Main Meal at Lunch

We’ve started having our main meal at lunch and in the evening, we either have a smoothie or yogurt with fruit. We usually have something little snack to boost the protein – hummus and carrot sticks, or peanut butter on celery, or just a few raw almonds. These snacks give us the feeling of eating something instead of just drinking our dinner. The smoothies include some (not all) of the following. Also, the veggies usually depend on what’s in the garden. Now we have spinach, carrots, kale and lettuce.

  • spirulina (always)
  • yogurt (always)
  • spinach
  • kale 
  • carrots
  • lettuce
  • banana (always)
  • any fruit that’s in the grocery store – mango, pineapple, pear, apple, strawberries, blueberries, etc.
  • flax or chia seeds (always)
  • whey (from yogurt)

We haven’t noticed any great weight loss . . probably because no matter how you fix it, for a smoothie to taste good, it has a lot of sugar in it. But, we aren’t gaining and we aren’t going to bed feeling bloated and reaching for the antacids.

Having our main meal at lunch means I’m pretty much done in the kitchen by 1 p.m. so I’m not trying to clean the kitchen when I’m about to drop. Often during the summer when we were having our main meal in the evening, I would leave the table without even picking up the dishes, head out to the garden til dark, come in and clean up quickly, shower and go to bed. We can take our smoothies out to the garden and drink our “dinner” while working. Or . . one of us might!  🙂


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    Theresa says

    The only weight I ever lost was by counting carbs and keeping the daily total under 100.

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      There are plenty of ways to lose but that’s not our priority right now, though it should be. We’ve had great results with Weight Watchers and following the Wheat Belly plan . . though neither of us will ever give up bread voluntarily. I could give up soda and ice cream and lose without having to do anything else, but that’s not going to happen right now either.

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    Katherine says

    I’ve had great luck losing and now maintaining my weight with My Fitness Pal. You can follow any sort of diet you want, as long as you are keeping your calories under control. So, I can still eat ice cream, just not unlimited quantities. My favorite thing about it though is the cost – FREE!
    My Fitbit is helping keep me motivated to keep moving, but I lost the weight without it.

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    We’ve started having our main meal at lunch too, only because my husband is a cancer patient and is often too tired to eat much at the end of the day. So we try to front load his caloric intake for the day and do a few small meals instead. It works for me too, after taking care of him and a 5 month old during the day, last thing I want to do at night is cook!!!