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Aww thanks girly - you are a lot closer to where I want to be though. It's much harder to lose weight at that point! ;)
I like the simplicity of your salads. My plan/rough idea is to bring fruit, a salad and maybe a small portion of wholewheat pasta, leftovers from the day before or a sandwich. Start with the fruit, then salad and then slowly eat the other component until i feel content.
I am a pretty savvy shopper and I definitely try to focus on fresh produce. The hardest part for me is keeping it tasty and getting enough protein!
Congrats on losing 22 lbs, girl! That's awesome. I'm finding it super hard to lose ten pounds, so mega kudos!
Lately, what's been getting me off a plateau (FINALLY lost a half a pound I'd been holding onto for what seems like two weeks!) is focusing on veggies. I've found it pretty easy to survive on ~30/wk for groceries, and that's with foods like frozen peas and carrots, frozen green beans, flaxseed, tuna, chicken, organic salad greens, organic carrots, jicama, bean sprouts, cucumbers, and melon.
As for what I eat for lunch, I always have a salad! I start with a big square tupperware, load it with leafy greens, then add a sliced carrot, sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, frozen peas, and jicama to the top. I take a tin of tuna/chicken/sardines or a hard boiled egg with me and put it over the top, but you can do whatever suits you! The peas and carrots are starch, the cucumber and jicama are water-filled, and the lean protein keeps my hunger levels at bay.
The secret to affordable eating is hunting down the good deals at grocery stores in your area. You'd be surprised what you can find at WinCo and Food4Less - local and organic produce! Look for deals in the coupons sent weekly to your mailbox, too.
Hope this advice is helpful - focusing on produce and lean proteins has really eliminated my cravings for trigger foods.
Just take five minutes to regroup, and don't ever forget to make time for what makes you happy.
I'm super excited for the beginning of the academic year, but I'm worried about the because I really can't afford to eat in college canteen - for health and financial reasons!!
What do you guys do for healthy lunch options?
Any good tips?
What are your favourite salads - what do you put in your salad?