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The 45 Day Detox is on! Eat a Biscuit for Me.

33272869I survived the first week of my 45 day detox!  My last post detailed all of the reckless things that got me in this predicament.

It wasn’t that bad, mainly because I was on a pretty good meal plan before I started.  I eat right about 80% of the time and allow myself two cheat meals a week (usually reserved for the weekend).  But, with the cheat meals it’s what I eat and some other random stuff during the week that sabotages all the progress I make. I need to stop being rebellious and lying to myself. That little bit of junk food can wreak havoc!

I am not doing any fancy program like juicing, the lemonade diet, or the red juice diet. I hear they are very effective but I really want to chew on something…and I just need to stop eating junk.

So to jumpstart the process, I increased my green tea, water and fiber intake a few days before.  It  flushes you out and the fiber actually makes you feel full faster and curbs sugar and carb cravings.  So when I actually started the detox, it wasn’t a jolt to my body.

I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” ~Dolly Parton

Physical goals for next 45 days:

  • Decrease body fat. I started at about 205 lbs in September 2011 and am now at 175.5.  I started out at 38% body fat and currently at 30% body fat. I’m not too concerned about going to a certain weight because when you weight train it throws everything off. My trainer gave me a suggested target of 170 lbs or 27% body fat for this detox period.   Learn more about body fat loss vs weight loss here.
  • Flatten my belly. A 6-pack would be nice but unrealistic by this date. I want to be a “tucker.”  A tucker is someone who can tuck their shirt in their pants without muffin-topping, shapers or masking with layers of clothes.  I will be following the chiseled abs program by Keep It Moving Fitness.
  • Tone upper body and CLEARLY see my clavicle and the muscles that are dying to come from underneath the fat. I’ll add 1 day of Zumba per week. This toned me like crazy last summer.

 

My advice if you insist on slimming: Eat as much as you like – just don’t swallow it.” ~Harry  Secombe

Eating plan for next 45 days:

Eliminating:

  • Added sugar: Sugar is TERRIBLE.  It’s actually worse than fat and basically creates fat.
  • Coffee: Actually, from some things that I have read, a small cup of coffee is actually a nice thing to add to your arsenal since it is aCOFFEE CUP diuretic and will make you pee.  I am not supposed to have it due to my acid reflux, but decaf is sort of okay in moderation.  The problem is that I am social coffee drinker and just in it for the taste.  I LOVE Dunkin Donuts with cream and caramel swirl. Doing some research last week, I found that a medium cup of goodness is about 35 grams of sugar.  That is equal to or exceeds what I should have for the entire day. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
  • No desserts, bread, pasta or white rice.  I don’t need to explain this but learn more about high carb foods and substitutes here.

Upping the anty:

  • Two cups of hot green tea a day (decaf for acid reflux folks). This provides antioxidants, boosts metabolism and burns calories.  Learn more here.
  • Increase fiber intake.  Fiber makes you feel fuller, eliminates wastes and reduces/eliminates  cravings.  It’s best to get your fiber from the health food store.  Metamucil and other fibers along that line have sugar and other fillers in it.  Get straight psyllium husk and drink it with water. I’m not going to lie, it is nasty and you have to drink it fast, but it provides the fastest and best results. Learn more about fiber basics here.
  • Lots of salad: Like grandma says, greens make your bowels move!  It also is a great filler.
  • Tons of water: Flushes you out and keeps you hydrated.

How to beat cheating and curb sugar/carb withdrawal:

  • Pack for the entire day. I keep 4-5 small meals/snacks a day and keep in a cooler.  This is a pain to do in the beginning, but now is part of my routine for over the last year. You’re more likely to binge when you’re not prepared and you know haters at work are ALWAYS telling you “it’s just one cookie…” On the weekends, I keep a salad and a few snacks(almonds, fruit, nutrition bars) in a small cooler in my car. You never know how long you’re going to be stuck somewhere and that is when I most likely will get hungry and eat something crazy.
  • Incorporate natural sugars like honey, raisins or fruit.  These are a great substitutes but watch the count (this has sabotaged me before).  Learn more about sugar in fruit here.
  • Replace bread, pasta and such with things like oatmeal, Ezekiel bread and smoothies.  You want to make these from scratch not some pre-packaged item(processed). People think this is gross, but I cook a week’s worth of oatmeal (usually steel-cut because it’s less processed) and put in small containers (for each day) with a layer of almond milk on the top.  When you reheat it tastes fresh.  For smoothies, I use frozen fruit and freeze the yogurt (watch the sugar count) in cube trays.  This will allow you to skip ice cubes and it will taste better. I have a smoothie for breakfast and for dinner which also makes me feel like I’m having some type of milkshake or treat.

 

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.” ~Jackie Gleason

Reflections

When I get through the first two weeks of this plan, the rest should be cake(excuse the pun).  I’m being realistic because this is not a diet and again, I’ve been eating pretty well for a while.

Please note I am not a dietician or doctor so please consult a physician before you try some of the suggestions.  I just know they work for me.

Periodically, I will update you on my progress. In the meantime, start thinking about what you need to add and/or eliminate from your diet to begin path to better health.

 

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