Yesterday I completed my first week of the Heart Healthy diet, which also means I’m off the meal plan today (yay!). Overall, I’m not finding this way of eating too difficult, though the meal plan certainly could have added more sodium-free and low saturated fat flavoring methods to certain dishes to reduce their blah factor (here’s lookin’ at you, plain cooked pearled barley). For the most part, this is the way I typically eat, though I am a big salt lover. There have been a couple of notable differences:
I’ve definitely upped my fish intake, which is a great healthful change. My fiber intake has also increased, and my digestive system took note, veered off of the approved course, made adjustments, and returned to the regularly scheduled program. Fear not – we are back on track.
I’m looking forward to doing Heart Healthy on my own for the next two weeks and experimenting with sodium-free ways to flavor things. Check out the table below to see how my last week went.
|Heart Healthy Goal||Week #1||Week #2||Week #3|
|# of days nutrition recommendations met||7||6|
|Average calorie intake||<2000||1831|
|Average sodium intake||<2400 mg||2064 mg|
|Average saturated fat intake||<12 g||10.2 g|
|Weight change||-1 lb|
|Blood pressure change||-5/-6 mmHg|
|Grocery Budget Change||+75%|
Now on to the next week! Check out this tiny pile of groceries to go with all my meal plan leftovers!