My National

My National

Right Bite comes to Abu Dhabi: Day 4 of my 5-day, 1,200 calorie test drive

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The lemon & chili chicken noodles I gobbled up for lunch.
The lemon & chili chicken noodles I gobbled up for lunch.

This is still going pretty well. I didn't eat anything at the New Year's Eve party I went to last night because I saved my dinner to eat late and snacked on some (not on the plan) vegetables and leftover hummus when I got home. There may have been a small Lindt dark chocolate and mint bar in there too. I think it was a good compromise for a night that could have been far more caloric.

Had a lovely spanish omelet with whole wheat croissant for breakfast. Last night's shawarma plate left a little to be desired, but I think it was my fault for ordering it. Three mini pitas and no garlic paste is bound to be a disappointment after five years of ordering from Lebanese Flower!

There are three things niggling me at this point, however.

1) I am already a very healthy - if too voluminously oriented - eater, and I feel as if on this diet I am actually consuming far less in the way of vegetables than I normally would.

2) I chose yoghurt as my snack, but it's the fruit-filled, low-fat variety - and those are chock-full of sugar. It would be nice to have some nice plain Greek-style in there, but I guess that might be asking a bit much.

3) I am glad to have some guidance on portion sizes, but with the amount I am working out (four, 45-minute interval cardio sessions this week, plus some yoga) I just don't think it's enough food.

Basically, and it's confession time: I don't really believe in diets. I believe in eating clean, whole foods, mindfully and with joy, accompanied with lots of body movement. That doesn't mean I always follow through, but my goal is 80/20 and I do okay, most of the time.

Still, I feel lighter and like I got my hunger and out-of-control eating of December (when I was sick and not exercising) out of the way since starting this review Sunday. And I am still loving the food.

*Right Bite is furnishing the writer with seven days worth of meals and snacks for the purposes of this review.