Most days, I make a quick, no-nonsense lunch out of cottage cheese and vegetables — tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer, avocado and/or leftover cooked vegetables (roasted sweet potatoes are a favorite) when summer gives way to fall. Friends have accused me of eating “diet food,” but I take great pleasure in these lunches. Besides, I’m never on a diet.
This kind of mental shift is very liberating and essentially eliminate the yo-yo effect of dieting because you don't see yourself as on or off. Check out my post on Stage 4 Surges for more on this topic (the Stage 4 Surge idea is more about tightening your dietary control rather than drastically changing your diet).