This blog is going to sound like an infomercial. It’s not. But it’s the truth.
If you know me well you will know that I like to eat. Hell you can look at me and tell that I’m not an “I’ll just have a side salad and a glass of water” chick. I’m not much of a “snacker” and I don’t often crave sweets or junk food but when it comes to just sitting down with family and friends and enjoying food and drinks I’m all the way in. Throw down! Most social events include food. That’s what we do. I usually eat healthy food but I eat a lot of it. I also come from a father who knows what it’s like to be hungry and both parents lived through the Depression. You eat what’s on your plate, you eat what will fill you up and stick with you, and when you can’t finish all of your food you definitely have to eat all of the most expensive item on the plate. These are the rules that we carry over to our own kids so that they will always be full. It’s why restaurants have to give us portions that will serve 5 people on one plate. It’s why we are fat.
Another thing you may also know about me is that I do not diet and I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not going to calorie count or worry about carbs and all that mess. For the most part it’s because usually when I hear other folks talking about some diet they are on it’s almost always one of those off the wall, there is no way in hell you can be serious, does your doctor know you are doing this? kind of diet plans that in my mind are a big waste of time and certainly not healthy. I’ve witnessed people drinking gallons of cucumber water telling me they are going to have a flat stomach all the while they are eating Chipotle for lunch and pizza for dinner. I’ve heard people say that enormous amounts of green tea will burn belly fat. And oddly enough most of these people stay overweight. There’s the no carbs all protein diet, the grapefruit diet, Atkins diet, master cleanse, and so on. I hear people talking about this stuff, see them start it, and then a few days/weeks later it’s back to Chipotle and they are just as heavy (or heavier) than they were before. Not everyone of course. Some people have been very successful with their diets. But the lose weight quick diets are a big turn off to me. I don’t want to drink lemonade with cayenne pepper for a month. No thanks. I have teeth for a reason. I need to chew something yummy. Plus I have a family to feed too. I just can’t do it.
So I guess when I posted one of my January Facebook statuses exclaiming that I was cutting out coffee, sugar, dairy, wheat, and alcohol among other things, people who knew me thought I had lost my mind. At the time I didn’t tell anyone that I was on a “diet” because I promised my husband I wouldn’t. He wanted to wait and surprise his family who he would see in February with his weight loss. Yes the “diet” was his idea. So while then I could only share this with my close friends and family, now it’s safe to come clean about it. We are following “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy.
Yes I know…I said I don’t do diets. It’s not really a “diet” to me…it’s a new way of eating. It was my husband’s idea. And even though we started this early January, it was not a New Year’s Resolution. I actually jumped on board at the last-minute. For him it was a series of “signs” that brought him to this diet. Coworkers and random acquaintances had spoken of it to him, and then one day he was given a pile of books to donate or trash and in the pile was “The Fast Metabolism Diet” book. So he brought it home. I didn’t even look at it. I hate diets, remember? The promise that you will “lose up to 20 lbs or more in 4 weeks” didn’t even sway me. But I came home one evening and here is my food loving husband, surrounded by groceries to start this program and making a big pot of soup. What the hell was going on? So I had to read the book.
The first thing that sold me was that the author didn’t talk about being thin. I don’t want to be skinny. She talked about healing my body. She talked about the chemical and hormonal processes that slow our metabolisms and keep us from burning food and feeling good. She didn’t care about calories or points. As a matter of fact she said I would always be eating. Every 3 to 4 hours I have to eat even if I’m not hungry. HA!! No problem there honey. As a matter of fact she said DIET stands for Did I Eat Today? So I was intrigued. And since my husband had already done the preliminary work all I had to do was join in for the four weeks. Knowing that it would be easier if we were both eating the same things, I hopped on board.
There are rules though. Big scary rules. The rules have to be followed or the plan will not work. No exceptions. No cheating. You have to follow the rules.
The rules are:
*No Sugar: no artificial sweeteners, no honey, no agave. Only Stevia and Xylitol in small amounts when necessary. No fruit juices or sodas of any kind.
*No Caffeine: no coffee regular or decaf, no black tea, no green tea, no white tea. Only herbal caffeine free teas.
*No Coffee: this is separate from caffeine because coffee messes with your adrenal glands, a key player in your metabolism.
*No Alcohol: pretty easy to understand as it is really liquid sugar and it’s processed through your liver.
*No Dairy: no milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, blah blah. No “lactose free” milks. No soy milks.
*No Soy: this surprised me but she said that soy is the one thing to eat if you want to look tired and bloated. When she is getting actors ready for a role where they have to play an alcoholic she has them eat lots of soy. LOL wow.
*No wheat: No bread, no pasta, no white rice, no flour. Only sprouted wheat bread/tortillas, spelt, and brown rice or quinoa pastas.
*No nitrates: No processed meats, lunchmeats, bacon, etc.
*You MUST drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. This is outside of any tea or lemon water you drink. I weighed 186 lbs when I started this plan so I had to drink 93oz of water a day.
*You must eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.
*You must eat 5 TIMES a day (every 3-4 hours). No exceptions. Breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, and then every 3 to four hours as follows, a snack, lunch, snack, dinner…and if you are up and doing stuff 4 hours after dinner you have to have another snack.
*You cannot eat “fake” or “diet” foods. Nothing labeled low calorie or fat free. No calorie counting and no points.
*Each week is broken into 3 phases. You can only eat foods that are included in your phase (there are a LOT of them). The only fruit not included is bananas. The only vegetables are corn and white potatoes.
*You will exercise only 3 times per week. Each phase has a mild to moderate exercise. 1 day of cardio. 1 day of weights. 1 day of stretching/relaxing. No more. You don’t have to exercise but you will increase the metabolism effect if you do. However you will still lose weight if you don’t. You cannot exercise more than those 3 days. (other than walking we didn’t exercise at all)
Lots of rules….lots of sacrifices. But as hard as it seemed I did it for my son. He’s 6. I’m 49. That isn’t his fault and he deserves a mommy who isn’t tired and weighed down. 2014 added lots of physical and spiritual weight to me. I lost my father, my job, and I was on autopilot keeping everyone else around me “okay”. I was tired. I didn’t want to feel like this anymore. So I removed the “I can’t do this…I can’t give this up” mantra from my brain and just jumped in. I let go of all of my vices. Go hard or go home.
I didn’t think I could give up coffee for 4 weeks just because I loveeeee it…not for the caffeine…just for the yummy goodness. Sugar seemed easy because I don’t even crave sugar but I didn’t know that sugar was messing me up as bad as it was until I cut it out. This is a direct result of my coffee drinking. The ONLY thing I put sugar in is coffee and I drink at least 4 cups a day. I also drink wine (and Fireball) and that is even more sugar.
Let me tell you something…the first week was an evil, ugly, sick, horrible week. I called out of work twice thinking I was getting the flu. Every part of my body ached. My joints screamed at me. Any place there was a weakness was even more inflamed and painful. I was nauseous and just wanted to curl up and die. This is no exaggeration. Thank God I had an acupuncture visit that week. She said “Um honey you are going through withdrawals from cutting all that stuff out at once. Sugar is the devil.” No shit. A white powdery devil. But after the first week things were on an upswing and I was dropping about a pound a day. My husband lost 10lbs the first week. Honestly I was skeptical as hell when we started. How the hell can I eat lots of food all day and lose weight. HA!! It was working. Craziness.
And let me tell you something even better. Close to 3 weeks in I noticed that my chronic sinus issues and post nasal drip that is a singer’s worse nightmare were gone. GONE. My joint pain. GONE. The dark cloud of hormonal misery and doom that hangs over me at PMS time. GONE. Breast pain. GONE. Some of these things were lifelong issues. They were all gone.
I felt WONDERFUL. For the first time in a very long time I wasn’t tired. And interestingly enough all of the vices I gave up I suddenly had no craving for them. I was delivered! Lol
So we are now done with our 4 weeks but we extended it out to 5.
In 5 weeks my husband has lost 31 lbs.
In 5 weeks I have lost 19 lbs.
We have decided to keep going with the format but abandon the phases in the week. I am still not eating sugar. I had my first cup of coffee last weekend and it was okay. I don’t need it anymore. I had two mimosas on Sunday and didn’t like the “flushed” feeling in my head so I went back to water. I think I might be healed. I feel so much better that I’m going to get back to my yoga practice and maybe some running. Time will only tell if I can maintain this way of life. But right now I can’t see myself every going back to feeling that horrible again. I’m lighter and healthier with no drugs. Everything changed just by changing what I consumed. How can you give up all of those vices for 4 weeks? How can you not?! 🙂
Love and Light (much lighter light lol)