Originally Posted by sassytnmomma
. I am really lost at what I can and can't eat . I know the basics from the book but like what are some good products to buy at the store. And what do I look at on labels ???
Hi Sassy -- first off, congrats on getting married. That's fantastic!
Now, the thing is, this diet is NOT about products. It's about eating whole food
. Especially in Phase 1. You're not counting carbs or calories. You eat what is on the list, and that's it. If it's not on there, you can't eat it. Take a look at the list... you'll notice that pre-packaged foods aren't on there. What does that mean? You shouldn't be eating them, especially if you want to get the real results on Phase 1. You need to be buying fresh veggies, low fat cheese, lean meat like chicken and turkey, eggs, and lots of beans. The only thing packaged there is the beans, and those are canned.
(You should also note -- the minute you cheat on Phase 1, you wipe out any progress you've made. While this diet is designed so that you can fall off and pick back up the next day, that's really only in Phase 2. In Phase 1, you're changing your blood chemistry so it knows to burn fat for fuel -- and if you eat anything that's off the list, you'll reverse that and your body will go back to how you were before, storing fat instead of burning it.)
What that means is, a lot of time preparing meals and snacks to take with you to work/school/etc. And THAT means, that this diet isn't the right fit for a lot of people because they don't have the time or energy to do all the cooking and preparing that is required.
This is a typical day for me on Phase 1 -- you can get an idea if this is something you can do (I almost always have to do some preparation before bed... like making the bean salad, putting together my salad, etc.):
-2 eggs + 2 egg whites scrambled and 2 slices of turkey bacon with a glass of milk.
-4 eggs beaten with 2 tbsp. of skim ricotta cheese and a splash of vanilla, fried like an omelette. Glass of milk.
-Bean Salad (Red Kidney beans, chickpeas, red peppers, low-fat feta cheese, artichoke hearts, with a dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a pacakge of Splenda)
-Huge salad with leftover chicken from dinner the night before and the same dressing as above
-Couple of hard boiled eggs, with a salad
-30 pistachios, 2 triangles of Laughing Cow Lite cheese.
-15 almonds, and one part-skim mozarella cheese stick
-Taco Bake (see Phase 1 recipes section)
-Huge salad with grilled chicken, feta cheese, tonnes of veggies, and balsamic vin. & olive oil
-Bean Soup (see Ph1 recipes)
-Grilled chicken shishkebabs with peppers, mushrooms, onions and zucchini and a salad
-Grilled lean steak with steamed brocolli and cauliflower
-Ricotta Creme (1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1/4 cup skim ricotta, 1 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tbsp. of Splenda, splash of milk, splash of vanilla... I blend that up and put it in the fridge to cool... or in the freezer for a frozen treat)
-Sugar Free Jello
And that's it. Does that make sense to you?