Lots of friends have asked how my new diet is going. Here’s an update.
First, let me tell you: This diet is apparently the super hero of nutritional plans – faster than chemotherapy, able to destroy mutant cells in a single week, more powerful than an antibiotic! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no! It’s SUPER DIET!!!!
In fact, when I told the healthiest person I know what I was eating, she looked at me in shock and said, “That’s my diet.” Clearly, she did not think someone as undisciplined as myself would ever undertake such a nutrition plan. 🙂
Of course, this “diet” was never meant to be a “diet” in the most commonly used form of the word, but a natural way to return my system to health. That being said, I knew immediately that I would lose weight if I could actually stick to the plan. And I have, on both counts. In less than eight weeks, I’ve lost nine pounds. Tell me how many people you know who’ve lost weight in the last eight weeks??
I am pleased to announce that I am down to my “wedding weight”. Sadly, I’m lacking the awesome arms and abs I had for my wedding. Surely that will come when and if I ever have all of the children in school and actually have time to go to the gym?
There are other benefits, too. My cholesterol, which was 236 in college, is now a healthy 180. I have more energy and my mind seems clearer. My immune system – which had gotten weak in the last six months – seems to be running at full strength again. I am sleeping better and my temperament is more even-keeled.
Healthy weight, healthy cholesterol, healthy mind… these are reason enough for me to hope to adopt this as my life-long diet.
Adding to my resolve to stick to it are the side effects to cheating. I made the mistake of drinking two glasses of wine on a girls’ night out, and the following day suffered debilitating stomach cramps, followed by other unmentionables. Not something I wish to experience again.
The diet in a nutshell:
Lots of “no’s”: No meat, refined sugar, flour, dairy, or vinegar
But, more “yes’s” than “no’s”: Fruits, veggies, goat’s milk and goat’s cheese (preferably raw, but that’s crazy hard to find), eggs, nuts, Ezekial bread, beans. I’m also supposed to juice (haven’t bought a juicer yet) and take pancreatic enzymes that would run me over $300 per month. No can do. I am taking CoQ10, Vitamin D, Juice Plus capsules, and raw cod liver oil. Read that again. Raw cod liver oil. Yummy. My consistency on that is less than 100%.
Shockingly, I don’t feel like I’m starving myself. I’m actually pleasantly full most of the time, but never uncomfortably stuffed. Getting through the holidays without a single moment of holding my stomach and groaning that I ate too much was quite a remarkable – and rewarding – experience.
The hardest part is rarely being able to eat what I prepare for the family. I end up making myself a completely separate meal quite often, but I just keep my meals very simple. It would be easier if I could put the whole family on the new-trition plan, but I believe I’d wind up a divorced mother of four emaciated children. So, two meals it is.