Monday, April 1, 2013
Today is day one - I'm doing the SleekGeek 30 Day Reboot Challenge.
A few weeks ago when some of my friends started trying this challenge, I had a look at it, and all I saw was: no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no starch and no dairy - what!!! And I wrote it off as a bad idea. But, the more success my friends were having on this plan, and the more I was reading up about Paleo way of eating, the more it inspired me, made sense, and got me keen to give it a shot!
I'm really struggling to lose weight this year - Weight Watchers just wasn't cutting it. I've been seesawing a kg up and down since January - not cool. I'd like to lose about 7kg to get to goal weight.
This challenge is going to take lots of willpower but it's possible, it's do-able, and I know I'm going to feel great when I complete it - and it's just going to get me into better habits. I don't need to finish all of Mia's snacks that she doesn't want. I don't need to eat chocolate every night. I don't need to drink wine every weekend.
It's not a diet. It's a way of eating.
My plan is to complete the 30 day challenge, then have some pizza, chocolate and wine - and then carry on with the Paleo concept, following the 80/20 rule - so being super good 80% of the time - which will give me about 3 "cheat" meals per week - cheat as in including some starch, dairy or wheat - not cheat as in overindulging!
However, if I listen to other people who have completed the Reboot - they just don't want these sugary, starchy foods anymore! In fact, when I was following the low-carb eating plan the last few weeks, when I had some pizza, I felt so sick and bloated - and when I had some cake, I got such a bad headache. Interesting how the body truly tells you what it does not need!
Here is a shopping list of food that is allowed on the Reboot plan.
And here is a breakdown of what to expect during the 30 days - sounds scary at first, but can't wait for the energised feeling!
There's a group on Facebook dedicated to this Reboot, find it here - for lots of info, inspiration, motivation and recipe ideas - it's just fabulous, and helps so much to know there's lots of people in the same boat as you!
There are lots of awesome websites with delicious food ideas - all I need to do is Google it - but for now I've put together a list of meal ideas for myself for easy reference:
• Eggs – scrambled, omelette, hardboiled - with mix ‘n match of following: bacon, steak, chicken, tomatoes, spinach, ham, mushrooms, etc.
• Fruit smoothie
• Nut cereal – mixed raw nuts, coconut flakes, cinnamon, optional to add coconut milk
• Fruit salad
• Supper leftovers
• Paleo banana bread muffins
• Steak with mixed roast veg
• Paleo meatballs with mashed sweet potato and homemade tomato and onion relish
• Sweet potato cottage pie
• Fish (hake, kingklip, salmon, haddock) with sweet potato oven chips and salad
• Tuna fishcakes with asparagus and beetroot
• Chicken sosaties with roast veg or salad
• Chicken/beef stirfry with veg
• Beef stew made with beef stock, onion, baby marrows, carrots
• Lamb curry with mashed sweet potato
• Mince bolognaise, serve with squash instead of spaghetti
• Hamburger patties with loads of salad
• Tuna salad
• Avo and egg salad
• Bacon salad
• Chicken & veggie soup
• Lamb chops with roast veg, sweet potato
• Beef & Mango Salad
• Raw nuts: pecan, almonds, cashew, macadamia – NOT PEANUTS
• Veggie sticks – dip in almond butter or macadamia nut butter
• Fruit smoothie: Banana, blueberries, strawberries, ¼ tin coconut milk, water and ice
• Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – with some coconut cream
• Paleo Choc Mousse: recipe on Pinterest, includes dates, coconut cream and cocoa
Yum, sounds delicious! Who needs cheese or chocolate!
Let's do this, whoop whoop!