My general rule is nothing processed (short of my natural whole grain cereals, can’t give those babies up, hah!), nothing artificial, only whole foods, and that covers my general diet (that and I’m a vegetarian). One of the greatest things I have ever done was open my cabinets six years ago and get rid of everything that isn’t considered a natural food- from then on, it changed my eating style. Only whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and some dairy and eggs. Because of my diet, I find certain foods to be unecessary and possibly harmful, and soy, aspartame, and protein supplements are three of those. You can make your life oodles easier and happier just by transforming your eating habits- beans, nuts, seeds, raw dairy, eggs (even just the whites, if you don’t care for the calorie content of the yolks), are great sources of protein. Chickpeas are incredibly versatile for a protein punch- chickpea patties, hummus, or pop open a can and roast them until crunchy with olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Kale chips (washed and dried fresh kale quickly oven toasted with a tiny bit of oil, vinegar, and sea salt) are a great replacement for things like potato chips- seriously, they taste awesome! If you want to have a quick shake, try making one with Fage 0% greek yogurt (or homemade raw yogurt), handfuls of berries/bananas/mangos/acai, etc. and a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds (for a natural source of protein). I sweeten with small amounts of buckwheat honey, which adds an interesting flavor- I’d rather have small amounts of honey from my hives rather than fake sugars. Raw cashews are a great snack, because they have a sweet flavor and that good crunch. And like another poster said, lots of water! I only consume water w/lemon or cucumber, raw milk, and unsweetened tea when I’m out to dinner, and I think it helps. One of my best strategies ever was to eat mostly/only what I grow- carrots, lettuce, peas, cucumbers, beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, greens, etc. That way I’m eating tons of veggies, and working hard to maintain a large garden (good exercise!) so I highly advocate that as a natural, pleasent, diet strategy. I know it isn’t possible for everyone, but for those that have the space, it’s great! Also, it helps to mentally train yourself to see certain things as desserts that most people wouldn’t- a plum, a slice of watermelon, a bowl of heritage flakes (tasty multi-grain cereal), etc. Once those become treats, you don’t naturally crave cookies, cakes, ice cream, what not, as much anymore (though I do have a link to a pretty tasty raw cookie recipe if anyone wants it, not really into raw foodism, but it is a good, healthy dessert item! 🙂 My boy has celiac disease, so we eat a lot of gluten-free items in our house, and I’ve found a tasty alternative to regular pasta is jerusalem artichoke pasta- makes for a good source of protein and fiber, and it tastes way better than whole grain pastas- actually, I like it better than regular pasta! 😀
Sorry if that was off-track or long winded, I’m new here, hah so I thought I’d just go ahead and share some things that have worked for me under one post as opposed to, say 15, lol! 🙂 Just don’t deprive yourself, it isn’t fun, you’ll make yourself miserable, and it just isn’t worth it in the end. Better to just change the way you view foods and dieting, less you feel tortured!
And I just saw you’re allergic to dairy, so I understand the soy part, my apologies!! You might try almond milk in place of soy milk, though 🙂