For me bread was my weakness, now I keep meals to 2 servings of veggies (ie a salad and say broccolli) and my serving of proteins. It has helped me loose 30 lbs. Changing the mind set for the old meat and potatos up bringing has been good. I usually have a high fiber grain cereal with live culture yogurt for breaky and then supplement with a B Complex vitamin.
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Instead of agonizing over what to eat, stick to this simple strategy: salad topped with grilled chicken, skip the croutons, light dressing on the side, water or unsweetened coffee or tea. Dip the tines of our fork into the dressing to get a taste in each bite. You'll probably eat less than half of the dressing this way. You should easily be able to eat less than 500 calories for the meal while getting your veggies and protein. (click title for more info)
McDonald's highest-calorie grilled chicken salad =340, w/ a low fat dressing (even the entire container.) Wendy's half-size (plenty to fill you up) apple/pecan/chicken salad is 340 with the dressing. Or order the full size and take half home. At other restaurants, items are similar.
Swap out pasta and use a spaghetti squash instead! Cooks quick in the microwave for 5 minutes or can be cooked in the oven for 45 minutes (I prefer oven)! Cook up any veggies and protein you'd usually put in a pasta, and when the squash is done, scrape it out and toss it all together! It's just as delicious as pasta, but for way less calories! 48
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