I’m one of those people that can justify anything. I justify a new pair of shoes or handbag as if it was someone else’s business. When it comes to food, I justify my mindless eating just as well. I feel that I can “reward” myself because I work out on a regular basis. Three kids later, and as I get older, I know that I have to change a few things about my diet in order to achieve my personal fitness goals. The past seven days have been no joke. My first “diet” ever, I cheated, yes, and I still managed to lose 2.5 pounds. More importantly though, I feel so much more relaxed. I have had headaches from the sugar and caffeine withdrawal, but I’m getting more rest because my body is giving me true cues. I’m listening and here’s what I’ve learned.
So this is how it all came about. I’ve been feeling bad, really bad. I go on these non-stop kicks for days and then I crash hard. I realized I couldn’t keep up. Fueling by body with caffeine a little bit more and more each day was suppressing my hunger, leaving me empty of the nutrients I needed. Coffee had to go.
Then came the evenings of more rewards for making it through the day: sweets and wine! I knew that those calories at the end of the day were no good but I indulged anyway.
Tired the next day, eating (or not) my way through it, more caffeine, wine every night…the cycle started to become unhealthy. I was pushing my workouts and not seeing results. That aside, I simply wasn’t feeling well.
Not a fan of dieting, and especially not fad-diets, I reluctantly started The Fast Metabolism Diet after my friend and personal-trainer suggested it. I downloaded the app and instantly became hooked. This is not just another diet, it is truly a positive lifestyle change for me. Yes, it’s only been one week and I’m recommending it. I’m reading the book now because now I’m craving nutritional information. You have to check it out, even if you don’t need to lose weight, even to just gain more knowledge of the stuff you eat.
This week: My boys have tried and loved quinoa, brown rice pasta, and sprouted whole grain tortillas. I love those as well and have switched peanut butter to almond butter, cut-down about 80% of my dairy intake, had a lot of kale and spinach, limited my wine intake to one glass while out 3 out of the past 7 nights, had only one cup of coffee (!), and a tiny bit of sweets …my metabolism has kicked-started and I’m not deprived. I’m feeling awesome. BUT it wasn’t all so easy.
Day 2 was awful. The headache I had throughout the day was unbearable. Caffeine withdrawal for sure. Planning for meals became another thing to do, but after 3-4 days, I got the hang of it. Going out was also tough. For the fourth time in my life (pregnancies halt some of your bad habits) I didn’t say yes to everything that came to the table. It wasn’t easy.
One week down and three more to go! Have you heard of this diet? Are you willing to give it a try? I’ll keep you posted!