I know I've posted a bit on here about my diet / calorie tracking. An update post? SURE.
1) I've re-introduced some whole grains into my life - mainly steel cut oats for breakfast (or, rather, any meal). I lost the majority of my first 30 lbs eating this every morning, it fills me up, and is warm in my belly. I still shy away from breads & the such unless there's an urgent need for PB&J. :)
2) I'm continuing to try and make all of my meals using natural, limited ingredient products. Some call this 'Real Food'. I don't know what I call it, except 'I Feel Better Eating This Way'. Yes, this means I spend time in the kitchen, but it makes me feel better & I know exactly what I'm putting in my face.
3) How did I live before my FoodSaver? When I make something 'slow cooked' - i.e. crockpot or lots of time simmering on the stove - I make a double batch and freeze half. I usually Foodsaver in 1-2c portions, so when I defrost I know exactly how many calories I'm defrosting.
This sounds complicated, but it really isn't. There's a handful of recipes that I crave often - Taco Soup, Minestrone Soup, Stews - that I eat on a pretty regular basis. I Foodsaver the contents in pre-made bags, then squish them so they lay flat & freeze. When it's time to defrost, I just throw them in some hot water in the sink, then cut the top off the bag & reheat in the microwave or saucepan. BAM. Dinner. Or lunch!
4) How am I going to eat on the cruise? Ecch. I have been trying to not think about it! Lots of salad bar, and, well, let's be honest, I plan on having soft-serve for most meals. (What? I'm paying for it. PS Soft Serve is the best thing on earth. Better than chocolate and peanut butter. Yeah. I said it.)