I've been talking enough about this to people around me that I know some people may be wondering what I'm up to.
A dear friend of mine is a nutritionist-type and I recently asked her if there was any way I could drop a few pounds without starving myself or exercising myself into the ground. She responded "YES!" and I've been plotting every since.
Right now, I'm in the middle of a 1 week detox, basically cutting out anything refined from my diet, to teach me how to eat better (there's more to it besides this, but thats the best way to describe it in brief). So far, aside from being expensive, it's not been too bad. In fact, the motivating factor for me posting this today is that I woke up feeling AWESOME today. Maybe there is something to it!
Basically, I've been sticking to fruits, veggies, egg whites and grilled chicken for some protein. I started Monday morning and went to bed that night with a headache, woke up Tuesday morning with a headache and by the end of yesterday evening was feeling fine. I'm pretty sure the headache was sugar-withdrawal. Convincing myself that apple slices=candy is hard.
I've been stock piling fruits and veggies... and aside from the afore mentioned sweets and CHEESE (Oh, cheese, how I miss you!) I don't really feel like I'm depriving myself of anything.
I went for mexican last night and brought my own sweet potato chips and ate as much salsa as I wanted, and then ordered chicken fajitas and just ate the meat and veggies out of the skillet. Sure, I missed out on the deep fried chocolate chimichanga, but, you know.
I have a cucumber salad marinating in the fridge for lunch and will do a broccoli soup for dinner tonight. Salads when I'm busy, apples, grape tomatoes, sweet potato chips, cantaloupe, pineapple bits and clementines to munch on through the day, since I'm not much of a lunch person.
Breakfast has been egg whites with chicken, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and I bought some artichokes for variety yesterday. Will get to add them in tomorrow. :) So, like I said, it's definitely more expensive, and takes some actual meal PLANNING, but I'm hoping it will help me feel better and maybe eventually look better, too!
So, I'll keep you updated on this plan... I'm not sure what post-detox diet consists of, but I think if I can stick with this mind-set, I'll see some changes!