Still maintaining a 20# weight loss (it’s been 6 months) using IF (intermittent fasting), which has proven to be effective and sustainable for me. At this point it feels like a permanent lifestyle.
I changed it up a little at a family reunion a couple weeks ago... didn’t have my usual smoothie lunches... ate potluck food for lunch and dinner for 3 days. It was nice break from my usual routine... and didn’t gain any weight. (I still skipped breakfast though, which was an in-hotel, free groaning-board, where one could easily down an entire day’s calories in one sitting.)
I was glad to return to my smoothie lunches though. I like the consistency... a mid-day-no-brainer-break-fast. Then I save my creative juices, cooking-wise, for dinner.
Over the months, I’ve come up with a grocery list that I use, for the most part, every time I go to the store.
I love to cook, I make almost everything from scratch and I avoid like the plague preservatives and hydrogenated fats. I don’t obsess about things having to be organic though. I try to keep portions normal-size and eat until full and satisfied. I rarely overeat because I hate feeling stuffed. I have 2 main meals and one late afternoon snack, mostly because I hate cooking dinner when I’m starving.
Plus there’s something classy about a cocktail hour.
So here’s my grocery list:
assorted green veggies
dark chocolate (Dove)
Dijon mustard (an absolute must)
whatever additions ingredients I need for whatever I’m cooking/baking
BTW, the banana, orange, apple, and kale go in a smoothie that I drink at noon.
My eating pattern, most days, looks like this:
Morning: tea, water (This is usually when I exercise.)
Noon: smoothie, 1 serving of grain, nuts, dark chocolate
3 p.m.: tea
5 p.m.: 1 oz. cheese, a handful of cherry tomatoes and carrots, a glass of wine or beer
7 p.m. a balanced meal including all food groups and a small dessert
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This post is not intended in any way, shape, or form to be medical or dietary advice. Please consult a reliable health care practitioner before starting any diet/fitness program.