I have come from eating under 500 calories a day, to eating 500 calories a meal. That. Is. Huge.
I honestly don't know how many calories I eat per day. I do KNOW the exact calorie count of each item I eat simply because I remember but I'm not counting anymore. That took MONTHS and has only really held in the past month. I'm not going to tell you how many calories I consume in a day now because I refuse to count them, I'm sorry. But you will be able to SEE the change.
I have made it from this to what you are about to see. I wouldn't even allow myself to spread jam on the whole piece of bread for a PBJ. Now I lay on as much as I want (even if it is sugar free/fruit juice sweetened.)
I documented an ordinary day to show how far I have come.
I start with a cup of 1/2 caf coffee or hot tea.
For breakfast I have oatmeal or cereal and fruit (mixed in).
(I added pears to my coca oats as elk suggested. So good!)
11:30 AM-1:00 PM (depending on classes that day.)
For lunch I usually have a salad or sandwich. (PBJ or veggies and cheese on whole wheat.)
I like something salty/crunchy such as pretzels or chips.I pair tons of veggies with my sandwiches.
I like to eat salads with a protein like cottage cheese or yogurt and a carb/grain.
I have a midday snack that is usually completely random.
I enjoy nuts.
Or carrot sticks covered in PB.
Sometimes a naturally sweet Larabar (when I can afford.)
And we all know how much I love nori.
6:00-7:00 PM (depending on what time my snack wears off)
Dinner is usually a bowl of random. I like hot dinners and they require a few key components:
I often have a carb-y vegetable such as a potato or squash with dinner.
I think you need a closer look of that delicious caramelization.
I simply roast these cut side down with some olive oil for 30-45 minutes on 425F.
Paired with a grain:
Vegetables, and protein:
Spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, marinara sauce, nooch, parm, and black eyed peas.
I've come a such a long way. I have earned my health back. Honestly, I'm so proud and happy.