Monday, December 2, 2013

More on the ME Diet and Me

I mentioned I needed a plan, a book was mentioned so I grabbed it and read it. Alright, so where am I today. Today, I am suffering through a sugar detox. It's really not that bad, it is more the fact that I have SO much sugar in my house. I know, everyone says get it out of the house. But is that fair to my family who knows how to control themselves. I don't think so, plus I really need to learn will power.

I  quickly related to the ME diet because it is very similar to an adapted version of the Atkins diet I did years ago. During my younger years I wanted to lose some weight for my wedding, I turned to the Atkin's diet. modifying it, by allowing myself to eat all the fruit and veggies I wanted. I kept the rest of my diet under 20 carbs a day.  I was able to quickly lose weight and not lose my mind.
How the ME diet will work for me:
Based on the plan I am what is considered a Sugar burner. Which means that my body is inefficient at burning fat and relies on sugar to function. This is not a good thing when you want to lose fat. I need to work on my diet so that my body is not just burning sugar but burning fat as well.

The high-level view of the plan:
  • Eat 3 meals and 3 snacks
  • Eat as many veggies and the following fruit - all berries, apples and pears  - easy in the winter.
  • Eat lean animal protein and wild fish
  • Eat no more than 3 o 5 bites of starchy carbs per meal - guess its better then none
  • Eat no more than 1/2 cup of nuts or 1 - 2 tablespoons of nut butter
  • Choose from almonds, walnuts, unsalted peanuts and Brazil nuts
  • Snack on beef or venison jerky, protein bars, protein shakes and veggies
  • Some line about dairy products - but I am avoiding those because of the kiddos issues, so no need to worry about that.
  • Enjoy a reward meal once a week
  • Avoid alcohol
Overall, the plan is completely doable and exactly what I need to refocus. I am taking it 7 days at a time. I started yesterday and had a good day eating. The one thing I am not following is avoiding soy, since I cannot have dairy, I use soy creamer in my coffee. That is the only soy thing I use and  no diet will get me to give up coffee.

I am more worried about the workout plan, it is like cross fit or high intensity workouts. I am not sure how my body will respond, as I have already been having problems with my
IT band and then the workouts to fix my IT band have been causing me a lot of hip pain. Clearly, my body is week and I am going to have to push through the pain for a while until I get stronger. I will report back how my workouts go tomorrow. 

I am I crazy to give up sugar during December?


  1. I am going to get the book tomorrow and start it too….I think it will totally work for me….can't wait to discuss it more with you and compare as we go!

  2. alcohol. I hate that and compromise with vodka sodas. I need to put more thought into what I CAN eat, like you have.
    One thing, I've noticed when I'm eating "on plan" the protein and fiber really do curb the hunger pangs. Such a surprise. Go figure.

    1. Booze isn't a big deal, since I am nursing I can't partake in much anyways.

  3. You are crazy and brave to give up sugar and alcohol during December, that is a tough one, however.. if everyone knows you have given it up then it is easier to hold yourself accountable and avoid all that sugary stuff everyone brings around! I am not giving up sugar but trying to cut way way back, and after a week of doing that my waist is already happier!