I know nothing about diets. I studied nutrition as part of my programme as a fitness professional; but not dieting. The last diet I got into was called the “Anuska´s diet”, I was 9 years old and overweight. I remember been sick on my stomach from eating nothing but onion and water soup for 2 days.
I don´t ever recommend people getting into fast diets that just make you lose weight in order to put it back on a week after; nevertheless, some diets do have a bright side and that´s that they teach you how to eat correctly. After my partner and I spend a weekend in Dublin having burgers, Irish breakfast and, of course, a pint of Guinness; we agreed to go on a strict 3 days healthy diet (as strict as we could! We do enjoy coffee every morning!).
As any human our times will do, first thing I wanted to do was googling for that perfect healthy diet; but, at least from a personal point of view, there´s no such a thing. Detox diets won´t work because your body is smart enough to detox itself. An express diet won´t work either because we weren´t looking for losing a kilo in 3 days just to put it back in 2. So, what should I google for?? And that´s when it hit me: The “forgive me” diet! That´s what we needed, a tailor made 3 days “forgive me body ´cus I have sinned” diet. Not to detox, not to lose weight not a diet per se but an eating regime to let the body know we are sorry for all that unhealthy ingestions while eating out for days.
With a bit of thought and time for research I came out with the perfect diet for ourselves, a mix of clean eating, vegetarian raw recipes and a bit of self-indulgence (only the bit we couldn´t let go). By following these rules you can make yourself your own tailor suited regime:
1. Don´t starve! Just eat lots of the right stuff if you have to, but do not starve.
2. Vegetables and fruits are basically “free tokens” you can use any time during the day. Although if you follow rule #1, you won´t need to have anything between meals.
3. Eat 5 times a day.
4. Drink looots of water.
5. Replace your usual drinks (coffee, black teas, bubbly water) with green tea or cold water with lemon.
6. Have no red meat.
7. Reduce dairy products and carbohydrates to the minimum.
8. Have minimum amounts of sea salt and no sugar.
9. Have no alcoholic beverages and reduce coffee to one a day or none.
10. Sleep at least 8 hours a night.
11. MOST OF ALL: Use as many “natural” products as possible. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, unprocessed raw food. If you have to cook something, try grilling it or sauté it on a non-sticking pan with no oil.
Shopping list tips:
1. Look for recipes that use the same ingredients so you have no waste at the end, especially if you are going to buy in big packs/quantities.
2. Buy lots of red onion and lemon; it makes every salad taste better. Bell pepper might also do the trick.
3. Mix raw spinach leaves with your lettuce; it makes salads crunchier, makes you feel fuller, it doesn’t mess with the taste and has far more vitamins than having just lettuce.
4. Get whatever fruits are cheaper depending on the season, having bananas instead of apples might give you more sugar but that´s ok… the goal is just to eat healthy.
At the end, I came up with this:
Breakfast: Mango coconut smoothie.
Snack: Strawberries and plain yogurt.
Lunch: Green salad with grilled chicken.
Snack: A handful of carrot sticks and a mandarine.
Dinner: Grilled turkey, brown rice and broccoli.
Breakfast: Banana strawberry smoothie.
Snack: 1 whole-grain bread slice with cheddar cheese.
Lunch: Lettuce and spinach salad with salmon and chickpeas.
Snack: Mango and apple slices.
Dinner: Raw vegan zucchini pasta with tomato.
Breakfast: Porridge with berries and almonds.
Snack: 1 hardboiled egg and carrots.
Lunch: Tuna, avocado, tomato, lettuce spinach wrap.
Snack: Apple and mandarine.
Dinner: Fish tacos (with lettuce and spinach).
All recipes and findings on this experiment to come on my next post. Bon appetite! 😀