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Cutting Back On Starchy Foods


Check out this picture perfect egg sandwich for breakfast this morning:

I also had some major coffee already today because I needed an extra wake up this morning. I woke up nice and sore from last night’s training! It was a good one, and it sadly involved burpees again…. these one’s werent quite as intense as Monday night’s though 😉


Last night’s was so much different for the simple reason there were only 4 of us (and all girls!) as opposed to the larger groups we have been having lately. Since most people are on a 3 day per week schedule, I think Monday, Wednesday, and Friday end up being the obvious busy days. Since it was a smaller group and things were a little quieter once we were done with our workout, he sat down with me and we went over my eating plan in more detail.

A few weeks back he gave me a very simple eating plan… he laid out a structure of what each meal should include (e.g. 4-6oz protein, at least 1 cup of veggies, a small amount of starch, etc) as well as a large list of foods to choose from to satisfy the requirements and examples of the amounts he wants us to have (e.g. 1 apple, 1 cup of grapes, etc).

He also included on that list things we can have in moderation and the limits for that. Like for me, pasta only once per week, red meat 2x per week or less. At the end of every week I send him a detailed outline of food I consumed throughout the week. What I ate for each meal (and snacks) and at what times I ate them as well as how much water was consumed for the day. He wants us eating every few hours so he likes to see the snacks and when we ate them. I am 100% honest on this, obviously I’m doing this to benefit me so I need to see what/where I can work on things.

He gives me little pointers and encouragement at the end of each week, but last night we sat down and re-discussed my goals and what I need to work on overall with my eating – the 2 biggest things were:

1) Too much starch and 2) rather than such large meals – make my main meals a little smaller and include more in my snacks.

I am a carb lovin’ fool – no doubt about it. Even after scaling back some, he said my starchy portions seem too large still – specifically at dinner. Some of his starch suggestions in my plan include (this is serving per meal):

  • 1/2 cup of beans
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • small piece of bread (or 1 slice) etc.

Mine look more like this:

  • 1 whole sweet potato
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 3/4 cup of noodles
  • 2 pieces of bread
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes

I eat a lot of bread (um hello egg sandwich… sandwich at lunch…) so he says I need to tone it down where I can, especially at dinner time where I am having larger amount of starch, which will ultimately help me a lot.

SO – I have a few adjustments to make, but overall he said my eating has already improved greatly throughout the last few weeks even – which is good. And yes, I explained to him how food documentaries may have played a small role in that as well (ha!)


With our discussion in mind…I made a nice dinner with a limited amount of starches when I got home 🙂

A little bit of reheated pot roast, a big salad with tomato, cucumbers, cheese and a few pita chips, and balsamic, and a [small] side of steamed green beans and red potatoes. Delish and 100% filling!

Today is my rest day so I’m actually looking forward to relaxing and catching up on some mindless TV!


  • Are there any particular foods you are trying to cut back on currently?
  • Favorite food group?
    Fruits and carbs!
13 Comments Post a comment
  1. You are doing so awesome! I’m so impressed.

    January 25, 2012
  2. Looks like you’re doing great! I’m trying to cut down on my added sugar intake – it’s just so hard.

    January 25, 2012
  3. i need to cut back on my sugar intake…its really bad. its mostly because we always have candy in the house and i love baking 😦 this is my big goal though..ayyy so hard!! Kevs mom just gave us some boxes of girl scout cookies and i was like noooo!!! lol

    favorite food group=CARBS! and i love love fruits and veggies. i’m going to need to majorly improve my diet for marathon training 😦

    January 25, 2012
  4. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance #

    Sounds like he’s got some great advice to give you! I think with those minor changes you should start to notice a difference. One thing I try to do is keep my carb-heavy meals earlier in the day and eat less of them as they day progresses. It works for me! 🙂

    How long have you been training with this guy?

    January 25, 2012
    • That is exactly what he said about carbs early in the day, a lady at training last night was saying she was having breakfast for dinner and explaining what she was going to eat and he was like ew breakfsat for dinner, thats a lot of carbs for night time haha, and then they got into that
      I have been training with him almost a solid 3 months. we just recently started the food plan though which i think will help a lot, I can feel noticable differences in the phsyical part of it though I am definitely a lot stronger and even though my weight hasnt changed much I can SEE differences (a lot more toned) and a smaller pants size! woo hoo!

      January 25, 2012
  5. I wouldn’t say that I’m trying to necessarily cut back on any particular food, but I’m definitely trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my overall diet. It sounds like he has you on a pretty amazing plan and I like how he gives you examples of what a portion size should look like.

    isn’t it amazing how much documentaries and more information in general can change the way we eat?! I remember taking a nutrition class in undergrad that seriously made me readjust my diet.

    Have a great rest night tonight; you deserve it!

    January 25, 2012
  6. Is ice cream a food group?


    January 25, 2012
  7. oh man… i hate cutting down the carbs, but it definitely works!!! my portions would definitley be more like yours!!!! but that leaves more room for vegetables, right? 🙂 And i especially like to eat carbs at night. why can’t nighttime be the good time to eat carbs? lol

    January 25, 2012
  8. I’ve been cutting back on so many carbs too. I try to only have them here and there but always after working out. And by carbs I mean pasta, bread, grains, etc. not the fruit and veggie carbs 😉

    January 26, 2012
  9. Before going Paleo, I was a total carb addict. Completely and utterly. However, I realized that carbs were replacing important things like veggies and protein! (Also, it turns out my stomach hates grains, but that is another story). Now sweet potatoes and squash are my main carbs and a little corn.

    January 26, 2012

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