Heads up: weight stuff

I wrote last week about how I'm starting to see a Registered Dietitian, after a first attempt to get healthy using a nutritionist/trainer. I had my first appointment/consultation yesterday morning and I'm feeling good about it so far. For anyone who's curious, here's how it went:

Obviously, I weighed in, and a magical scale sent electrical magic through my muggle body to give an estimate of my body composition. Good news! I'm actually pretty muscular. Bad news: it's under a shitload of fat.

We talked a whole lot about what led to my weight gain - behaviorally and just, literally, how I ate while I gained. Now that I am in maintain mode (where my habits improved but not enough to turn it around), we went over a 3-day food log from last week. I also showed her my linebacker nutritionist plan - because I felt amazing on it but it was a real routine-killer.

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She didn't love the nutritionist/trainer's meal plan because of it being such a shock to my way of life, and also because she said it is really for someone who is trying to build muscle. But she noted that I did well on high protein and that I liked it.

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The majority of what we did was talk about servings, and form a meal plan using "exchanges" instead of actual recipes/foods. I was given this book to go through, so I can match up the foods I want and design my own plan based on it (the picture is of the sort-of daily plan). So I do need to sit and do a little homework.

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What I really loved about her is she is ALL about gradual change, and fitting it into your lifestyle. You'll notice there's not much fruit on there - it's because I hate fruit (I hate sweet stuff, mostly!). She said, "ideally I want you to eat more fruit than this, but we'll just do this for now and see how you do." SEE? SHE'S GOING TO HELP ME TRICK MYSELF. She knows I skip meals out of being distracted or not hungry - so she is making me pause every hour and think about my hunger and rank it on a scale.

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She wants me to form habits so that I'm never actually on a diet.

It seems like common sense - I have enough nutritional knowledge to know what healthy food is and isn't, for the most part. But it's really not common sense. I am not equipped, myself, to figure out how many calories I actually should be eating (because basing it off of the weight I want to lose is not enough), and how those calories should be composed. Having a professional sit and talk about this stuff with me was so helpful. Plus, being somewhat accountable to someone and having them hold my hand through it is really great.

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It seems a little high on the carbs but I know that I instinctively want to demonize carbs and that's not exactly correct. I'm not the expert, anyway.

She said she can give me recipes if I want, but I know that I feel more confident making them up myself or searching them out on my own, since I know what I like and have this mystical booklet.

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I want everyone's favorite healthy recipes! Or websites. I am good in the kitchen and I can be creative but the possibilities are endless and so I'd love having a collection from GT.