Day Four was a little different. First, both Michael and I were commuting by bike to work so neither of us wanted a huge breakfast. Second, I will admit I’m getting burned out on salads for lunch AND dinner. I need to figure out other options.
2 scrambled eggs (instead of the 3 egg whites and 1 egg)
2 slices of bacon
1/2 a serving of black beans
Calories: 340 | Carbs:10 g | Protein: 23g | Fiber 0g
I ate my snack at 10am because I was really hungry. The breakfast was smaller and I think getting in my workout before work made a difference. I was concerned I’d be hungry since we had a “light” breakfast before the ride so I brought the string cheese just in case–thank goodness! I was glad I had it.
Calories: 245 | Carbs: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fiber 2g
Salad – spinach, chickpeas, broccoli, chopped peppers, celery
With canned Albacore Tuna
Calories: 292 | Carbs: 32g | Protein: 23g | Fiber 11g
This snack combo worked well on Tuesday before I went to the gym, so I did it again before I rode my bike home.
Calories: 116 | Carbs: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fiber 3g
6 ounces New York Strip Steak
2 glasses red wine
Michael and I both had equally crappy days. Mine may have been worse simply because I spent most of it crying. I don’t want to get into it but lets just say that had I NOT been on this diet, I would have TOTALLY resorted to food therapy (i.e. LOTS of wine and LOTS of chocolate and the tastiest, fattiest Mexican food I could get). Michael even offered that as an option. He said we could bag the diet and just go out and get a greasy cheeseburger with lots of bread and fries. I was tempted but I said “I’ve made it all day eating on the Plan, I’m not going to ruin it now with only 5 hours left of today.” As a compromise, we went out to dinner to Stanford’s Restaurant.
I am happy to say that we did REALLY well ordering at the restaurant and sticking to the Slow-Carb/Four Hour Diet. We maneuvered through the menu options, both of us pining over the bread basket or onion rings, and zeroed in on what we could have. The salads were 100% on the plan. So was the wine. I even did a bunch of research beforehand and found an interview with the author of “The Four Hour Body” explaining why red wine is ok. He explained that it had less sugar in it than white wine or beer and it was released slower into the system. He also described beer as being the equivalent as eating a donut (sugar wise) which was pretty shocking yet believable to me.
Michael and I decided that we would order the 12 ounce New York Strip steak and split it–so we each had 6 ounces. It came with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. We asked the waiter to substitute extra asparagus instead of the mashed potatoes and he agreed. It was so tempting though…garlic mashed potatoes….mmmm! Then the waiter asked if we wanted the cheesy bread with our dinners. HELL YEAH we did! But we didn’t. NO bread. NONE.
The dinner was awesome. I love the steak. The Peppercorns were spicy and the Cabernet glaze was amazing. The asparagus was good too, although I wanted a few more. I am super happy that we were able to get out of the restaurant with a yummy dinner that was 100% on the diet. Plus we have half a bottle of wine waiting for us on our “Binge Day.” 🙂
Calories: 990 | Carbs: 9g | Protein: 67g | Fiber 4g
TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
Calories: 2,202 | Carbs: 119g | Protein: 137g | Fiber 22g
I’m really happy that we were able to go out to dinner on a Date Night and still stay on the diet. I also noticed that Wednesday was the first day of the week where I went over 2,000 calories. I blame the wine but it was VERY needed last night! Plus I worked out twice, which meant I was hungrier than normal.
QUESTION: How do you order at a restaurant when you are trying to stay on a particular diet?