I've had success before with the South Beach Diet, and I've just restarted Phase One. I happily cook for myself on the weekends, but I work 10 hour days M-F and am seemingly incapable of remembering to bring lunch to the office. I do, however, have a freezer, a fridge, and a desk drawer at my disposal. So far at work I've been eating (a lot of):
canned (vegetarian) chili from Trader Joe's
green salads with fake chicken (but this with less frequency, because I sometimes forget about the greens and they go bad before I think to eat them)
I've been tracking my food on SparkPeople and have learned:
a) I really have to stop buying nuts and keeping them at my desk, because I blow through them like crazy and that's not part of the diet. I do, however, appreciate their delicious crunchiness, which I've been hard-pressed to find elsewhere on South Beach.
b) I genuinely love beans, but I eat a ton of them and can't help but feel their carb content is too high to be a total staple for South Beach.
c) I am much, much more likely to eat food I can store at my desk, but I also do pretty well with frozen food. Food that stays in the slightly gross fridge gets slightly gross and forgotten.
So, savvy MeFites: what foods can I eat on the South Beach Diet (especially Phase One) that are a) shelf-stable or amenable to long freezing, b) suitable for a vegetarian, and c) not beans? Are there clever recipes or preparation techniques I should be looking into? I shop mostly at Trader Joe's (previously
), but also go to more traditional grocery stores and produce stores. I am also extremely broke, so any food suggestions that isn't too expensive is welcome.