I owe you a recap on the diet that I finished last week.
I've been avoiding writing about it because I was very disappointed by how everything turned out.
I built this diet up in my mind (which is a very bad tendency of mine) to be the end-all-be-all of diets. I believed that I would be symptom free and lose at least 5 pounds in 7 days by just changing my eating habits. That's what the book promised, after all.
What I didn't take into consideration is that I'm an exception from the norm right now. I've been in a lupus flare for months and nothing short of a miracle is going to be an instant cure for me.
Someone who is not in my current condition will probably do much better following the diet.
This is what made me so frustrated....
1. I only lost 1 stinking pound. I did feel smaller and lost a few inches but that scale was not making me happy at all.
2. I didn't feel better. Actually, I felt worse and started having strange pains in my hands and feet. I had a fever one of the nights (which have pretty much subsided at this point) and had to get my infusion a week early to try to calm my symptoms.
3. My insomnia stuck around.
4. I got a new pimple on my chin.
5. I wanted to eat everything that was forbidden.
6. I missed wine the most. I haven't gone that long without a glass of wine since I was pregnant with Baby Girl.
7. Mr. BMJ felt better and lost 5 pounds.
This is what I gained....
1. The realization that I have so much inflammation in my body that it's going to take more than 7 days of eliminating food groups to lose weight.
2. The knowledge that dieting on the weekends is next to impossible in this family. That's when we go out to eat and you can't do this diet in restaurants. No way no how. If and when I do something like this in the future, I need it to be 5 days or less.
3. Admission that it's not that difficult to eat clean and healthy. We're not terrible eaters in our house, but there are definitely some things we could easily change to be better. It wasn't that difficult to eliminate dairy, gluten, and processed foods. It's easy to switch from potatoes, white rice, and pasta to brown rice and quinoa. Beans are delicious. I actually crave sardines now.
4. The commitment to cook clean, unprocessed dinners during the week incorporating lean meats and vegetables. Free pass on the weekends and at restaurants.
5. An answer for all the people who tell me that I can "cure" lupus with my diet.
Do I regret doing it? Not at all. Eating like a crazed health nut for 7 days had to be good for me. I know what I can give up without any trouble (sweets and desserts) and what is worth the extra calories for me (wine).
So, now that I've completely talked you out of trying this diet, what has worked for you? Have you ever tried any of the weight loss pills such as Garcinia Cambodia or Plexus Slim? How long have you been able to commit to an elimination diet / cleanse?
p.s. Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice? Because since all birthdays last at least a week, I'm going to dine on lobster rolls at The Ordinary tonight!