Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Ultra Simple Diet Recap

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!


  1. Well now you tried it and now you know! Always nice to be able to at least complete a challenge. On to the next one? I have been eating like a crazy person since I moved to Boston so this week I eliminated a LOT of crap from my diet. So far lost 2.5 pounds since Monday. It's not easy and trust me, I still have snuck a couple pieces of chocolate. I'm focusing on protein and healthy fats instead of carbs and sugar. I WANT CHIPS

  2. That sucks the diet didn't work. You seemed so excited about it. I haven't ever really tried any "miracle diets" or cleanses before but I have started to drink warm water with lemon and cayenne as soon as I wake up and then a green juice afterwards and somehow I've lost a few lbs and I'm not as bloated. I also started to only eat Ezekiel bread and I think that has made a difference too. Plus cutting down on sweets and trying to go carb free after 6pm helps too. Clearly it all makes a difference and it's what we all know works, eat everything in moderation. Hope you find something that works for you!!

  3. It's hard! The key for my family is not keeping junk in the house. I have no willpower and will eat it. I don't restrict myself completely, but for the most part we eat healthy. Plus, it can be expensive and it takes time to prepare meals! One of my favorite snacks is roasted veggies with sea salt. I can always offer you my go to recipes if you are interested!

  4. How is it guys loose weight so easily?? I’m impressed you did this, because I wouldn’t last a day. I have a few friends trying Whole30 and they’ve found it really helpful!


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