I will explain why, aside from the obvious obesity and diabetes epidemic occurring in this country and around the globe, I am asking you to take the plunge and complete this 21 Day Challenge. I will continue to explain, in detail, in weekly blogs, why these changes are so important. Not only will you look better and feel better after eliminating ALL of the processed foods and sugar from your diet, you will improve the insulin sensitivity of your cells.
This turns out to be one of the most important factors for your overall health within the context of our ever present, inflammatory, processed foods. I think of this ever presence as an, omnipresent threat. Its a threat to the control of your metabolism, endocrine and immune systems, your weight, energy levels and your mood. I will explain this in some detail after I provide you with the general outline of the program we will take on as a challenge. Remember, its ONLY 21 days. If I can do it then so can you.
Some of you know, if you have spent any amount of time around me, that I feel very strongly about how to nourish a body. You also know that I am fairly disciplined when it comes to my own daily eating habits. However, over the Holidays, like many people, I engaged in eating a lot of foods that I do not normally eat. Before you congratulate me on eating that sugar laden, processed, insulin stimulating foods called “treats,” I want you to realize that I have done myself no favors. While some thin people are not prone to gaining weight, there are other consequences, as profound, that are not good on any level. For all those momentary indulgences, I created a difficult mess for my organs to clear up. I also developed a craving for more of the sugar and processed foods. So, I will be performing this 21 Day right along with you. Misery loves company, right? For me, providing the best nutrition for my body, is no misery at all. In fact, it makes me quite happy, because I know how much better I will feel; clearer skin, decreased puffiness, waking easier, clearer thinking, better elimination, less belly fat, more alert, more energy the benefits are endless.
The program, in a nut shell, is to eliminate ALL processed foods, grains and sugar. What will we eat, you ask? Vegetables, meat, nuts (macadamia, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans: raw and unsalted) and seeds and fruit are the main sources of energy for your 21 Day Challenge. These are real foods. Cream is allowed in your coffee, NOT “creamer.” Real cream is the whole fat, skimmed from the top of whole milk.
A typical day would look like this:
Breakfast: 2-3 egg omelet with sauteed spinach, mushrooms and onions, coffee and ½ cup berries
Snack: (if you need it) handful of macadamia nuts (or your favorite nuts, raw, unsalted) and an apple.
Lunch: Large green salad with sliced turkey or chicken, purple cabbage, carrot, green onions, olive oil
Snack: (if needed) carrot and celery sticks with guacamole
Dinner: 4-6 oz steak or salmon with broccoli and roasted sweet potato or squash
Dessert: ½ cup berries with coconut cream/milk
You will notice this is a low carbohydrate plan. It is NOT an, all the protein and fat you can eat, plan. This plan is going to reduce your carbohydrate load. All carbohydrates break down into individual molecules of glucose. Glucose is a sugar. This bears repeating. All carbohydrates break down into sugar. ALL carbohydrates, whole wheat bread, brown rice, fiber filled beans, pasta, it doesn’t matter which form of carbohydrate, they all break down into their constituent units of glucose. Eating real food will reduce your blood glucose and the consequent secretion of insulin. Eating real food will help sensitize your cells to insulin. Frequent high blood levels of glucose is very detrimental to many functions within the body.