Happy New Year SlowCarb-ers! I hope you everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season. I accomplished “happy” but “healthy” was not so successful. I spent the week in Queensland, Australia camping with friends at the Woodford Folk Festival, one of Australia’s most popular music festivals (don’t be too jealous all of you in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s summer here!)
I had a great time enjoying the sunshine, great music and comedy acts, but after day one, I sort of gave up my healthy eating (and drinking!) I gained 4 lbs in a week, which isn’t all that bad considering when I was doing the Slow Carb cheat days, I would occasionally gain 4lbs in a day.
At the end of it all, I felt like crap.
I was bloated, lethargic and may have given myself acid reflux for the first time in my life. Yuck!
I’d say it was a bummer, but it was actually a nice reminder of why I invest so much time and energy cooking and eating healthily most of time – not just to look better but to feel better.
So, I’m starting the new year off a bit different. Last year, I began the year following Tim Ferris’ Slow Carb Diet, made popular in the best-selling “The 4-Hour Body” and over the year my eating gradually evolved to be a bit Paleo as I discovered I felt a lot better and was able to break through what seemed like an impossible weight-loss plateau by eliminating legumes altogether.
Over the course of the year, I lost 17lbs. (my initial goal was 20lbs). Over the holidays, I gained about 7 lbs, which brought my net weight loss to 10lbs for the year. This was all related to diet as I wasn’t engaging in any exercise and had a fairly sedentary “desk”lifestyle.
I initially felt a lot better as I implemented the diet, but toward the end of the year I stopped losing weight despite the fact that I was following the plan that had previously worked for me, and I started feeling a bit sluggish.
I decided that 2012 is going to be the year that I get healthy.
Here are some of the health goals I’ve set for myself:
-Goal Weight 125 lbs
-Start doing yoga and do it AT LEAST 1x per week
-Resume kettlebell swings AT LEAST 2x per week
-Resume running AT LEAST 2x per week
-More green veggies – transition diet to at least 50% veggies each day
-More raw foods and salads
I’ve decided to tackle food goals first and then the exercise goals, rather than trying to make a lot of changes all at once. In order to kick off the year with LOTS of veggies and raw food, I’ll be following Kimberly Snyder’s “Beauty Detox Solution”. I’ll share more about that later – but in sum it’s 80% plant based diet, mostly raw. It’s supposed to work like a natural detox for people who have eaten a lot of acidic foods (meat , alcohol, grain, dairy are all acidic, by the way!) After my week of partying, this feels like a nice change, and I hope to see some good results.
The author doesn’t require you to become vegetarian but suggests it or at least cutting down on meat and only pairing it with certain foods that aid and won’t hinder in the digestion of meat. I’ve decided to jump in wholeheartedly going 100% vegetarian.
I think my body may very well go into shock! I am a bit of a protein addict. I’d even estimate 50%+ of my diet previously came from meat and eggs, so this is a pretty radical leap for me.
In preparation, I decided to re-read “The Meatless Machine I: Reasons to Try a Plant-Based Diet for Two Weeks” chapter in 4HB (pg 520 in the appendix if you’re interested) on being vegetarian.
Something I didn’t pick up on (or probably intentionally chose to ignore) during my first read of this was the following recommendation from Tim:
“I suggest a two-week PPBD (primarily plant-based diet) test after 3-4 months on the Slow-Carb Diet. No matter where you end up afterward, the awareness will lead to better decisions that benefit appearance, performance, and the planet as a whole.”
OK – so if it’s good enough for Tim, then it’s good enough for me.
I plan to follow this through January and then return to Slow Carb-ing per usual. In the aftermath, I’ll share some of my experiences. In the meantime, you can still expect recipe updates along with a few other new features from the SlowCarbFoodie.com. I’ll be announcing everything on the 15th of January along with a free ebook entitiled “10 Slow Carb Shortcuts Even Tim Ferris Doesn’t Know About (Yet)” I’m releasing with fellow 4 Hour Blogger Jason from FindingMyFitness.com.
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I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start!