Post # 1
I’m usually completely and totally against any sort of “cleanse” diet – by definition, they cannot be maintained long-term and I get *CRANKY* when all I can eat are grapefruits and juice. But Glamour magazine has published this year’s “Body By Glamour” plan, and it seems quite reasonable. It was designed by nutritionists, and they very emphatically explain that week one is meant to get your diet back to normal after holiday bingeing. And I don’t know about you, but after a month of baking cookies as gifts (and … um … “disposing” of the leftovers), my body needs to be reminded what eating healthy food feels like. After the first week, they re-introduce the week-one-forbidden foods and continue to encourage healthy portion control.
Anyway, if anyone else is interested in trying it, their suggested meal plan is here: http://www.glamour.com/bbg/2010/quick-start-meals-and-snacks
Or, if you’re not big on meal plans and just want to know the rules, those are here: http://www.glamour.com/bbg/2010/nutrition/healthy-eating/week1
Post # 3
I’m not a fan of “cleanse” type diets either. I feel so gross on them and deprived. It’s one thing to eat really healthy for a period of time (no processed foods, etc, because let’s face it, they’re not “natural” anyways) and another to just stick to one kind of food all the time. Or liquids.
Honestly, all those foods listed (protein, whole grain carbs, fruits, veggies, etc) are what we should be eating anyways! I’m totally with you on that. And I think we all know that caffeine, fake sugars, simple carbs, sodium, and alcohol should be enjoyed in moderation or there are side effects we’ll suffer
There is a book out there called “Real Food” that is about this kind of stuff, too. My nutritionist is a big advocate and I notice I feel a million times better just eating this way in general. I’ve been reintroducing my body to healthy foods again post-holiday (it’s hard, all i want are chocolate chips cookies!) but even Friday night we had whole grain homemade pizza and it was so good! Still pizza, but HEALTHY pizza, since I know exactly what went into it =]
Post # 4
Thanks RH! I just may try it with you! I’m going to workout today and am on the five time a week plan as of now! I also love glamour!
Post # 5
@ejs4y8 – Michael Pollan has a book (I think it’s “In Defense of Food”) that deals with nutrition and the food industrial complex, and his advice as for what we should be eating: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly fruit.” Which is often easier said than done, in our GOGOGOGO society. I’m hoping this one-week plan will help my body remember how good it feels when I’m not eating crap.
@bellenga – One of my vices is reading all sorts of random magazines – my fiance totally teases me about my subscriptions to Glamour, Cosmo, etc 🙂 But I read them while I’m on the elliptical at the gym; it makes the time go by sooooooo much faster. I’m also on the 5x/wk plan – here’s hoping we can both keep it up!
Post # 6
Let’s do it!
And the cleansing stuff? Egads i tried some think where you drink lemonade w/cayenne pepper and got nauseous. It didn’t work. But I do have some nice organic cayenne for cooking though!
I am going to the gym a bit later today and doing the big holiday clean up.
It’s what has to be. I have a goal and I’m not getting my fanny into a dress until there’s some significant headway in the dieting area made. It’s time to whip this gal into shape! Not much, but I want at least 20 off. I can do it. Ya’ll should have seen me back n the day (like around 1992) when I lost 25 kicked butt in Miss Mississippi USA! But geez. I’m 40 now. Ugggh. Somehow it’s a bit harder when you’re cooking tasty food for everybody else (son and T) and you have this stuff to eat. But the Glamour diet sounds pretty good to me!