I am really trying to drop a few pounds and I knew the first thing I would have to do is control my carbohydrate intake.
I won’t lie, the statement, “I’d rather work out for 3 hours a day than give up bread,’ has passed my lips more than once in the past 20 years. I have a distinct love/hate relationship with carbohydrates. I love the way they taste, hate the effect they have on my body.
The weight gain from the white flour, refined sugars and the responsive glycemia that I have recently been experiencing have made it very clear that I may need to eat my words. I finally faced the fact, at 40 that I have to cut down my carb intake.
I tend to get obsessed where weight is concerned, so I wanted to try something that I could actually do and stick to. I decided to give the 17-day diet a try. I mean really, we can do anything for 17 days right?
Obviously, you are not a carboholic who has tried to give up carbohydrates cold turkey. I thought I was going to die. This is not an exaggeration, I had a severe headache for the first 5 days. It was withdrawal from the carbohydrates, the sugar, and the toxins.
It wasn’t pretty; I was mean, my poor husband. The things I’ve said in those first 5 days were not nice. You’ve all seen the movies, crack heads are so desperate for the high that they will sell their soul. Oh, I would have sold my soul for a piece of cornbread a couple weeks ago.
I felt deprived and punished and I was so mad that I was overweight.
Anyways, I stuck to it and in 14 days I’ve lost 5 pounds. It’s not a lot but it’s something. More importantly, I don’t feel that gross overstuffed feeling after I eat. I don’t feel sluggish. I don’t get the carbohydrate buzz from carbs and sugars, and it’s taught me two things.
First, I was eating way too many carbohydrates, like to the exclusion of almost everything else. You figure that out when you start trying to feed yourself and realize you have nothing because you’ve been eating so poorly.
Secondly, I realized that I don’t need all of those carbohydrates. I’ve learned to make better choices and to really consider if that piece of bread is actually needed or worth the ill effects it might have on my health and on my body.
I now know how much better I feel without all those carbohydrates to slow me down.
I’ve been trying to find ways to up my protein without eating an entire chicken each day, and I am almost getting tired of eating yogurt twice a day, so I came up with a recipe that allows me a slight change of pace.
I put an 11-ounce container of vanilla crème Muscle Milk, with a half cup of fresh strawberries, 1 small organic banana and a cup of crushed ice into a blender, and then I blend for about a minute. Then I whip for about 30 seconds.
Pour into a tall glass and for just about 239 calories you will have a delicious and high protein shake that will leave you filled until lunchtime. I can’t even stress enough how yummy this is and it takes less than 5 minutes total to make.
Try it, you will love it.
Photo Source: Deborah Cruz