Despite wanting to go whole-hog into this new dieting thing, I’m not. I am, however, following pretty closely to Perfect Weight America, with one (major) exception: I am not going organic! Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to. When we move to Colorado in the next few months, I will be able to do my shopping at a Whole Foods market; the closest thing I have to that right now is a Trader Joe’s that is about 45 minutes away. The produce section is tiny and that is a major reason I would even venture in, so I am not taking the time. I am looking for real food now, instead of the processed junk. Instead of buying chicken stock, I am making some, right now!
My meal plan consists of several “basics” that I can just pick and choose from at will. Dinners will be more extravagant but I don’t have the budget for much of that. I am building a repertoire of simple, easy to cook, healthful recipes suitable for dinners and appealing to children! The major dinner change is replacing the ever-present starch (usually potatoes) with a smaller amount of rice (keeps longer/cheaper) for the kids and my husband and the addition of a large salad with some new dressing selections. I am not a particular fan of most dressings, so I am searching for something new. (I admit it- I love RANCH!!!)
Egg dish- two eggs cooked in coconut oil or butter served with sauteed peppers and onions or homemade salsa (store bought for now, but I will get the ingredients on Friday for the good stuff), piece of fruit (if I am still hungry…I won’t be!)
Fruit smoothie- frozen fruit, whole milk yogurt (that I am also going to begin making for myself, it’s very easy- here’s a link
. She also tells you how to make cream cheese and whey from the yogurt, check out her recipes on the left sidebar.) goat’s milk protein powder, some coconut oil and honey. Blend.
Starchy breakfast- Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat with a tbsp of real maple syrup mixed in, piece of fruit. I am making a soaked, whole wheat sourdough bread
, also courtesy of the website above, but that takes a week to get the sourdough starter started. This bread is actually very good for you, I will spread with the cream cheese mixed with a little honey and cinnamon. This is something I only want to eat less than once a week.
Dairy breakfast- Cut up fruit mixed into some yogurt or cottage cheese. I don’t care for this idea so much, but it is part of the Perfect Weight America regime, so I’ll try it- the kids will like it!
For the kids- They can choose to have what I’m having or they may have cold cereal (I know it’s not good for them!)
AM Snack, if needed: Fresh fruit or one of the “PWA” items listed in the book (Perfect Meal Shake or FucoBars), I didn’t care for them when I tried them before, though the shakes smell fantastic! I am willing to give them a try again. The goal is to reprogram my taste buds anyway!
A large salad mixed with whatever fresh veggies are on hand, and a protein, either two hard-boiled eggs, a can of fish or a chicken breast.
A nourishing soup. One I want to try is Coconut Chicken Soup. I’ve tried it before, but did it wrong…it was still edible, but I am looking forward to trying it again.
Kids will either eat with me or eat a sandwich with fruit and veggie “dipping sticks” – I make a dip out of the cream cheese, good brain food for kids!
PM Snack: veggie sticks or a “PWA” item (Perfect Meal shake or the FucoBars)
Though I already mentioned what I plan on doing, I want to pull from Dr. Rubin’s own words on the subject:
From Perfect Weight America, pg. 86:
“Build family dinners around:
*Healthy salads (romaine lettuce, radicchio, escarole, and endive) with tomatoes, celery, red onions, peppers, and avocados
*Healthy grains like amaranth, millet, buckwheat, and quinoa
*Healthy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, sweet potatoes, and white potatoes.
*Grass-fed meat, free-range chicken, and wild-caught fish, all served as a vital ingredient, not necessarily the main course.”
I know this isn’t really an adequate plan, but it a loose guide to follow. I am hoping that I can stick to this (more or less) until the New Year, where I will begin with The Perfect Cleanse, ala Perfect Weight America and then move into a closer following of this diet plan. I will be using Nourishing Traditions as my primary cookbook, but I will also be using the recipes from the PWA website.
Also of note is my water consumption: Per the recommendations in PWA, I will be drinking about 50% of my body weight, in ounces, per day. That comes out to about 110 ounces, or about 9- 12 oz. cups. Let’s see: wake up, breakfast, AM snack, lunch, PM snack, dinner, after dinner, before bed? That’s only 8, and I don’t like the idea of drinking so much before bed. I will probably increase the amounts earlier in the day, especially when I first wake up. In the end, I just want to be well-hydrated, so if I’m feeling well, I will probably drink less than 110 ounces of water.
The final note is that I will also be taking three supplements. The first is a Garden of Life brand (Jordan Rubin’s company) Woman’s multi-vitamin. It is whole food based and really good for you. The next is a dose of FucoThin, also a JR item and finally, some Cod Liver oil in the evenings, I take the capsules.
So there you have it!!! It all seems to be good, but we will see how many days I stick with it versus how many days I “splurge.”