Before I start let me just say:
- This post is 100% NOT SPONSORED.
- I am very very careful not to use the word “diet” around my children. Especially my girls.
- I have never ever done a diet before.
I have tried counting calories, exercising and C25K but I never ever stick to any of those things and *surprise* I’m just putting on more weight.
So when a friend on Facebook raved about The Body Reset Diet and how the book was on sale over at Chapters/Indigo it was at a moment where I was open to trying new things like drinking smoothies every day for 15 days so of course I ordered the book.
I’m on day 8 of a 15 day plan and I have been planning this post since the day before I actually started consuming 3 smoothies a day. Looking back, I’m truly glad I left posting until now.
The day before would have been full of inspiration and lofty goals.
The first day would have been all about YUM loving the smoothies.
Day three to five were hard and I’m surprised I even stuck with this thing at all. I essentially craved Fettuccine Alfredo 24 hours a day for 3 days straight which is odd because I’m not a huge Alfredo fan but for a full 72 hours my body was pretty certain I needed it. Like really truly needed it with at least a half bottle of red wine. Neither of course are “approved” on this diet.
And then something magic happened on Day 6 — also the day you can start eating 2 smoothies a day and one REAL solid meal — I wasn’t craving Alfredo anymore. In fact, I wasn’t craving anything at all. I felt full and content.
It was then that I realized that The Body Reset Diet was more than encouraging you to eat better healthier whole foods and avoid high calorie and high sugar meals and snacks. It really is about reprogramming my body to eat at regular hours and intake a reasonable amount of calories, fiber and protein.
Above all, I needed to learn that I do not need to give into every single one of my body’s food cravings and I certainly do not need to be hitting the lunch counter every single day.
So here’s what I am eating:
Breakfast (around 7am) – SMOOTHIE filled with a mixture of frozen berries, an apple or pear, spinach and kale (I swear you can’t taste them), fresh mint, lime juice, flax or chia seeds, milk and/or Greek yogurt, fresh ginger and vanilla protein powder.
Snack (around 10am) – usually some Greek yogurt mixed with hummus and brown rice crackers or melba toasts. The book suggests snacks are about 150 calories with at least 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and under 10 grams of sugar.
Lunch (around 1pm) – SMOOTHIE (same as above). On work days I make 2 smoothies at breakfast and take one with me to work. Smoothies are mandatory a lunch until day 11 where you begin to introduce a MEAL at lunch instead of a smoothie. Because I often eat out with clients for my job, for the first 5 days I made sure not to book any lunch meetings. Now that I am in Phase II and can’t avoid lunch meetings for a full 15 days I have switched my one allowed meal (In Phase II) to lunch when needed and then have a smoothie at dinner. I don’t know how Harley would feel about that but it’s what works for me.
Snack (around 4pm) – I always have a bag of fresh cut up veggies with this snack and then I mix it up a bit. Sometimes I have lean sliced turkey breast, a piece of low fat cheese and wrap it in lettuce like a sandwich and the other day I made couscous stuffed tomatoes (will post the recipe over at Canned Soup Mom soon) which were amazing. Sometimes, I just have a bag of light individual-sized microwave popcorn along with my veggies. Either way there are lots of ideas in the book and it’s pretty easy to come up with ideas of your own if you follow the nutritional guidelines.
Dinner (around 7pm) – For days 1-5 it was a SMOOTHIE again but now I’m having a MEAL which I’m keeping under 400 calories with at least 20 grams of protein and over 5 grams of fiber.
WATER – the book suggests that women should be drinking about 3 litres of water a day (around 100 oz.) and I’ve been drinking about 65oz of this yummy Health Kick Water and the rest I’m making up in sparkling water, green or chai teas and coffee. That’s right I said COFFEE which is 100% allowed if you don’t fill it with sugar and high calorie creamers. I don’t know if it counts in my water intake but I’m going with it for now.
There are a couple of good things about this diet that made me actually try it without just tossing the book on my bedside table after reading a few pages.
- You eat a lot of food. Although my body told me I was hungry for most of days 1 through 5 it was part of the reset process and I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.
- I now realize that you seriously cannot taste spinach or kale blended into a smoothie and now I throw it into everything including the kids’ smoothies!
- Coffee is allowed. I only take my coffee with a drop of skim milk so I am able to indulge. Also, a tall Starbucks latte is on the “approved” snack list
- I am planning ahead what I plan on eating which means I take my lunch to work every single day (I have NEVER done this before).
So how much weight have I lost? I don’t know yet. I don’t plan on weighing myself until after I’ve done the full 15 day challenge.
What I do know is that I am feeling better, am definitely less bloated (feeling and looking) and most of all I’m proud of myself for sticking with it this far.
I’ll keep you posted on how the next few days go!
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