So I’ve finally made a decision about what “plan” I’m going to use. So many great programs were recommended to me along with many different products. Honestly, it took a couple of days of basically hyperventilating into a paper bag to get around the feeling of being overwhelmed. I decided to meet with my former Crossfit coach, Jacob, who was able to offer a recommendation that I felt I could do.
I decided to go with an option that will basically reteach me how to eat according to correct portions as well as balancing the 3 big components: fats, carbohydrates and proteins. I didn’t feel confident about going on a pre-packaged meal plan. A) I don’t really have that kind of money sitting in my bank account and B) once I come off of those prepackaged deals, I didn’t feel like I would have really learned or trained myself to actually eat better without someone else doing it for me. So I’m going with the Zone “diet” or eating plan.
This particular eating plan is all about balancing what I am eating. Each meal and snack is designed so that I eat healthy carbs, fats and proteins. I am supposed to eat 11 “Blocks” a day, with 1 block consisting of 7 grams protein, 9 grams carbs and 1.5grams of fat. My snacks should stick to 1 block while my meals should consist of 3 blocks.
For example, my snack can consist of the following:
1/2 cup of blueberries=1 carb block
1 oz. turkey brea st= 1 protein block
3 cashews=1 fat block
For breakfast, lunch and dinner, I would have 3 blocks of each, meaning 27 grams of carbohydrates, 21 grams of proteins and 4.5 grams of fat.
It seems like a lot of calculating, but I can see where this is going to teach me about portion control. I went out and bought a kitchen scale and have already used it to weigh out snacks and such. My goal is to have this implemented in full starting this coming Sunday.
The great part about this is that it can totally be adapted for Ray as well. All he has to do is increase the quantity of what we are eating to fit his recommended “Block” allowance. We don’t have to eat different things which is a huge blessing because honestly…
If you’ve ever done the Zone eating plan, I am open to recipes, ideas, etc. So far I’ve been able to really stick to it for snacks and even most breakfast and lunches. It’s going to take some planning, but what doesn’t?
So here we go!