January 13, 2011
I really don’t like to count every, single calorie in every, single meal and I could never do Weight Watchers because I would never keep up with counting points. I know myself well enough to know that would last about a week.
I have a few favorite breakfasts and lunches that I stick to that I know are under or around 300 calories so that leaves me around 600 calories for dinner, if I’m trying to stay around 1200 calories. But I don’t ever really total my calories for the day, I just try to stay away from carbs at night and will usually have some kind of grilled meat and veggies for dinner.
Last year I lost a pound a week for ten weeks, just by really watching my snacking, making healthier choices, and keeping a food log. I loved my little fitbook: fitness + nutrition journal so much that I didn’t find it difficult at all to log my daily workouts and food intake.
I find it easier to stick to a plan if I only give myself a few choices; that way I don’t have to think about it so much. For breakfast every day, I have an unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon, a small glass of unsweetened almond milk and a small bowl of oatmeal or a low fat Nutri-Grain waffle. It’s quick, easy, and requires very little thought or preparation.
The same goes for lunch. I stick to just a few easy choices. This is what I had for lunch every day this week; and you know what? It’s pretty satisfying. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s healthy. And, it’s a no-brainer.
I like using the low carb Sonoma tortillas as a wrap because they have 7 grams of fiber. Just add some romaine lettuce, top with the tuna fish and presto…it’s a perfect, satisfying, healthy, lunch, for less than 300 calories.
If you’re not crazy about tuna, you can also use canned white chicken or salmon. If I don’t have this wrap for lunch, my other favorite is a low-sodium turkey breast sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and sliced avocado on a toasted ‘everything’ bagel thin. A light, healthy lunch doesn’t have to be complicated!