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Cleaning Up My Act

Let's face it, I'm a bit lazy when it comes to preparing food. I like quick, simple, idiot-proof meals and snacks. Something that doesn't go bad when I forget it's in the fridge for a few days. And stuff that doesn't require going to the grocery store all the time. Or eating lunch that someone else makes for me when my coworkers and I go out. There's a problem with the foods that fit my criteria, they're processed, sodium-laden, water-retaining foods that are totally messing me up.

So I think I need a shift in strategy. Nothing else seems to be working with this plateau. I thought I had it figured out with eating more, but maybe I was eating more of the wrong stuff... So instead of having a granola bar for a snack, what's wrong with apple slices? Or clementines? Or fruit salad? Or carrots? It's all natural, fresh food. Salads for lunch from the cafeteria are great, but Subway or Chick Fil A has enough sodium in it for the entire day! Even if I get the healthiest options, a sandwich from either place has 1000mg+ of sodium! So, I'm thinking I need to start making my lunches, at least a few days a week.

So, I'm gonna brainstorm some ideas for what to eat, since it'll involve changing my habits from what I'm comfortable with, especially ease of finding lunch at work. I sit at my desk all day, but I have access to a microwave, fridge, toaster, and freezer. So I can store and heat up lunches pretty easily. Or save them for a day if I want to eat out with my coworkers once or twice in the week.

Breakfast: I'm liking my english muffin with peanut butter. The PB is all natural (there are like 6 ingredients in it) and quite delicious, with organic muffins from Whole Foods. Perhaps I can add a hard boiled egg or something to this combo (not on the english muffin... haha, ew).  

Lunch: Now here's where it gets tricky. I could make a large enough chicken breast at idinner to heat up the other half for lunch the next day. Same with microwaving some veggies. Or I could make some pasta salad with wheat or veggie pasta and low callorie dressing and make enough for a few meals. Chili is super easy to freeze and heat up at will (I already do this for dinners when I'm short on time). Same with soup (make my own or buy low sodium). Wraps with some chicken breast and hummus or guac. Or the good old sandwich with low calorie bread and low sodium lunchmeat. Looks like I have more options than I realized!

Dinner: This I've gotten down pretty well. I stick to fish fillets or chicken breast with a side of spaghetti squash or zucchini or something tasty like that. I try to avoid carbs when I have dinner after a workout.

Snacks: Here's where I can do a better job with processed food. I need to eat more fruits and veggies as snacks. I bought a big bag of clementines to bring to work, I can buy strawberries, baby carrots apple slices... lots of options! I still have my protein bars for when I want to have fuel for a workout. I like granola bars, but they are pretty carby, so fruits nad veggies are better. And of course, my favorite greek yogurt as my evening snack that I have every night almost.


So, there you have it! It's not as hard or daunting when I lay it out like that. I don't plan on going back to undereating, but if I can get enough CLEAN calories, I think it might really help things. I've been eating too much junk and it's really stalling my progress. And, I need to not go nuts with beer at kickball... haha. That was bad last week.  

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RLC1 wrote 84 months ago:
You got this girl!!!
AggieCass09 wrote 84 months ago:
i pack my entire day's worth of food in a lunch bag the night before and I try to avoid processed foods for the most part. Maybe my diary will offer some suggestions for you. I only eat lean cuisines when its time to go grocery shopping again. Other suggestions include different salad variations (the container store has an awesome Tupperware container that separates dressing from salad and keeps it fresher longer), making larger meals on the weekends and then taking em during the week is one of my favorites (mushroom casserole, black bean burritos, etc), or mixing up plain sandwiches by serving in a pita or with different toppings (honey mustard or vinegarette). Good luck and feel free to ask me if you want any specific recipes!
jamie78 wrote 84 months ago:
It's Can be hard sometimes but you seem to be on the right track! Keep up the hard work!
SkinnyGal08 wrote 84 months ago:
You wrote this for me :) lol I can't wait to get married zumba can keep more natural things in stock now its hard sometimes I just do with it without
bkelley32148 wrote 84 months ago:
green giant veggies and grilled chicken make a quick and super easy lunch!
tn2010 wrote 84 months ago:
I think you'll find that in no time you won't miss the processed food! Your lunch plan is a winner. I NEVER have typical lunch items in my home (loaves of bread, lunchmeat, etc.) because we always pack leftovers. Those nights that we don't have leftovers we scramble to throw something together (it usually ends up being cheese, crackers, fruits, veggies, etc.). Good'll love how you feel, I'm sure!
seleck05 wrote 84 months ago:
When I am working I try and do 3 days of bringing food and 2 days of going out with co-workers. Usually I get so busy at work there are at least 3 days to work through lunch anyhow LOL. This summer will be tough for me to stick with that plan as I will be working at a major law firm as a summer associate and part of the gig is them taking you out to client lunches. My plan for that is salad appetizer and the fish entree. haha.
ShellyMacchi wrote 84 months ago:
you may want to re-check the nutritional info for subway *S* as of this month (april) they have lowered sodium in most of their sandwiches, (so anyone using the subway info in the database may wish to double check that sodium info there too, it is likely still showing the old sodium levels *S*)
cckeimig wrote 84 months ago:
OK, you just totally blew my excuses out of the water. I am sooo lazy about preparing food for myself. Yes, I've gotten a little better since joining mfp, but I'm still terrible about it. I think as my energy level increases (proportionally to my weight loss and fitness level, of course), the less horrendously lazy I become about food.

You have so GOT this. Thanks for the ideas and the motivation!
00trayn wrote 84 months ago:
Thanks for the tip about Subway!! Looks like the sodium isn't as sky high as I thought, a roast beef sandwich is 700mg, which isn't bad at all. And the seasonal Orchard Chicken Salad is 370 calories and 560mg of sodium! Whoot!
ssv45 wrote 84 months ago:
I do well if I eat a piece of fruit with some kind of protein for a snack. A small apple and a string cheese or a handful of raw almonds or even fruit and lowfat cottage cheese.

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