Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition

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CRON stands for Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition. Meaning that we have to get a lot of nutrition in fewer calories than we’d normally eat on an unrestricted or ad lib diet. So every day I am to eat high-quality foods that will provide me with everything I need, and then if I still haven’t reached my calorie intake, I will eat whatever I want. This normally means something like dark chocolate or other healthy treats.

I’ve had a few people ask me over the last week about what I eat on my diet. So, my diet doesn’t change too much, as I’ve mentioned before. But I do tend to rotate my foods. When I first started calorie restriction I would eat the exact same meals every day and enjoy them.

I never got bored of eating the same thing every single day. My family thought I was crazy and missing out, but I never felt like I was.  I really got a lot of variety packed into just 1550 k/cal. Now I have increased my caloric intake to between 1700 – 1800 k/cal per day.

What I Eat – Day one

Woke up and got a drink of my 2nd favorite drink – Pukka Lemon, Ginger Tea. It also has licorice root, elderflower, fennel seed, lemon verbena leaf, turmeric root, lemon essential oil flavor. I also enjoy herbal teas for sleep.

Lemon Ginger and Manuka Honey

For Breakfast, I had a Green Smoothie! (it looks brown because of the blueberries). Ingredients were: 200 ml water, 2 Ripe Bananas, One Apple, 180 g Blueberries, 122 g Spinach, Teaspoon of Organic Golden Linseeds (flaxseed).

SMOOTHIE FRUIT

 

Green Smoothie

For Lunch, I had: Spinach, one Sweet Potato, one Avocado, six Cherry Tomatoes (cooked to soften).  I put a bit of ketchup on there and a teaspoon of olive oil. Then I had a cup of green tea with ginger. 🙂

A little later I had some strawberries! 🙂

For Dinner, I had my usual mixed vegetables: Peas, Carrots, Corn, and Green beans with olive oil, wholemeal bread, and a few raisins. (I forgot to take a picture, but you get the idea! 🙂 )

Below is the nutritional breakdown of my diet on CRON-O-METER – Google it and use it to track your diet! It’s very useful!

So, the things that I was low were Selenium, Calcium, and Zinc. I supplement Zinc and usually get plenty of Selenium.

It was a pretty good and satisfying day! 🙂

 

Calorie Restriction Day 1 meal plan

Nutritional breakdown

Oh, and I mustn’t forget the many cups of green tea! I have at least 5 cups of green tea every day with two tea bags per cup.

What I Eat – Day 2

Here’s a log of what I ate on Sunday. Although this day wasn’t a particularly good CR day because I didn’t have much of an appetite most of the day and kept it simple.

I ate a lot of fruit because a) it was easier to digest and b) I have so much fruit, I really don’t want it all to go to waste.

So I  woke up early but was still quite tired after staying awake longer than I expected. I had to help a friend catch her flight back to LA and arrange transport for her to get to the airport in London by noon on Monday. Lucky for her she made it!

For my breakfast, I had a bowl of fruit: 1 Banana, 1 Apple, Blueberries, and Raisins. And a cup of Green Tea with Ginger. I was thinking about adding a mango too, but I didn’t want my blood sugar spiking through the roof first thing in the morning!

If I was going for a run in the cold on this morning, then maybe I would have considered it. The mango is getting a bit too overripe as well, so I better eat it soon!

A few hours later I saw a lovely ripe avocado in the fridge! Not sure I am going to finish them all off in time before they start going bad. They are already quite ripe and I have too many to eat. Although, I suppose I could eat a couple a day for a few days.

Wholemeal bread and one medium-sized avocado with ketchup. Simplicity! Healthy Fast food! 🙂

Afternoon Smoothie! 🙂 Spinach, Mango, Apple, Banana. This was really nice! 🙂 I love Mangoes! It’s my favorite fruit…

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My final meal of the day was quite a filling one. I had whole wheat pasta and Bolognese.

Ingredients: Dolmio Bolognese Original Sauce, white button mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers, 2 cloves of garlic, a pinch of cumin, a few flakes of mixed chilies. and cinnamon.

dinner cooking

Dinner

This wasn’t really a typical day for me. I’m trying to use up much of the food that I have in the fridge before they go bad. I hope that I’ve shown so far that calorie restriction meals don’t have to be tiny, like a carrot stick or a celery stick. You can still enjoy nice meals and that really satisfy you. The last meal of the day was so delicious. I normally have this maybe once a week or once every two weeks.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you what I ate today (Monday). 🙂 Sorry for the posts being a day late, I have to work around things and find time to write these posts.

Reviewed and updated: 08/2018

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