One of the greatest problems I had over the last three plus years is modifying my diet for moderation. Friends of mine can eat the same food, every day. I'm not one of those people. I need different, diverse foods or my taste buds go bonkers. So I try to eat healthier, and people notice this at work.
When I sit at my desk and have chips or a candy bar, someone will always pass by and look at me then cry "Oh! Ho! Look Mr. Healthy is eating a candy bar!"
Then I have to explain, once again, that i'm not on any diets. I just believe in "everything in moderation" when it comes to what I eat. I like to eat "bad" foods (candy, alcohol, chocolate, etc), but just try to keep everything in check.
I also made changes in my diet to reduce my cravings, and one of the keys was having that food at my desk. We have a kitchen at work with lots of free foods (chips, pretzels, sodas, etc). Some are good for you (fresh fruits), most are bad (has anyone tried Oreo Cakesters? Oh! My! God!).
My goal was basically to make small changes in my diet, rather doing what most dieters do - a drastic, lifechanging diet regimen and they are miserable after six weeks of eating salads and drinking diet colas.
That's not me.
Here's some foods that I eat regularly...
1. Golden Raisins. Mmmmmmm. I hate dark raisins, but golden raisins are great. Sunmaid or even Fresh Direct has these in seal-fresh bags. I have a handful of these when I feel hungry or need a pick me up.
2. Almonds - Fresh Direct has these also. I get unsalted, roasted Almonds, eat a handful for a great snack.
3. Yogurt - I like strawberry banana, usually Dannon or Axelrod. I have about 10 in my fridge, and bring one to work for my breakfast each day.
4. Bear Naked "Peak Protein" whole grain Granola. I eat this as a snack, or mix it in with my yogurt.
5. Fresh Fruit - I head over to Sobsey's Produce and grab whatever is the freshest stuff Micheal has there. I try to bring in 2 fresh fruits to work per day and mix it up each week, so that I don't get bored of eating the same old apples or oranges. Sobsey's has a great selection.
6. Soy Crisps (Low Salt). Great alternative to potato chips. Love to eat this alone as a snack or if I am having tuna fish. I wish more stores carried it.
7. Seltzer / Soda Water- I replaced most of my soda drinking with seltzer water. Maybe once in a while I may treat myself to a Coke (again, everything in moderation!). I can't stand diet soda, and even read about how diet soda may be making us fat!
8. Alcohol - I used to be a huge Red Bull & Vokda or Captain & Coke fan - but had to get away from all that sugar. The idea is just to make small changes that help me reduce my sugar/fat intake. I know that If I really wanted to keep the pounds off, I should just stop drinking. For right now, I may end the day with a beer or wine at dinner, along with a nightcap of scotch. If I am at the bars, maybe i'll drink Orange Grey Goose with soda water.
9. Beef Jerky - Awesome protein power stack, you just have to be careful to avoid those brands that have high sodium ingredients (MSG, erythorbate and sodium nitrate) or preservatives. Men's Health says : "Gourmet Natural Beef Jerky (available at americangrassfedbeef.com). It has no preservatives and is made from lean, grass-fed beef. Research shows that, unlike grain-fed products, grass-fed beef contains the same healthy omega-3 fats found in fish." I, myself, wouldn't eat this everyday - but its a much better alternative when if craving a late night snack after a night drinking over getting a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake.
10. Turkey Burgers - boy I love me some Turkey Burgers. I used to laugh at people who ate these. Thought it was so ridiculous. Turkey Burger? Are you kidding me? Boy, was I wrong. The key is getting a turkey burger that is white meat only. Only thing is that I have yet to find a place in Hoboken that makes white meat only Turkey Burgers. Anyone know a place? I went to Zack's on 2nd and Willow Sunday and their turkey burgers were white and dark meat - disappointing.
11. Sushi - another example of something I used to mock and now eat about once a week. Robongi and Maru are my two favorite spots to eat in Hoboken. I'm always a bit careful about my sushi consumption, because of mercury levels in wild fish.
I'm sure there are other people out there, like me, who are doing the same thing. What do you eat at work or home to avoid bad foods?