Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Food Plan

I'm leaving this up top, because I don't want to forget:

BEFORE
complex carbs &
light protein

IMMEDIATELY BEFORE
simple carbs
 
WORKOUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER
simple carbs &
light protein
AFTER
complex carbs &
light protein
BETWEEN
complex carbs &
heavy protein

Immediately before/after means within 45 minutes, before/after means within 1-3 hours, and between means more than 3 hours before or after workouts.

But this food plan is a little different, because I'm still mostly eating white foods. I've lost my appetite for most of the foods I was eating before the stomach flu. Too bad, I had worked up a few really good recipes for savory oatmeal. I'm not really inclined to be eating whole grains right now. Or vegetables, for that matter. I feel this is what I need, though. I'm letting myself be guided by what seems soothing. I was reading More magazine, which technically is the magazine for women my age, in the waiting room at Myra's office, and there was an article about this anti-inflammatory diet, and lo, it was pretty much my diet. Well, my diet has more carbs. And larger portions, for the love of god.

My diet is, basically:

  • Drink - Water
  • Breakfast - Green Tea with Greek Yogurt and Applesauce
  • Lunch - Rice with Tofu and Veg
  • Snack - Black Tea with Bread and Almond Butter
  • Dinner - Pasta with Veg
  • Workout Drink - CocoOJ2O
  • Post-Workout Snack - Banana Almond Smoothie

I mix the order of these meals a little bit around my workout schedule. But I'm getting most of my protein from the greek yogurt, both the rice and pasta are digestible enough to be pre-workout meals. Also the greek yogurt means that I am officially not veganish until further notice. Not that I was ever vegan by any vegan's definition of vegan. Veganish for me meant that my regular food rotation was vegan, and the rest not regulated. It was just a way to pull my diet more to the vegetable side.

Other variations: I am allowing myself coffee and a blueberry muffin for breakfast at work, as a little bribe to myself to get out of bed. Tuesday dinner the sweetie man cooks, Friday dinner we have Taco Burrito Express, and Saturday lunch I like to go to Feed with the upholdskis, and the occasional pizza finds its way in there.

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