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Eat To Live Six Week Plan

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The poll results are in and clearly, Eat To Live is the winner! If you’ll be joining us and haven’t read the book yet, I highly recommend it for education on the finer points (no added salt, etc.). But don’t delay in order to finish it; the PDF summary in the last post is plenty to get you started. And, myself and the others have a good deal of experience with this diet and can answer whatever questions may arise.

Indeed, Em asked me, wasn’t I already doing E2L? That got me thinking… What was it I wanted to accomplish and will it be challenging enough to show solidarity with those giving it a go for the first time? (It was this very reason that had me proposing the other two options in the poll in the first place, since either would be more strict.)

Eat To Live is actually pretty easy to my mind. I’ve been doing it for years! So where did I feel a change was needed? If I were to print out a few days and show someone, they’d say, “damn, that’s healthy.” But, from where it was, I’ve been backsliding on the calorie front. Certain foods, which aren’t inherently bad, just different from what I was doing, had slowly crept in. I’ve alluded to them in the past: less control of nut butter consumption, the reintroduction of gluten into my diet, beer instead of wine, more coffee, and “stress-eating.”

Also, due to reigning in the budget, I haven’t restocked my favorite CR staples, konjac noodles and bulk, organic, dried mushrooms. Both of which I use to make big tomato-mushroom soups, chopping raw veggies in at the end. Very filling, yet low calorie.

Sooooo… This can be challenging for me too, after all. Here’s how. While some of these things are technically allowable in moderation on plan, I’m cutting them out entirely for the month of August. No nut butters. No protein powders. No beer. No coffee.

That last one’s going to hurt for a few days! My weaning off this week didn’t go so well and the withdrawal headache will be there to remind. Thankfully, as far as taste goes, I still have a little coffee substitute remaining, and I’ll allow myself a little green tea as well.

So, I’m excited! :) Let’s kick this thing off right. Good luck everyone. Come back often and keep us all apprised of your progress.

Diet Challenge Poll

Monday, July 27th, 2009

One week until the big August Diet and Exercise Challenge! A week to get rid of (aka, EAT) the off-plan foods in the house. Always fun, but don’t go too crazy. ;)

We’re not talking anything atrocious here, but this is supposed to be a challenge, after all, and a sort of cleanse, without all the hocus pocus potions. So, I’m finishing up the Kashi Go Lean, the peanut butter, and the last of the rice protein powder.

While I haven’t decided exactly which “plan” I’ll be following, even if they allow them, I’ve decided on a no-powders rule. This includes concentrates, vitamins, etc.. I’m also using this week to taper off the coffee, so I don’t have to deal with a headache.

It was asked in the comments to the previous post whether and where I’d be updating. Yes, I will, and right here. Maybe twice a week? You’re all welcome to use the comments to mark your progress as well.

OK, so here’s that poll. Maybe you can influence my decision, but no matter, we don’t all have to be on the same challenge, just knowing that others are cleaning up their diets and exercise in a similarly aggressive manner should help keep us on track.

August 2009 Challenge

  • Eat To Live, Six Week Plan (75%, 9 Votes)
  • Green Smoothies Only (25%, 3 Votes)
  • 100% Raw, Whole Foods (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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If you’re doing the six week plan, be sure to download this chart from the book. Post it on your fridge as a reminder, and if you don’t have Dr. Fuhrman’s book yet, it’s essential for clarifying the finer points and providing the motivation that comes with knowledge.

For those going the green smoothie route, my Green Smoothie Recipe Generator is a fun place to start. I’ve also got over two-weeks worth of recipes in the member’s area from when I did it last. Other collections include Kevin Gianni’s Ultimate Smoothie Recipes and Roger Haeske’s Savory Stews DVDs.

The 100% raw plan would seem to be easy-peasy, but a word of warning may be in order: Steer clear of the high fat dishes that are the usual fare. You know, all the ground nuts and seeds to make crackers, breads, pie shells, etc., and the coconuts and avocados. Oh my!

For a cleaner version of the raw food diet, there’s The 80/10/10 Diet. Some of the “natural hygiene” theories it espouses are a little over-the-top (same goes for The Live Food Factor, a massive tome I’m just getting to now). However, the food is good and certainly low-fat (10%)! Other resources include, Frederic Patenaude’s Low Fat Raw DVDs and Ann Wigmore’s Chi Diet.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone on their challenge of choice!

Exercise and Motivation

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I think we all experience it at some point… You have a nice groove going, exercising every morning, controlling your coffee intake (instead of the other way around), eating until satiated then stopping, etc..

You’re on top of the world and don’t understand how others don’t find it enjoyable too. Since when is exercising a chore, right? It’s fun and makes you feel good! :)

Then suddenly, some disruptive force throws your “mojo” all out of whack. Maybe it’s a big life change: you lose your job (hmmm), a loved one, a marriage. Maybe it’s a little thing — harder to put your finger on — that wouldn’t seem like it should matter, say, a loooong cold and rainy streak (hmmm).

Whatever it is, you notice some weeks or even months later, what used to be routine requires extra effort to motivate yourself. Or, you’ve simply stopped doing it altogether.

Well, I’m there now. Still skinny by most standards and appearance, and still eating healthy vegan, but according to my scale, my body fat percentage (and weight, to some extent) is increasing. And, I can tell.

So, here’s the plan, I’m getting back to regular, daily, exercise, even if it’s only a 20 minute walk outside or a 10 minute jog on the treadmill. (I think that’s part of it; we get to saying, “if it’s not all then it’s got to be nothing,” but where does that leave SOMETHING?)

In addition to exercise, I want to get back to calorie restriction. To that end, I’ll be doing some sort of personal food challenge as a sort of wash-out period to banish cravings. I haven’t decided yet whether it’ll be another two-week green smoothie diet or the full six week Eat To Live plan with my online friend Em.

Either way, I’m starting on August 1st or 3rd (Monday’s seems like logical start days to me, but so do the first of a month). So, anyone want to join me in putting their foot down and committing to recommitting this summer? Which challenge would you prefer I take up with you? Please leave a comment and let’s do this! :)

p.s. – Have you watched my silly behind-the-scenes video of Roger Haeske’s new raw Savory Stews yet?

Alanis Morissette Goes Vegan

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Just read this story in the UK’s Daily Mail. Seems Alanis Morissette had gained weight after her break-up and now, at 35 years of age, has put her foot down, changed her diet, and started exercising regularly. She’s now dropped 1.5 stones (that’s 22 lbs) following the Eat To Live plan of our favorite doctor, Joel Fuhrman! :)

I remember going to see her in concert while at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH with my sister and some mutual friends. We had pretty decent seats diagonally up and to the right of the stage.

It was a great show! Her stamina really left an impression on me. You see, before it began, we’d all learned (I think they made an announcement, or she told us, I forget) she’d been quite sick that day, to the point of maybe canceling. Yet she decided “the show must go on” and damn, did it ever! You never would’ve guessed she’d been ill. Amazing stuff.

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