Funny, this is at least the third daylog today about food, appetite, and diet, in some way or another. I, too, have joined the diet bandwagon, which is kind of stupid considering most people already did consider me on a "diet" (being that I'm vegetarian and to many non-vegetarians, vegetarianism seems like extreme deprivation). However, I realized that I'm creeping out of my early twenties and soon enough my metabolism will undergo a drop, and my ass's size will rival Texas.

So, I figure it can't hurt to go on a diet of some sort. I started just eating less a few weeks ago, but it seemed I was prone to just ignoring my stomach until it shut up and then not actually eating anything until I felt weak. Which can't be good. So I decided there should be a healthy way to eat, not be too hungry, lose weight, and not accidentally starve myself. I had never been on a diet before ever in my life (unless you count my vegetarianism, which I don't), and so this was new territory for me.

Some book I looked at two days ago informed me that at my height (4'11"), I should weigh NINETY-THREE POUNDS at a medium build. Even for the big build, I would be considered at least fifteen pounds overweight. (I weighed about 115 when I decided to go on a diet.) What the hell? I looked at the picture of the author on the cover of the book. She, predictably, had no tits. ::sigh:: Strangely enough, the book said you should never eat less than 1,200 calories a day. I had set my mark at 1,000.

So, that's where I'm at now. Eating about 1,000 calories a day. I never counted calories before and I feel extremely lame, and a couple of my friends think I'm extremely lame for caring about what I eat since most of them don't care, but I'm just trying it out for a couple weeks until I get something of a sense of what I can have when without going too far away from the mark.

This is difficult, because I want to make sure I get all my nutrients, being that I already have a problem getting enough protein. I'm a super-picky eater as well, and simply will not eat certain vegetables, pastas, breads, and mixes of things. (I am one of those people who would rather no two types of food touch each other.) Combine this with my complete exclusion of meat plus my dislike of tofu and you get "up the dieter's creek." I am screwed.

But I am managing. Luckily for me, I eat cheese, eggs, milk, and the cool Morningstar Farms soy products. These I like. They are my only source of protein. Then I load it up with low-calorie breads and veggies, and toss out my soda, and there you have it...approximately 1000 calories a day.

Here is today's menu:

½ cup low-fat plan yogurt: 65 calories (tasted like ass)
1 whole grapefruit: 40 calories
8 Wheat Thins crackers: 65 calories

1½ cup salad (mostly iceberg lettuce): 15 calories
20 baby carrots: 35 calories
1 cup raw mushrooms: 20 calories
Dressing for the salad (akin to Thousand Island):
2 tablespoons Lite Miracle Whip: 70 calories
1 tablespoon Heinz Ketchup: 40 calories

1 whole wheat English muffin: 120 calories

1 loaf pita bread: 140 calories
2 tablespoons hummus: 60 calories
1 scrambled egg: 100 calories

The total there is 770 calories, which leaves me 230 to play with today. If I don't eat anything else, I can have a small glass of Coke or juice or just a piece of the yummy honey cake I baked last night (I gave half of it to my friend Joe). Check out the recipe for honey cake if you want. Or I could put some pasta sauce on my English muffin or have extra Wheat Thins. I found out I love Wheat Thins and that plain yogurt is really revolting.

If anyone's got any suggestions for low-cal food they love or want to share any info with me I'd be happy to receive. :)