In spring we often haul everything out of closets, and revamp; well I say we should also do this with our bodies. Why not clear out all the clutter and start fresh, only keeping the stuff we REALLY need, and not just what we think looks good.
I’m often skeptical whenever a “diet” cuts things out because I mostly feel like its a train wreck waiting to happen. A “diet” that restricts can’t be maintained. A cleanse is different than a diet, in that it doesn’t have to be sustained since a cleanse tends to be 2 to 4 weeks max. Somehow telling myself it isn’t permanent mentally makes me feel like i’ll be more successful because I know I’m not married to it.
I’ve spoken to a few friends, and asked for their suggestions this is what I’ve come up with so far:
- 10 glasses of water (min)
- no dairy (except natural yogurt)
- no meat
- no coffee (:()
- no wine/alcohol
- no “packaged” foods
- no white pasta/grains
- no refined sugar (this one is sneaky be careful, even oatmeal is off limits)
- Repeat (gulp)
- start slowing introducing meat again.
Now you’re probably looking at this and thinking “yeah right! good luck lady I need such and such”. Here’s the thing, it’s only two weeks of your life, and a lot of this stuff could be avoid all the time as long as you know proper substitutes.
No dairy is easy because there are SO many milk substitutes like soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk. If you’re a meat eater this will be SO good for you because it’ll force you to choose lighter and leaner proteins like chick peas, beans, and lentils.
If you destroy the frozen food aisle this will only force you to start preparing and cooking your own pizza. It’s actually very easy, and I’ll even post a recipe for you.
If coffee is your name and mornings are not your game, you might want to consider green tea in the am just so you don’t feel like crap, and you don’t end up with a headache mid-morning.
No white pasta/grains, this one is actually easy I don’t even keep it in my house. Once I made the switch I never went back; this one you won’t even notice a difference, but your body will.
No refined sugar, well this one is tricky because there seems to be sugar in EVERYTHING, but you want to look for corn syrup, fructose/glucose, and since you shouldn’t be eating packaged foods anyway why not bake your own cookies with soy milk and apple sauce 🙂
The no alcohol thing well you’ll just have to put up with your friends asking you why are you aren’t drinking because they feel bad they don’t have the same amount of will power as you do. You could also try hot yoga on Friday night instead, no forceable drinking to be had there 🙂
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Okay, I want to do this. But I am severely lacking in alternative recipes and specific foods, snacks, meals, etc.
I read a lot of articles on eating healthy and such, but often they are vague and then I just don't follow through.
I've been drinking soy milk for a few months, avoiding all caffeine, using whole-grain options for most things, and eating fruit and veggie snacks as much as possible.
But I struggle with filling, delicious meals that don't contain onions haha. And specific ideas for snacking at work and easy meals at work too.
So overall I suck. If you share some more yummy things, it would help my life. Haha.
First things first, you don't suck! Seems like you've made a lot of really great changes. I'll take this into consideration and I'll find some things to help you out.
As far as snacks go, I would lean towards trying to incorporate as many fruits and veg as possible. I love big oranges, and apples for snacks, but you could take apples up a notch by adding natural peanut butter with the apples. You might also want to try homemade hummus, and veggies? Or you could prepare your own granola and/or trail mix squares. Adding nuts will help keep you full longer.
Avoiding onions is difficult, lol you could try subbing in green and red peppers? and adding kick with spices like cayenne or red pepper chili flakes. Are you allergic or just don't like them? The chick pea and veg recipe is super yum, but with everything in it, you wouldn't notice the onions.
What's your exercise routine? This is important because your eating needs to match what you are burning.
Thanks for your questions Matt.
I'm going to sit with this for a bit;
more to come.