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a sustainable diet - Caroline

This is Caroline (aka as Caz). She works in our People Team and was our first guinea pig for the WWF's Livewell diet.

Caroline
Caz keep a food diary for her week on the Livewell diet.

Her overall thoughts for the week were

"I found that having controlled portions of each specific food can make you obsessed with it and ultimately I ended up eating more or really craving stuff I wasn't allowed"

"I also found that planning your meals is cheaper than randomly buying stuff - I spent way less than I normally would and I also ate more healthily as I added less oil and sauces to stuff, less crisps/chocolate etc".

And here's her weekly record.

Monday

  • breakfast: granary toast with butter and marmite
  • lunch: burger with wholemeal bread roll, bbq sauce, lettuce and tomatoes
  • dinner: pasta with 1/4 red pepper, 3 mushrooms, tomato & basil sauce, chilli, 50g cheese
  • snacks: 1 banana, 1 bottle of OJ, 2 chocolate fingers, strawberries with 0% fat greek yoghurt

"Already eaten beef quota within first half day of diet... struggling to not think about food, what I can/can't eat. Sauces are difficult to work out as load of extras added to them - ended up using a Lloyd sauce I've had for a while as needed using. Mayo, butter, honey - trying to reduce, but tough..."

Tuesday

  • breakfast: granary toast with butter and marmite
  • lunch: 1/2 bag of rocket salad with 1 avocado, 1 tomato, half a carrot, 170g spicy chicken, tiny bit of oil
  • dinner: pasta with 1/4 red pepper, 3 mushrooms, tomato & basil sauce, chilli, 50g cheese
  • snacks: 4 chocolate fingers, 1 bottle of OJ, box of raspberries

"Can I have avocado? Feel like this is a low-fat diet currently... good to fill up on whole foods though. Managed to turn down cake & crisps so far which is unheard of. Already feel like I've shifted my mind set though, buying only in quantities I need, checking where food is from, and eating leftovers."

Caroline - Avocado
Wednesday

  • breakfast: granary toast with peanut butter
  • lunch: 1/4 bag rocket salad with 1 tomato, 170g spicy chicken, tiny bit of oil
  • dinner: chips, mayo, olives, tiny piece of scampi & whitebait
  • snacks: a cereal bar, half a chocolate bar

"not sure if I am allowed peanut butter but had it this morning in a rush as there was no butter... i think I have gone over my oil quota"

Thursday

  • breakfast: granary toast with butter and marmite
  • lunch: sandwich on white bread (1/2 egg, a little pork, avocado, lettuce, aubergine, goats cheese & pesto)
  • dinner: innocent Mexican veg pot
  • late night eating (oh dear...) double cheese burger and chips
  • snacks: 1 banana, slice of granary bread with butter

"got offered delicious free sandwiches and salad today for lunch and couldn't refuse an offer like that.. even though loaded with oils and cheeses. I did avoid the meat based ones though. The McDonald's on the way home was an act of rebellion..."

Friday (had dinner with best friend after work)

  • breakfast: 2 slices granary toast with butter and marmite
  • lunch: salad, tomato, avocado & cream cheese on toast, little bit of oil
  • dinner: noodle soup with tofu, mushroom and chilli chicken broth, summer rolls with prawns and fish crackers
  • snacks: 1 packet crisps, 1/2 big cookie

Saturday (big BBQ at our house then friend's birthday)

  • brunch: bagel with cream cheese
  • dinner: sausage in a roll with chilli mayo, pasta salad with cheese and normal salad
  • snacks: 5 malted milk biscuits, small bit of chocolate cake

Sunday (chilling at my house)

Caroline - sleeping in

  • breakfast: sleeping still
  • lunch: leftover pasta salad and normal salad
  • dinner: jacket potato leftover from bbq heated up with tuna mayo and sweetcorn
  • snacks: crisps leftover from bbq