I also do like Lin and take half a day here and there for food prep. I wash and cut veggies that can be tossed in a stir fry, a soup pot, sliced for salad, or just to munch, and store them in a ziplock bag or covered container in the refer. If you don't have time for that, there are veggie snack trays ready to eat in the produce section (also fruit trays) of most supermarkets. I make a fruit salad with oranges, apple, banana, fresh or frozen berries tossed with a little cinnamon and ginger. It's naturally sweet. Sometimes I change it up with grapefruit, pineapple or kiwi or grapes - whatever's plentiful or on special. Might add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the salad too. Canned fruit is fine if drained and packed with no added sugar.
On food prep day I make a big bowl of salad. That can be bought ready made too in a bag and eaten as is, or toss a few of those prepped veggies in it. Mushrooms can be bought sliced. An avocado, carrots, cucumber, a can of rinsed and drained black or white beans for extra fiber and protein, some chopped green onions, tomato, raw pumpkin seeds (low calorie, high protein), bits of cooked leftover meat or drained canned meat - a lot of different things you like can be added to salad for variety and substance. Top with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan, fresh ground pepper, and some flavored or balsamic vinegar instead of dressing to keep calories down. Low cal bottled dressing is fine too. Have to be careful of some flavored vinegars and dressings that can be high in sodium though. Balsamic vinegar is good, mild and tasty. My husband loves it and so do I. Look for salt free seasonings like Mrs. Dash or Spike or Costco's Organic no salt seasoning. There are herb mixes too, just make sure they don't contain salt.
My husband and I are big fans of homemade soups. They're easy. I always make a big batch. If there are still leftovers after a few days, I freeze them in serving size containers.
When I cook I usually make enough that there are leftovers. Some people like to make their own frozen dinners with leftovers too.
All these things make it easier to grab something quick and better for us when hungry. We don't keep any junk food in the house. It can be too tempting when hungry or stressed.
Read food labels! There's hidden sodium in a lot of prepared foods, things you wouldn't expect. Sodium and other nutrients can be added to the SparkPeople nutrition tracker so you can see your total each day. Learning your way around SP can be daunting at first, but if you do nothing else, use the nutrition tracker. You'll learn a lot about what nutrients you need more or less of. It's a great tool, one of the best trackers available on the internet, and it's free!
If there's anything we can help you with, let us know. That goes for using the SparkPeople website too.
Oh, maybe of interest to you, Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Eat to Live has helped me improve my diet, feel better, and start losing pounds. I follow his modified life plan. I've been told by another Sparker that his Eat for Health book is good too and a little easier to start with. Dr. Fuhrman has been a guest on the Dr. Oz show several times, and Dr. Oz approves of his plan. It may or may not be for you. Whether it is or not, the books contain a lot of interesting information.
Best wishes on your Spark Journey!
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| Pounds lost: 10.0