- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I have been writing about my diet in response to a posts and felt it was time to just put it all down and share it with everyone. I am so proud of my success. I only got engaged on Feb 20th and we set our date for May 11th, so I was super motivated to lose weight quickly. I started at approx 162 lbs and 4 weeks late, I am down 17 lbs.
I started this diet after seeing my mom lose tons of weight by cutting out sugar and yeast. She did it to cure recurring candida, not for weight loss. I was also wanting to try a grain free diet to cure my acne, so I sort of invented my own sugar-free/grain-free diet.
After a couple of days of being grain and sugar free, I was online looking at diet stuff and soon realized that I was basically doing the Atkins diet. The Atkins diet starts out with an induction phase, the most strict part of the diet where you will see the greatest weight loss. Atkins recommends you stay in this phase for at least 2 weeks, but you can stay on it longer, if desired. Here, you can’t have any fruit, sugar, legumes, or any starchy vegetable (root vegetables).. No grain includes all flour, corn, rice, barley (beer), etc.. I allowed myself to have stevia as a sweetner at home and the odd aspartame product when I’m out; that is up to your personal preference. I also allowed myself a glass of wine or two when I’m being social.
In the following weeks, you can slowly add fruit, root vegatables and legumes. Add them a week at a time and use them sparingly. I chose to stay away from potatoes throughout the whole diet. I also chose to only have fruit in the morning, since the sugars would burn off throughout the day. As you can see, I really kind of made this up as I went along but I had reasons behind the decisions I made and they seemed to have worked!
And yes. You can absolutely have dairy. I would not be able to do this diet without it. You actually have to switch to full fat dairy products because the low fat versions contain more sugars. So I would suggest switching your non fat milk to 2% and stop buying low fat mayo, cheese, yogurt.
Some examples of what I have been eating:
Coffee/tea with stevia and 2% milk
Starbucks sugar free vanilla latte with whole milk
2-3 egg omelette with bacon, cheddar, spinac, or whatever veg/meat combo you like.
Sugar free protein shake w/ unsweetened almond milk or raw milk
I keep salad items ready to go for quick lunches, such as:
leftover meats from dinner, or applegate lunch meats
Check the label for your salad dressing for sugars. Opt for balsamic or just use oil and vinegar.
When I need to eat on the road, I get a Wendy’s BLT cobb salad. So good.
Just eat a meat or fish and a veg; very easy.
Terra Chips (root vegetable) – not in the induction phase
I would suggest doing some reading on the benefits of grain-free eating, atkins and Dr. Mercola so you can make your own informed decisions.