I am 38 years old and I am a size 8. (I also do yoga 4 days a week.)
I break all of the rules of dieting because following the rules makes me feel like I am starving. I never like to be hungry.
I eat bread. I love bread so, again this goes against most diet advice. If you are an Atkins diet fan, then move on because I can not help you. Or relate.
Be warned- I eat the same things over and over except for 3 nights a week. So if that sounds boring to you, than my diet will not help you.
Also, I do not cook ever so if you enjoy cooking than this is not for you.
My 4 kids all love the food. No problems there.
Also I eat breakfast, lunch and snack at the computer. I don't eat slow or pay attention to my food except at dinner.
Food is something that I need and something that keeps me going- I only relish it as an experience 3 nights a week. All the rest of my meals are purely functional.
All food is organic if I can obtain it that way.
Breakfast: A chocolate chip Cliff bar (see below)
Snack: 1 piece of local bakery whole wheat or spelt bread, plain
Lunch: 1/2 cup plain, organic oatmeal with milk and a small cup of orange juice (sometimes I put 1/2 T flax, wheatgerm or oat bran in my oatmeal)
Snack: 2 T. almonds
Still hungry? Another piece of plain bread
Monday: Fettuccine, steamed broccoli, strawberries and/or other berries, mixed green salad
Tuesday: Turkey sandwich on wheat bread (w/ spinach, tomatoes, green pepper, cucumbers), grapes, baby carrots
Wednesday: Spaghetti w/ marinara sauce, orange slices, peas, mixed green salad
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - go out to eat and order whatever I want at an affordable cafe or restaurant ( I try to avoid fast food, but sometimes my kids win. I also try to avoid large meat meals esp. ground beef.)
Sunday: Turkey mixed with various sauces, rice or quinoa, broccolli, mixed green salad
Sunday and Monday we have a family treat - it could be a cake, pie, brownies and ice-cream or something similar
When I feel like a treat on the other days I make myself hot chocolate: 1 c. 1% milk, 1 T. cocoa, 1 T. agave nectar (see below- this is the best non-sugar sweetener I have ever tasted!)
Let me know if you try my diet!