Check out the book "Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with more than 75 Recipes" by Mark Bittman. He's a foodie writer for the NY Times (and cookbook author) who was also pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol and a host of other health problems, and had to change the way he ate, but didn't want to sacrifice. He's also written a couple of great series of cookbooks: How to Cook Everything (and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian), and The Minimalist. He's got a blog, too.
Simple gist of Bittman's Food Matters is: eat less meat, animal products (including milk), processed foods and more fruits, veggies and whole grains. The nice thing about his book(s) are the recipes. Simply, easy, and, in my opinion, really yummy.
Do you have a small block of time on weekends during which you could do some food prep to shave off some time during the week? When I actually had to be somewhere everyday, I would chop onions, peel garlic, and get salad ingredients ready on Sunday afternoons. Now, after we've grilled steaks, I scoot the coals over to one side and put a pork loin roast on to cook while we eat. Dinner's nearly done for the next night.
Gah. As a vegetarian who frankly, doesn't want to think about a diet but just slavishly follow it until the pounds melt off, I find the fixation of these diets on things like grilled chicken breasts to be frustrating. :P
I hear you. I'm a meat eater and even I'm sick of the chicken even.
My doc asked specifically though if I was veggie b/c that would change his recommendations for me.
mcglory13 said:Gah. As a vegetarian who frankly, doesn't want to think about a diet but just slavishly follow it until the pounds melt off, I find the fixation of these diets on things like grilled chicken breasts to be frustrating. :P