Diet

10 minute salad

I call this my Monday to Friday diet and I stick pretty close to it. On the weekend I graze…eat pretty much what I want…but I’m careful not to overdo it. I usually split my lunch into two segments. I eat half my sandwich and half my chips around noon and the other half around two o’clock. That way it carries me through the afternoon. I never over eat, or ‘stuff’ myself and I never ‘starve’. It’s all about balance. At night I center my meal around a basic salad that takes me ten minutes to make. Sometimes I throw raw broccoli or cauliflower on my salad just to rock the boat. I never use trailer trash lettuce (iceberg). I always go for ‘deep green’, like Romaine or Spinach. I alternate dressings and never over saturate it. I go ‘out’ for dinner a couple of times a month. If you stick to this diet you will settle into a weight that is just right for your body frame. You still have to get your ass off the sofa and go for a walk once in a while…oh…I didn’t step on your lazy little toes did I?   

Marc’s 10 minute salad

      1 head of romaine   (it’s a type of lettuce dear)

      onion

      cucumber

      tomato

      olives    (black and green)

      peppers  (pepprocini)

      feta cheese

      sunflower seeds / croutons

Make this salad on a dinner plate as it is the center of your meal. Never make a salad in a big bowl, it’s not the same. You want to give each salad your individual attention. Wash, drain and break up your lettuce on individual plates. Cut your onion in thin rings. Break them up and put a few on each salad. Peel and slice your cucumber and place in and around your lettuce.  Add your tomato. Dot with different colored olives and a pepprocini pepper. Add croutons and sunflower seeds. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

This salad is fabulous and looks gorgeous.  It can be served Monday-Friday night. Use your favorite salad dressing and serve it with a grilled or broiled meat portion. Serve your meat on a traditional  small salad  plate or just slice it and toss it on the salad. Try to do fish at least twice a week. Salmon and Halibut are excellent on the grill…or shrimp. Twice a week serve your salad with grilled chicken and one night serve it with a grilled steak. Your meat serving should be about the size of the palm of your hand. Never ‘fry’ your meat and be sure to skin your chicken. Limit you bread intake to no more than one small dinner roll.

I always eat a good breakfast. I love oatmeal and it just takes a minute to make. Add fresh fruit to your oatmeal, like blueberries or raspberries. Oatmeal is fabulous for your skin. Add a little honey to it. Save the big breakfast for Sunday mornings. Every man likes to have a big fabulous breakfast on Sunday morning, bacon or sausage, pancakes, eggs, hash browns.

At lunch I usually like some kind of sandwich with chips. I never use mayo on a sandwich. It’s nasty and full of fat. I do use mustard. I always take the top bun off  my sandwich Trust me, you won’t miss the top bun and you don’t need the extra bread. You can eat pretty much what you like for lunch but save the burger and fries for the weekend and never ‘super size’ beotch. It’s so unladylike. Remember, no mayo and take the top bun off. You may have to eat you burger with a knife and fork. I do it all the time.

On weekends I eat what I want, but I never overdo it. You shouldn’t have to diet on the weekend. Weekends are meant to splurge. I said  ‘splurge’…not ‘binge’. There’s a difference. When Monday comes around I’m back on my little diet.

I try to walk for an hour a day. I live near the beach so you can come and walk with me if  you want. Don’t walk alone unless you are in a public place and there are lots of people around. Never walk alone after dark. I usually don’t worry about walking on the weekend but my lifestyle is pretty active.

Cut way back on soda. Drink more water.

Snacks should be fruits and nuts. I try not to snack late at night, if I do it’s usually a bowl of Special K or two to three cookies…never the whole bag.

You can do it girlfriend. If you can stick to my Monday-Friday diet you will lose weight and you will not feel deprived. Be creative. I love to serve hot wings with my salad…or bbq ribs. Remember, the salad should be the focal point.

Your diet is only half the battle. You need to ‘get a life’. The more you hang around the house the more you’re prone to overeat. Take a walk with the dog. If you don’t have a dog…get one. Go to the bookstore. Start a project. Ride your bike. Roller skate. Do anything that gets you up off the couch and away from the refrigerator.

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