I've been lurking for ages and reading lots. I made a resolution at Easter to lose some weight and have been using the calorie guidelines from the BMI calculator on the NHS website. I am not yet really exercising more but the eating thing is working. I have lost about 1 stone steadily going down with only one week going up (and I completely expected that week - was a very rough week at work and I just didn't eat properly). I track my calories on a spreadsheet I made myself and it really works for me as I love to cook and I love variety and am not restricting myself at all.
I have a problem though - I am doing a weekly menu plan which includes breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks but some days I am struggling to eat enough calories to reach the minimum level suggested. This means I am filling up on things like a biscuit, crackers, piece of cheese. This has its upside in that I don't end up craving those things but at the same time I'm not sure it's necessarily healthy in terms of sugar, fat etc. although the calorie count is ok.
For example tomorrow:
B: bagel with butter, boiled egg, orange juice, cup of tea
L: sardines on toast, apple, cup of tea
T: mustard and herb chicken, potatoes, courgette and broccoli, cup of tea
S: satsuma, handful of almonds, fruit teas
I think that's a reasonable day, it will certainly fill me up but it is about 200 calories under the recommended minimum. It's obviously even trickier on days when I have fish or a vegetarian main course.
Any ideas for healthy things I can add to build it up or am I worrying too much? (I'm also thinking ahead to that time when I will be aiming for a typical calorie count to maintain my weight)
Apologies for the long post - hope it all makes sense!