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Happy New Year (in other words, time to lose five pounds)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus and New Years! Ours was so so nice. We also celebrated my little guy’s 7th birthday on New Years Day. He thinks it’s so cool everyone celebrates his birthday all over the world.

So much to catch up on, but if you’re like me – one of the muffintop items on my to do list is getting back to healthy eating. I mean yes, the cookies & cream birthday cake was delicious. And the chili, and pizza, and champagne and bruschetta…

But it’s a new year, and it’s time to get things back on track. I’m typically not one for diets (except for going on Weight Watchers post-baby, which whipped me back in shape both times) but my mom cut out this Easy Mayo Clinic diet from Woman’s World magazine last year. I tried it (about a year ago) and lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks. I made some substitutions, and pretty much ate the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner for two weeks. Here’s what I ate, and what I plan to eat for the next two weeks:

Breakfast: one slice of wheat toast with 1 1/2 tsp peanut butter (I didn’t measure it, but just used the tiniest amount possible that schmeared across the whole piece of toast) and 1/2 a banana sliced up on top

Mid-morning snack: one cup Trader Joe’s vanilla greek-style fat free yogurt with a cup of blueberries

Lunch: Half a turkey sandwich with tomato, lettuce, avocado and either extra lettuce or veggies like snap peas or baby carrots

Snack: Apple or grapes

Dinner: 4 oz shrimp (costco frozen shrimp is the best) and 1/3 cup brown rice OR small piece of chicken (from grocery store roast chicken) with 1 microwaved sweet potato and steamed broccoli

Dessert: frozen or fresh fruit

This diet says to eat all the fruit and vegetables you want, which is great. I usually don’t eat as much fruits and veg as I should, so this gets me in the habit of eating healthy when I’m hungry. No more chocolate chips.

I pasted the link to the three choices of breakfast, lunch, and dinner above, but if you want to read the full article, here’s the link: http://www.goodbooks.com/mayoclinicdiet/pdf/Womans_World_Mayo_Clinic_diet.pdf

(Also, I am on a Good Earth original tea kick. It’s herbal, and so cinamonny and sweet. I usually overdose on this for a while, get so sick of it, then rediscover it months later. Great if you want a little something sweet that isn’t unhealthy!)

Posted Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Food & Drink