As the New Year closes in upon us people are already starting to make resolutions and spouting how they are going to “live in the gym” in 2013, eat healthy, quit smoking etc etc….. and you know what they absolutely 100% will do all of those things for a good few weeks and then slowly go back to old habits. It happens it’s human nature but what can we do stop the cycle? How can we set ourselves up for success?
How about instead of making resolutions we set GOALS and put a reward system in place for ourselves….. How about we do it as a large group spread through out the interwebs across the USA and the World….. That sounds like it could work and that my friends is exactly what we are going to do! I’m going to share with you how the hubby and I will be eating and what we are doing for workouts, you don’t have to follow along with my shopping lists meal plans etc…. they will simply be there for anyone who needs ideas or gets stuck in a food rut, you may do your own and share it here-on Facebook-Twitter-Instagram etc all with the hashtag #GGHDetox13 so we may keep up with each other.
I’m so excited to get started and the number of you that have shown interest in doing this with me is AWESOME!! Below is my shopping list for the first 7 days, I’m breaking my phases down into 1 week intervals as it’s not as daunting thinking of it that way.
Our 1st 7 days will be Low Carb, High Protein, Low to NO Sugar, NO ALCOHOL, and Limited Dairy. If you can go longer than the 7 days with this way of eating you will see such a drastic difference in your energy levels, the way your skin looks, and of course your waist line and the scale!
Veggies that are acceptable for the first 7 Days:
- Sprouts, alfalfa and other small seeds (sprouted legumes have more carbs)
- Greens – lettuce, spinach, chard, etc.
- Hearty Greens – collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.
- Radicchio and endive count as greens
- Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
- Bok Choy
- Bamboo Shoots
- Sea Vegetables (Nori, etc)
- Cabbage (or sauerkraut)
- Cucumbers (or pickles without added sugars)
- Green Beans and Wax Beans
- Green Bell Peppers
- Red Bell Peppers
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Summer Squash
- Brussels Sprouts
- Scallions or green onions
- Snow Peas/Snap Peas/Pea Pods
- Spaghetti Squash
- Celery Root (Celeriac)
Fruits that are acceptable for the first 7 Days:
All the above listed are low in both carbohydrates and sugar. Fruits with a moderate amount of carbohydrates and sugars include watermelon, grapefruit, blueberries, pineapple, apples, oranges, nectarines and peaches. All of these should be eaten on a limited basis.
Meats and Proteins acceptable for the first 7 Days:
- EGGS!! Eggs can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Chicken Wings (deserves special mention, these are PERFECT snacks)
- Cans of Tunafish (get the chunk lite, NOT the white/albacore)
- Whitefish (cod, haddock) great for broiling!
- Turkey (bacon, patties, sliced)
Dairy (Limited) and other Helpers we will be using:
The best alternative to milk is soy milk, which can have between 2 and 5 carbs per cup, depending on the brand. You’ll need to choose carefully, since most soy milk is sweetened. If you can’t find a brand that is sweetened with a sugar alternative, you will need to buy unsweetened soy milk and adjust it to the desired level of sweetness with Splenda. Almond milk has 2 or 3 carbs per cup, but the same issue applies, most varieties are sweetened.
- Cheddar Cheese
Other Food Items
- Olive Oil
- Sour Cream
- Chicken broth (get a low salt version)
- Bottled water, low carb iced teas
Make sure your spice cabinet is up to date! You will find it amazing how flavorful your food can be when it’s made fresh and cooked with delicious spices. If you don’t have herbs you can always use Mrs.Dash Table Blend it tastes amazing on EVERYTHING!!
I hope this gives you some insight on the direction I’ll be going. I will also be including my workouts, which just like the food you don’t have to follow, I’m simply putting what works for ME.
I will be posting some meal plans over the next couple of days and I plan on getting started Wednesday January 2, 2013!! All of your shopping should be done, cabinets and fridge cleaned out etc.. so you’r ready to take on 2013 and make it the healthiest year EVER! I will also be using My Fitness Pal to keep track of all food consumed. This will not only help me watch my carb in take but my calories too!! Friend me: girlgonehealthy1 My Fitness Pal is available as an app on your phone or usable via the web!
Healthy Wishes, T