What I Eat In A Day: 1200 Calorie Edition

I’m still 10 pounds away from my first goal weight and I’m determined to get there by the end of June. This is the second day of my ‘strict diet’. Strict meaning committing to disciplining myself and diet meaning restricting the amount of unhealthy food I consume.

I want to show you that healthy eating doesn’t have to look like oatmeal and chicken with broccoli. It can be delicious as well as satiating. I use a combination of MyFitnessPal and a food scale to help me reach my goals. Seriously, once you get in the habit of utilizing a food scale, you kind of can’t stop. I don’t always measure my veggies (although I am currently) but I always measure fats, dressings, sauces… as well as any packaged food with a serving size.

Food scales help so much with portion control. The amount of peanut butter in the picture below is 100 calories and only half of the serving size. Peanut butter is something I would never eyeball again! Fats are 9 calories per gram, whereas protein & carbs are only 4 so you can have more of them for less calories. For instance, the third picture down is a meal of chicken, bell pepper, onion, brown rice, peanuts, and teriyaki sauce. The 5 peanuts I put in there are the same amount of calories as all of the bell pepper. Had I thrown in the handful of peanuts my heart truly desired, the meal would have been 100+ more calories. Don’t avoid fat though! Just be aware of serving size and limit your intake of animal fats and you should be fine.

Food:

  • Coffee + peanut butter toast
  • Coffee + veggie omelette: egg, mushroom, bell pepper, spring mix, cherry tomatoes, salsa, avocado, olive oil
  • Chicken, bell pepper, onion, brown rice, Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki
  • Cauliflower rice, chicken, zucchini, habanero, salsa, black beans, corn
  • Blueberries, banana, yogurt, honey, Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola

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