So you’ve just signed up to skinny jeans school and received day 1’s email…. You’re ready to go. With enthusiasm a plenty and determination that this time you’re going to nail it you’ve opened up the prep & prime module only for your head to fall off….
“Oh my God, I can’t eat anything on this diet!”
Well first of all take a deep breath, I promise you’re going to be just fine. Not only are there plenty of things to eat, I GUARANTEE at the end of the 8 weeks you don’t go back eating even 50% of the things you currently think you’ll never live without
Secondly, I’ve been running this programme for years and women have gone through this process with the same initial thoughts. Not only did they manage and lose weight, but they feel less bloated, they have more energy, their skin is clearer, they sleep better and around 70% have remained on the eating regime (notice I didn’t say diet) permanently.
Thirdly, this isn’t a diet – this is an elimination programme that lasts 8 weeks and then you shouldn’t have to diet every again. How good would that be? The beauty with an elimination programme is we look at individual ingredients and namely the ones that often cause gastrointestinal problems (including lass of weight loss) and take them out of your daily nutritional plan. Your body has time to adjust and calm down instead of constantly fighting to digest food that doesn’t agree with you. After (only 4 weeks) in this restrictive phase, you start to reintroduce the ingredients one at a time and note the effects. You then have a choice. An INFORMED CHOICE whether to continue with this ingredient in your eating regime or to eliminate partially or permanently.
How about we flip the switch?
Instead of thinking about all the things you can’t have, think about all the things you can. Get to know different types of food. Explore the kitchen and some fabulous cook books that are on offer at the moment. Start to experiment. If you’re eating out spend some time online and download their menu. Have a think about what you can and want to eat before you go so you don’t feel under pressure. Think of this like an exciting project. Grab a diary, a note-pad, your iPad and start to plan plan plan. You might enjoy it.
Here’s a few things you can definitely eat and enjoy:
Lots of fresh and frozen fruits –
Make great breakfasts and deserts… slow cook some apples with sultanas and cinnamon overnight and enjoy for breakfast. Get reacquainted with dates and incorporate them into recipes with almond butter and cocoa powder for gooey treats and brownies. Try fruits you’ve never had or walked past in the shopping isles and think whether you can put into a salad… grapes, figs and even strawberries are fab in salads
Lots of fresh and frozen vegetables-
Start to get a brilliant relationship going with your slow cooker. You can put just about any mix of vegetables in here and make great stews, curries, casseroles and more. There are some fabulous slow cooker recipes online. Chop them up for chunky soup or blend for a smooth mix. Try something new and out there…. Parsnip and apple is actually pretty amazing soup. Think what else you can do and make a curry by mashing all the vegetables together with the sauce. Perhaps you can drizzle with oil and explore your spice rack then bake in the oven. The options are endless
Lots of lean meats and fish
This is so easy… you can bake, grill, pan fry, roast and poach. When you restrict your red meat you’ll naturally eat more fish which has many health benefits including potentially lowering your risk of heart disease, lowering blood pressure, offering anti-inflammatory products plus assisting in the prevention of weight gain
What else can you eat? Well how about….
- Black Rice
- Bulgar Wheat products (not wheat)
- Puy Lentils
- Soy Milk
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
- Cacao Powder
- Rice Cakes
- Gluten Free Oatcakes
- Porridge oats
- Homemade Granola
- Nuts & Raisins
- Small quantities of dried fruit