Friday, March 20, 2015
When I see my nutritionist in a few days, my homework will be due. At our last meeting, she described to me the first step of the re-feeding process: adding 2 servings of carbs to my daily diet. Since mid-November, I've been taking in 2 servings of low-carb veggies and generous amounts of protein each day. The remaining steps of re-feeding will be to add 2 more servings of carbs and taking away some protein every couple of weeks until I reach the target of a balanced maintenance diet.
So my homework assignment is to make a list of what I propose to add to my diet during re-feeding step 1. This is my first attempt:
1. fresh fruit: I haven't had fruit in 4 months!
2. milk or yogurt: the only dairy I've had is low-fat cottage cheese (which I call "cheese vomit")
3. more veggies (2 small servings a day isn't very much, and just leave me wanting more)
I've decided to make safe choices. I'm tempted to add one serving of pasta/rice/bread/starchy veggie a week, or a treat like pastry or chips once a week, but the serving size is so small (~1/2 cup of pasta or 1 cookie) and I love those foods so much that instead of sticking to a small serving, I would probably trigger some mindless gorging after all this time. So I think I should be conservative during step 1.
Truth be told, I am both a little excited and a bit worried about the re-feeding. I am so looking forward to adding some more variety to my diet, but I fear that I'll slip into old habits which got me into trouble to begin with. Well, I guess I'll just have to track honestly and diligently, and hope for the best!