The Smarter Science of Slim FoodThe food this week was a bit of a struggle with PMS, but not as bad as usual. I was perfect for the first four days and a bit wonky the last three. However, sugar cravings, which can kick up this time of the month for me were minor and easy to deal with. I caved a little bit, but nothing like plowing through a bag of cookies or downing a cupcake in three bites. I really look forward to eating veggies now and am getting creative with regularly add them to my egg breakfasts. Today was asparagus left over from dinner and onion; I mixed in broccoli earlier in the week. Both quite tasty and an easy way to get veggies in. Now starches ... starches were a bit more of a struggle. They really wanted to creep back in. I retaliated with salad and that seemed to help a lot. I ordered a salad at Panera and forgot to tell them to hold the sides (options are a bag of chips or a baguette) and they gave me a roll. I was having a business meeting and started mindlessly chomping on it before I realized I was over my quota for the day. Dang! Protein is difficult. The increase in veggies (nine servings a day up from seven at the "fit" level) makes it really had to get the protein in. It seemed to be a see saw; I can have one or the other but not both. It just seems like a volume thing and also satiety. I'd rather eat veggies than chicken.
My Final Two Weeks: I'm Doing It My WayI'm supposed to do the last two weeks trying to follow the "Fitness Model" level. This is zero starches or sweets, 180 grams of protein broken into six mini-meals, 12 servings of non-starchy vegetables, five servings of berries or citrus fruits, and 3/8 cup of milled flax seed. Ya know what? I'm not gonna do it. First of all, back when I was training to be a fitness competitor I did a diet that is very similar. Bailor's is a well-vetted diet and, yes, I'm telling you now, it works really well. You'll look amazing. But ... I suspect my readers, as well as myself, don't really want to live at such a strict a level forever. The goal of "The Smarter Science of Slim" is to teach us how to live more healthfully at a sustainable level. We're supposed to learn, adapt, and thrive from the information contained in the book. One of the reasons I gave this such a strong endorsement is because I love the flexibility that it offers with a variety of eating plans. So after living on it for a month, here's mine ... mostly Fit with a dash of Hot.
- 2 daily servings of starch or sweets
- 80 grams of protein a day broken into three meals and a snack
- 9 servings of non-starchy vegetables
- 3 servings of berries or citrus fruits
- 2 tablespoons of milled flax seed
- Eat whatever I want for two meals per week