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?

4 comments:

  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!

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  2. Agh....no 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.

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

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  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!

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