Things that make the ZONE easier for me
Digital Scale - $24.99 at Target Worth every penny. Throw on a plate, hit tare and get exact weights. I use it to keep myself in check when I start "eyeballing". Invest in a digital, they are much easier.
Steel Cut Oats. Yummy, Nutty and Warm. Slow cook one cup on Monday (takes 25min.) and it makes four servings. One cup cooked = 3 blocks. I add 1 block of fruit (strawberries are my favorite because 1 cup=1block) and 4 blocks of fat (peanut butter or crushed raw almonds) total comfort food!!! A two egg omlete with 1oz meat and 1oz cheese makes for a mighty fine 4 block breakfast. The cooked oats store well in the fridge, some people single servings into tupperware and freeze them. The fancy tins of this stuff are pretty expensive (like 6 bucks), but buy a tin then you can refill it at the Farmer's Market for like 79 cents a pound.
Mac Farm's Macadamias 21oz for 10 bucks at Sam's Club. The cheapest fat blocks I can find. There is like a months worth of fat pills in there
Apple Slicer >10 bucks. Sounds silly to say, I love apples but it just seems uncivil to gnaw at them and slicing them with a knife is a pain in the ass. With this thing you get eight slices in two seconds. A little salt on a Gala apple and you have an easy two blocks (although it is amazing how many blocks I lose to the dirty greedy hand of my kids and the not so dirty but equally as greedy hands of my wife)