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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

17 day diet

Good morning.  Here's the details for anyone wanting to follow this plan.  I am going to try, but I have a LOT of running to do over the next few weeks and I'm a little concerned it is too low-calorie.  I have downloaded (uploaded?) the Runner's World Guide to Running on my (new) Kindle and was kind of thinking I would follow their meal plan.  I am happy to do another challenge, however, amongst followers.  If you are interested in doing that, please post a comment or email me or Facebook message me with what day you would like to start.  Kristin will probably do Slim Fast for one more day and start this plan on Friday.

EVERY DAY:  First thing in the morning, drink one 8-ounce cup of hot water, squeeze half a lemon into the cup.  **I added a little bit of Splenda.  VERY little bit**

17 day diet consists of 4 cycles of 17-days each.  Cycle 1 is called the Accelerate Cycle.  You can eat as much as you want of specific proteings and cleansing vegetables.  "Specific proteins" = salmon (canned or fresh), sole, flounder, catfish, tilapia, canned light tuna (in water), chicken breasts, turkey breasts, ground turkey (lean), eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving), egg whites (4 whites = 1 serving); "Cleansing vegetables" = basically any vegetable.  Stay away from corn and beans.  Yay to green colors!

2 servings a day of "Low-Sugar Fruit" = apples, berries (all types), grapefruit, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, prickly pear cactus, prunes, red grapes.

2 servings a day of "Probiotic Foods" - yogurt (any type, including greek-style, sugar-free fruit flavored; plain; low-fat (6 ounce container = 1 serving)), Kefir (1 cup = 1 serving), low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving), Yakult (small 50-calorie bottle), Braekstone LiveActive cottage cheese (1/2 cup = 1 serving), Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium brother (1 Tbsp - 1 serving), Tempeh (4 oz. = 1 serving), sauerkraut (1/2 cup = 1 serving), Kimchi (1/2 cup = 1 serving)

1 to 2 Tablespoons of "friendly fats" daily!  Olive oil, flaxseed oil.

Condiments are allowed in moderation, but I would recommend trying to eat foods without any.  If you do HAVE to use something, try to find low-carb varieties of ketchup and marinara sauce, and fat-free sour cream and/or cheeses.  Same with salad dressing - use fat free.

Typical Sample Day:
     BREAKFAST:  2 eggs or 4 egg whites (**or I prefer a combination of the two with 1 egg and 2 egg whites); or 1 serving of probiotic food.
          1 fruit serving
          1 cup green tea

     LUNCH:  Liberal amounts of protein in the form of fish, poultry, or eggs plus unlimited amounts of cleansing vegetables; or 1 probiotic serving plus unlimited amounts of cleansing vegetables.
          1 cup green tea

     DINNER:  Liberal amounts of protein in the form of fish or chicken.
          Unlimited amounts of cleansing vegetables
          1 cup green tea

          2nd fruit serving
          2nd probiotic serving

I would be happy to detail some days, if anyone feels they need more "structure"?  It's pretty basic and simple.  I found the Kefir drinks to be particularly filling and yummy.  Also, plain yogurt with a spoonful of sugar free jelly is yum-yum!

I am sorry to not post more.  Things around the house have not been great lately and I believe I will be taking a break for a bit.

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