I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own.
D*I*E*T – A simple four letter word.
But so is HOPE. And let’s not forget LOVE. They are great examples of four simple letters that carry a lot of positive meaning.
Positive is how I am going to start thinking about diet. Because I really hope to live to the ripe old age of 100 and to get there I am starting by changing my diet.
Speaking of diet – I just completed my first week of Weight Watcher’s Simple Start program, more or less. I started off trying Simple Start which is a 2 week plan to help jump start your diet. There are approximately 55 meal ideas that you can select from during that time. No counting, no measuring, no worries. For those of us with smart phones, there is a free (another positive four letter word!) app that has the Meal Ideas, My Meals – a place to “Build a Meal”, and My Progress – a way to keep up with what you have eaten.
However, I had a few events come up during my first week, so I switched to Weight Watchers Points Plus plan. I needed to have a little more flexibility to accommodate me while I dined out with my family. The switch was easy and I downloaded the classic Weight Watchers app.
I am off to a good start and have already seen a positive shift on my scale’s dial. Once I hit my goal weight and have saved up enough money, I plan on going on a trip overseas with my family.
Since I like to eat – a lot – I came up with this No-Guilt Stir-Fry. It is lightly seasoned with coconut aminos which are similar in taste to soy sauce. (You could substitute soy sauce if you’d like. It should not add any additional points to the dish.)
- 6 Weight Watchers frozen chicken tenders
- 1 12 ounce bag Vegetable Stir Fry
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- Bake chicken tenders according to directions.
- Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and place it along with the vegetable stir-fry, and coconut aminos in a large pan or pot that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and cook over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes. Be sure to stir often.
The bag of stir-fry that I used was 12 ounces and had four servings at 25 calories each. (Each serving had 0 fat, 5 g carbs, 2 g fiber, and 2 g protein.) It was a good way to add vegetables to my diet and the entire recipe was only 8 points. It’s so much food that it serves two, therefore each serving would only be 4 points.
To make my days even sweeter, I indulge in a little treat now-and-then. The picture below is of a citrus float (it tastes better than it sounds). I made some Diet Pink Grapefruit soda and poured it over 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream. Yes – you can even have ice cream while on Weight Watchers. Gotta love that!
It’s easy to change the flavor of the float by changing the diet soda of choice. Each float is only 4 points.
Throughout this experience I am focusing on becoming healthier. Instead of feeling like I am depriving myself, I am striving to eat more fruits and vegetables and to feel good about what I am eating.
If you are looking for another satisfying meal, you should check out Easy Seven Can Soup. I calculated the point value for each of the cans and here is what I got:
With the exception of the can of Ro*Tel, each can is 3.5 – half cup servings. (Ro*Tel is 2.5 – half cup servings.) Therefore the total volume should be 11 3/4 cups of soup. (Note: don’t drain the cans.) There is a total of 31 points in the whole batch, at least according to my rough guestimation. Each cup should be approximately 2.63 points. A two-cup serving is 5.2 satisfying points.
Being that my goal is to make it to 100, I realize that I am not even half way there. I want to be as healthy as possible so that I can make it to triple digits and this is my first step in that direction.