Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Diet Staples

One of the most frequent questions I am asked regarding my weight loss is: What do you eat? This is part of the reason why I started a blog: to give me a way to talk about what I'm eating and doing at the gym since it's always changing. However, there are quite a few foods that I consider "staples" in the Berg Diet and I thought I would share them.

A couple of things to note first:

  • I use the term "diet" to refer to my eating regimenNOT a calorie-restricting meal plan (those never work for me).
  • I don't eat these foods just to "lose weight." This is how I eat on a regular basis regardless of my goals related to the scale; it's my lifestyle. When I keep my portion sizes appropriate, eat only when I'm hungry, keep cheat meals and treats to a minimum, and exercise daily, I lose weight. When I indulge in treats more frequently, eat a little more at meals, but still work my butt off at the gym, I generally maintain my weight. When I eat way more than I should (healthy foods or not), I put on weight. Simple as that.

Alright, here we go!

The Staples of the Berg Diet: Part 1


Cereal has ALWAYS been a staple in my diet, no matter how heavy I was. I usually eat it for breakfast (either with a piece of whole wheat toast or some egg whites) but sometimes I eat it for dinner or as a snack. Currently, I'm loving these:

Side note: I know a lot of you bloggers like to mix yogurt, fruit, and all kinds of other things in your cereal. I have no doubts that it tastes good like that, but I prefer mine the old fashioned way with just plain milk :)


I used to think the only way you could make oatmeal taste somewhat decent was to drown it in brown sugar, but after I discovered healthy living blogs I learned that I could not have been more wrong. Here is my favorite way to prepare it:

  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c water
  • Small handful of dried cherries
  • Small handful of nuts (walnuts, pecans, whatever)
  • Cinnamon
  • A big GOB of nut butter

Spinach Salads

As much as I hate to admit it, I am not a huge fan of vegetables. In fact, I'm lucky if I get in more than one serving a day. Fortunately, I am totally obsessed with spinach salads; I probably get 90% of my veggie intake from them. My favorite toppings include dried cherries, walnuts, sunflower seeds, feta, avocado, and blueberries.

Favorite dressing:


Almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds..the list goes on. In addition to tasting yummy, they are a great source of protein and healthy fat, and healthy fat helps you burn fat ;)

Natural Nut Butters

This should come as no surprise. I try to limit myself to one serving (2 tbsp) a day, but that never works out too well. Naturally Nutty is my favorite brand, and if you haven't tried it you're missing out!


I love it plain or mixed with fruit, raw oats, granola, nuts, whatever! Yogurt is also one of those foods that I could eat with any meal at any time of the day.


My favorite brands include Clif, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, Kashi, and Nature Valley. My cupboards are always well stocked with these!


Contrary to my attitude towards veggies, I pretty much love every type of fruit. My favorites are apples, bananas, berries, and oranges.

Apples and bananas are even better dipped in nut butter ;)

Amy's Frozen Pizzas

I used to eat one of these at least once a week, and while I don't eat them quite as frequently anymore I always have one in my freezer for when I need a quick and easy meal. These pizzas are seriously AMAZING! My favorites are spinach, cheese, mushroom and olive, and the white pizza.

I also love Amy's spinach and feta pockets and cheddar cheese burritos.

That's all I got for now!

What foods are staples in  your diets? Are there any foods that you eat every single day?


  1. I love cereal sooooooooo much! Its the best!

    I eat an apple everyday and a salad beast everyday! I usually always have a big salad once a day!

    Love your diet staples!

  2. Hey! Thanks for finding my blog! I LOVE those Amy Pizzas! My freezer is usually stocked with several.

  3. YAY I love all your staples...I'm not a huge nut fan or bar fan though. I lovee the butters and cereal rocks! I'm a veggies freak: broccoli, brussels, and mushrooms!
    I hope your week is off to a great start!

  4. I LOVED reading this...so fun to hear what others food staples are!! I love spinach salads:) I have pears, bananas, broccoli, oatmeal and candy every day of my life and I love it!

  5. Your staples are all amazing and I pretty much am in love with the exact same things...especially cereal (KASHI LOVE!) and bars.

    Great post! :D

  6. Yummmmm! almonds, fruit, and spinach salads are some of my favs too!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. Love this post!! We have a lot of the same food staples, although I don't keep cereal in my house because I can eat a box in a day :) I saw the OhYeah bars at the store today and i almost got one but it was kinda expensive! I'll be on the look out for a sale!

  8. I'm a new reader of your blog :)
    I too get this question a lot, what do I eat to lose so much?
    Basically the same as you except I don't eat Fat Free products because the sugar content can be high and Aspartame in them. I too love nuts and spinach in my salads. Yum.



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