I need to figure out ways to eat "clean" without going insane or just resorting to not eating enough. I want to make like Staci from Nerd Fitness
and go from my present 15 lbs over fighting weight to bounce-quarters-off-me fitness.
I have a GREAT trainer helping me with the lifting part, but I'm not going to get there without the fastidious attention to diet part. I know, because I've tried: lifting + eating in "moderation" = better muscle tone and slightly looser pants, then plateau; intense cardio + eating in moderation = slow road to joint injuries; intense cardio + eating barely anything = lose weight quickly and then gain it all back immediately plus 5-10%. Lifting and a strict but nourishing diet until I get to goal weight looks like the only effective route FOR ME. Complications ensue.
I am a live-to-eat person rather than an eat-to-live person, and I'm pretty picky about the quality of my food, to the extent that I occasionally end up in situations where I'd rather eat nothing at all than eat food that doesn't taste good. I'm not picky about healthy food, per se - I eat a wide variety of foods and can't think offhand of a fruit, vegetable, or common protein that I am averse to - but the ways that I enjoy preparing or eating many foods are just not conducive to an extended period of eating for fat loss, because they're either too time-intensive to sustain over several weeks or months or they've got too many extra calories. I am a decent home cook, but I feel like I just have nothing to work with to make this healthy food taste good!
What am I doing wrong? People manage to eat "clean" all the time. Are those people just less picky about eating tasty food than I am, or is there some secret treasure trove of tasty, healthy, AND time-efficient recipes out there? Please share your advice and recipes -- encouragement is also welcome! (Let's assume for the purposes of this question that "clean" means fruit, veg, meat, dairy, seafood, and whole unprocessed grains that aren't wheat.)