There are so many fad diets out there. The best way to do it that I have found is to eat like a Hobbit! Breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and, later in the evening, supper. Ok not really, what I mean is, eat often! 5-6 small, healthy meals per day, 6 days per week. And then take one day to eat whatever you want – like a Dwarf! I guess you could call this The Lord of the Rings Diet!
A healthy meal consists of 1 palm sized serving of lean protein and 1 fist sized serving of healthy carbohydrates, and at least twice a day I add a healthy serving of vegetables to my meals.
The best foods are high in nutrients and calorie compact. Avoid fatty proteins like cold cuts and regular ground beef and bacon (I will miss you my old freind). Avoid bad carbs like white bread, white rice, white pasta, baking, doughnuts… (get the picture?) I will also avoid “frankenfoods” those foods created in a lab with 100 different things. Things like hotdogs, potato chips, Kraft Mac & Cheese, ice cream – I will eat them on my free day, but not during the week.
My favorite good proteins are eggs, chicken, tuna, lean beef, low-fat cottage cheese and salmon. For good carbohydrates, I like baked potato, brown rice, oatmeal, bananas, yogurt, apples, oranges, strawberries. I also like whole grain bread and pasta, but since that is quite pricey, I will attempt to avoid breads and pastas. And for vegetables, I like my cold carrots, cucumbers and celery, as well as leafy greens like spring mix, romaine lettuce, and spinach. I also like steamed green beans and steamed broccoli and cauliflower. You get the idea.
Being a little guy, not unlike a Hobbit, a day’s meal plan would look something like this:
- 630am: COFFEE with milk. Smoothie made with Strawberry, Banana, yogurt, OJ, and protein powder.
- 10 am: 1 boiled egg, apple & COFFEE with milk and 8oz H2O
- 12pm: Tuna salad on a leafy greens with carrots, celery and cucumber. Low cal ranch dressing 8 oz H2O
- 3pm: 1/4 Cup Almonds and 8oz H2O
- 6pm: Roasted chicken, baked potato with salsa, steamed veggies, H2O
- 9pm: Carrots and Celery with cottage cheese salsa dip 8oz H2O
Find what works for you. Eating like a Hobbit 6 days a week and like a Dwarf for one day per week worked for me in the past, and will hopefully work for me again. Hooray for the Lord of the Rings Diet!
Eating like a Dwarf: