I'm coming up with a new game plan each week. Changing something here... tweaking something there... going back to Plan A a bit modified- you get the picture. I'm not sure why I can't just find one idea and stick with it. I'm taking bits of pieces of every one's advice & then adjusting according to my experience. Part of the change is because I'm learning so much every day! I wish that I had hours & hours on end to study & read about healthy, whole food living. I read a bunch of sugar-free blogs this weekend- LOVED IT! But now to take all that I'm reading and focus it in for this week.
Before I mention my plan, I need to say that I read about an elimination diet on http://www.nourishingmeals.com/ (HERE) that helps you figure out which foods you are allergic to. If you've read my past posts you've seen how I can now really tell when a food hits me wrong & I am sensitive to it. Everything that I read about the elimination diet rang true- You can get that in tune with your body to know when foods cause irritation.
Before reading the article on this website I had been wondering why it is so bad to eat a food that might irritate you a little bit. Why not just suck & up & deal with the scratchy throat or itchy skin, or bit of headache (etc.), but still enjoy the food. Now I know that when you avoid the food, your body isn't causing that irritation, thus retains less water, and has less swelling. I think I see that in my abdominal area- it's not so poofy, even though I'm not doing much ab work.
Last week I didn't lose any weight. I've lost 18 pounds total, which is great, but I'm aiming for at least 10 more. I bet some of you can guess why... Mmmm hmmm. My personal chef (read about it HERE). I've found that having extra things in the freezer isn't so great for me. If it's there, I want to eat it. They were yummy & healthy, but I just didn't need to be eating them. I usually wasn't hungry when I ate them. I'm definitely an emotional eater. So I'll still have her come, but we'll focus on healthy food for my family that is still off-limits for me.
Okay- back to business. Here's my game plan for this week:
Daily: Triple Leaf Detox herbal tea
One time: 2-3 free-range eggs with onion, tomato, spinach, raw goats milk cheese
Two times: Creamy buckwheat hot cereal or Cream brown rice cereal with raw milk & a few drops of stevia *Mmmmm- yummy! This has helped me with some variety in my diet- I missed my morning cereal!
Four times: Fresh juice made in my juicer (natalia's class "green lemonade, life force energy power-ade, vegetable "chocolate milk", and the great eliminator) *It's kind of surprising to me, but when I only do juice for breakfast, it is completely satisfying to me & I'm not hungry until lunch time.
Daily: Huge salad with romaine lettuce. Add ins: Any of the following: spinach, bell pepper, cucumber, cilantro, tomato (preferably locally grown, vine ripened!), red onion, cooked quinoa or brown rice, and a large avocado. Juice from 1/2 lemon for dressing, plus salt & pepper. *Love this salad! I've tried switching it out for more variety, but I've found I miss it too much. For now it's here to stay. Notice I'm not adding in any proteins with my veggies. Just starches with neutral veggies for this meal (avacado is considered a starch in this case).
Here's where it gets a bit trickier. At this point my dinner is usually different from my family's. Not sustainable for the long run, but I'll get there! Bit by bit.
Daily: Small green salad with romaine & any add ins (other veggies)
Canned salmon (wild-caught)- *Just out of the can (stirred up to crush the bones). I'm completely content with that.
Turkey breast from Costco
Meat loaf (gluten & sugar-free)
3-4 egg quiche *Found a new recipe with a brown rice crust- can't wait to try it!
Shredded beef on a brown rice wrap w/veggies
Homemade personal pizzas *shredded cauliflower/egg/goat's milk cheese crust with shredded raw goat's milk cheese on top