The $30 Diet: 20 Pounds in 30 Days
I suppose the FCC has some rule that says I can’t technically call this post a diet post because I’m not a certified nutritionist, nor do I have any medical background, or any assuredy that the healthy eating plan I’ll be following for the next 30 days will actually help me to lose the 20ish pounds I’m hoping to shave off. Disclaimer: I’m not a certified nutritionist, nor do I have any medical backround, or any assuredy that the healthy eating plan I’ll be following for thenext 30 days will actually help me to drop the 20is pounds I’m hoping to shave off. So there.
Perhaps you’re significantly better than I am at eating healthy during the summer months. It’s been a stress-laden couple of weeks over here at the McLay house, and I’ve put a cushiony round about my belly. With the calmer months of winter just ahead, I thought I’d try to get myself back on track with a restricted healthy eating plan (notice, I did NOT say diet) to jump start and re-center appropriate food intake. Note to self: an Italian Creme Cake at 2 in the afternoon is NOT appropriate.
I’ve tried over the last several weeks to approach healthy eating with radical insanity (10-day green juice diet) and ho-hum inattention (lowfat yogurt for breakfast, Oreo cookies for lunch). So, last week I decided to really get at it. I decided to approach this topic with serious vigor. I needed a healthy eating program that promised three things 1)Rapid yet realistic weight loss. I’ve got a party to hit up in 4 weeks, and I plan to look fancy at it. The end. 2)Food for a foodie. I can’t eat Power Bars for lunch. I.can.not.do.it. Not to mention I get hangry if I miss a meal. Yeah. HANGRY. 3) Obscenely affordable. I always end up spending fantastic amounds of funds on all sorts of random healthy foods when I go into “diet” mode, only to be left with a block of Tofu and some strange-looking vitamins at the end of the anti-eating session. I wanted this months focus to be on real food that I could really enjoy with my family. Stuff we could all eat and enjoy.
I headed to Google to research eating plans that might fit into each of these 3 categories. I was delighted to find Timothy Ferris’ suggestions on “Slow Carb Eating” because the ingredients were crazy cheap, and offered a plenty of variety for mealtimes. Of course, the downfall of the Ferris program is that he’s not a foodie. So, I’m taking his basic eating plan to a whole new, chopped-basil sprinkled level of awesome flavor. There are all sorts of recipes inspired by his plan. You’re going to love them!
After pulling together a shopping list for the week, I ran to the grocery store and was tickled to spend a mere $30 on food that has lasted the better part of this week. And that’s me feeding a lot of little mouths. Of course, I’ve supplemented the kids meals with soy milk and bread and chocolate chip whole wheat muffins, but for the most part, this simple little “diet” costs about $30 for one person to eat for 5-7 days in a row.
Here’s how it’s going to work. I’ll be posting yummy recipes that follow this “slow carb” eating plan for the next 4 weeks, because that’s what I’ll be eating. If you’re looking to drop some inches along with me, I’d love to have you join up. Keep me in line. Don’t let me cheat. I won’t let you cheat even a little. Grrrr. These posts will now be filed under the “Lose Weight” tag in my “Eats” section of the website.
Of course, I’ll keep baking simple, healthy goodies for the kids, as well. So there will be treats interspersed between all the slow carb stuff. Which I may or may not eat on Fridays, my “cheater cheater licorice eater” days.
I hope, as we walk through this next month, that you’ll not only get a lot of incredible recipes, but that you’ll also get some recipes that help you feel even more incredible than you already are. There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and feeling vibrant in your skin. There’s nothing like going to a pal’s housewarming party and looking sassy in your skirt. I’m just sayin.
I’ve organized a shopping list that should cover most of the meals I’ll be making this week (below). You can print it right off and tote it to the store with you. If you think you’ll join up on the Cheeky Kitchen Slow Carb plan, be sure to leave me a note and tell me what the total amount spent on the grocery list equaled in your neck of the woods.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll post recipes which can be pulled together from this basic shopping list. Each week, I’ll introduce a new list, with recipes that complement those ingredients. I’ll also tell you my weigh in amount, and offer up tips as we go along. All you have to do is jump in with both feet and do the same, or stand on the sidelines and wait for the dessert posts to arrive.
Here’s the basic eating plan I’ll be following on the Slow Carb Program…
Saturday thru Thursday-
Though I’ll be posting additional daily recipes, here’s a basic run down of what my daily eating plan looks like. Notice there are no periods of starvation or silly eating tricks. The food is healthy, always veggie-laden, and full of good fats and fiber. As per Timothy Ferris’ eating plan, I’m allowing myself a smidgen of toast and Nutella on the days I work out hard. On the days I don’t work out, I’ll swap that indulgence for a handful of almonds.
- 8 a.m. Egg White & Veggie Omelet
- 10 a.m. Post workout Toast & Nutella
- 12 noon Chicken & Asparagus Stir fry
- 3 p.m. Red Peppers & Homemade Hummus
- 6 p.m. Tuna & Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
- It’s Friday! Friday! Gotta get down on Friday! Today is my free day! Eat healthy in the morning, then splurge it up on my any favorite foods for dinner & dessert. And movie popcorn. With butter. Quit staring.
- Lots of water! I’ll share my trick for this later in the week.
- Relax & Read as a reward for my stellar fortitude. This isn’t just a reward, it’s a reworking of my brain. Rather than staying up to snack at night I plan to start attaching positive feelings to a habit I’d like to more often include in my life. So, I’ll be not only allowing myself to “indulge” in nightly relaxing and reading, I’ll also be connecting these nighttime hours to a no-snack-needed habit.
- To bed early, crazy Jane. No more midnights or more. Healthy eating is always better when you have the natural energy from a well-rested eve. Anticipated clock in time: 10 p.m.
In no less than two seconds, I’m going to reveal tonight’s weekly weigh-in number. Before I do, I feel to assure you that I know all the blah-blah about dieting and healthy eating. I know diets can be unhealthy, and likewise know that the number on the scale confirms me within a healthy weight range for my height. That said, I’m also a busy thirty-something mom who knows when her bluejeans are getting too tight around the arse. This plan is being followed not so I can wear a bikini in public, but so I can reset my misaligned food cravings and naughty snacking habits with healthy, well-balanced foods, while also not ripping through the seat of my Z Cavaricci’s.
Shall we get rocking? Oh yes, we shall.
Weekly weigh in for Week 1 of 4…
There you have it. The bold and the beautiful. Now lets see if we can shave some 4′s off of that thing. Are you coming along for the ride?
WEEK 1: SLOW CARB SHOPPING LIST
Looking to lose weight while still eating wholesome, filling foods? This week's grocery list will get your fridge stocked with healthy foods that fit well into the Slow Carb eating plan. Be sure to stop by www.cheekykitchen.com throughout the month for recipes which complement this shopping list!
-1 carton Egg Beaters Egg Whites
-2-3 pounds chicken breasts
-1 can albacore tuna
-White Northern Beans
GREEN VEGGIES & HERBS
-1 head iceberg lettuce
-1 large carton of spinach
-1 bunch Asparagus
-1 bunch broccoli
-3 red, yellow, or green bell peppers
-1 Purple Onion
Recipes arriving all this week! Stay tuned!