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My Metabolism Update

June 27, 2013

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Hi! I didn’t forget about giving you an update on the Fast Metabolism Diet! I finally finished the book! The first book I ever read off my iPhone!

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
Almond butter
Wild Rice
Quinoa
Rolled oats
Brown rice pasta and cereal
Coconut milk or coconut yogurt
Fresh fish
Frozen spinach
Frozen kale
Lentils

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!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Nina June 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Betty I haven’t heard of this diet but it sounds like most detox or vegan diets. I did something similar for my wedding and lost a ton of weight. I basically ruled out animal products except for one day a week. Then after the wedding, I incorporated it back in with moderation and have kept it off (well, that is, until pregnancy lol). It really does a body good to eat as naturally as possible. No processed or packaged food, limited animal products, etc.
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      Reply Betty June 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Nina, It does seem to start off as a detox diet if one has to really clean up their eating habits. What I like about this way of eating is that it doesn’t eliminate anything for ever. It gives your body a good “jump start” and then you can resume from adding a little (just a little) of what is not great for you.
      Thanks for chiming in!
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  • Reply Maria July 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I’m going to check this out once I’m done reading the book I started last year 😉
    I’ve been working, since last November, to eat better. We have a fast food free diet, no soda, no juices and we barely eat out (except for the occasional sushi or pizza dinner), but I will admit there are those busy times when I crack open the Mac and Cheese box or individual frozen pizza. I would like to learn about more options (like almond butter and coconut milk) for our diet since Daniella also loves to eat healthy!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty July 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Awesome Maria! Sounds like you are already doing great! Give this book a try. I really, really incorporate her style into our lives now every single day. Honestly, I can re-read it again to add even more new options to our menus. Let me know if you do! xoxo

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