I don't know how I've managed to miss this thread for so long, but it's full of great information and advice! Thanks for all the input...I'm gonna try some of the helpful hints.
I've been trying to switch over to more fruits and veggies, too. My biggest problem with weight loss plans is the measuring, planning, shopping, exchanges, etc., etc., etc. (I'm a weight watcher's drop out lol)
Then I found two websites - First Path with a 7-day plan and TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) with a 28 day plan! I think the Tops plan also has recipes. Both plans list every food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 snacks - I chose the 1500 calorie plan with both diets because I've read that 1500 calories is the lowest number you can eat and still get all the nutrients you need. 1200 or 2000 calorie plans are also on the First Path Plan. http://tops.org/
for the TOPS program http://www.tops.org/ReadArticle.asp?articleId=1146
for the menu plan - you have to click on each day and it brings up a 1500 and 1800 calorie plan.http://www.wordsiseek.com/alkaline-foods-list-chart-diet-plan/
Alkaline Diet Plan.
I printed each day's diet off on a 4x6 index card for both diet plans and put them in a small photo album. I take it to the store with me to make grocery shopping easier.
I like First Path the best because there's no fancy food - just plain, good, 'cheap' and yummy foods, and foods that are easily portable for lunches. Also, the dinners are something you could order at a restaurant. You don't feel at all deprived, because you're eating all day long.
My only suggestion is not to feel obligated to eating ALL that they list. Days 3 and 6 have 2 cups of pasta!!!
If you get a chance, let me know what you think. Thanks!