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Summer is right around the corner ladies and gents, and while we all crash diet to look snatched in that bikini or trunks, the older I get, the more I realize that health legit has to be a lifestyle. When my metabolism started slowing down, (if yours hasn’t, it will, don’t worry, ;)) I thought I could go back to my old tricks and take a fat burner, take my calorie consumption down to 1200 calories a day, and exercise like crazy. Did it work? Hell yeah it did! Did it last? Sadly, no. As soon as I resumed my somewhat regular eating habits, the weight came back. And let me clarify, I’ve always been a hippy dippy, natural foods, and remedies type of eater. Organic, locally sourced, farm to table, yeah, my mom had been preaching that since I was a little kid. She never fried foods for us (my dad is a different story), and although she was the best cheesecake, and apple pie baker that side of the Mason Dixon, we ONLY got that stuff around the holidays. So it’s not like I was downing twinkies and zebra cakes. But trust me, you can eat TOO many healthy foods too. Living with a 315 pound man that’s only 15% body fat (omg) doesn’t help either. He can eat what he wants, but of course he’s an athlete and burns that shit right off. When we moved in together, my healthy eating habits kind of took a back seat to the tasty goodness of food that we loved to enjoy together. OH, and I can cook my ass off, in the tradition of all Ware women, so, yeah. But guess what? These are all excuses. Starting today I’m going on a 90 day detox challenge. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and stocked up.
I won’t fake the funk, this challenge of course is to help us shed some pounds, but more importantly, it’s to help break the bad cycle of relying on simple carbohydrates and sugar for most of your energy. Those are refined sugars, deserts, muffins, white bread, pasta, white rice. In case you didn’t know, the body breaks down carbs as glucose — energy for the body. With complex carbs like sweet potatoes, legumes, steel cut oatmeal etc., they’re very fibrous, so the body takes a long time to break them down, extending their energy output in your body, keeping you full and stabilizing your blood sugar. Simple or processed carbs like the ones I first mentioned quickly break down in your bloodstream, giving you a jolt of energy like a Red Bull and vodka, but only briefly, then you’re hungry as shit again. And eat again. Probably something bad. And worst, this rise and drop in blood sugar can lead to weight gain, and metabolic syndrome, which can be associated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And being black, I’m (and you, if you’re black too) doubly at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes etc. Not doing it. No bueno!
We don’t want any of that! We just want to be fine as shit, healthy, and snatched right? Right. So here we go. If you want to do it with me, you can go for 30, 60, or 90, but I figured what the hell. Go hard or go home!
– White or brown rice, pasta, bread, ready to eat cereal, grains
– Dairy (I’ll post some recipes with veggie cheese however)
– Refined sugar
– Caffeine (except green tea, matcha)
– White potatoes
– Canola oil, vegetable oil (olive oil and coconut oil are great!)
– Sugar substitutes like Truvia, Stevia, Sweet and Low etc.
– Fruit after 2p
– Start your day with fresh squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon) in a glass of spring water. (As soon as you wake up, why? Read HERE)
– Drink at least half your body weight in water per day. If you’re working out, you need more.
– Try ghee instead of butter.
– Finish your last meal by 7:30p. If you can’t because of work, eat within an 8 hour time frame and be done.
– Try 5 smaller meals a day. You’ll stay fuller and help boost your metabolism throughout the day.
– Do NOT eat within 3 hours of bedtime, give your digestive system time to weeerk.
Keeping a food diary, and water are going to be your best friend during this challenge. I use a reusable water bottle, and charcoal sticks (hippy shit, they do purify your water though). Fill up on vegetables at EVERY meal, even breakfast. Throughout the course of the challenge, I’ll be putting my recipes, tips, and tricks to stay satisfied on the blog. Of course I’ll give you tips on how you can stick to this while traveling, or on the road. So check back often!
Once our challenge days are up, we shouldn’t go back to just eating crap! Slowly, for cheat meals (read meal, not day, lol) incorporate SOME things you love, because this isn’t about deprivation, it’s about health. Let me end by saying I’m no certified wellness guru. I just know what does, and doesn’t work for my body, my man’s body, and my family’s body (they’ve all been my test subjects at one point or another ☻). But there IS research backing what I’m talking about sprinkled all through this post, so click the links!
But I still say, follow my plan at your own risk. If you’re in, let me know!