Diet advice under VERY restricted conditions
I used to post here a VERY long time ago, but I couldn't remember what username I signed up with so I re-registered.
When I was last here, I was living in Bucks, now I'm in north Manchester (at least for the time being!) and have been put in temporary accommodation by the local housing authority. This is causing me HUGE problems when it comes to eating healthily and/or sensibly, because I do not have access to any form of cooking equipment (okay, there's a microwave in the dining room, but the cook/general maintenance bloke locks it when he leaves the building. It is supposed to be open for breakfast between 8 and 10:30, but I was down by 9:45 this morning and he'd already locked it and left! Similarly, it's supposed to be open for dinner between 7:30 and 10:30, but I was down by 9:30 and he'd locked up (I don't eat the food here, because he deep fries EVERYTHING, so I buy ready meals from ASDA (the only local supermarket)).
I have other problems (IBS being the main one and, obviously, this restriction isn't helping). This is what I WAS eating (before my best mate got hold of me and bollocked me about it)
Breakfast: - 50g porridge (made with 100% water)
Lunch: - Ham or chicken salad sandwich (made with the lowest calorie bread I can find), a Weight Watchers yoghurt and an apple
Snack: - Apple/orange/plum/peach/satsumas - whatever I fancy in the fruit line
Dinner: - ASDA smart price ready meal not exceeding 300kcals.
But I have been snacking on VERY high carb stuff (Twiglets, WW mini Cheddars, even some cake and chocolate's been creeping in, and I'm a sucker for Starbucks (I did swap from a grande skinny mocha to a tall skinny caramel macchiato with sugar-free vanilla syrup, but I know I've got to go cold-turkey and cut it out completely). I have found that I've been having at least 2 sandwiches a day.
I have a small fridge in my room (well, not so much a fridge, as one of those beer chiller type things).
Because of my restricted diet, I have been taking H&B one a day multivits.
I don't have much weight I need to lose - probably about a stone or so, but because my diet is so poor, my weight has been fluctuating as much as a stone in a week (I weighed myself in Boots on the 21st and I was 8st 3lb. However, I weighed myself a couple of days ago and it was 9st 2! I certainly DO NOT feel 8st 3 at the moment! I feel swollen, blobby and generally miserable.
I know I need to switch from a high-carb to a high-protein diet (or at least increase my protein consumption) but I'm really struggling. Calories terrify me (I know what my RMR is - well, I base it on what my RMR should be when I weighed myself at 8st 3) but I need to find a low-cal, low-fat diet that keeps me satiated (unless anyone can recommend an appetite suppressant).
The other problem I have is forcing myself out of the building. I suffer with generalised severe anxiety disorder and it takes a VERY great deal of effort to force myself out (and, when I do, I'm panicking because I don't know what I'm eating, calorie wise). I can't afford to join a gym.
This is desperation stakes. I need a diet that stops me feeling empty, crap and achy - and helps alleviate my IBS. I do not have a GP at the moment (waiting to hear back from the PALS people on that one).
When I weighed in at 8st 3 (51kg) I was elated as it's the lowest I've EVER been in my adult life. The sensible side of me is telling me that I can't gain a stone in a week, that's just stupid. I didn't look as blobbily fat then as I do now (and I'd been measured for a new bra, and I'm now finding that the bras which were a perfect fit, cup-wise at least, just a week ago, are too small.)
I need a radical dietary overhaul - and fast! This was me just over a year ago
- don't have any pics now because I don't have a camera anymore.
I just can't control what I eat - how can I eat healthily, restrict my calorie intake and stick to a high protein, low-fat, low-carb, low-cal diet - AND NOT FEEL SODDING HUNGRY ALL THE BLEEDIN' TIME...?! I was all set to go down the clen route, before my best mate bollocked me about it.
I've lost this much (I'd tell you how much if I knew what I REALLY weighed now, but I was 15st in that photo) without too much in the way of exercise, it's all been done simply with calorie restriction, but I was living with my folks then and I was able to eat better (I had scrambled eggs and very lean bacon for brekkie for example, baked spud with tuna for lunch and chicken in some kind of tomato-based sauce for dinner with mash and spinach (raw, though, not cooked - hate it cooked).
Now, I'm struggling and I'm terrified. This is why I'm posting here because I thought who better to give me sound advice, but you lot...? I have no support for my mental health issues (because every shrink I've met doesn't believe there to be bugger all wrong with me - so why have I now been signed off by the DWP indefinitely...?) and I've not been able to leave the building to go out (save a dash to ASDA in over a fortnight - and that makes me panicky!)
My mate suggested I have a microwave in my room, but it's against the rules here (no, I don't know why either). Today I had cold spag bol for dinner because Nazi Boy (as he is affectionately known) had locked the dining room by 9:45! Housing have spoken to the management, but they don't wish to do anything about it ('cause Nazi Boy's good at his job).
So, can anyone help me - with the diet side of things at least...?