I want to lose weight but I don’t want to starve myself. I also don’t want to give up the foods I enjoy because I really enjoy food. My maternal grandparents, lived healthily until their late 70s, my father’s mother lived until her 90s and she was healthy until the end. I’d like to live the kind of healthy life they enjoyed, not eating skinny popcorn, or fat-free cheese. What exactly is fat-free cheese even made of? I don’t know but it’s not yummy. I like yummy food. I like a good sandwich, a well-prepared, juicy piece of chicken, a delicious salad. Bring on the yumminess!
A few months ago, I skimmed through this book at Barnes and Noble and I liked what I read. But I didn’t have the time to read (study) it. I ordered a copy and I just got it and now I’m ready to read, study and implement.
This book promises 20 pounds of fat loss in 40 days while eating real, yummy food. We all know the holidays are not the time to go vegan or go fat-free or count calories. But I’d still like to fit into my gown for the New Years Eve ball. Soooo… I’m giving this Wild Diet thing a try. Won’t you join me?
40 days puts us to just around Christmas. Wouldn’t it be awesome to eat great food and enjoy the holidays and still make our weight-loss goals for the year? Let’s do this thing together!
Click here to purchase the book.
One Day one, here’s what we’re learning from the book and what we’re doing to implement it.
To learn: Many of the foods we eat today, even foods that are called health foods, are intentionally designed to encourage overeating. 100 calorie packs of “diet-friendly” cookies make you want to reach for another one when you’re done. NA 100 calorie apple doesn’t make you reach for another one. Notice a difference?
When you’re hungry, your body doesn’t necessarily want food; it’s craving nutrition so eating fat-free food doesn’t help. You’ll continue feeling hungry until you get the nutrition you need or until you’re fatigued by all the junk you’ve eaten in the process – whichever one comes sooner.
What the Wild Diet is proposing isn’t new. It’s what I already believe, even if I’m not practicing it. Which is probably why I like the book (we tend to gravitate towards what is familiar) but there are also fantastic meal ideas like this one. Interested yet?
To-Do on Day 1
Step 1: Toss the low-quality food in your house (refined, packaged, cheap sugars).
If you’re like me, you don’t want to throw food away. It’s how we justify eating all the bad stuff in the house – it’s a sin to waste food when there are all those starving children in the world. No problem. Take that food out of your kitchen, box it up and send it to someplace where it will be used. Just because you don’t want it, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t appreciate it just in time for Thanksgiving.
Five foods to ditch first:
Step 2: Shop for great food – high quality, fresh, natural food. (Pick up some dark chocolate – 70% cocoa content – for those moments when only chocolate will do. And even then, savor it one square at a time)
Five foods to shop for instead:
- non-starchy vegetables
- high quality eggs
- olive oil
- high quality cuts of meat
Step 3: Eat it! Don’t let yourself go too hungry. As much green, non-starchy vegetables as you like, eggs, fish, poultry as you need. Eat a salad before each meal. Vegetables first, then protein and fat. Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Unsweetened tea is a good substitute if you’re missing the juices you’re used to consuming.
The picture above is what I look like on Day 1. I’m going to link this post to my Runwright Facebook page so you can share your own Day 1 pics if you like. Please comment below and let me know I’m not alone in this.