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August 28, 2012 6:13 AM
Those of you who are pulling in about 1500-1600 calories a day -- what does a typical day look like for you?

I'm a 3-meal-a-day kind of girl. My trainer seems to eat (and enjoy) chicken and brown rice for every meal, so I'm not keen on getting his suggestions. I'm a total flavor-whore, so I love to cook and love lots of variety but I struggle to find time to cook lunches (and breakfast most days, so I stick with granola and plain Greek yogurt)... but I'm struggling between not enough calories and too many.

So tell me, MFPers... what are you eating?
August 28, 2012 6:32 AM
When I'm cutting (which I am now) I stick around 1500 calories. I eat a LOT of food. A typical day would be:

Breakfast:
coffee w/ half and half
greek yogurt
3-egg white omelette w/ cheese
Total: 250

Morning snack:
Protein shake w/ almond milk and blueberries
Total: 175

Lunch:
HUGE salad w/ shredded chicken breast, goat cheese, yogurt ranch dressing, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, red onions
Some kind of snack like veggie chips
Total: 420

Afternoon snacks:
string cheese
almonds
Total: 160

Dinner:
Some kind of lean protein like lean hamburgers, chicken picatta, etc..
huge plate of broccoli or asparagus
Total: 400

Evening snack:
Usually a weight watchers ice cream bar or something around 100 calories
Total 100

Total: 1505 calories
August 28, 2012 6:33 AM
I do 1,500 a day. My diary is open so you're welcome to take a look.
  20022190
August 28, 2012 6:34 AM
Take a look at my diary. I eat a lot (and often).
August 28, 2012 6:35 AM
bump....This is what I'm eating in a day and I'd love to get some new ideas! I tend to get in a food rut....
August 28, 2012 6:36 AM
I eat 1,550 a day. I just opened my diary so you can look. I am vegetarian. Weekdays are usually pretty similar to each other; weekends I do more things socially (like drink alcohol for example) so they vary a lot and generally aren't quite as healthy as most weekdays.
  18289978
August 28, 2012 6:45 AM
I'm about 1700/day. Here's what my diary looks like TODAY:

Breakfast:
1 cup of Coffee w/ 2 packets of Splenda and Sugar Free French Vanilla Creamer
2 egg whites fried, 1 slice of provolone cheese, & 2 slices of ham on whole wheat toast
= 344 cal

Mid-Morning Snack
small red delicious apple
2Tbsp reduced fat peanut butter (nom nom nom)
= 256 cal

Lunch
~8 slices of turkey with mustard on honey wheat bread
carrots & 2Tbsp ranch dressing (full fat, Hidden Valley Ranch - this is a 1X/week occurrence, but my ranch dressing is the one thing I won't compromise on wink )
= 410 cal

Mid-Afternoon Snack
light string cheese
almonds
= 210 cal

Dinner
~5oz garlic & lemon butter tilapia
1 cup brown rice
= 485 cal

Total cal: 1705

I will also take a 30-min spin class later today and expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the intensity, so I MIGHT have a 100 calorie mini ice cream sandwich after dinner.happy
  19306329
August 28, 2012 6:49 AM
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I will also take a 30-min spin class later today and expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the intensity, so I MIGHT have a 100 calorie mini ice cream sandwich after dinner.happy


I highly recommend Trader Joe's Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges. They're 100 calories and amazing!!!
  18289978
August 28, 2012 6:56 AM
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I will also take a 30-min spin class later today and expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the intensity, so I MIGHT have a 100 calorie mini ice cream sandwich after dinner.happy


I highly recommend Trader Joe's Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges. They're 100 calories and amazing!!!


Oooo...that does sound yummy. Thank you!
  19306329
August 28, 2012 6:57 AM
I'm at 1500-1600 calories/day, I cook & eat real food, and my diary is open.
  7352104
August 28, 2012 6:58 AM
My net goal is 1550. My diary is open.
  5078525
August 28, 2012 7:00 AM
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  2131607
August 28, 2012 7:00 AM
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  1646821
August 28, 2012 7:01 AM
As well as the other wonderful ladies, my diary is open so you could take a look if you'd like to.

My dietician and i worked out a plan where we do carb counting. For those that don't know, it's where 15g of carb is counted as one carb choice. I'm allowed two at breakfast, one snack, two at lunch, one snack, and then three for dinner. Snacking through out the day helps to keep you going and makes you less hungry come your three meals...I'm a little different because i have to snack to keep my blood sugars in check!

But I'm learning a lot in this class i'm taking, so if you ever want to talk more, feel free to inbox me!
  11633638
August 28, 2012 7:01 AM
Just an idea for a quik breakfast... I do the instant breakfast with skim milk (the sugar free kind). I can drink it on my way to work and I usually make it until lunch without getting hungry. Fairly low in calories and high in protien.
  27137439
August 28, 2012 7:01 AM
My diary is open... I have had some days that I ate junk, but still stayed within my 1600 calories, and other days where I ate mostly good, clean food...either way, I do work out 3-4 times a week & I am a college student, so I do a bit of walking everyday. I just started MFP 3 weeks ago & feel good about my progress. Add me if you like - Could always use more friends to support me (and that I can support) on this journey!
  27371738
August 28, 2012 7:02 AM
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I will also take a 30-min spin class later today and expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the intensity, so I MIGHT have a 100 calorie mini ice cream sandwich after dinner.happy


I highly recommend Trader Joe's Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges. They're 100 calories and amazing!!!


Wow, those sound good, Have 2 try..thanks cheesecake n bvluberries yum!
August 28, 2012 7:03 AM
I am not sure what BUMP is about ......
but I eat about 1350 to 1500 a day and my diary is open - I eat lots of real food so feel free to friend me and take a look at my diary - I am always peering at other peoples for ideas too - i cant stand being bored!!!!
  24856955
August 28, 2012 7:04 AM
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I will also take a 30-min spin class later today and expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the intensity, so I MIGHT have a 100 calorie mini ice cream sandwich after dinner.happy


I highly recommend Trader Joe's Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges. They're 100 calories and amazing!!!


That sounds so good! ETA I'm on 1500 cals but kind of embarrassed to make my diary public for some reason. blushing Since I'm up from 1240 it seems easy though!
Edited by heatherloveslifting On August 28, 2012 7:06 AM
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August 28, 2012 7:04 AM
I'm at around 1590/day and my diary is open. Curious to see other people's too...can never have enough new ideas!
  24377817
August 28, 2012 7:10 AM
"Bump" - bumps the topic to the top of the board without having to write anything more than "bump". smile
  28541690
August 28, 2012 8:15 AM
Saving this for later!! Thanks ladies.
  4270994
August 28, 2012 11:08 AM
QUOTE:

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I will also take a 30-min spin class later today and expect to burn between 300 and 400 calories, depending on the intensity, so I MIGHT have a 100 calorie mini ice cream sandwich after dinner.happy


I highly recommend Trader Joe's Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges. They're 100 calories and amazing!!!


Ooooohhhh... must make a note of that to try soon!!!
August 28, 2012 11:17 AM
I eat in that range every day. My diary is also open :)
  27348879
August 28, 2012 11:31 AM
My diary is open too. I'm actually shooting for a little more than 1500 right now, but most days still end up in that range.

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