|Mashed sweet potatoes stand in for fattening white potatoes at any meal.|
Sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes.
Brown rice, not white rice.
No bread or toast at breakfast, but a bed of whole-wheat pasta for your eggs or egg-white omelet is perfectly fine and filling.
These are some of the strategies I've used to lose weight and keep it off since I gave up bread and pizza at the suggestion of a trainer at my old gym.
From a high of 228 pounds, I've reached a comfortable weight of under 185 pounds.
|Organic eggs with manchego cheese and pesto over whole-wheat pasta.|
It should go without saying that I don't eat dessert, unless it's ripe fruit with a great of piece cheese or an occasional sorbet.
I've also stopped eating meat, meaning I can afford to eat a variety of full-fat, reduced-fat and skim-milk cheeses, and whole eggs.
My overall cholesterol is about 140.
Seafood is a delight -- from Maine lobster to whole wild-caught fish to fillets flown here from Canada, Iceland and other countries.
I eat a lot of organic salad mix, tomatoes and cucumbers. I make canned fish salad with tuna, salmon and sardines, and eat it over salad, not in a sandwich.
|Kashi Trail Mix and and other bars allow me to skip lunch.|
In the past, a snack would be cheese, smoked wild salmon, canned fish salad and other items, but I'd always eat them tucked inside Syrian pocket bread.
Now, I roll up slices of cheese and smoked salmon, dip them in mustard and eat them out of hand.
A spoonful of peanut or sodium-free almond butter is terrific followed by a spoonful of fig marmalade.
Fig marmalade goes beautifully with slices of manchego, a sheep's milk cheese from Spain.
The almond butter is great over apple slices.
|A spoonful of fig marmalade goes well with cheese.|