Wednesday, 17 March 2010

St Paddy's Day and new eating plan

Hello again my little leprechauns,

The picture above is not from today, it was 3 years ago (and 20 kilos lighter) but I didn't dress up today as I had to go to work and these kind of things are not appreciated...

I just wanted to let you know I had the exact dates of my first 2 fills. The first one is on tuesday 13th April and the second one on wednesday 21st April. It feels very far away but at the same time I still don't feel ready to have one right now as I still haven't started eating solid food.

I have been given an eating plan to follow that I will share with you as it might be useful for some of you.

Green Zone: most meals if not all of them

Breakfast options:

1-2 eggs with mushrooms/tinned tomatoes
cereal bowl size of chopped fruit with low fat yoghurt
4 tablespoons of porridge made with semi skimmed milk
protein shake
homemade smoothie with fruit, milk, yoghurt
3-4 melba toast with low sugar jam, marmelade, soft cheese

Lunch options:

grilled/baked or raw (sushi style) fish including prawns, tuna in brine, trout, mackeral, sardines and salad
chicken breast fillet diced into a vegetable salad/stirfry
3-4 wholemeat crispbreads/oatcakes with wafer thin ham or turkey and/or low fat cheese
1-2 egges with ham/cheese or salad

Dinner options:

skinless baked/roasted or grilled chicken/turkey with a generous serving of steamed//stir fried vegetables/salad
grilled/baked/poached fish steak/fillet with steamed/roasted vegetables or salad and 2 baby potatoes if required
2 egg omelet filled with mixed vegetables or cheese/ham
ready meal (less than 350 cals) containing no rice/pasta

Snacks (maximum 2 times/day if you are peckish)

vegetable sticks and/or 3 tablespoons of cottage cheese/houmous
small low fat yoghurt/fromage frais/custard/low sugar jelly
6-8 nuts
low fat hot chocolate or bovril

Orange zone :not more than a meal a day from this section

breakfast options:

small cereal bowl size of low sugar cereal with semi skimmed milk
2-3 tablespoons of muesli/granola with a low fat dairy product (milk/yoghurt) from the green section
3 tablespoons of beans on one medium of wholemeal toast
one medium slice of wholemeal toast with one egg (not fried)

Lunch options:

3 tablespoons of beans on one medium slice of wholemeal toast
half a jacket potato with any protein filling from green zone
3 tablespoons of wholemeal couscous served with protein from green zone
a small pita filled with meat/fish or 1 egg from green section

dinner options: to be served with steamed vegs or salad

casserole, stewed or minced lamb, pork or beef (lean cuts) with 1-2 egg sized potatoes
dishes based on peas beans and lentils approx 6 tablespoons per serving
6 tablespoons of cottage/shepherds/fish pie
3 tablespoons of wholemeal couscous with diced chicken or pork

snacks (only have these 3-4 times a week)

2 rich tea biscuits or 2 jacobs crackers
walkers quavers or french fries , thai bites, snack a jacks
chocolate mousse/custard/ice cream ( 5 dessert spoons)
bananas & avocados
cereal bars less than 100 calories

I was told I should try and eat only in the green zone as much as I can and limit myself to 3 meals a week in the orange zone.

I need to follow that to loose as much weight as possible before the wedding and I am determined to do that well.

If you have any questions or want more details don't hesitate to ask. Right time for me to go to the shower and go to bed or I won't get up in the morning.

Good night


  1. You look so sweet in that picture. Just wait for those wedding photos. Great meal plan although it looks like a lot of food. BTW, I saw your comment about Shamrock Shakes here at McDonalds-they are basically a vanilla shake with green food colouring in it.

  2. I like the pic - very.. ahem.. green!

  3. Julie, Do people go nuts over Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland? In the States people drink lots of beer and wear green. We have parades and several cities even dye their lakes green. In schools, children pinch each other if they're not wearing green. Another holiday that Americans like to celebrate is Cinco de Mayo which is very minor in Mexico (its country of orgin). I'm wondering if it is the same with Saint Patrick's Day and Ireland. Basically we just like a good excuse to party!

  4. Hi Julie! Your meal plan is very interesting - is this for after a fill? Sounds so healthy.
    And congrats on getting your band!

    To answer your question - I have ancestors from Nice but who knows if its true about the tanning potential - that is family legend! I have 4 kids and one of them is bright platinum blonde with blue eyes and skin that gets gorgeously bronze! The others burn like DH.

    My grandfather was from County Cork and his nickname was Red! I have done some geneaology so I am very interested in this stuff. You are my first "friend" living in Ireland!

  5. How funny that you live in Ireland and can't dress up for Paddy's day and also that you have 2 fills within 8 days of eachother???? Just shows how every place does it differently....keep up the great work

  6. Hi Julie, thanks for sharing your meal plan. I am sure it will come in handy when I go back to eating solids again! We are leaving tomorrow for Mexico and my surgery is on Wednesday. I am so excited!

    Please stop by my blog to say hello. I can use all the help and encouragement I can get!

  7. Hi, Julie! Like Jacquie, I am getting banded on Wednesday. Could you look any more Irish in that picture?! So cute!