Monday, January 31, 2011

Day One

Today is Day One of the 8 Week Transition Diet. As I mentioned before, I am planning on starting an accountability group for the diet. I don't like to call it a diet though - let's call it a lifestyle change! Isn't that what it is, really?

Here are the instructions for week one again. Please let me know if you're interested, and feel free to join in anytime!

I would just like to mention that I think this week will be one of the hardest weeks of this change for me - I am a sugar addict and have so many sweet teeth that it will be difficult to teach them otherwise! If you feel the same, no worries! We can do this together!

Week 1


No junk. Eliminate junk food from your diet. That's it, just junk. Other than this, you can eat whatever and whenever you like. Now, how hard can that be? Guess this depends on what I mean by "junk." But all I'm concerned with this week is the obvious stuff like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, etc. You may be stricter if you'd like, but for Week 1, don't be too hard on yourself. For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits.

Cheat Days: 2
Since no one's perfect, you get 2 days to cheat. That's right, 2 days where you can eat anything you want! A trick on these days (and, yes, this means there will be more) is to listen to your body. At first, it'll probably tell you it wants whatever you've been denying it. However, over time, it'll start to crave nutrients you're deficient in. Learn to read your body's subtleties. If you're craving ice cream, you may be short on essential fatty acids. If you crave a hamburger, your diet may lack protein. This way, you can make better food substitutions. It's a way of getting in tune with yourself that will benefit you for your entire lifetime.

Weekly focus: Water. Not swimming in it, though that's good too, but staying hydrated with it. You should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Diet sodas and such are no substitute, because they contain a passel of ingredients that live right at the bottom of the junk heap. Drinking a glass of water when you feel hunger pangs coming on will not only keep you hydrated, but will help stave off your hunger to some degree.
As for other drinks, juices and sugary sodas also (obviously) fall into the junk category. And alcohol should be kept to a minimum. We tend to forget (purposely or not) that alcohol has calories. A lot of them: 7 calories per gram. Mixers can be even worse—not only can they add calories, but sugary calories influence the way alcohol reacts with your body. When you do drink, red wine is the alcohol of choice, with natural beer running second.

If you're looking for a way to crave that sweet tooth while you're cutting out the candy ... or just want to get a jump start on healthy servings of fruits and vegetables ... read this post from the fit wife!


1 comment:

Jennifer Beard said...

I will admit - I licked some frosting too many times tonight and had a bite of my husband's oreos. But otherwise, a good day!