I love Italians and I love food, but after spending a wonderful 6 days in New York and New Jersey for Easter and eating well more than my weight in pizza, Dunkin Doughnuts and Italian wheat pie, its time for an intervention. I can already begin to feel the weight on my hips increasing and my cravings for sugar running wild.
After scanning through some old fitness emails, I found the perfect detox plan. Stephen and I have decided to dedicate the entire month of May to a strict 30 day detox.
We are meat eaters, and we love vegetables but where we fail is in the amount of carbs and dairy that we consume. We have spent entire nights sitting on the couch drinking red wine and eating cheese after our dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. The diet that we found that seems to fit best into our lifestyle is the “Whole 9 Life” diet. (Which can be found at the link below)
The whole9life diet takes into practice the RAW diet which is only non processed and non cooked items, such as fruits and vegetables and combines it with a lean protein. I don’t want to spell out the entire list of good/bad items, because I want you to check out the website for yourself, but here is a basic description of the diet. “Eat real food – meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, some fruit, and good fat from nuts, seeds, coconut, olives/olive oil and avocado. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re fresh and natural.”
It sounds simple, no dairy, no legumes, no grains and no processed foods. The tough part is the no alcohol and no sugar, not even sweeteners. So bye-bye coffee creamer and “sugar-free” anything, because sugar alcohols are still added. We are a little concerned with caloric intake, but I think with help from Google and the key words ““Paleo Recipes” we will be able to find nutrition meals within our guidelines.
“Paleo Recipes”??? I knew that question would be next. The Paleodiet, is defined by Wikipedia as “The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species consumed during the Paleolithic era” More than 70% of the total daily energy consumed by all people in the United States comes from foods such as dairy products, cereals, refined sugars, refined vegetable oils and alcohol. This diet seeks to bring people back to their dietary roots and rewire the bodies cravings for the above foods.
So starting May 1st and ending May 30th, our goal is to detox our bodies. To lower our tolerance to alcohol and caffeine. Reduce dependence on sugars and sweeteners and most importantly to recognize vegetables and lean proteins as a meal without fillers such as bread and beans. I believe that eating real food that is unprocessed and keeping your body moving are the answers to maintaining health and proper body weight. It will take consistency, hard work, and driving desire to stick to this diet, but I believe the outcome will be worth it.
For more information visit: PaleoDiet