Day 5 of my skinny rules challenge!
Today’s rule: eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day.
I thought this would be pretty easy if you were following other rules, such as eating whole grains and lots of vegetables. So, I didn’t really try to hard on this one. I was like “hey, there’s no way I’m not eating enough fiber with all that whole wheat and barley and stuff!” I added up my totals on Spark People and saw I was well below my goal! I realized I had forgotten to include raspberries, lettuce, a persian cucumber and some seaweed salad. I added an apple to see if I ate that what would happen. That still only brought me to about 28 grams of fiber! So I ate another handful of raspberries and that rounded me up to an even 30. Whoa! I guess getting fiber is harder than I thought!
The foods that are high in fiber are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Some of Bob Harper’s (and my) favorites are:
- Strawberries (9 grams/1/2 cup!)
- Apples (4 grams/ 1 medium)
- Squash (4.5 grams/ 1 cup)
- Spinach (7 grams/ 1 cup)
- Zucchini (8 grams/ 1 cup)
- Garbanzo beans (3.5 grams/ 1/4 cup)
- Whole grain pasta (6 grams/ 2 oz. dry)
Legumes (beans, lentils, etc) also have a crazy amount of fiber!
The problem I think I will have with this is that an upcoming rule (oh no!) is to not eat carbs after lunch 😦 I’m very sad about that rule and I think I am going to struggle with it! But also, a lot of foods that are high in fiber are also high in carbs (I think), like fruit, beans, grains etc. So, I guess you eat those in the morning and the roughage-y vegetables at night? Sad jojo.
Today I did a really good job following all my rules! I drank a ton of water, managed to get a glass in before every meal. I didn’t even put any agave in my coffee and had unsweetened iced tea after work. I had tons of protein, didn’t eat any refined grains, and worked in all my fiber! My body is feeling better even though I’m actually sick.
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast, canadian bacon, 1/2 slice cheese, raspberries
Lunch: Whole wheat pita, turkey, home made hummus, lettuce, cucumber
Snack: Kashi whole grain crackers, kale yogurt dip, egg white salad
Dinner: Soup! (I know, it’s hot! but I have a cold) I made a soup out of leftover chicken and barley, tomatoes, onions, frozen kale, and seaweed salad! SOO good and filling and super low cal.
After dinner: Apple and handful of raspberries.
Tomorrow: Eat apples and berries every single day!