Beadalin, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were one of my coworkers. I was fresh off induction last Spring, and at our End-of-the-Year party, one of my coworkers brought that mozzarella & tomato salad. As I was looking at a table full of pasta and rice and fruit and sandwiches, I suddenly saw that and realized, “Hey, I can eat that!” It was heavenly.
I’ve been doing Atkins since the spring and have lost nearly 50 pounds.
As for the OP, I eat lots of chicken and seafood. Broiled, maybe with a simple sauce or just plain. Lots of small fish filets, too, just broiled or sauteed. I’m allergic to shrimp, but I’m able to get lots of fresh seafood here, so it’s easy to make something simple.
Turkey burgers (broiled or cooked in the George Foreman grill) with a honey-mustard dressing, just on the plate, obviously, rather than on a roll. No carbs in the turkey burgers, and 5 carbs in 2 tablespoons of the honey mustard.
Salads, with cheese and a hard-cooked egg and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and real dressing for lunch. No croutons!
I 've been eating lots of veggies, too. Steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, and green beans.
I would have cottage cheese for a little snack. I think there’s 4 carbs in a half-cup, even the non-light versions.
Read the labels of everything, and be sure you’re getting the serving sizes right. Don’t just pick something up and read “5 carbs” and not realize that there’s 2 or 3 servings in the container.
You really have to just break the habit of snacking.
Be sure to drink lots of water.