I've often heard of people complaining that it's hard to stay on program because they get bored eating the same things over and over again. When I hear this, I nod my head sympathetically and manipulate my facial muscles to express sympathy and understanding. I can certainly understand intellectually how variety my be the spice of life for many. I just don't relate on any kind of personal level.
I am more than happy to eat the same breakfast and lunch pretty much every day of the week. I would have not much of a problem doing the same for dinner as well. Case in point, I was known in my past life (read, plumper me) to buy a gigantic pizza, and then eat it for 4 to 5 days straight. Preferably cold and hopefully not moldy.
It's not that I don't love food or that I'm afraid to try new kinds of food. When it comes to eating, there are precious few things that I'm not willing to put into my mouth. The list of foods that I won't eat is probably down to 2 or 3, with grapefruit still being the number one food that I really avoid (too bitter). More the issue is that I cannot be bothered to summon the 12 IQ points necessary to make a food selection.
This makes having basic meals on program really simple (even for my little brain). Take breakfast for example. My approach here has been to start with some basic constructs and evolve them over time. By way of example, here are my better breakfast software release notes:
- Better breakfast 1.0: Quaker flavored oatmeal, Danon fruit at the bottom yogurt, and coffee w/ sugar and 2% milk. This wasn't a terrible version 1.0, but it clearly contained a bunch of bugs. By way of example, standard flavored oatmeal has lots of added sugar and flavors that may or may not be natural. I'm not puritanical about the whole organic food thing, but coughing up 3 POINTS given the volume of food didn't seem a good trade off.
- Better breakfast 2.0: Quaker Weight Control oatmeal, Danon Lite yogurt. Better, particularly since the WC oatmeal has more protein. Still, not enough food to keep me full until lunch.
- Better breakfast 3.0: Quaker Weight Control oatmeal (160 cal) w/ added banana and blueberries. Also for this release is the introduction of Chobani 0% Greek yogurt with fruit (around 140 cal). I have become a giant Greek yogurt convert: lots of protein and not too many calories in the 0% fat variety. Still, I was sensing that there might be too much added sugar -- probably an extra 2 POINTS worth.
- Better breakfast 4.0: McCann's non-flavored instant oatmeal (100 cal) + fruit. Fage 0% plain yogurt (90 cal) + grapes. For this who aren't super fast with their mental POINTS calculator, my breakfast works out to about 6 POINTS. Given that I get 31 POINTS per day (I'd prefer not to get flamed by those of you who only get 18 per day... don't hate me just because I'm a tall guy on maintenance), this is a totally manageable total.