Happy New Year
Happy New Year everyone 🙂
It has been a while since I’ve had a chance to sit and write – I had two random posts go up, but that’s it! I have a tonne of lunch, snack and dinner ideas to post, along with a few cookie recipes (not many though – I’m sure you are as sugared out as me).
Speaking of which, working on the South Beach Diet: Phase I for the next 14 days. The author’s meal plan seemed to have freaked my Mom out a bit because of the decaf coffee part, but in reality it is very manageable: lean protein, vegetables that are low in starch (i.e. no potato, yam, carrots, beets or corn), no rice or grains, and of course no alcohol or desserts. Lots of fluid. I might even make an attempt at artichoke next weekend 🙂
My menu and plan for this upcoming week looks good:
- B: vegetable quiche in a slice of fat-free ham, baked in a large muffin tin (makes 6)
- 1 coffee with skim milk
- ¼ cup chickpea dip made with balkan yogurt, on celery
- L: baked chicken over our standard greek salad (feta, cucumber, peppers and tomato)
- 2 wedges of laughing cow cheese on cucumber slices
- D: grilled fish with cauliflower or tenderloin with asparagus
- 1-2 Tbs (up to 15) whole almonds, natural or raw
- mug of hot water with half a lemon, first thing in the morning and after dinner, to complete the cleanse
- 2-3 mile jog three days a week
- Tai Chi classes 1-2 times per week
- strength training 1-2 times per week
For me it’s more about reducing the sugar cravings and improving my digestion/circulation than anything else. That’s also why it is so important to restrict this type of eating over a short period of time. Long term with no carbohydrates is really challenging for the body to adapt to as glucose is a basic functionality of cellular processing. However, there are natural sugars in milks, vetegables and whole grains that are healthy for you. It is the refined sugars that glue themselves to your thighs and desensitize your taste buds, lol.
So that’s my rant for today. I’m off to see the parents for a delicious dinner, and load up on desserts to tide me over.
Wishing you a year of success and joy, in its many forms!