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:”
My next read - The Sugar Detox by Brooke Alpert - is finally in at the library, so I need to go pick that up.