The first week was a success -- it was actually way easier than I expected, and I lost almost 2 pounds! The cool thing about this program is that you just substitute the ZONE baked goods for the ones you would normally eat. I will say some of the foods are much better than others (or maybe I just like them more). I love the bagels, granola, bagel chips and I could do without the bread and the cookies.
This program is super easy to fit in being a full-time working mom. I just throw breakfast in my bag, have a big cup of water and a cup of coffee (only one, I promise) and I’m golden. The granola is crunchy and delicious, and if I have time, I put it in low-fat yogurt as the diet suggests. It’s really good, and I’m not hungry all morning like I used to be. Lunch has been a little harder, even if I bring bagel chips or cookies I still want to bring bread for a sandwich, and I don’t know how much “stuff” I’m really supposed to put on it. Dr. Sears talks about a portion being the size of your palm -- which seems doable for things like chicken or steak, but in the case of turkey slices, I’m not really sure what to do. I’m working on it. Salads are easier, so I may just stick with salad and cookies -- that works for me. Dinner is easy. It’s either pasta, which tastes amazing, orzo (also good), or a big salad with some ZONE croutons and Mediterranean feta and veggies -- really delicious and not too different from what I used to eat.
More than anything else, what I’m finding is that I’m not as hungry as before, and I’m just paying more attention to what goes in my mouth. All in all, I’ve been really happy so far. I’m slightly worried I’ll get sick of the snacks, but we’ll see what happens. I’m excited to see what this week will bring!
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