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Old 03-22-2012, 05:30 AM
 
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I realize I may splurge a bit to cover ALL the bases, but what are FIVE foods I can eat that will cover most of my Daily Dietary Needs?

I'm thinking:

1) Rye grain
2) Generic 'mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, broc, green beans, corn, califlower)
3) Chicken Breast
4) Beans
5) Big Ol' Bucket of Ice Cream

With these 5 things I should be able to measure the calories simply and dole out my prescribed portion for the day, correct?

For instance,

Lunch Day 1:
1 cup veggies,
1 cup beans&grain,
1 nibble of chicken and
1 nano-speck of icey creamy.

What you think?

I'm 6foot4 and want to be back at 180-190 with "moderate exercise".
I was 176 on the DOT for about 10 years straight, and GD, it was wonderful.


Anyways, TIA.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Fontana
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It sounds like a good plan for you. I personally prefer to look at portion size instead of counting calories. It is easier that way.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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I don't think 5 choices would cover it, but if you try it, wheat would be better than rye and trade that ice cream for some fruit and a couple ounces of cheese a day. Take a good multivitamin and some extra vitamin C too. Even then, you might be lacking some things.

I hate counting everything too, but what I do is use the free software at fitday.com to log everything I eat for a month or two. They have a decent database of food nutritional values, but you can put in custom foods if something you eat isn't listed there. When I have a good variety of menus logged, I copy down the foods, portion sizes and nutritional values and print them out. Then I can just eat from those menus and only have to look up the occasional oddball foods I eat. I can eyeball a 1/2 cup or 1 Tbsp. measure pretty closely for a while, but I find that over time, my eyeballs start to underestimate portion sizes, so it's good to measure again every once in a while.

Oh, and lift some weights. It'll make your bod a fat burning machine!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I would eat more than a nibble of chicken. And I would also eat more veggies. Swap out the ice-cream for some nuts or fruit. If you need something creamy have yogurt with some fresh fruit. Drink lots of water.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Ground beef, eggs, butter, pasta, and kale would probably be my five. I don't know why the hell anyone would limit himself to five foods, though.

You don't sound like you're all that fat in the first place, so why do you want to eat like a nutcase? You probably know what makes your weight inch up a little bit -- so just cut back on that.

As for the specific foods you list, beans strike me as particularly useless. You already eat grains, vegetables, and a massive amount of sugar (ice cream). Do you really need more carbs? Unless you're a professional athlete, you don't.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: In a house
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The op specified SMALL mounts of ice cream, which is -not- massive amounts of sugar. Half a cup of vanilla ice cream has 15 grams of sugar. Half a cup is a full adult-sized scoop. So if she has a small kid-sized scoop, she'll only get around 10 grams of sugar. If she has three of those every week, she won't be breaking the calorie/fat/sugar bank and she'll still get to enjoy her sweet tooth.

Beans and vegetables are healthful foods. Beans especially, are high in protein and fiber, and a variety of nutrients such as iron, vitamin A, and niacin.

On the other hand, your choice of beef, eggs, butter, pasta, and kale, is protein, fat, fat, fat, starch, and iron. good luck with that.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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He's trying to get all his fat from ice cream, yet plans on eating little of it. He's the one who needs the luck.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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My favorite is the shelled edamame in the frozen section.

Also, 1% milk gives you a nice carb/protein/fat ration close to 50/30/20.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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5 foods here you go:

EGGS the only complete protien is a must!!Full complete aminos
Greek Yogurt , your calcium with other minerals
Spinach or Kale , high fiber , green, antioxident, calcium and the best bang for your buck
Walnuts need those trace minerals/ omegas and healthy fat
tomatoes - cant leave out that vitamin c

I think you would be very healthy just eating this!!
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: US
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I realize I may splurge a bit to cover ALL the bases, but what are FIVE foods I can eat that will cover most of my Daily Dietary Needs?

I'm thinking:

1) Rye grain
2) Generic 'mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, broc, green beans, corn, califlower)
3) Chicken Breast
4) Beans
5) Big Ol' Bucket of Ice Cream

With these 5 things I should be able to measure the calories simply and dole out my prescribed portion for the day, correct?

For instance,

Lunch Day 1:
1 cup veggies,
1 cup beans&grain,
1 nibble of chicken and
1 nano-speck of icey creamy.

What you think?

I'm 6foot4 and want to be back at 180-190 with "moderate exercise".
I was 176 on the DOT for about 10 years straight, and GD, it was wonderful.


Anyways, TIA.
You are suppose to vary your diet for a lot of reasons. If you don't want to think up meal plans and count for yourself but are fine with measuring portions just use this site:

Free Diet Plans at SparkPeople

It has food and exercise guidance for free. It makes you a meal plan for the day based on your personal preferences you check off when filling out your profile.
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