Thursday, November 01, 2012
So, today is the first day back to eating solid food. Like I've said before, I'm following Dr.Fuhrman's 6 week plan from his book "Eat to Live". It is a very strict diet, meant to encourage weight loss. There are several reasons I'm following this plan.
1.) The foods will be the best and easiest for my body to digest after a long fast
2.) High fat foods like nuts, avocados, and oils, and well as ALL dried fruit, dairy, and meat are severely limited or not allowed; this will help me to learn to eat a fruit and vegetable based vegan diet, rather than one that includes A LOT of grains, nuts, and avocados; those are all healthy foods, but high in calories, and it would be easy for me to go overboard on them and actually gain weight. This 6 week plan will help me learn moderation with these foods.
3.) I DO want to continue losing weight. I would like to lose 5 pounds over these next 6 weeks, to be down to 155.
These are the specifics of the six week plan:
-Raw vegetables (goal:1 lb)
-Cooked vegetables (goal: 1 lb)
-Beans, legumes, bean sprouts, tofu (goal: 1 cup)
-Fresh fruit (at least 4)
-Cooked starchy vegetables of whole grains (butternut and acorn squash, corn, white potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, bread, cereal), not more than 1 cup or one serving per day
-Raw nuts and seeds, 1 oz max per day
-Avocado, 2 oz max per day
-Dried fruit, 2 tbsp max per day
-Ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp max per day
-Between meal snacking
Here are the steps I'm taking to reach my goal:
1.) Follow Dr. Fuhrman's six week plan
2.) Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day
3.) Drink 8-16 oz/day of green juice or smoothie
4.) Aim for 60 minutes of aerobic exercise in addition to strength training, 6 days of the week
Here's what I ate today:
Breakfast: fresh pineapple, protein smoothie (banana, pineapple, strawberries, Vega vanilla chai protein powder, unsweetened almond milk)
Lunch: Large salad with romaine, kale, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, walnuts, chickpeas, and homemade dressing
Dinner: Salad with romaine, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and homemade dressing; homemade vegetable and bean soup; fresh orange for dessert
Since we're on vacation and planned originally to juice this whole time, we brought limited food with us; so our salad dressing was kind of a throw-together of whatever we had on hand. I mixed canned hummus, dijon mustard, hemp oil, and fresh lime or lemon juice which made a dip-like consistency. I then added enough water to thin it out and make it into a salad dressing. I realize that the plan says NO oils are allowed; however, until we get home and have flax, chia, or hemp seeds available, I'm still including a tablespoon a day of hemp oil for the omegas.
For exercise today, I did 10 minutes on the treadmill, 20 on the elliptical, and 30 minutes of light swimming. I will get back to my strength training once we get back home.
I'm excited about this! My long term goal is to be at 140 before I go to NYC in April. My ultimate goal is to be between 120 and 130. If I'm maintaining that weight a year from now, I will be very happy.
Many times, I'm still in disbelief about this whole lifestyle change that has happened. God is soooo good and it is truly a miracle that these things have actually happened. All the glory goes to God.