I posted some of this on my daily calorie camp log the other day and I'd like to discuss it more.
I try really hard to support local restaurants and avoid the chains.
I also usually do most of my own cooking from scratch.
But when I'm counting calories I find myself eating MORE prepackaged food than usual just because its easier to know how many calories I'm eating. Also, I'm really tempted to get fast food, not because I like it, but because they post the nutrition information.
I will still snack on an apple or a bowl of blueberries, but I'm concerned about how worse off my eating got since watching the calories. I had not eaten Lean Cuisine or any frozen meal for over 2 years, and now I'm eating that prepackaed crap several times a week just because it is clearly labeled.
I know this is not the right way to do things. My own home cooking tastes better and is probably better for me. Not wanting to keep measuring every freaking bite I eat was ALWAYS the reason I quit dieting in the past. (it was never because I had trouble eating low-calorie, I can easily eat 1300 calories a day for long periods).
So what I do do so that I don't fall off the wagon? Keep buying prepackaged crap and eating at chain restaurants? Give myself "free eating" days 4 days a week?
My Dr. actually recommends Healthy Choice, so I eat mostly that and slim-fast. It saves time and saves my sanity. I do not see any problems with it other than lack of variety. This is something I can do for the next 18 weeks until my vacation (down 10lbs in 3 weeks) After that I will transition to more whole foods when I am allowed more calories.