Let me start off by saying that I wished this book was not called a “diet” book. I wish this book was called, “The Only Foods We Should Really Be Eating.” But that wouldn’t sell! Ja! A few months ago, I told you that I needed a natural pick me up. My hectic life and bad eating habits were dragging me down. I work out 4-5 times a week because I love it, for health reasons and to maintain my weight. But because this book was the latest craze, the app is super cool and I loved the general idea of the “diet” helping people re-energize, I thought it would be great to test it out and tell MFBS readers about it.
First off, if you DO want to lose weight and commit to this diet, be ready to ditch alcohol, refined sugars, flour, caffeine, soy, dairy and artificial anythings for four weeks! It isn’t easy but worth it. I did this for 1 week and lost 2.5 pounds. I also went without coffee for 10 days and felt fantastic (but I don’t forget the withdrawal…yikes!). It might feel like there isn’t anything left to eat, but there is and lots of it. I will confess and say that I didn’t finish the four weeks. But if you are looking to lose weight, fix your metabolism, and start making better choices, you kinda have to. For me, I enjoyed learning from Haylie Pomroy about the 3 phases of the diet (per week) and how it all works to fix a broken and sad metabolism.
This is what the diet has taught me: It has simply introduced me to easier cooking, new ingredients that I can incorporate with Mexican dishes, and to believe that my family will enjoy this eating lifestyle. They have!
The NEW staples I have in my kitchen for my family:
Sprouted Bread and tortillas
Brown rice pasta and cereal
Coconut milk or coconut yogurt
What I learned for me:
Coffee will not let me listen to my body. After ten days without it, I wanted it again. Just like wine, it’s a social drink. I don’t get out much and when I do, I’m meeting someone for coffee. And I love it. But I am calling the shots now. Not the other way around.
Because I am not over-doing the caffeine, I can hear my body say STOP! I rest naturally, without the aid of wine and really savor it when I want to because I want to and not because I need it.
Not every day is perfect. We already had a fast-food-free diet, but not a perfect eating diet (I have to work on more veggies for us all) and I’m not giving up the occasional beer and fries. What this book has taught me and I want everyone to know is that the faster we get rid of bad food, the better we will feel as a whole.
My favorite paragraph in one of Haylie’s blog posts:
So stick with the Fast Metabolism Rules: Keep exercising, keep making your own foods, keep eating regular, balanced meals (three meals and two snacks), and drinking lots of water. Eat only what comes from the land, earth, sea and sky. Steer clear of ingredients you can’t pronounce, chemicals, colors and preservatives. If you want those things, head to a hardware store, not the grocery store.
Have you had a chance to read the book and try this diet? Would love to know your thoughts on it!