- Flexibility -- but not too much. I don't want to be tied in to a regimented plan, but can also be frozen in the face of too little structure. Maybe something on the lines of having a few choices for things to do at each meal.
- Basic recipes -- included recipes should be easy, and more aimed at demonstrating what to eat than proving it can be delicious. I'm not a horrible cook, and even enjoy it from time to time, but I tend to get a bit freaked out by recipes. Tell me how to get nutritious food on the table fast, and I can add the fancy touches.
- Guidance on how to cheat -- sometimes my body just doesn't feel like I've had enough to eat, and another serving of broccoli just won't cut it. What can I do that would be less harmful than ordering a pizza?
- Easy recordkeeping -- I'm not especially good at keeping records, logs, diaries, etc -- but I've been known to do it when given the tools to do it quickly.
- As close as reasonable to "normal" eating -- I think I'd do best with an approach focused on good choices and portion control rather than a whole new way of living. I suppose I could do the initial phase of the South Beach Diet to save my life....but I'm not sure I could. :)
If you have any ideas about what your ideal food plan would be like, I'd love to see 'em in the comments.