I’m going to give you a brief background on me and my weight/healthiness struggles. I’m sure this will come up again but briefly, I was a pretty active child, became fairly unhappy in middle school and then proceeded to gain about 10lbs a year until I was 22 years old. I’ve tried various diets (like most people who struggle with weight) but finally I bucked down, saw a nutritionist, adopted a low fat, moderate carbohydrate diet and lost 70lbs. I started that journey around October of 2010. I was successfully maintaining that for a while but the past two years my weight has slowly but surely crept up on me and now I’m about 15lbs over where I was.
This is not meant to be a diet blog but this restart diet is meant to counteract unhealthy choices I’ve made and in particular — my addiction to sugar. I have a lot of life events coming up. I’m going to my college reunion with Alex in a couple of weeks. I am getting married in October. I am going on my honeymoon in December. And, more importantly, I am not feeling that great in my body. So for the next two weeks I’m going to do a “restart” if you will and try to chronicle my progress here. This is not just a weight loss attempt but more at getting my body back into a healthy habit after a particularly long and cold winter.
I also would love some people to check in with so — let me know if you want to join me! I am going to take a break from calorie counting and just try and listen to the cues in my body. I am going to put my scale in the closet and only check it in two weeks. I’m a compulsive weigh-er and I’m trying to break that bad habit as well.
Here are the rules:
- Only whole grains
- Only fat free dairy
- Nothing with added sugar
- All the whole fruits and vegetables I want. Limit starchy ones like potatoes.
- Lean proteins — 99% lean beef/turkey; chicken breasts; tofu; seafood; beans; lentils; eggs
- Brothy soups (based in chicken or vegetable and/or tomato)
- 6-8 cups of water a day
- Limit caffeine (I am going to try and stick to one a day — either coffee with skim milk or skim lattes)
- Limit fat with the exception of a tiny amount of healthy fats — here’s to you avocados and olive oil
- Nothing fried unless doing it at home with cooking spray
- No juice or dried fruit or soda
- No alcohol
- No nuts
And that’s basically my plan right now. I probably should have started later as I desperately needed to go grocery shopping but I made do with what I had on hand. I went shopping this weekend and will try and come up with inventive meals within these parameters.
I bought these “Gator Egg” Avocados that come in what looks like a large egg carton.
They’re marketed as “single serve” avocados. I’ve been really into avocado toast lately so I mashed one up, added a little coarse sea salt and pepper and spread it onto a Light Multigrain English Muffin. I also stopped by Starbucks and got a tall non fat latte that I drank when I got to work.
I am a big snacker. At around 12pm I had a grapefruit — I peel and eat mine like an orange. Is that weird?
This is where I wish I had more groceries. All I could whip up that fit the bill was this. Three “think thin” brown rice cakes, 1 cup of fat free cottage cheese and a gala apple. I hope to get more inventive with this in the future.
Yes, again. I have some 94% fat free single serve popcorn in my desk at all times and I popped that up in the company microwave. I smell up the place but it’s delicious. I ate it before I photographed it but you get the idea.
My fiance and I went out to dinner to Schnippers before we saw Captain America 2 (which was actually really fun). I ordered their Asian Mish Mosh without the croutons or crispy noodles. I added Southwestern chicken to the top and got their low fat balsamic on the side. There was no fat free option but I tend to use dressing sparingly anyway so this counted toward my “healthy fat” quotient.
I plan to post a few more complete days of this restart diet over the next few weeks. I did a lot of grocery shopping this weekend and am well stocked to eat food that’s slightly more exciting than cottage cheese.
Alex is going to post soon about the science of sugar addiction soon! So look for that.