Tuesday, May 01, 2012

My 7 Day Slimdown Journey - Day 2

Well, it seems my 7 Day Slimdown has peaked the interest of many friends. And the main sentiment is 'please tell me more about the details.'

So hear you go my friend...

1. Eat real, whole natural foods, single ingredient foods as much a possible
2. Eliminate food from a bag or a box (aka processed foods)
3. Keep daily sugar intake to 15 grams or less (including fruits)
4. Eliminate alcohol - it's only 7 days...tough it out
5. Drink 3-4 liters of water daily

For each meal, combine a serving of lean protein (like 2 ounces of extra lean beef, 3-4 ounces of chicken, turkey or fish, 3-4 slices of turkey bacon, eggs, or 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter) with a serving of fruit and/or vegetables. You can also add in one snack a day (ie, raw veggies w/ 3 tablespoons of hummus, hard boiled egg w/ an apple or orange, 1/4 cup almonds, 1 apple w/ 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, etc.)

Being a planner, I spent about an hour formulating my meals for the week. The most difficult part was keeping my sugar intake below 15 grams (as fruits have natural sugar you need to account for). For example:

1 cup raspberries = 5.4 grams sugar
1 cup strawberries = 6.7 grams sugar
1 cup blueberries = 14.7 grams sugar
1 medium banana = 14.4 grams sugar

For my first breakfast, I tried the plan's berry berry green smoothie recipe (which had water, ice, unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, blueberries, strawberries and spinach). I've recently started drinking green smoothies, so I wasn't scared of the thought of adding spinach to a smoothie (or even the weird color that resulted from the combination.) However, this one was not one of my favorites, as it just wasn't flavorful enough for my taste. I'll definitely keep green smoothies in my meal plan, but I will be trying different combinations throughout the week.

Overall, Day 1 left me feeling a bit hungry. And since I eliminated my daily iced coffee (with creamer and sweetener), I did have a bit of a headache by the end of the day. I also overlooked the "one snack" reference and added in another snack to squelch the hunger a bit.

If you're interested in the full plan, just leave me an email in the comment section and I'll send you a copy of what I'm working from.


kakaty said...

Sounds pretty similar to Paleo (except for the peanut butter - no legumes on Paleo). The sugar is hard to keep down, even veggies have sugar! I used LoseIt (website or app) to track my sugar and protein (I tended to not get enough).

Are you planning on just the 7 days, or is that a mini goal? i.e. make it 7 days then maybe keep going for 14.

Anonymous said...

The water is killing me. I have upped my water consumption in the past 3-4 weeks anyway (with another challenge I'm doing with a friend) but have been averaging about 70 oz of water ... even just upping it again to the 100 oz (or the 4 liters that totals 130 oz?) --- I am so bloated!

Thanks for blogging about the journey!

Marta said...

Sounds interesting, love to hear more about it. A lot of people I know/read are doing something called the "17 day diet" it sounds similar to this. My book is enroute from Amazon currently. I need a jumpstart after 6 weeks of exercising with little weight loss I feel very defeated.

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