I have never had a problem with maintaining my weight. That is, of course, until I turned 30. Since turning the big 3-0, I noticed my once six pack of abs transformed into a box of wine.
I started reading South Beach diet books and realized that much of the foods/recipes in the book were similar to my every day diet. Sure, there was slight deviation like bread, but for the most part I was already on South Beach.
I wasn’t incorporating that much needed ingredient: vegetables.
Anyone on South Beach knows that the first two weeks are strict in the sense that your body needs to rid itself from cravings like bread, fat, sugar, and so forth. These two weeks are the hardest, but during them, I found myself dropping 12 pounds.
As much as I would like to say it was a piece of cake, it wasn’t; rather, it was a piece of celery (OK, many pieces) with hummus, some cashews, and orange and red bell peppers.
I developed a routine of cooking all day Sunday for the upcoming week. That way, I would have ready-made meals to grab and go so that my first instinct wasn’t to swing through the fast food joints.
For breakfast, I made a variety of scrambled eggs – cream cheese eggs; lamb meat with feta cheese eggs; and vegetable (such as peppers, onions) and ham eggs.
My mid-morning snack consisted of cashews and celery with hummus.
For lunch, I made dishes like Portobello mushroom cap pizzas. I cut off the stems, used Pesto as a base, and then filled the caps with turkey peperoni, Italian breakfast sausage, and mozzarella cheese. I also had mixed vegetables for a side.
Another lunch dish that is quick and easy is Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers. For this, you’ll need green bell peppers, garlic roast beef from the deli, mushrooms, provolone cheese, and pepper. Sauté the veggies and beef, pack them into the peppers, and stick them into the oven.
My mid-afternoon snack was orange and red bell peppers. These are generally sweeter than the yellow and green peppers and filled my sweet tooth I normally fulfilled with chocolate.
For dinner, I had hamburger salads. You can buy the pre-made hamburger patties, stick them in the microwave, and put them into a salad filled with spinach, cheese, red onions, light mayo and mustard. Mix it up and it tastes exactly like a hamburger without the bun.
After dinner, I relaxed and read book chapters. Once I had digested, Yoga filled up my evening.
Sticking to Diet
The key to sticking to this diet is variety. I like to find foods I eat regularly and simulate them into my diet. That way, I won’t get sick of the same chicken and steak meals. I also incorporate reading and meditating because eating right isn’t the only thing you need to do to train your body. You also have to be healthy minded. Dieting is far more than just eating healthy; it’s changing your lifestyle.