I seriously do not want to eat my BMR worth of calories in order to break my plateau because I honestly think it's just menstruation coming on. That can make you plateau big time. Even if you've lost your menstrual cycle, you can plateau on the week you're supposed to have your period. That used to happen to me when I lost it. Then, after that week, you usually start to lose again or you lose a surprisingly mind-blowing amount of weight. You know, the type of weight loss where you have to weigh yourself about three times to make sure it's true.
Anyway, lately I've been raising my caloric intake level to the 700-1000 (barely 1000) range for one or two days each week in order to try and impede plateaus. Otherwise, I generally stick to the 300-600 range or vitamin fasting. It works and I really do eat a ton of food. Everyone around me is none the wiser about how many calories I'm eating because it looks like a lot of food.
Enough S. Pellegrino to drown a small cow - 0 calories
Four bottles of Snapple diet raspberry tea (it's cancer juice, but it's so yummy. I know I need to quit it.) - 20 calories
Two medium red bell peppers, raw - 92 calories
Three tablespoons of hummus, for the bell peppers - 74 calories
Six cups of broccoli, split up for two meals - 154 calories
Four tablespoons of nutritional yeast on the broccoli meals - 98 calories
Approximately two tablespoons of avocado to take with vitamins - 57 calories
Total: 497 calories
Pretty decent day vitamin-wise, but that's the main reason why I take vitamins. Even eating like a mad rabbit, it is difficult to get all of those vitamins in without downing a green smoothie every morning. I haven't been doing that lately. I don't know why, but I basically don't feel like it. It's the laziness, I'm sure. I'm still quite obsessed with nutritional yeast though. It's a good way to get easily assimilated B vitamins through food and it's a delicious cheesy replacement (simply add a bit of salt and lemon juice). Great on salads and vegetables of all kinds.
I hope you're all doing lovely and not plateauing!
I'm likely fasting today. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I don't make it to the end of the day but it's very likely that I'll fast. It's one of those days where I really am not all that hungry, so I'll take advantage of that. If I feel my blood sugar getting too low, I'll have a little Peach Sweet Leaf Tea. I find that a few sips of it helps me get over that strange very low blood sugar feeling.
400 grams of mushrooms w/ 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast and homemade raw oriental dressing: 265 calories
Vitamins + coconut oil: 25 calories
Total: 290 calories
All in all, I'm doing good! How are you doing today?
I know it has been a while and, if anyone was worried - I'm sorry. I'm doing just fine. In the past year, med-school prerequisites really started to kill my time and they still are, but I'm procrastinating my microbiology homework. One good thing about being busy is when I enter my food intake into the CRON-o-meter and look at it at the end of the day, I barely notice that I only ate about 450 calories (and still got 71% of my vitamins! Score!). I have gone through periods in the past year where I ate my maintenance caloric level. I cycle on and off every once in a while in order to keep from plateauing. It works fantastically. It's much like the 2-4-6-8 diet, but with a few weeks here or there of 1000 calories. I've a hard time eating that much though. I always have to down extra oranges and dates, because oranges don't fill me up well and dates are deliciously calorie dense.
I suppose that's my tip for the day: To keep yourself from plateauing, eat your basal metabolic rate every once in a while for a small period of time. Cycle on and off with your low calorie weeks as needed.
Extra tip: Stop eating chemicals and switch to whole foods as much as possible. It makes you less hungry and less tired, and you'll be much more satisfied with eating less, which leaves you less prone to having a binge. It takes a while to get there and, yes, you'll want chips and horrible junk food. I'm not going to sugar coat it. But, once you push yourself and you start feeling better and you realize that you're eating FAR less calories without even noticing, you'll never want to go back.
Making your parents think you’re eating a large meal while not consuming a ton of calories is difficult. I’ve certainly been there plenty of times. I’m lucky and live on my own, but I would like to offer help to those who are struggling. So here are some tips/tricks for making it look like you're consuming a lot of calories when you’re really not:
1. Salad is the key. You can make an absolutely huge salad for less than 100 calories. I’ve cut up and weighed a romaine lettuce heart and found out that the package lies. Generally, three hearts of romaine lettuce contain only 45-50 calories by weight (the most accurate measurement). Add a whole package of mushrooms on top (30 calories), a bit of bell pepper (1/4 is only 10 calories), and a squeeze of lemon (5 calories) or salt and you have a MASSIVE salad for 100 calories. You could also dress the salad up with your favourite low cal dressing.
2. Some parents will say that a salad isn’t enough. Add in a cup or two of broth. It’s easy to find fat free vegan-or-omnivore broth anywhere. You could also purchase the cubes, if you prefer. That should only add 10-15 calories. Put it in an opaque (something you can’t see through) container or thermos, and your parent won’t know if it’s tomato soup or chicken noodle or, what it really is, broth.
3. If you want to go a step further to trick your parents into thinking you’re consuming even more calories, buy a single serving bottle of orange juice. When you get home, pour out the real orange juice and replace it with orange crystal light (or the generic equivalent. I used to prefer the generic kind, oddly). You could buy the on-the-go packets and stash them in your room. In general, a bottle of orange juice is 16 ounces/500 mL, so an on-the-go packet mixed with water will do nicely. You could also do this with bottles of other types of fruit juices. Take out the juice and add in the look-a-like (apple, lemonade, pink lemonade, and everything in between).
4. If you want to make a sandwich instead of a salad, it’s quite easy to do that for under 100 calories. Low calorie bread (80 calories for two slices) + lots of veg (tomato, lettuce, etc.), and low calorie condiments (fat free mayo, mustard, or even ketchup if you’re into it). Pile up the lettuce leaves and your parents probably won’t look too closely for what high calorie thing could be in between the leaves. However, if you need to go for the full on trickery, vegan “meats” are the best choice for the lowest calories. Morningstar Farms makes a lot of good options (chicken strips that aren’t too high in cals, and delicious vegan bacon for a great low-cal BLT), but you won’t get a sandwich for under 100 calories. However, it may end up equaling 150 calories, which isn’t too bad. It’s pretty easy to find Morningstar Farm’s foods at most Walmart grocery locations.
5. If you need to make your parents think you’re eating normally, think of the things that you love and that they regularly see/saw you eat. If you love crisps/chips, a few popchips or fat-free pringles are good options for a part of your meal (popchips are easy to find at Super Target and are quite yummy). If you like chocolate, just get some individually wrapped chocolates and eat one with your meal. Just make it look like you still enjoy eating your normal foods. It can be difficult if these foods trigger binges, but sometimes to make it seem like you eat normal, you have to “bite the bullet” and distract yourself afterward so you don’t binge. Tricking your parents is like a game of “smoke and mirrors”.
6. Bags of frozen vegetables are amazing. A whole bag of frozen cauliflower or broccoli can be anywhere from 80-125 calories. Just spray a pan, pop the bag of veg in the pan, and add some Mrs. Dash or other spices you enjoy (very few calories are added that way). A steamer is always a plus to have, but not everyone owns a steamer. This is a great way to bulk up your "soup" and juice meal.
7. Shirataki pasta. Don't be afraid of it. It's excellent for making pasta dishes for under 100 calories. Hungry Girl has some great recipes that involve Shirataki tofu pasta. It tastes good if you prepare it correctly and there are only 20 or 40 calories in a whole bag of the stuff (I haven't eaten Shirataki in a while). You can find some excellent low cal recipes at www.hungry-girl.com. Definitely check that out. Search Shirataki and you're bound to find the recipes. You can usually find it in your grocery store right by the tofu. Super Target and other various grocery stores carry it.
I hope these tips were helpful. I apologize for not posting for a while. I had a biology breakdown, but luckily I did well in the class. I’m also slowly trying to get over my 8-10 pound loss plateau. It’ll probably have to involve a day where I eat 1,500 calories and then a week of lemon juice fasting. That helps me get over a plateau sometimes. I have to shock my body into it.
P.S. Feel free to post any other trickery tips below. I’d love for this list to be as comprehensive as possible.
This is me being quite pathetic, so I'll warn you now but I need a bit of a vent.
Isolation is never good when you're manic, starving, and can't sleep for days. It's not exactly isolation because I have two people to talk to (randomly), but it *is* isolation considering that none of them really care or even talk to me unless they want something or want to put pressure on me. My boyfriend is also being... not quite so nice to me right now and I rarely see him anymore, so... moving on. That situation is a whole other animal that's a stressful ball of "what did I do wrong now?".
The upside thus far: I actually still care about myself, so that's a good thing.
Downside(s): I keep questioning the point of everything while being overly stressed by the most demanding and horrible Uni course I've ever taken (it trumps hell-Geography, which I did not think was possible). I'm lucky enough to have time to breathe between studying and assignments and weekly exams - not much though.
I just don't think I should care anymore. I feel rather lifeless as a person right now and the only pick-me-up I've had all week was when I went shopping six hours ago to buy stuff to organize my homework/textbooks/folders/binders with. I actually smiled because it might help me study in an even more organized fashion.
I'm just not normal at all and I wish I could not care so much about my grades. I got a 75% on a quiz I studied for for days (and nights). It has gotten to the point where I pop ephedrine in order to sleep, and it helps me sleep less when I have to make myself sleep so I can function.
Is ephedrine supposed to work as a sleeping pill? It's normally an upper, but - in the state I am - it can put me out and then pick me up after I get 2 hours of rest.
I thought Biology was going to be smooth. I was wrong. I apologize about the prospective thinspo but I really don't have enough time to post that. I'll try if I finish all my work early this week, but I also have grocery shopping to do. I'm out of coffee and zevia cola/la croix and sprouted bread and carrot juice (my diet, augmented by lots of vitamins).
And my schedule this week is... too demanding. I'm not even sure if I'll be able to see my charity rubber duck that I bought (donated) go down the river on the 22nd. I really want to. And that appointment with the dermatologist. There are probably loads I'm forgetting but it's all on my phone, which will alert me.