or at the very least, I am. I’ve had enough of my delicate stomach and indigestion. Now, I know myself, so I’m not going for anything crazy. I’m not going to start drinking smoothies and eating lettuce leaves for lunch. A friend recommended Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP diet and although it does include meats, that’s still too much for me.
What I’m going for is much simpler: cutting out wheats, meats and processed food, a’la this much more realistic plan.
“Rather than following an extreme plan that limits just about every food except fruit and veg while at the same time getting you to down a nasty ‘detox’ drink every day, this plan is safer and more sensible and shouldn’t leave you short on nutrients if you follow it for just one week.” Amen!!
How long will this last? Well, as long as I can keep it up. I’m guessing a couple of days, to be honest. I love my starches and sugars and although I’m picky about my meats, I do like good steak and good chicken. But even if I manage to maintain a reduced consumption of the baddies for, say, a week, I’m gonna count that as a WIN.
I know that planning is key; if I don’t have a plan for what meals I’m going to eat, I’ll fail. Ideas so far include chili, curry, lentil patties, roast vegetable salads, green salads with tuna (need the protein; I don’t know how people stay full otherwise), my trusty fried cabbage (perhaps not the healthiest?), and stuffed squash or eggplant.
I’m not going to make BF do this along with me, so I’ll have to craft dinner plans carefully.
There is a problem. I eat one of two things for breakfast namely, cereal, or toast. Nothing else. Both of which are no-nos.
As much as I aspire to eating fruit salad with yoghurt for breakfast, there’s a high possibility that won’t last long at all. In which case, which is the lesser evil?
Also, you may recall my desire to make my own cereal. I did that for less than a week recently. And yeah, sorry, it’s not going to happen. I like coconut. I like fresh berries and apples. I like nuts. But I do not like oats. And somehow, muesli with cornflakes substituted for oats just isn’t the same…
I had titchy digestion too and started having green smoothies for breakfast – they can actually be quite filling! The nutritionist I saw also said that food order was really important – eat your fruits and salads first, then your protein, then your processed healthy, then your processed junk. Not only do you eat less of the junk that way, you’re putting in your food in order of speed of digestion so you don’t get gut pain from the gas of fermenting apple sitting on top of harder-to-digest bread. That’s been a much easier change for me to implement long term.
Anyway, breakfast smoothie is:
one chopped up banana
add one tablespoon yoghurt (I use soy yoghurt)
add at least two cups of leafy greens (kale, spinach, bok choy, pak choy… whatever)
add chopped up fruit (about a cup) and nutritional supplements (chia seeds, LSA, etc) as desired
add 1/4 of a cup of water if you desire a smoother consistency
I love plain yogurt with berries and granola. The more berries, the better. And it’s sort of like cereal, because the yogurt is just basically to wet it all, haha.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated during a detox is important!