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Woohoo! As I wrote on Thursday, I've been busy battling the baby boomer bulge with the South Beach Diet Phase 1 and a modicum of self-control! I have officially lost eight pounds since last Saturday! And I'm still eating healthy, not going hungry, and even enjoying what I'm eating. If you are wondering how people over 50 can raise their metabolism and fight off the baby boomer calories, the South Beach Diet is a big help! Not only that, I discovered he has written a newer book that includes the South Beach Diet AND exercises, The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life. Thankfully, my sweet grandkids and my senior mom, not to mention my cute little mini exercise bike, keep me very active. But if your grandkids aren't able to act as your own "personal trainers," this could be a good resource for you, as well. 😉
I have to admit, I tend to be a bit boring on my eating habits. I get that from my sweet dad. He could, and I can, eat the same thing every day for weeks. I don't know if he ever got tired of anything. I do, unfortunately, so I know I won't keep this up indefinitely. But that's OK. I only have another week or two of deciding what can I eat in phase 1 of the South Beach diet. After that, I can add back more of the fun things, and an occasional delightful treat (though I do think I'd best avoid dear delicious Dairy Queen for awhile). And I'll just be a leeeetle more cautious and careful so I don't gain it all back right away. 🙂
If you are like me and wanting to lose some weight without going hungry AND eat healthy in the process, AND you'd like some ideas to get started, here's my primary menu items the past week:
Breakfast every day – 2 slices of Canadian Bacon and 2 eggs – (I use Egg-land eggs as they have Omega 3 in them making them extra healthy.)
Lunch or Dinner:
Steak Salad – steak (grilled on my handy-dandy Electric Indoor Barbeque Grill), lettuce, some tomato, some avocado, a few nuts, feta cheese, spinach, and a wee bit of salad dressing with olive oil – following the South Beach DIet recipes and recommendations.
Taco Salad – lean hamburger, lettuce, cabbage, tomato, Pace Picante salsa, low-fat cheddar cheese
Taco Salad with beans – same as above but with black beans instead of burger
Snacks – string cheese, low-cal/fat pepper jack cheese slices, South Beach Diet-approved fudgsicles and yogurt (sugar free), V-8, and almonds. I buy the big packages and the 100-calorie packets of almonds. I know they're more expensive but they're great at helping me stop eating them. 🙂
I also enjoy a chocolate dessert (we have to have our chocolate fix, don't we?) made with ricotta part skim-cheese – about 1/2 cup, cocoa powder (baking/no sugar) – 1-2 tablespoons, Splenda (1-2 small pkts), and a few almond slices. I mix it well and eat it cold.
It's actually quite yummy and filling. I found the original recipe the first time I did the South Beach Diet Phase 1 and then lost it. So I experimented and this is what I ended up with.
Even for a "boring" eater like me, there are plenty of choices to keep me happy, healthy, and not hungry while simultaneously "nuking" those calories. And if you prefer more variety, there are a several great books with tons of yummy South Beach Diet Recipes, like The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook: 200 Delicious Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less and The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook: 200 Easy Solutions for Everyday Meals, which just came out this past spring – perfect timing for you and me. 🙂
With the end goal being a healthier, happier Sandwich Generation granny nanny full of vim and vigor instead of extra calories, it's definitely worth it to stick to this. Especially since I know it's healthy AND I'm not starving. YAY! Of course, everyone's body is different and not everyone will have the same results. But overall, the South Beach Diet and it's recipes have proven themselves very successful!
How about you? How do you deal with the battle of the baby boomer bulge? Or are you one of those who are blessed with sailing through this season of life with no weight issues? That was me in my teens and twenties, but no more, sadly! 🙂 We'd love to hear.
P.S. Want more information about the South Beach Diet recipes and ideas? Just click here.