Pleased to report there was no “it’s 3:30 and I am pulling my hair out” moments at work today! That extra snack of celery and almond butter actually went a long way and I felt more energized throughout my entire day because of it. I’m so happy my diet has sparked such interesting discussion all day! To play along a little bit and because I was just plain curious, I tracked my calories, fat, protein, fiber…all that…all day long to give you a final number. I don’t want to get in the habit of doing this, but I just wanted to see what it really added up to because some of you obviously think I eat so much!!!! I’ll give you the final numbers at the end of this post
For dinner tonight I didn’t really feel like cooking at all. I forgot to mention that Dexter woke me up this morning at 5:45 and I never really fell back asleep. I made the coffee at work extra strong to compensate but I’m still a little poopy. I better buck up though because I have a feeling it’s going to be a long night tonight!
So, for dinner I made tuna melts with broccoli and toasted almonds and kiwi slices on the side:
Basically, I just combined a 2 oz can of chunk light tuna in water with about 1 tbsp of nayonaisse, a pinch of curry powder and 2 celery stalks and spread it on a toasted Ezekiel english muffin half with spinach underneath and a cut up light string cheese on top. I stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes and pow! it was melty and delicious. As for the broccoli, I just plain steamed it and tossed about a tbsp of toasted almond slices on top to make for a little crunch. I also had a dark chocolate for dessert.
For a snack later, I think I’m going to pack one of my peak protein granola packs. These always hold me over well and I love the chewy cranberries in them.
So here’s the stats for the day (again, this will NOT be the norm as I don’t count calories usually):
calories (including granola snack for dessert): 1,779
carbs: 219 grams
fat: 52 grams
protein: 121 grams
fiber: 50 grams
……So there you have it. I didn’t even hit 1800 calories and it looked like I did eat a ton of food! The fat is mainly the good kind from nuts, and that’s fine with me about all that protein because on lifting days I aim to eat about 1 gram per pound of body weight. I could even stand to add about 200 extra calories in to make a 2,000 calorie day.
The real moral of the story here is, please guys don’t hesitate to add a snack if you are hungry! You are probably eating less than you think anyways. If you have that “hit the wall” feeling and are truly hungry, you need to eat. Don’t be scare of it, just choose healthy options with protein and complex carbs!!!
And for those wondering how I computed all that, I have a software program on my laptop that does it for me that I got when I became certified as a nutritionist. I had to use it for some school projects in nutrition last fall as well. If I ever have any real clients other than my boyfriend it will come in handy! haha
Off to school!