It’s Human Nature to Rebel:
When your parent or guardian told you “you can’t be friends w/ that kid” what did you do? You rebelled, right? It’s just human nature to rebel against authority, it’s not a great trait that we humans exhibit but let’s be honest it is in our nature. You have been trying to break the rules all your life, my toddler tries everyday, so why would you follow new rules that take away your favorite foods?
I had this epiphany last week while testing a detox plan for a friend’s upcoming book, I found that by the 2nd day I was eating too much, craving naughty foods and wanting to rebel against the plan I am testing. One of the things recommended to remove from my diet was coffee. Well, I LOVE coffee, I am a mother of a toddler… hello! By day 4 I decided to rebel against the plan and have one cup per day, and I am happy to say following the plan from then on was a cinch. Why was it easier to follow the plan? Because I modified it to meet my individual needs.
Finding a Diet That Will Work For You:
Picking a diet plan should be a big decision, trying what worked for your BFF without modifying it to match your own needs first can be a recipe for failure. And while you are choosing one, know that all “diets” are just marketing. Think about Weight Watchers do you think they make more money off the memberships or the food they sell? Food, defiantly, it’s all over the grocery store and at the meetings.
If you deprive yourself of your favorite foods you may go back to your old eating habits. If you love pasta the Atkins diet will not work for you, if you love meat going vegan is not a good idea… get it? What can you learn from both of those diets though? Eat more lean protein and less carbs; eat more non animal protein and more nuts, beans, whole grains and veggies. Don’t just be a follower, use your brain, get the information and come up with your own plan.
The Best Diet in My Opinion:
What is the best “diet” in my opinion? No diet! Eat low calorie real food, move your body more and drink as much water as you can consume. Stop eating processed foods and eat only real food, here’s a tip- if there is no nutritional label it is a good choice. Veggies, fruit, whole wheat bread from the bakery, lean meat from the butcher etc.
One great tip I found along the way of my weight loss journey (thanks to Candice Kumai) was this calorie equation. Take your goal weight and add a zero to the end of it. Say you want to be 120 lbs, eat 1200 calories.
I have taken different tips from different diets, plans and role models and combined them, you should do the same, make a list 5-10 goals (not rules) to shoot for everyday for your own diet. Here are some examples of my goals:
1. Drink 2 glasses of water before you eat anything- from my Mama
2. Plate should be 25% lean protein, 25% carbs, 50% veggies- from Candice Kumai
3. Free day, one naughty meal a week (only if you’ve been good all week)- from Body for Life
4. Move your body more- from Jillian Michaels
5. Plan out your meals ahead of time- from Weight Watchers
6. Love your body, no matter what- from Myself and for My Daughter!
The Moral of the Story:
I have tried almost every diet known to man, the Cabbage Soup Diet, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Body For Life, South Beach Diet, Slim Fast, Sugar Free Diets… the list can go on and on. I was never happy with the outcome of these “diets”, but eating real food, moving my body more, and drinking water like it’s going out of fashion is the only thing that has worked for me. I am now a size 2, I weigh 125 lbs. At my heaviest I was 275 lbs and a size 20! Take it from a girl who knows first hand, there is no miracle diet. Stop with the fake sugars, the processed “diet food” learn and take pride in cooking the old fashioned way, with real products.
Check out my recipes for examples, great fast dinners, easy to travel lunches and speedy breakfasts to keep you going all day. Because I understand that some of the structured plans may really work for some of you, I have included all the nutritional information needed to count calories, track protein vs. carbs or use a Weight Watchers calculator in my recipes.
Find something that works for you and stick with it! Don’t starve yourself, feed your body with what it needs, water, greens, fruits, lean protein and most importantly LOVE. Listen to your body, it’s the only one you have got!
About the Detox Plan I Spoke Of:
I would love to share this plan I’m testing with you, because it’s GREAT and has helped me look into my eating habits to modify a few things and helped me get past my plateau, alas I had to sign a legal document swearing I would not share it. Once it is released I will let you all know so you can pick up a copy. Keep checking back for an update.
The Detox plan is in a cookbook called Cook Yourself Sexy and inside this lovely cookbook there is a chapter called Seven Days to Sexy, it is a fantastic Detox Plan! I hosted a Detox Week on my Facebook Page and people lost up to 12 lbs in ONE WEEK!
I truly do recommend you check out this book it’s only $15 and totally worth it just for the detox plan, not to mention the ALL CHOCOLATE CHAPTER!
So check it out! And HAPPY COOKING!