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:
- 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)
- 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)?