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Old 08-20-2010, 04:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Deanna0404 View Post
I really get tired of just vegetables and fruits and was wondering how everyone felt about the Lean Cuisines, Weight Watchers, etc.? Sometimes I want more flavor. Should I not be eating these, even if I am staying within my calorie range? And if I shouldn't eat those, any suggestions on some other foods?

Thank you! I just started two days ago at 224 pounds. I am 5'7" and looking to be around 160 pounds.
As someone else mentioned, those frozen meals are nice to have as an occasional stand-by, but sodium and other preservatives should be a concern if you are thinking about eating them regularly. In order to avoid the pitfall of cheating on my diet when I don't feel like cooking, I try to make big batches of generic ingredients such as chicken breast and hard-boiled eggs. Adding spices and vegetables to some already cooked chicken (or perhaps tofu if you are looking for a vegetarian option) can give you a different flavor of stir-fry every night. Likewise with hard boiled eggs. They can be made into egg salad, added as a green salad topping, deviled, etc. I also like to keep a big bag of broccoli florets in the fridge and a bag of asparagus spears in the freezer because those are also ingredients that can be added to many things to make a quick meal. One of my favorite vegetable side dishes is asparagus cut into bite-sized pieces and sauteed in a little olive oil with some minced garlic. As far as the broccoli goes, it is very easy to put it on a plate, top it with a little cheese and crushed peppers, and cook it in the microwave just long enough to melt the cheese (use low-fat cheese if fat content is a concern on your nutrition plan).

Hope this helps and best of luck!

Male, 6'0" tall, 37 y/o

Starting weight, 4/19/10 (started Atkins) = 287
6/16/10 (finished Atkins book & joined Fitday) = 261
10% by New Year challenge starting weight = 251
latest weight 10/25/10 = 241.5
10% by New Year challenge goal = 226
ultimate goal for lifetime maintenance by 4/19/11 (one year mark, 100 pounds loss) = 187

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