"Diet food" = blech. Horrible stuff, to be avoided whenever possible.
For me, the trick to this is to focus on making nutrition as delicious as possible. I keep a closer eye on tracking a bunch of nutrients (iron, folate, calcium, vitamin c, potassium, fibre, and magnesium) than I do on calories, but I find that the calories naturally have fallen in to place for me by doing that. I've spent a lot of time browsing through SparkRecipes for things that appeal to me, as well as finding folks on the boards here who have their nutrition trackers public, and snooping to find out what works for them. I've found some incredible ideas that way. Wander through a few pages of this forum and look for the threads about "healthy and cheap" or some version of that - I know that there are a pile of great ideas in those threads.
If you like the idea of oatmeal for breakfast, then have a quick google for overnight oatmeal. There are tons of ideas out there on different yummy combinations that you can actually enjoy eating. Dinner leftovers, or smoothies, or mini-quiches, or omelets with lots of veggies are other ideas for delicious and healthy breakfasts.
It'll take some time and some careful budgeting, but start building up the range of spices and basics in your pantry. Once you get a good variety in place, then it's much easier to make sure that you really enjoy what you're eating. Tilapia is okay, lightly spiced is better, and parmesan encrusted is really good... Lightly steamed veggies are good, add some spices (I like a bit of dill and lemon) to make it better, and a sprinkle of romano cheese can make them even better!
I've really enjoyed figuring out versions of my favorites that are much healthier and taste better (to me) than the usual. Pizza, for instance, used to be on my fave list. It still is, but now I make it at home with either a cauliflower crust, or using a whole-grain pita or tortilla as the crust. I use a base tomato paste, my own spices, and load it up with veggies (onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes) and meat (grilled chicken thigh is a favorite, as is sliced steak or pork) and a sprinkle of my preferred cheeses (this week it's gruyere and sharp cheddar). I can have an entire, very filling, meal of this for under 400 calories and have a ton more nutrients than a purchased pizza. Most importantly, to me it tastes a gazillion times better than the chunk of grease and sodium that is take-out.
If you are anything like me, then there is no way that you'll ever stick with any changes that don't make you happy. You might be more dedicated than I am and keep going with them until you reach your weight goal (I wouldn't be able to do it for that long), but will you be able to keep it up to maintain your weight loss? If you focus on finding healthy changes that you enjoy, then it is wayyy easier to make the change permanent.
Personally, I find turkey bacon and turkey dogs to be vile impersonations of actual foods. I have real bacon, just in smaller amounts, or Canadian bacon (because I really like the texture and taste). I have one of the "naturals" hot dogs when I really want a hot dog, but only have one. If you like the taste of the turkey versions, then go for it, but don't feel like they are a requirement!
Kudos to you for starting out on a healthier lifestyle, and remember to have fun with finding changes that really make you happy!
Turkey dogs can be high in fat and sodium...check out...
Hebrew National 97% fat free hot dog, no preservatives, no fillers, no nitrates and only 45 calories, 490 sodium..... the best dog on the market as far as I am concerned
I scramble one with egg whites...some onion or green pepper for variation
Oatmeal is good with blueberries, walnuts or sliced almonds, a tablespoon of peanut butter stirred in and sometimes I add two microwaved eggs on top with some flaxseeds. Some people like it with skimmed milk and even a couple of Hershey's dark chocolate kisses melted in.
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Spark definitely has awesome recipes to try! I just read a Spark Blog with a ton of different ways to jazz up oatmeal. There's also a really great Parmesan crusted tilapia that is baked. YUM!
You need to jazz up your meals... Spark people has a great recipes. CHeck them out.
Plain oatmeal sucks. You can add some almonds, dried cranberries, ff half and half to it and it really helps the flavor.
Also turkey hot dogs and turkey bacon are better than regular, but it's LOADED with sodium.
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For breakfest today i ate almost plane oatmeal Cup of cooked plane oats- 157 cals 70 grams of thawed strawberry's - 25 cals a pack of stevia 0 breakfast was at 7:40 thats my breakfast for today i also switched to turkey dogs and turkey bacon and i have a bunch of frozen veggies in my freezer along with frozen tilapia fish
for lunch i plan on fixing tilapia fish and a cup of green beans, or bell pepper stir fry, im not sure yet.
Is this ok? ( besides the oatmeal tasting like puke)
And is there a website with cheap and low cal meals?
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