YES! A Diet!
Not the kind of diet where all you eat is chocolate shakes or crackers, but "a good food" diet.
I have a diet plan based "a little bit" on the South beach diet, but basically just good instinct on what works for me.
Below you'll find the diet plan and above 2 meals that Ive had since starting.
The Tuna and Egg is simply Tuna in a can fried in its own oil with a diced tomato and a tsp of cumin powder and a pinch of red pepper flakes and fresh coriander(optional). After the tuna, just throw some beat eggs into the same pan and till scrambled. Eat this with pita bread and fresh sliced tomato or alone if you like.
The salad recipe is simply:
1 bell pepper diced
1 tomato diced(take out seeds)
1 cucumber sliced in four length ways and diced
1/2 yellow onion diced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup diced fresh coriander
1 can of chick peas
Mix all together and eat alone or with some low fat soft salty white cheese sprinkled on top.
These two dishes are fast easy and filling!
The Diet Plan
*i am in no way qualified to give nutritional advice to anyone! I eat and do what I think is best for me and what Ive found works for me. If you are looking for a nutritionsit please find a qualified one!
*Drinks: Coffee, green tea, low fat milk, normal tea and milk, juices (no sugar added) *Foods: Oatmeal, cornflakes, eggs and spinach, egg omelet with tomatoes, or Fool (cooked, smashed fava beans)with Arabic bread and homemade orange juice.
You can use store bought juice but make sure the ingredients says “NO SUGAR ADDED.”
Salad First! Then, Soup (based with tomato or broth) or Vegetables, Then meat or fish dish.
DRINK ONE GLASS OF WATER!
*Salad: Arabic salad, Fattoush, any salad you like but NOT a lot of dressing with cream or mayonnaise in it. Use apple cider vinegar and olive oil and Italian salad dressings more, also, hummus works as a delicious topping on Arabic salad! You can also make only a salad as your lunch with cut chicken in it or tuna too (protein in meat is important for lunch), serve it with a bowl of soup. You can also have Waraq Ainab(grape leaves stuffed).
*Soups: vegetable soup, spicy tom yum soup, chicken soup, cabbage soup, no cream based soups!
*Vegetables: Any veggies you like cooked in a healthy way!
*Meat: Tuna Fish, Salmon Fish, Chicken breasts without skin, Beef or Lamb without a lot of fat (called LEAN meat), shrimp. NO processed meats like hot dog, frozen kebab in packets… Cook your meat by grilling or baking or gently frying in olive oil or boiling in water or sauce.
Do not fry your meat in yellow oil or butter! You can use olive oil to fry it gently. No Deep frying food.
“3 cow” cheese slices, cucumber sliced thin with low fat white cheese wrapped inside, tomatoes with halloumi cheese and sautéed bell pepper slices, nuts of your choice(not a lot) Fresh fruits like grapefruit, watermelon, oranges, apples, cherries, and many others and you can eat with a bit of natural honey if you like. Carrots dipped in hummus.
Don’t eat a lot of bananas, pears, peaches, mangos, fruit with lots of sugars, dates with syrup in it.
Dinner should be lighter than lunch. Try to avoid eating after 8 pm. If you feel hungry after dinner then drink a glass of water then wait 10 minutes, if you’re still hungry you can have any of the foods listed under “Snacks”.
Drink one glass of water!
Soup: as above.
Salad: as above.
Meat: as above
Vegetable: as above.
To clean out your body from “the bad stuff” and give weight loss a jump start you can:
-Drink 1 tsp of honey mixed with a glass of warm water in the morning after breakfast
-Drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp lemon juice also after breakfast