Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Don't I wish.

We started a pretty basic diet this week. The diet came from two things: feeling for a while that we really need to get our health/eating under control and a conversation Nathan had with our good friend, who's also a personal trainer and triathlete(!), Jeremiah.

(Ironically, Jeremiah jotted the notes for the diet on the back of a beer coaster from The Flying Saucer.)

Anyway, Nathan is calling it the Caveman Diet or the Hunter-Gatherer Diet. I jokingly asked if it was also known as the Paleolithic Diet.
But, you guys, it IS called that. Last night we got to eat steak, asparagus and greens, so it tasted more like a date night on the town than a diet.

This being the Caveman Diet and all, it stands to reason that I'll look like Raquel Welch in a matter of weeks, right?

One thing I know for sure. If the substitutions are just as or more delicious than what I was eating before, I can SO deal with it. i.e. I've been making yummy iced tea like crazy, and drinking it in place of soda. Tonight I'm going to make some earl grey iced tea infused with lavender, inspired by the tea I had weeks ago at Somnio's Cafe that I still can't stop thinking about.

I can already tell that the biggest challenge of the diet for me will be cutting out sweets, breads, and most dairy. Will I survive? Time will tell, my friends. Time will tell.


livin wide said...

good luck!! sweets and cheese are my downfall as well. i will do nothing to help this when we are together. just sayin.

adrienne breaux said...

You can do it! It's kind of crazy, and it took a long time, but I can honestly say I barely eat cheese, sweets or bread any more. I just let it slowly become in my mind something that was a treat, and not an every day food. I don't miss them (mainly because I didn't cut them out entirely, just drastically). Good luck!

chelsea said...

Well, good luck, though I am really not a fan of diets that constrict what you eat. Having things in a cannot eat category always seems like a bad idea. I just stick to natural things: vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. No weird ingredients. I should cut down on how much butter and olive oil is in my diet, but I'm not banning it. And, if you ever want something sweet, as with the home made iced tea which I am also addicted to, just make it yourself. Way better than all those weird ingredients in cookies.
My motto is the one from Michael Pollen: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

boomerang man said...

Put red bell pepper in everything. It's super heart healthy and makes everything taste better.

amy said...

Thanks for the support, friends! I did really well this week, with one little tiny lapse, which for me, is fantastic. I've also made some yummy healthy dishes out of our Greenling local box, so I will share those down the road.

some chick said...

Justin Haynes is on that diet.

I would miss my dairy and my coffee. And carbs. And cooked, cultivated vegetables. And wine. Definitely wine. And tequila.

nathan said...

I should add here, that it's a heavily modified version of Caveman diet. I said to Jeremiah. I want to lose weight, but I don't have time to think about food and I need my food to taste good. And he whipped out a diet.

So the idea is when you're carrying around excess baggage, you have to really constrict the empty calories of sugar and starches and limit dairy as well. Nothing is completely cut out except white starch and processed sugar.

I typically agree with Chelsea, but when you're trying to recover from a two-year steady diet of Chik Fil A and Pizza, drastic measures are called for.

Once you've burned off the excess weight you get to go back to a less restrictive, more balanced diet. I don't think there's a reason to cut whole foods out completely for life. But when you're fat, you're fat, and just eating less processed sugar isn't going to change it. And I'm fat.

Oh and PS in exchange for cutting out ice cream and starch, we get to eat bacon every day. I'm in.

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