I wouldn’t say I “failed” on the South Beach Diet, but I have to admit I bailed before Phase 1 was complete. I really only made it through 4 days. I missed my oatmeal and fruit and am getting pretty tired of eggs. It was a great jump start, but I just need to go back to adding my fruit and whole grains back in. What I was doing before starting South Beach Diet wasn’t working, but I learned a few things that will help me move forward in a more balanced way.
Things I learned on South Beach Phase 1 that I will keep:
1) Prepare the next day's food the night before.
2) Use the Spark Tracker to enter my plan for the day,
and tweak it to actual consumption throughout the day.
3) Interact with others who are moving toward a healthier lifestyle
4) Eat a well balanced diet.
What’s going to be different, coming off South Beach, from what I was doing before?
Breakfast – not a thing.
There was nothing wrong with the breakfasts I was making before attempting South Beach. We had a great variety that included several different egg dishes, whole wheat waffles topped with strawberries, and oatmeal. When breakfast was reduced to just the egg recipes that could be made with SB Phase 1 ingredients, it got boring pretty fast! Don’t want to see another egg for a while!
Lunch & Snacks – planned and packed the night before.
I was winging lunch and snacks, and that was starting to get out of hand. I really need to pack it the night before and put it in a special place in the refrigerator where I can grab it when needed.
Dinner – planned and minimally prepped the night before.
I have always been one to plan and shop for a week at a time, and to keep “emergency meals” on hand for those times when a trip to the grocery store may be delayed. So I normally have 10-14 meals on hand. That is a lot to choose from when I am tired from working all day, and sometimes just not doable when I work late. Just a little tweak here made such a big difference – nailing down what we’re going to have for dinner the next day and performing some prep work, such as cooking the beans or rice, chopping vegetables, etc.
Dessert – embrace it.
Spark and Biggest Loser both suggest dessert, and I had gotten away from that. We really enjoy a nice little cup of custard or pudding in the evening, so it is easier to just plan on it.