I would really appreciate it if you more experienced and knowledgeable types could help me out with some advice on the diet I've been following.
It's vegetarian (obviously) with as little gluten and dairy as possible. I work in an office during the day and so a lot of my selections have to do with what is suitable to keep in my food box under my desk and in the work kitchen fridge. It has to be realistic. I get up at 6.30am in the mornings to do an hour of poledancing then duck off to the gym for a 20-minute intense interval cardio session on the elliptical then into the office. After work I am often at either a dance class or a commissioned job in my other role as showgirl, or I'm doing my weights sessions. So I don't have a lot of time to pre-prepare food and the kitchen facilities at work are limited (microwave and fridge).
Bearing that in mind, I would enormously value your advice and input.
I'm female, age 26, 5'3" and naturally curvacious with my problem spots being the tummy, thighs and hips - my measurements are 35, 28, 36 making me a size 8-10 or medium.
I want to strip off my excess fat, I am estimating it at about 5 - 10 kilos worth.
Four weeks ago I decided that cutting alcohol out of my diet was imperative to my goals. I decided to have a cheat day once a week on the weekend but that admittedly turns into a day and a half, or two days sometimes. Also my showgirl job sometimes there is pressure to accept a few drinks from a client to appear sociable but I'm going to cut that out and stick to the one cheat day only.
If you're still with me after all that long introduction, good on you!
Here is an example of my daily eating plan this last four weeks, allowing for alterations and adjustments as time went by:
Max's HP+ Protein Shake - 110 calories
Bio-dynamic fat free yoghurt (less than 200g) + single serve satchet of unsalted almonds, pepitas, dried pineapple and apple and sultanas - 327 calories
Carrot and celery sticks with organic houmous - 71 calories
Miso soup - 90 calories
125g tin unsweetened corn + 125g tin of mixed beans (red kidney, baby lima, chickpeas, great northern) + low-fat dijonnaise - 160 calories
2 corn cakes with weight-watchers cottage cheese - 80 calories
steamed vegies (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots) with a baked vegie burger/schnitzel/pattie with vegan onion gravy - anywhere from 250 - 450 calories
Averaging around 2 litres of water per day, 4 on weight-training days.
I have noticed some changes, although I think it's too early for really dramatic changes yet, but I think I could do better.
I have felt there is not enough fibre and so I have started adding 10ml of psyllium husks dissolved in 150ml of water in the morning, an apple with first meal (which sometimes is salt-reduced baked beans), will be cutting the dijonnaise from the bean mix, removing the fatty vegie burgers and replacing with grilled tofus, adding green beans, spinach and asparagus to evening steamed vegies, removing the gravy, the corn cakes and cottage cheese.
I am also resolving to really stick to alcohol and other cheats only one day a week.
I am also considering adding T2, Cellmass Creatine, Fubar...
If you can see room for improvement, whether small or big, please do let me know. I have kind of been teaching myself and am stumbling in the dark a bit. Is there a particular order or time of day I should eat some foods in? What is the diet lacking and how can it easily be added?