Every morning I have the exact. same. breakfast. So far, this hasn't gotten old and I love it! I have 1/2 cup of quick whole grain oatmeal (yes, I realize there are better oatmeal choices out there, but I have about 3 minutes in the morning to eat) and 1 cup of Chobani greek yogurt (favorite flavors are apple cinnamon, mango, pineapple, peach and strawberry). For weeks I couldn't get past the consistency of greek yogurt (almost like sour cream) but now I'm pretty much addicted.
I grouped these together because normally my lunches are leftover dinners. For the most part, I avoid as much canned food as possible. I buy a LOT of frozen veggies and chicken (my freezer is always packed full). One of my easy "go to" quick meals is a little homemade stir fry: rice, grilled chicken and veggies. It's filling and delicious! I satisfy cravings for certain foods by making a healthier version of them: spaghetti with whole grain pasta and light sauce, or pizza with turkey pepperoni, light sauce, cheese on a flat-out flatbread crust. I pretty much try to take any meal I want, make it healthy and control my portions. I do a lot of cooking on Sundays using the crockpot (chili, chicken noodle soup, beef stew) and will portion out my servings and then take them to work for lunch or freeze them.
My go to snacks are almonds, pistachios, string cheese, fruit, veggies with light dip, fiber one brownies/90-cal bars and my favorite thing ever: Dove dark chocolate mini's with almonds. BONUS: the uplifting messages I get from unwrapping them (this was one from last week):
Water, water and more water! I drink 75 ozs a day. The last time I had a soda was in October and I don't miss it at all. I don't recommend everyone give up other drinks and only drink water, but water is VERY important to losing weight. I know when summer gets here, I will have some unsweetend iced tea (mmmm). And I also indulge in the occasional alcoholic beverage, but it's rare.
There are only 2 "fast" food restaurants I will eat at: Subway and Chipotle. I REFUSE to give up my Chipotle. I have had it once a week since starting to lose weight. I just make smarter choices: no tortilla, sour cream or cheese. The chicken bowl I normally get is 480 calories. Both Subway and Chipotle can pack on a lot of sodium so the days that I have it, I watch my sodium intake from the other foods I eat. Too much sodium immediately makes my weight jump 3-7 lbs for a few days... so annoying.
Overall, if I want something, I eat it. I just control how much and make sure it's (semi) healthy. I refuse to cut any food out of my life that I can't live without. There are still days where I don't feel satisfied, but they're fewer and fewer as I figure this out.