When I began my diet experiment, the first thing I did was eliminated everything that does not fit into the diet from my kitchen, and replaced it with healthy food that does. This is a vital step to changing your eating habits. Having junk food lying around while you’re trying to cut calories is like sitting on a pool float in a wave pool and trying to stay dry. It’s just too easy to get splashed! This was not the tough part for me. The tough part for me is continuously stocking my kitchen with fresh food. Since I have centered my diet on fresh greens and fruits, I constantly have to go to the grocery store. The reality of it is that fresh food just doesn’t last that long. Meat isn’t as bad because you can either freeze it or get canned meat. I often utilize canned fish, but also eat a lot of chicken breast as well. I have found a couple brands that make a pretty good bagged grilled chicken that can be found both refrigerated and frozen. The problem that results from not being able to keep fresh food stocked is that I am not able to pack my lunch at times, or get stuck trying to grab a meal on the go with no luck. This often results in me breaking the diet protocol, or settling for only a snack as opposed to eating a meal and receiving the real calories that I need.
Snacks are the easiest part of the diet, and often times my favorite part of the day. Sometimes I find myself not feeling hungry around lunch and settling for a snack as opposed to a meal. I like buying light cheese sticks in bulk and a lot of greek yogurt. These items are very easy to transport, have around and eat at anytime with no preparation. I have found that cutting out so much cheese from my diet has been tough, because I usually put cheese on everything!
Another one of the diet tips that I wrote about and personally fall victim to is not ‘mixing it up’. I found a handful of meals that worked well in the diet and tend to only eat those meals. I have a tough time getting off of the few tasty meals that I created on my own and discovering new meals. MediPro Direct gave us a sample daily menu in our introductory packets, but not quite a full 30 day meal plan to follow. After doing some research, I found that none of the other weight loss clinics that offer a hCG program include anything like this in their service. A number of sites like this one have 30-day meal plans, but only give you a sample of what they have to offer without making you pay for the full plan. If you aren’t interested in paying for a service like this one, perhaps it would be wise to combine as many of the sample meals as possible so that you can get some other meal ideas and grocery shop appropriately.
I completely understand the challenge in deciding what to eat while dieting, and the fact that this dilemma causes many people to break their diet. For one of my next posts, I will try to put together a list of meals I use, combined with ones that can be found on the internet for our readers so that there is a free reference online for dieters. Also, check out the previous post for more helpful low carb dieting tips.