I wrote awhile back about the diet changes necessary for my problems with acid reflux. The very next week, Aaron and I went to an appointment with a nutritionist, based on our doctor's appointment with reference to his weight. My dietary restrictions, in combination with the nutritionist's recommendations, have resulted in some major changes in what we eat and don't eat around here:
Gone are the sugary cereals and Toaster strudels. Breakfast consists of whole grain waffles, oatmeal, or healthy cereals, such as Life, Raisin Bran, and Cheerios. I am keeping lots of fruit on hand, as well as yogurt. For me, I am having my cereal with Light Soy milk, since I'm trying to limit my dairy. Bagels and low-fat cream cheese are also around, and on weekends, eggs and toast.
No more fast food lunches and no more Hot Pockets. Summer lunches are sandwiches made from turkey breast, ham, or the ever-popular (with Aaron) peanut butter and jelly (low-sugar peanut butter, and low-cal fruit spread). We have had baked french fries, or celery sticks, or carrots and dip (low cal ranch dressing). Drink choices are water, skim milk, or diet decaffienated ice tea. For me, it's just water. Soft drinks have been banned from the house, and the teens seem to be giving them up willingly. (They can have them outside the house, away from Aaron)
Again, no more fast food or delivery pizza. No more fried anything. We've tried a lot of baked fish and baked chicken. Last night was baked chicken tenders with a bread crumb coating, with your choice of dipping sauces, with fresh salad (no tomatos for me) and baked Lays potato chips. Tonight was whole wheat pasta with light spaghetti sauce and turkey meatballs, salad and bread. For me, no spaghetti sauce but pesto sauce, which was terrific. We've had lots of green vegies for side dishes, like peas, snap beans, green beans, and broccoli.
Aaron's nutritionist said he was not to feel hungry. He can have 2 snacks a day, but healthy ones. We have celery and peanut butter, carrots and dip, all types of fruit, and nonfat fudge bars. He can only have one "sweet" snack a day, like a fudge bar or an oatmeal cream pie. He has done very well in waiting for his snack and sticking to the "one a day" rule. I haven't been having snacks, but when I do, it's fruit or an oatmeal raisin cookie.
I know we are doing so much better. Aaron seems to have taken to the changes very well. He doesn't even ask for soft drinks or fast food any more. I miss Diet Coke, coffee, and chocolate. I miss having something to sip in the morning besides soy milk. Hot tea just doesn't do it for me. I am going to try decaff coffee as soon as the doctor gives me the okay.
That's all for now. So far things are going smoothly in most areas. I'm feeling better about "back to school".
Have a great Friday all.