Firstly if you are sick of healthy eating, is your food not very delicious or is it boring. I can't imagine being sick of eating healthy food though there are times when i'm in binge mode that i don't want to cook it for myself.
I also can't be bothered with counting calories. I did it a little bit and i will use the mfp to check out the calorie count of the odd recipe from time to time but its not fundamental to my diet as i have a pretty good idea of how much i can eat and not overeat.
I first learned how to do this from the book CSIRO total wellbeing diet. They have a system that simplifies everything for you so you really only need to consider food in terms of categories and quantities. For example you don't need to know how many calories in a tomato versus a carrot. Its all just vegetables and a cup of them is about equivalent. I think the only veggie they don't treat this way is potato and that's because its high GI. BEcause its high GI its treated more like bread if i remember correctly.
But the books have meal plans for 3 months and you don't have to follow them to the letter. The idea of the meal plans is to teach you how to eat healthily but yummy.
Also this diet is basically high protein but its not serious as atkins or ordeal protein about it. Its more balanced. I only bought the first one which was hard as a vegetarian but now they have one that's for vegetarians or they have vegetarian meal options.
They also have different calorie levels so if you want to lose 1kg a week, they tell you how to do it. If you want to lose not quite so much, they tell you how to add to your intake so that its not so strict.
They are basically trying to teach you how to eat well. There's lots of good quality nutritional info and the recipes are nice. However its not really recommended sticking rigidly to the menu plans because it would be expensive. They are just trying to show you what you can do and so its worth following the meal plans for a while.
The way i structure my diets is stems from what i learned with that book. Only i no longer include dessert. They do.
I don't plan my meals. I just buy a few veggies, lots of fruit and always make sure i've got one non-sugar cereal, whole grain bread which i keep in the freezer, plenty of spaghetti, jars of tomato sauce for pasta, basmati rice, enough spices and herbs, parmesan cheese and at least one alternative cheese, vegemite, extra virgin olive oil, red wine or balsamic vinegar, black pepper, salt, eggs, yoghurt, milk, cans of legumes, lentils beans but not kidney beans because i don't like them. With these things i can make a great many delicious dishes and not get bored. Wine. Sesame oil and if i'm in the mood for asian, asian condiments.
Oh and some nuts and/or seeds. Walnuts are my current favourite to add to salads but they are not for nibbling on.
Things i never buy:
sweets and desserts, honey and jams
low fat anything
biscuits - although i could buy dry biscuits like ryvita
rarely processed foods or meals but if i wanted to a break i might get something but they are usually high salt, high calorie and low satisfaction.
bacon, chicken, most meats
Check out my food diary in the vegetarian section if you want to see what i eat. I log all my food and provide recipes.
I"m aiming for about the same low weight as you and we are about the same height. I don't do much exercise but this month i have lost 5kg according to my measurements. its the first month so one always loses more than usual in the first few weeks. Now i just lose slowly.
I find i don't miss eating anything. That might change when i get skinnier and i've been dieting for a while but i will tackle the issue then.
Last edited by Pattience : 01-27-2014 at 10:30 PM.