I’ve been telling myself that I need to eat healthier and exercise more. Good intentions without a plan are pointless. So here’s the plan. I’m going to start doing Tabata and I’m going to start a fad diet diet. The rules of the fad diet diet is that I must try some new fad diet each week starting on Sunday. Here is the following schedule:
Week 1: Soups On’ – Soup for dinner
Update 4.28.13: Soups for dinner went pretty well. I felt full and didn’t feel the desire to snack after soup. I’m a very social eater (is that a thing?) and went out to eat a few times. I ordered Tortilla Soup both times and didn’t go home with the usual indigestion fullness feeling.
Week 2: Wheat free
Update: 4.29.13: Wow wheat is in EVERYTHING! Luckily, I like veggies, so this isn’t too big of an issue. Last night I did a veggie stir-fry This morning I had an omelette, and for lunch a salad. I don’t feel as hungry in between meals (maybe my body thinks it’s starving and has shut down). I went to Costco at lunch and stocked up on Artichokes, Sambazon Acai Juice, and Adzuki Rice chips. There was some gluten free bread that was $7.99 and was heavier than a brick that I passed on.
Update: 4.30.13: The weirdest thing has happened… my seemingly endless hunger has gone missing. I’m not making this up. I love food. I eat all kinds. It seems like I’ve had an instant reaction to cutting wheat out of my diet. I’ve lost my food cravings in between meals. Normally, I wake up hungry eat a piece of toast, or an english muffin and a while later I’m starving for a snack. It’s uncanny… this morning I had a Sambazon Energy Drink and a package of Kirkland Seaweed and I’m surprisingly not hungry. I packed a smoothie for lunch and was going to make a salad because usually I’m ravenous by 1 p.m. I googled it to see if there was a scientific explanation and here’s what I found “If you eliminate wheat from your diet, you’re no longer hungry between meals because you’ve stopped that cycle. You’ve cut out the appetite stimulant, and consequently you lose weight very quickly. I’ve seen this with thousands of patients.” I will try to continue to cut wheat out of my diet after this week. It’s definitely challenging since wheat products make great conduits for my favorite dips and spreads.
Update: 5.6.13: What started out well didn’t end well. This was due in part to lack of preparation and compulsive/impulsive eating. Thursday night I ate a cookie (chock full of flour) then on Saturday I needed to pack a lunch in a hurry and all I had was bread and Toby’s Tofu spread. I definitely became aware of wheat in food. I don’t have celiac disease so there isn’t a medical need to avoid wheat, but I saw what wheat did to my hunger and I would like to be more in control of when I feel hungry.
Week 3: Sugar free
Update 5.6.13: This is kind of a rest week for my body. I don’t consume much refined sugar. I don’t even have sugar at my house. I prefer Agave syrup.
Week 4: Something green at every meal
Update 5.13.13: Off to a good start. Had avocado on english muffin for breakfast and packed a salad for lunch. For dinner I’m thinking broccoli sounds good.
Update 5.21.13: I really enjoyed this week. I felt really good eating salads for lunch with avocado. I think this is right up there with the wheat free in making me feel the most energetic.
TABATA! Holy sh*t this is a rough way to spend 25 minutes. Let’s just say that it took an entire week before my legs weren’t screaming at me anymore and being the glutton for punishment that I am, I did another Tabata workout two days ago.
Week 5: Only water to drink (cancelled due to addiction to coffee)
Week 6: No complex carbs
Week 7: Raw
Week 8: Vegan
Week 9: Paleo
Week 10: Atkins
Week 11: Smoothies!
This should be an interesting experiment that I will blog about.