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A Food Lover’s Eating Make-Over


I hate that word. It makes me cringe (kinda like the word “moist”….ew) there is something about it. Maybe because I am a rebel and I like to break all the rules.


Before I get into all that hoopla, remember this convo from last week about cleanses and detoxes and diets, [oh my]!

Well, I pretty much decided that what my trainer wanted me to do just wasnt for me. And listening to the discussion and what everyone had to say about it – it doesn’t surprise me that there is a lot of different opinions on the matter out there. And happy to hear a lot of people agreed with me that they could never restrict themselves so much (so that I know it’s not just me that loves to eat a lot), even for a temporary week or two to reap the benefits of cleaning out your system.

Well dammit, I kept thinking about it and I want to clean my system too! But without wasting away (I mean really, I need variety) and frankly, without being a miserable bitch that hates the world – what can I say, I love food.

So as I was randomly doing things online over the weekend, not even researching about this (though it is still in the back of my mind), I stumbled upon this gem from BonAppetit magazine:


What! I love food, I want to cleanse! Sign me up.

So I looked through it. Pretty typical. Most of you that are “healthy eaters” probably abide by these as everyday rules anyway – I get that, in a way this isnt so much a cleanse as it is a guidelines for being a healthy eater. But I’m okay with that – because maybe that’s what I need.

Though I have never been one to feel guilty about my eating habits, I will be the first to admit after my major breakthrough last year (i.e. goodbye red meat everyday and processed junk) my eating has slowly been slipping (hello Captain Crunch).

I trust my trainer (a lot) and I figured he was onto something with this whole “do something to clean your system,” even if I wasn’t willing to do it to his standards.. So maybe a compromise? Since I am an expert negotiator, I put those skills to use and showed him the plan I found and some possible tweaks.

If you look it up, you will see they actually include a full shopping list and menu for EACH day. I looked over the menu and it seems great and all but there are quite a few things I am allergic to and some things I honestly just dont think I would care for. Plus, like many people mentioned in the comments – to stock up on their shopping list, it would cost me a fortune. I don’t think I need all that…. great, here I go being a rebel again.

So I decided to start out with the basics. The general guidelines if you will. The rules meant not meant to be broken. Here’s the gyst:

  • Veggies & Fruit. Lots. The majority of what you eat. This is something that I have to work on a little as far as the veggies go. I need to kick them up a notch, fruit on the other hand – is my best friend. They suggest it a lot for snacks and “dessert.” Perfect.
  • Alcohol & coffee. What? Can this be true? This is allowed? Dont worry. I know the rules. As far as alcohol, it says no more than four per week. I am actually going to be an over achiever and shoot for just 2 for the week. This may be tricky, but I have faith in myself. And coffee… well that leads me to the next one….
  • Dairy. I dont really drink milk. But I need milk in my coffee. I found a “natural” creamer. Honestly, I know in the back of my head this is iffy. But hey, I want to have it on hand if I am really dying for coffee. I’m going to attempt to keep coffee limited. Green tea, it is time we get back in touch. Along with dairy, I can have [plain] Greek yogurt. That is something. But… are you ready for this?…. NO CHEESE. This is actually probably going to be the most difficult part of this for me.
  • Meat. Red meat is limited to 1-2 days per week. That’s easy enough. Fish, chicken, and shrimp are on my menu. And they even suggest one day (at least) to go vegetarian. I think I can do that, though I honestly cant recall a single day I have not eaten meat. That is kinda bad huh?
  • Refined breads and pasta. Count them out. I love carbs, but I am loaded up with sweet potatoes, whole grain brown rice, and Quinoa. I can do this. I also purchased some really crusty, hearty, multi grain bread. It doesnt have the best texture. But I need something to squeeze in a sandwich here and there.
  • Water. They say to drink at least 2 liters per day. Which is roughly about 66 ounces per day. This one is in the bag because I already drink between 90-120 ounces per day.
  • Sugar & Sweeteners. Dark chocolate is allowed. Real dark chocolate of course. Not that fake waxy stuff. And for sweeteners, they suggest you keep it real (meaning natural). I can do that too. I dont really use a lot of sweeteners, besides this of course means I need to avoid sweets… like cake (which will be tricky tomorrow – as I will stare temptation in the face as I bake Torrance’s birthday cake!)
  • Healthy fats. We all know the routine on this. We need it in our diet. Avocados, fish, olive oil, etc. I have that in the bag too.
  • Portion control. It gives a nice breakdown of portions for each thing. The general stuff.
  • Spices/Sauces/etc. Obviously, nothing like mayo or premade sauces, or butter. I did buy some fresh herbs to cook with for flavor. Olive oil and vinegar are on the ok list. So I will have to work with that.
  • Portion sizes. Obviously an extremely important part of this. They give a nice little layout of how much of certain things you need, etc. Again, pretty standard.

Easy enough right? I have a rough meal plan. It’s not planned to a T such as what day and times I will eat what things. But I have a general list of what types of things will be enjoyed for breakfasts, lunches/dinners, and snacks. It looks a little something like this:

Breakfast options

  • Plain rolled oats (1/2 cup) with fruit (1/2 a banana and a few sliced strawberries
  • Scrambled eggs with spinach and fruit on side
  • Poached or scrambled egg sandwich with spinach


(yesterday’s breakfast, 1/2 up plain rolled oats with a little cinnamon
and sliced banana)

Lunch/Dinner options

  • Salads. This will be a frequent one. Things I will possbily include will be spinach, romaine, corn, avocado, tomato, oranges, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms
  • 1/2 sandwiches on 1 slice of the new hearty bread I got. This will include some sliced chicken breast or sliced turkey (real turkey that I cooked, not processed lunch meat) with veggies like spinach, tomato, cucumber, avocado. A little plain humus will need to do for moisture.
  • Wrap. With shrimp or chicken and veggies (possibly humus). On a natural whole grain wrap of course.
  • Grilled or baked chicken breast, fish, or shrimp with some vingear and herbs for taste, paired with sweet potato, rice, or quinoa and a staemed or raw green vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, etc.


(Last night’s dinner: spinach and romaine salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and egg with balsamic vinegar and chicken cooked in balsamic vinegar with fresh garlic and 1/2 piece of toast on my fiber bread).


  • Plain Greek yogurt with sliced fruit and possibly some raw honey or cinnamon for sweetener
  • Sliced veggies with vinegar (think cucumber, broccoli, tomato)
  • fruit. Lots of fruit. Grapes, bananas, oranges, berries. Unfortunately most of the fruits I can eat are the higher sugar ones, but this is just how it is.
  • toast with a little [no sugar added] fruit preserves or humus and avocado
  • hard boiled egg

Obviously that has to be balanced out (i.e. if I eat a sandwich for lunch, I wont be eating a wrap or sandwich for dinner or toast for a snack).


So, let’s see how it goes. I had a successful day 2 yesterday [Monday]. The only thing I can tell I need to work on is snacks. By dinner time, I was starving. It will take a little figuring out, but I really want to stick to it for the 2 weeks that they recommend. Who knows, after the 2 weeks is up maybe some of the “guidelines” will turn into a longer term commitment? Well, I can definitely tell you that after the 2 weeks I will be chug-a-luggin my wine back down, and enjoying cheese, thats for sure…but maybe some other aspects? 😉

Since I will be heading to training tonight, I feel I may need to get a little extra fuel in as well.

Have a great Tuesday!

  • What is something you would have a really hard time cutting out of your diet for 2 weeks?
  • What is your favorite source of protein?
  • Thoughts on food rules (even if they are somewhat temporary)?
16 Comments Post a comment
  1. That list looks like a pretty good starting point and definitely something that can be maintained for 2 weeks (except for the cheese, that would be my weakness for sure)! I think the meat would be the hardest, not because I’m presonally a meat lover but because my boyfriend is. I don’t think he’d be satisfied with any meal that didn’t contain some sort of meat!

    June 12, 2012
    • I know! That is a tough one. I actually had to purchase a few extra things in terms of knowing that there will be certain times Torrance wont want to eat what Im eating. he also gets some man food some nights (i.e. frozen lasagna) haha

      June 12, 2012
  2. It was so hard for me to give up candy bars for Lint but I did it! Now I don’t crave them like I use to and it’s much easier to go for a healthy snack vs the fat filled treat.

    June 12, 2012
  3. sigh…cheese and alcohol would be tough for me to give up! (i love my cheese and wine)

    its tough but at least this “cleanse” seems pretty reasonable…and i’m so happy to see you bought quinoa, its such a fun food to experiment with cookingwise!

    favorite source of protein is probably fish..i actually believe quinoa is a source of protein as well. greek yogurt is a frequented bfast nowadays as well 🙂

    June 12, 2012
  4. I’d have a really hard time giving up peanut butter if I was asked to. And fruit. And chocolate. 😉 Really, I just can’t see myself doing any type of diet that eliminates a certain food for a period of time. I used to do it in college, but these days, I don’t have the willpower! 😉

    June 12, 2012
  5. Your plan sounds awesome! It’s always better to set yourself up for success by choosing something that appeals to you and seems doable. 🙂 I’m doing a ten day cleanse now (I’m on day 2) and it’s going really well. I would have a hard time giving up nut butters and dark chocolate!

    June 12, 2012
  6. That’s not bad!! I like it. I am definitely cool with setting temporary food rules for myself. They can really help you get back on track!!! No cheese would definitely be the toughest, but I can understand it. Lol. Cheese for me tends to be pizza. And I can eat a lot of pizza. Lol. How long are you supposed to do this? Did I miss that? I could follow a plan like this if I got an occasional treat meal.

    June 12, 2012
    • Oh you know, I may have forgot to include that. My plan is to start out with the recommended 2 weeks on this plan!
      i bet you could sneak in an occasional treat meal and be ok 🙂 like pizza. haha

      June 12, 2012
  7. Cheese for sure. I just don’t think I would be able to give it up. MAYBE for two weeks, but I would be looking forward to it the whole time. I think plain chicken or greek yogurt are my favorite protein sources!

    June 12, 2012
  8. I think cheese or chocolate. I really should try both bc I have some WICKED cravings these days.

    June 12, 2012
  9. Molly #

    Looks like you have a good plan! Better than a complete fast. I had a hard time giving up Diet Coke… it was the worst! But now I feel so much better!

    June 12, 2012
  10. I could not cut out caffeine or yogurt!

    June 12, 2012
  11. All hail Andrea; look how motivated you are 🙂 I think the hardest thing for me to cut out of my diet would be my morning coffee; not so much for the caffeine kick but more for the routine of sitting down with the paper and a nice warm cup of jo and enjoying a little “me” time.

    A thought on kicking up your veggie intake could be making a veggie-based smoothie for snacks; this might help curb some of your hunger until dinner.

    June 12, 2012
  12. rachel #

    i love your plan! i think sweets in general (and yes, cheese too!) are hard to limit.. i have a really hard time sticking to anything when my husband and i are off together. (and we have the same off days..ugh) – i even tried to plan all dinners this week and wanted to prepare them ahead of time last sunday.. he was all ‘no, we will do it when u get home every night’ well that’s like 8pm! who wants to START dinner at 8 and eat at 9?!?! …..but i still give in!! im hopeless!

    June 15, 2012

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