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Recovery Strategies


Thursday, September 05, 2013

One last post on the Bread Is the Devil book – Heather Bauer’s meal ‘blueprint’ provide a few easy-to-remember strategies for recovering from a diet “fail” – things I can do the day after a party or a binge other than skipping meals and beating myself up about it:

1. Protein Day: Just what it sounds like – 3 meals of mostly protein and some veggies. No snack, dairy, or alcohol.

2. Volume Controlled Day: For those who need the carbs – everything is portion controlled to get your volumes back on track. This is probably the best strategy for me because I absolutely need milk in my coffee.

3, Veggie Night: A night when your dinner is simply vegetables.

She even offers two immediate strategies for those recovering from a “plunge:”

- Clean Meal: Your next meal should be a protein and veggie. That’s it.
- Water Flush: Drink 4 cups of water right after a plunge, even though you are already full, to help your body process the salt and sugar.

The recovery strategies are so… boring. Perhaps I can add these to my checklist of reasons not to binge (a while back, I made a ‘panic button‘ list on my iPhone of reasons not to binge that I could go to anytime I felt triggered to binge - wp.me/p1N36Q-9y – I just struggle with remembering to take that step first prior to taking the first bite.)

I found another “detox” plan that’s meant to help you get back on track from a particularly bad weekend of eating – but this one phases certain foods in over a period of four days rather than focusing on just the day following your diet “fail:”

www.shape.com/healthy-ea
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My next read - The Sugar Detox by Brooke Alpert - is finally in at the library, so I need to go pick that up.
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WOUBBIE 9/6/2013 11:52AM

    In response to your comment about the milk in your coffee - most low carbers try to use heavy whipping cream in coffee instead of milk or even half and half. (I have a problem with that only because I use the cream to lower the temperature of the coffee as well as flavor it, so I tend to use a lot. When I do have cream on hand - like this week, as a matter of fact - I water it down).

A point to ponder - no one actually needs carbs in their diet. Our brains and muscles run fine on ketones (the heart actually runs MORE efficiently on ketones than glucose), and what little glucose is needed on a daily basis can easily be made from protein. Consider this: of the three macronutrients, protein, fat, and carbohydrate, there is only one that has no "deficiency disease" associated with it - carbs. That's because we don't need an outside source of them.

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