For some reason, I can’t figure out whether it’s a new high level of motivation or the fact that this regime seems relatively easy and pleasant (for the moment. . .), I’m not having much of a problem staying on message.
With only a couple of exceptions, I’ve never been hungry between meals and when I was I ate a yogurt with a few almonds or walnuts. Madame Casanova, as I mentioned — and to my dismay — said no fruit between meals, while telling me it was important to have my whole wheat/cereal bread with the yogurt. I rarely have toast with it.
I was content with the yogurt, but every time I don’t do something she tells me to do I’m afraid I’m working against some sort of magic chemical reaction that could be important.
You mentioned that you would like to see what I eat on a typical day, so here you go:
Breakfast, which has turned out to be my absolute favorite meal — probably because I can eat my toast with salted butter.
- One (and sometimes two) three-minute soft boiled eggs. (My-Reason-For-Living-In-France can barely sit at the table when he sees the yolk running out of the shell.)
- 80 grams of my wonderful bread, which btw comes fresh from the boulangerie.
- 15-ish grams of salted butter.
- A very large café au lait.
- Recently, because they are delicious, three fresh figs. Normally I have one-half of a small cantaloupe.
Lunch, to my great surprise, though maybe it’s because of my copious and rather late breakfast, I’m normally not at all hungry. Still, to keep the system working away, lunch is part of the routine.
- A salad of either sliced cucumbers or, my absolute favorite, sweet pearl tomatoes. On the cukes I put my vinaigrette, on the tomatoes, because they are so sweetly divine, just salt and pepper.
- A legume, generally lima beans or lentils.
- Depending upon my mood, a small steak or hamburger — no add-ons — or chicken. In France, hamburgers are made directly by the butcher.You can say precisely how many grams you would like and emphasize “lean.” He then makes it to order in his “hamburger machine” that automatically delivers a perfect patty. There is no hamburger meat under wraps — at least I’ve never seen it — here. The belief is that the hamburger made in the afternoon should be eaten in the evening so that the aerated meat does not risk spoilage.
- Another vegetable, which tends to be haricots verts because I like them and they’re easy.
- Sometimes my allowed 60 grams of bread, sometimes no bread. When I have bread, which will always be toasted, I tend to cheat on my butter allocation. But, I don’t care(!)
- Dessert, cherries. To be perfectly honest, sometimes I cheat on my cherries. I rationalize my bad behavior by arguing that the season is short and they are one of the greatest gifts nature produces.
- Note: I could have one plain yogurt or 30 grams of cheese. I rarely do.
Dinner is very similar to lunch.
- The same one or the other salad to begin (see lunch).
- If I’m very hungry I’ll have 100 grams of a legume, if not I’ll only have a vegetable.
- Very often homemade ratatouille, and lots of it.
- Almost always a white fish, but occasionally salmon.
- Usually no bread even though I could have 30 grams.
- One Petit Suisse for my dairy allowance. They come in 60 gram containers and are creamy and seemingly indulgent, even though at 86 calories they’re really not.
That’s about it. I might have a tisane before bed.
I’m plateauing again.