Your diet plan only works if you stick to it. To do that, you'll probably want a little variety. Rather than trying to come up with ten possible healthy selections for each meal of the day, stick to one thing for lunch, then mix it up at dinner.
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As cooking site The Kitchn explains, by picking one healthy, low-kilojoule meal for lunch and sticking to it, you can streamline those decisions you usually need to make mid-day. You're probably already busy during the day, so having that choice made for you can be helpful.
Pick something that will give you just enough to hold you over, without blowing through your entire kilojoule budget for the day. Then, when dinner rolls around, you have some room to mix up your diet plan. Maybe you can even splurge a little:
It probably sounds pretty boring to eat the same thing for lunch every day, but I know exactly how many [kilojoules] I'm consuming. My regimen keeps me in shape for my races and also allows me to splurge a little at night. I eat whatever I want for dinner, usually pizza or pasta — I need those carbs! — plus a big salad with greens, tomatoes, red onions and some cheese. I also like to have a glass of red wine (or two). I deserve it!
Of course, you can switch it up to make it work for you. If you'd rather have a big breakfast and some smaller meals throughout the day, then you can try that. The idea here is to pick one meal that lets you eat something different and enjoy yourself, so you're not dragging your feet on your diet. It's not as difficult to stick to a boring routine for two meals of the day when one of them gets to be fun and different.