I was happily surprised when this plan I am following allowed store bought items like yogurt, cottage cheese and regular cheese. However, my body is not responding well. I know I react to the dyes in foods, but apparently there is something else. I am swelling up and itchy again. Part of me wonders if it is dairy, as I avoided it for awhile, but I have never had dairy issues in the past. So, again, back to the drawing board. I am going back to all natural and just wrote up my own plan. Hoping I can stick to it. The only unnatural food I am allowing is my whey protein. Will keep you posted! 🙂
I began following the Quick and Clean Diet today! So far so good. I LOVE the protein smoothie…1 cup of strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey and 6 oz egg whites. It is actually filling, sweet and creamy…pretty good. I have dinner left…shrimp salad. I also did my cardio and static exercises for the day. Hoping for the best! 🙂
My weight is back up…ugh! The roller coaster of this is craziness! I know part of it is eating…we had chocolate in the house this week…bad news. But I also think part of it is muscle, because my body fat percentage is still low…and I can see definition of muscle.
EITHER WAY, my goal jeans are crazy crazy tight right now, and whether I need to lose the fat or the muscle (likely a combo)…it needs to be done.
My plan of action is to do 30-45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week and 30-45 minutes of weights or other exercise 6 days a week.
I am also going to follow the Quick and Clean Diet book by Dari Alexander for the next 2 weeks. I think it will help me stay on track with clean eating. When I do well with clean eating, my body notices.
And as always, I know that keeping my inside clean, as in spiritually, kindness, bettering myself as a person, is far more important than the vanity of the outside, so I have been trying to be better about longer devotional times, more genuine prayers and have been reading a bunch of awesome books that I will post about when I am finished. I have about 10 going right now, a page at a time, so it will be awhile before they make it to the book review page, but we will get there.
Anyone who wants to can join me…we can keep each other accountable.
Eating cleaner, avoiding dyes and eating a bit less has slowly gotten me on the right track. We emptied our pantry and fridge before vacation so it was a good opportunity to fill everything up with healthy foods. My husband has his own junk food stash though. 🙂
My BMI is under 21 now which is good, on the way to under 20, which will be better. I am likely going to start body fat measurements again soon now that my allergic reaction water weight has gone down some.
A couple things that tripped me up with yellow dye were vanilla ice cream and natural trail mix with dried fruit. But, since I have avoided dyes so well everywhere else it was easy to know what caused it and when ingredients were check it was confirmed.
Be back next week!