(Closed) Considering south beach diet but chronically low on TIME… also ? about coffee

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Many people do well on SB. I did not. It made me feel horrible. I now simply try to cut back on my portions and incorporate whole grain products into my diet as much as possible. Good luck with your fitness goals!

Post # 4
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Lots of people who are into South Beach insist on referring to it not as the “South Beach Diet” but instead as the “South Beach Way of Life” or “South Beach Way of Eating” – because in order to be successful on it, you really do have to restructure your relationship with food, which often means restructuring your life. In other words, quick grab-and-go foods are not the way of getting healthy on South Beach, I’m sorry to have to tell you. It is a time-consuming diet for sure, because the point of it is to cook whole, healthy meals from fresh ingredients with lots of vegetables. It takes planning, but the payoff in improved health and better quality food is totally worth it.

You can have a cappuccino on South Beach, but you’ll need to use skim milk instead of half-and-half to make it, and you’ll count the milk as part of your daily milk allowance (two cups).

I love the diet precisely because it forces you to cook meals from real ingredients with real health benefits instead of letting you slide by on packaged and processed foods. It’s a great way to approach eating! As for your breakfasts, there are a million different breakfast casseroles that you can make that get you your vegetables in the morning and are delicious, and you can make those on a Sunday and have them ready to heat up a portion quickly each morning. That strategy will work for your lunches and dinners too if you’re pressed for time – make a couple of big meals on the weekend and put them in the fridge or freezer to eat later in the week.

This blog has a few long lists of delicious SB-friendly recipes: http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/

The blog also has a page specific to phase-one legal recipes, with lots of the breakfast casseroles I mentioned.

I would encourage you to give it a try, and good luck!

Post # 5
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My Mother-In-Law has cooking day on the weekends, where she makes a ton of food and then freezes it. Then, during the week, she just reheats it and has a super quick meal!

Can you make your cappuchino with soy or low fat milk? You don’t want to cut out everything you love right away, otherwise, you’ll hate your diet and it will be that much harder to follow.

Post # 6
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve done South Beach in the past and was really successful with it.  It’s good that your Fiance is on board.  Fiance is the reason I’m not back on it.

The first two weeks are the time when you’ll struggle the most.  For breakfast I would do hard boiled eggs and canadian bacon or I’d scramble some eggs and make a burrito, replacing the tortilla with a romain leaf. 

Once I got past the first two weeks I’d do some yogurt with some oats mixed in for a little fiber.

Google for some easy South Beach recipies.  It’s totally doable.

Post # 7
1390 posts
Bumble bee

Just a warning, SB is hard to ‘maintain.’ I lost 60 lbs. Gained back 80. There’s nothing wrong with carbs and in fact, you need them! I was so exhausted on that diet. I was an athlete, I was working out, in college, and exhausted. Now I just track my daily calories on Livestrong.com and exercise. 20lbs down, several more to go but at least I’m not eating to a ‘plan’ and I know how to maintain it eventually!

If you do want some quick protein fixes, here are some:

Egg whites microwaved in a small pyrex. Eat on whole grain toast with cheese

Almonds or peanuts sprinkled with cayenne

Cottage cheese with berries

Peanut butter with an apple/banana

String cheese


These are some of my favorite snacks. 🙂

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