I'll be starting phase 2 on Tuesday and am a little nervous about it. I've already decided I will not be adding bread as my grain...even whole wheat bread is a trigger for me to over eat (too easy to nosh on toast, pb sandwiches, etc when I don't need to!) Over the course of P1 I've realized that I'm no longer experiencing the constant need to munch throughout the evening. I pretty much finish dinner and that's it for the night; if I do feel hungry I'll snack on a small bowl of snap peas or some lunch meat. I'll admit that I'm a little scared that adding back grains & fruits is going to take me back to feeling like I want to snack all evening (I think grains were more of the cause than fruit).
My plan for week 1 is to add in quinoa with lunch every day (Mon-Fri) and add a fruit either as an afternoon snack or as dessert, depending which one I'm hungry for. The recipe I plan to make is Quinoa Greek salad from Food.com:
Cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups chicken stock. Once it's cooked & cooled, add in a 1/2 cup each of red & green pepper, diced, 1/2 cup of diced cucumber, 1/4 cup of black olives, 1/4 cup red onion, diced, and 3 oz reduced fat feta. Toss with dressing (1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, salt & pepper).
I've been making this for a long time and it's one of my favourite lunches because it keeps well in the fridge over the week and is delicious & filling. I also add a can of chickpeas to the whole recipe to up the fiber content. Do you ladies think that's a good start to re-introduce grains?? As for the fruit, I'm thinking I'll either try a small apple with a teeny bit of pb in the afternoon (for some reason when I eat apples on their own, they make me nauseous) or perhaps some cherries or raspberries.
Breakfasts and dinners will still be what I've been eating in P1, with the exception of Tuesday night when I'll be on my own for dinner and was thinking of heating up some Highliner tilapia we have in the freezer (hubby doesn't like it so it's on me to eat it, lol). The fish is lightly breaded ("Pan sear selects" lime chili tilapia) - do you think that will matter for that one day since I'll also be having the quinoa salad at lunch? (nutritional stats for 1 pc of fish are 260 cals, 13 g fat, 13 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 23 g protein).
In general, do you ladies think this is a pretty solid plan to start off phase 2? The last time I tried SBD I totally fell off the wagon in P2 because I basically went back to my old way of eating right away. It was still relatively healthy because I've always preferred whole wheat bread, brown rice, etc, but I jumped right back into having cereal for breakfast, a sandwich at lunch and rice with dinner....totally not what I want to do this time (hence the planning!). Thanks for any input, chicks