It’s that time of year when I need to lose all this extra weight that I piled on over the winter. I have several trips planned this summer and I really need to fit into my summer clothes. I would prefer to eat a high raw diet but I get lazy and start eating more and more snacky foods until the whole mess spirals out of control. I have found a detox weight loss plan that makes sense to me and I hope will be a boot camp for my eating habits, putting me back on the right track. Yesterday I started the Fat Flush for Life plan and so far I’m really liking it. There is a lot of detoxing that goes along with this plan, a few supplements that need to be added in and for the first few weeks it is pretty restrictive on what you can eat. But that’s ok I need something to kick-start my spring weight loss. The plan eliminates all sugar and dairy, almost all caffeine and most starches but you can eat lots of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, 2 eggs a day and 4oz of protein with each meal plus 2 Tbls of flax oil a day. It also adds some interesting detox items like a 100% cranberry juice/ water mixture that you drink all day long and the whey protein powder that you add to your fruit smoothies. You also start your day with a green drink then a cup of hot lemon water. I highly recommend getting the revised 2010 edition of the book. It gives a different eating plan for each season so you’re eating foods that are in season and make sense for that time of year.
I did lose 1.5 pounds my first day, woo-hoo. Some people find they lose 12-15 pounds the first 2 weeks, I know that’s not a realistic weight loss goal so I’ll just be happy to see the scale dropping. I was never hungry since I was eating something every couple hours but I did find that in the evening when I tend to eat chips or ice cream that I really wanted a treat. So I went to bed to read a book instead. I think the night-time eating is more of a habit than a real need for food so I may have some earlier bedtimes for a while until I can break those cravings. But that’s ok because the book explains how a full night’s sleep helps to eliminate body fat.
So what did I eat yesterday? Well I’m still getting used to the plan so this may not be a 100% recommended menu plan but it was a good start:
Cup of cran/ water with supplements
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with peppers and onions (I managed to pass on the crepes that I made for the kids, it’s Beth’s b-day and b-day breakfast around here is always crepes with all the yummy fillings.)
Cup hot water with ½ lemon juiced and some healthy liver tonic drops (they were gross, I’m not drinking that mixture again!)
Fruit smoothie (1 cup frozen cherries, 8oz cran/water, 1 scoop whey protein powder vanilla, 1 Tbls ground flax, 1 Tbls chia seeds, 2 kale leaves) This was really good and filling, the protein powder does add a kinda weird taste since I’m not used to using it but it wasn’t horrible.
*I’m drinking my cran/ water throughout the day until the pitcher was empty in the evening.
Lunch: Huge salad for lunch (several handfuls of spring lettuce mix, 1 shredded carrot, homemade sauerkraut, peppers, onion, 3 olives, and ½ can of tuna with no salt added) For the dressing I mixed up 2 Tbls Flax oil, 1 Tbls apple cider vinegar, juice from ½ lemon, dill, garlic powder, cayenne, dry mustard & ginger. I used ½ of it with my lunch salad & half for the dinner salad.
Another fruit smoothie made pretty much the same as the morning one but with 1 cup of strawberries and a few frozen cherries plus some ice.(I put the healthy liver tonic drops in the smoothie and I couldn’t taste it so that is a much better way to take it but I’m not sure if you’re supposed to take it with food, so I have to look into that.)
Dinner: Another big salad the same as lunch minus the carrot, olives and tuna. For the protein I had a hamburger patty with a little mustard (no bun.) We were having a birthday party for Beth with grilled hamburgers, potato salad and cake and ice cream but I stuck to my eating plan and was very proud of myself when I was able to say no to the dessert!
Finished off my cran/ water and took supplements then went to bed at 8:30 to read.
I never felt hungry throughout the day until bedtime but that went away once I went to bed.