One area that I struggled with for some time is how I used my daily allotment of carbohydrates in my meal plan. In my meal plans, I tend to start with items that I have determined are my non-negotiables. My non-negotiables are food items that I have decided I just must have. One of those was my vanilla coffee creamer. I must have creamer in my coffee and I must use enough to make my coffee very mild in color and flavor. After analyzing my meal plan with my coach, I w as able to realize that the creamer alone used 20 of my carbs. That is 20 carbs that are not working to fill me up. This was only one item. Once I added up all those non-negotiables, I found that I was cheating myself out of valuable nutrition. No wonder I felt hungry much of the time!
I learned that it is crucial to focus much of your intake on whole foods so that you are filled and left satisfied. For example, a 4 oz potato and my coffee creamer have about the same amount of carbohydrates. The potato will fill me and provide my body with adequate fuel while the creamer will leave me hungry and deprived of the needed amounts of nutrients to fuel my body. It’s all about being smart.