How to do South Beach Diet, phase 1
September 1, 2014 11:02 AM Subscribe
My partner would like to try Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet for two weeks in order to jump-start losing 10-15 lbs. I typically cook in a Phase 2/Mediterranean diet style in general, so initially I figured this would be an easy enough task -- throw out the pasta and bread for a couple of weeks, and voila! But a couple of challenges are presenting themselves.
posted by scody to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
First: what's the best way to prepare for lunch (and sometimes breakfast) on the go? He is often away from the kitchen and doesn't consistently have access to a refrigerator or microwave. The lunch suggestions in the South Beach cookbooks seem largely predicated on the assumption of having access to a kitchen for meals.
Second: I am not going to follow the diet strictly myself, as A) I am perpetually in a state of trying to gain 5-10 lbs., and B) I prefer to avoid red meat and poultry, which there is a lot of on the diet (I'm fine with seafood and dairy). I have had to follow restrictive diets in the past for medical reasons (low-iodine diet in preparing for thyroid scan, giving up foods that bothered me during chemo, etc.), but I've never dieted to lose weight.
So, in a nutshell, I'm looking for: specific Phase 1 breakfast/lunch/snack ideas for eating on-the-go, and suggestions about how I can best be supportive while not following the exact same meal plan (though I intend to make as many Phase 1 dinners for both of us as I can, since that's the meal we always eat together). Phase 1 vegetarian or seafood dinner suggestions are welcome, too.
Note: my partner is very physically active (he works out 3-4 times a week, plus does contracting/handyman work), so encouraging him to exercise isn't really an issue.