for the fat and lazy
Now that I've shed a half a ton of lard (with only a half ton more to go!), I'm ready to slowly venture back into the world of culinary delights.
First, does anyone know of a low fat / low calorie healthy food delivery service in NY/NJ? I know there's a company that delivers 3 meals plus snacks every morning based on the zone diet. I'm looking for something along those lines, but I'm not so sure I want to get involved in a fad diet.
What are some questions and requests you can make at restaurants to make sure you're getting a healthy meal... that is, other than requesting salad dressing or sauce on the side? Are most restaurants accomodating to special requests? which notable ones
aren't? I know the joint I work at will hand you your walking papers if you ask for anything more than salad dressing on the side.
Follow Julia Child's advice: Small portions, no seconds, no snacking, have a little bit of everything and have a good time!
Glenn, the Zone stuff is not a fad and shouldn't be lumped in with those other things. ALthough Barry Sears (the Zone guy) is into marketing his related products, don't hold it against his actual concepts and research. The more technical of his books, and, therefore, the least popular, makes a lot of sense.
I don't relay on the products (although I have an occasional bar here and there, and like the fish oil capsules because they are molecular distilled) but try to eat according to the principles (approx. 40-30-30) even when I go out.
Example: A piece of protein around 4oz, fill the rest of the plate with veggies (that are not breaded, starchy, gloppy, or greasy!), have a salad (w/oil & vinegar - or just a tiny bit of dressing on the side), have a taste (a forkful) of any rice or potatoes or starch (or even better, not at all), fruit for dessert, or 2-3 of you share a dessert (or order it, taste it and pass it over to someone else) or a glass of wine with dinner - it is not as difficult as you think...
I have lost over 80 lbs (over about 2 yrs) slowly and sanely by eating this way and exercising and I find that I can live with it when I go out. I also make sure that every once in a while - maybe 4-5x/yr - I go out to a fancy dinner (courtesy of a generous friend and his expense account!) and don't fuss over what I order and just enjoy it - as long as it isn't all the time or every week, enjoy!