with low-carb veggies for the fiber and nutrition benefits. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-12-15 09:30:56 -0600 Report

Brian, your choice of foods would be way too high in carbs for me. Have you determined how many carbs per day you want to allow yourself? For me, it's all about the carbs. I allow myself 120 grams of total carb per day. A slice of Honey Wheat bread can have anywhere from 13 grams to 20 grams of carb, depending on the slice thickness and the ingredients. An apple's carbs can range from 25 for a medium sized 3 inch diameter apple to 38 for larger apples. A 7" banana has 27 grams of carb. Those add up to 103 to 117 carb grams even before dinner.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-15 02:32:08 -0600 Report

I'm a big egg fan, so I'm curious why the egg beaters and not real honest to goodness straight from the chicken eggs? Also, I'd really suggest not eating the bread, at least for me, and i know a lot of others who have diabetes, bread and other grain products will spike their sugar. For me, if I need "bread" I eat the low carb wraps, and even those are only a few a week.
For dinner, I might suggest a piece of beef, some steak or burger, or pork, your not getting much fat in that plan there. Some grilled or steamed veggies and maybe 1/2 of a baked sweet potato, but that is just my idea of a good yummy dinner.
I'm not so sure on the banana either as that is kinda high in carbs, again, as James said, I might switch that out for some berries.
There are all kinds of yummy proteins you can eat. And yummy low carb vegetables.
Best of luck on your new eating plan. HUGS, Heidi

jayabee52 2014-12-14 23:11:24 -0600 Report

Howdy Brian.
I would tweak it a bit here and there If you don't mind me asking, why the eggbeaters? I believe that real eggs are better. If it is due to fears of the cholesterol in eggs studies have shown cholesterol comes from other places in your meal, like carbs. The cholesterol in eggs contributes only a little bit to total cholesterol which is made by your body.

My tweak would be I would not eat the bread and I would stay away from the banana as it has a lot of carbs.

I note you're eating turkey twice. Is there any reason for that? I usually grill either a steak or a porkchop on a Geo Foreman Add some green beans and then eat some berries ( blue, rasp, straw black, mull — much lower glycemic index than a banana happens to be)

I manage my T 2 DM by my meal plan which removes all grain products from my menu. I have eaten this way for over 3 yrs. I have maintained my BG (blood glucose) in the 80 to 130 mg/dl range. achieved an A1c of 5.5%, lost over 65 lbs during the course of 5 mo. all the while not needing insulin.

If you are interested in that meal plan, just ask for it.

Blessings to you