So here it goes: I'm on day 2 of no sugar and no refined carbohydrates. Last night I stared at my Dove Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs, then slammed the refrigerator door shut, while mumbling stay strong...you can do this! Then enters my husband who is staring at me with this confused and very concerned expression. Ha!
I've decided to not put a time line on my goal to eat smart and to eat clean. I find that anytime I give myself a week, or 2 weeks I always look forward to the end of my goal, so that I can celebrate and eat a dessert. This time around I am just taking it one day at a time and while I have a general goal of a month or two, I am hoping that I will feel so great and just keep up with it.
Sugar and refined carbohydrates do no good for our bodies! The sugar throws off our hormones, adds unwanted pounds, are loaded with chemicals, insulin levels spike, they slow your metabolism, lower your immunity, cause skin problems, and the list goes on.
So here's Linda's email: (I just love her and her cooking classes are fabulous. You can check out her site here.)
"I am addicted to refined carbohydrates. It started years ago, as a child. Even though my mother warned me about the perils of eating sugar and white flour I gave into peer pressure. As a teen I frequently binged on weekends. As an adult I seemed to have more control over my addiction and was sober for months and even years at a time! I was always amazed at how much better I felt and looked when I wasn't using refined carbohydrates as a crutch. My mind was clear, I carried less body fat, I had more energy and my self esteem sky rocketed. But eventually I would fall off the wagon. It starts small, usually around the holidays. The voice in my head would say things like "One cookie won't kill me" or "I don't look THAT bad" "Other people are doing it" and before I know it, it's pasta at lunch, dessert three times a week, even an occasional hot chocolate. I try to hide it from my family, but they notice the mood swings, the tight jeans and the dull skin. And of course the inevitable decent down the proverbial shame spiral! Well folks it's time for an intervention! Summer is just around the corner and the extra pounds need to go. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem right? And since I am a common sense girl, I will face my addiction head on and with a sensible plan. If you would like to join me there aren't even the 12 pesky steps... just four.
Keep a food journal~ I know it's a pain but writing down everything you eat really helps you recognize all the little things you pop in your mouth throughout the day. Those calories add up! Keep it simple, a little notepad and a pencil will do. Just quickly jot down the time and item you ate. At the end of the day you may be stunned or delighted, but either way you will be informed!
Eat 5-6 small meals a day~ Eating small meals throughout the day keeps your stable which keeps the binges at bay... If you ate five that would be 1500 calories a day. Totally do-able! You aren't hungry and you will lose slowly and steadily... which as we all know, wins the race! (unless you are running, then you would probably lose the race)
Be sure that most meals contain protein, unrefined carbs and healthy fat. Protein helps keep blood sugar stable and build muscle, healthy fats keep you full longer, give you energy and help you absorb nutrients, and unrefined carbs such as veggies and fruit provide fiber and antioxidants. Here is an example of a 1500 calorie day in which 4 of the five meals contain a protein, unrefined carb and a healthy fat...
Breakfast- 2 eggs (protein, and dhea fats) 1 fruit (fiber and anti-oxidants)
Snack- 8 almonds ( and protein) apple (fiber and anti-oxidants)
Lunch ~ salad greens (anti-oxidants, fiber) salmon (protein, healthy fats)
Snack~ Yogurt (protein, probiotics)
Dinner~ 1/2 chicken breast (protein) veggies with olive oil (good fats, fiber, ant-oxidants)
That is what 1500 calories looks like. Not too shabby! Be sure to eat every 3 hours or so.
A few more tips...
Don't eat later than 7pm if you can help it! If you are a tea drinker, drink an herbal tea slowly between meals. If you are not a tea drinker try lemon in water. Supplement with a good multi vitamin and enzymes (I like New Chapter One Daily multi vites and Digest More Ultra) Avoid situations where you might cheat. Weigh yourself no more than once a week!"
PLF Daily Tip: Cut refined carbs out of your life and you will be amazed at how great you feel and how great you look!!! If you need some support then post on PLF; Rach and I will cheer you on!!! :)