Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, in their YOU on a Diet plan, recommend sticking to just a few different menus. The thought is that by limiting the need to make decisions or food choices, you reduce the number of occasions on which you can make a bad choice. In an effort to get the weightloss back on track, I will be following this advice and limiting myself to just a few alternative lunch menus:
1. Soup - the cafeteria at one of my clients' office building serves very good soup and it is the first station. If I eat soup the day or two each week that I am there, I will get a healthy, low-calorie (I avoid the cream-based soups) meal and avoid the temptations offered at the other stations. If I don't like the soup choices, I can have a container of yogurt with a piece of fruit.
2. Tuna on one slice of whole wheat bread or toast - my staple lunch at home. I make my tuna with low-fat mayo, chopped celery, and a few chopped green olives for flavor kick. I also add pepper. I like it mounded on the bread slice and toasted in the toaster oven. Occasionally, I add a bit of shredded cheddar cheese to the top before toasting.
3. Taco Bell Fresco Ranchero chicken soft tacos - This is my alternative when out and about on the run. The Fresco Ranchero chicken soft taco is from the "Drive Thru Diet Menu" and is pretty tasty. Two of them with a Diet Pepsi comes in under 400 calories.
I eat any of the above with a piece of fruit (apple, pear, clementine, small banana); at home, I can have my unsweetened, frozen berries. For a beverage, I drink hot tea, iced tea (both unsweetened, but that's how I like my tea anyway), or one of the 10 calorie versions of Fuze. I drink a lot of water during the day, between meals. Yes, it's a bit Spartan but hopefully, it will work.
weight lost this week: +0.4 pounds
weight lost YTD: 3.6 pounds