South Beach Diet Day 16 - Frozen Entrees Discontinued

South Beach Diet Day 16 - Frozen Entrees Discontinued

Today's South Beach Diet Tips:

* South Beach isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet, so if it’s been several weeks and you’re just not feeling the high-maintenance South Beach lifestyle, it’s okay to contemplate a potential Plan B.

* It is indeed possible to binge on diet food.

And now, here are the details of my 16th day on the South Beach Diet...

What I Weighed Today: 194.5 lbs. (8am)

For lunch today I decided to try a Lean Cuisine entrée that seemed as “clean” as they come. It was just chicken medallions with creamed spinach, but seemed small so I brought a bag of romaine lettuce and a little salad dressing so I could try to fill up. I am concerned about just how clean this meal is since the label lists cornstarch as one of the ingredients. This is probably used as a thickener for the gravy and is hopefully a minimal amount. It was really delicious.

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I dreamed last night that I found a supermarket that was totally stocked with every South Beach frozen entree!! And since it was my dream, they had like 20 different kinds of South Beach frozen pizza, and each was better than the next! Unfortunately though, I woke up to the sad, disappointing reality that South Beach frozen entrees were discontinuted by Kraft in 2009.

My fixation on the death of the South Beach frozen dinner line is due to the fact that life on this diet would be so much easier for me if it still existed. I swear at this point, if I found a place that had those pizzas I would eat one a day for the next twelve days. My menu would be a meal bar for breakfast, a pizza for lunch, and something I cooked for dinner. I need the structure AND I need the convenience.

So far I haven't found the secret for making the South Beach Diet easy. I could get the grilled chicken at El Pollo Loco every day, but eventually that would get old. Here is the deal: This plan does have grab-n-go options like lean lunch meats, tuna, baked chicken or lean meats from restaurants. But the problem is that it requires a lot of thought and sometimes too much effort. At least for an often lazy person like me.

It's great if you like to cook (or if you love El Pollo Loco grilled chicken), but if you don't, you may be in trouble.

There are tons of wonderful, fascinating, and most likely delicious recipes to be found in the South Beach books and on the website. But the thought of buying the ingredients and then cooking the food becomes overwhelming. All I keep thinking is how I could never do this long term unless I was a housewife.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: South Beach Caramel Peanut Crispy Meal Bar, 2 cups Coffee w/ 4 tablespoons Coffee Mate and Splenda
Lunch: Lean Cuisine Chicken w/Creamed Spinach, Romaine w/Nancy’s Light Italian Dressing
Snack: 2 oz Low-Fat String Cheese
Dinner: 2 Non-Fat Yogurts, 3 oz Low-Fat String Cheese
Snack: None


I wound up having to work late and had no interest in trying to figure out what to eat. I just wanted to be full. So I ate a yogurt…then I ate another one…then I ate 3 sticks of string cheese. Once I felt satiated enough to go to bed I did.

I'm not feeling too good about South Beach today. I still feel uneducated about it and have lost my "push" in getting to know more about it. I've seen some results but I feel like there is some puzzle piece I am missing that is keeping me from reaping all the benefits as I should from the program. I am still 3.5 pounds away from my monthly goal and I don’t see how I am going to make it.

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