The weight loss continues after yesterday’s “no test” day (which is expected). In the book, she calls them “rest days” and “no test” days. I’m assuming both are the same. Besides the BBQ party day and that one bloop after rest day (water was off based on my exercise), my weight has been on the steady decline.
I thought the food plan would be so restricting but it’s been the opposite, it’s been freeing! Although Joe spends a lot of time preparing food, we don’t spend as much time with food. I know that sounds strange but with a prescribed meal plan, we simply prepare the food, eat the food, and then the food is done. We don’t hem and haw about what to prepare, if we’re going to eat out, if we are having snacks. The decision time is zero. The book says we eat this at this time and we do it.
Admittedly, eating out and parties have been a challenge. You don’t realize how much social activities revolve around food until food is not a free for all. Today I meet a friend for lunch. He’s eating lunch. I’m drinking tea. I’m not hungry because I’ve eaten my breakfast and lunch before our meeting. I’m mindful to save half my water for the tea I’ll have with him. Besides me splurging at the work party and Joe eating out, we have stayed very closely to the plan. Sunday, we are invited to wine and snacks event. We will stop by to socialize for a bit but no food or drink for us! Most people don’t even notice especially in a party situation. During the superbowl party, having the wine and chocolate helped us fit in! You can do this!
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- We’ve only had two times to test protein. I blew one of my days on that BBQ Super Bowl party so besides chicken, my only approved protein is pork. Joe passed steak and pork. But what about folks that react to one or both? At this stage in the plan, she tells you to rotate protein but given we’re eating protein daily, I only have two choices.
- On Day 10, she discusses reactions to cow’s milk cheese but no where on that day or before do we have the opportunity to test it. I’m not sure if we were supposed to use test cow’s milk cheese in lieu of the protein but that seems odd. I also don’t know if that means that if you passed goat cheese, then you’re clear for cow’s milk?
- She discusses all of these other foods that we might have IF we already tested BUT we’ve barely been able to test but a few items in the first 12 days:
- Goat cheese
- Wheat bread
- Another protein (which I missed)
- Brussels sprouts (today)
Breakfast (we actually have three choices today!)
- Smoothie with coconut milk, pear, 1/2 cup berries, 1/4 avocado, 1 TBSP chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ice (first time)
- Rye cracker with raw almond butter
- Leftover vegetable timbale
- Carrot ginger soup (we froze our leftovers from before)
- 1 oz low sodium potato chips
- New veggie to test – Brussels sprouts
- Mix in approved vegetable to cut down on chance of reactivity
- Leftover spinach salad
- Red wine
- 1 oz dark chocolate
I basically add almost everything they recommend except for Agave. It is a bit much. I think I’ll cut back on some of the “seasonings” like vanilla, honey, and cinnamon next time.
It is very sweet and filling!
Which is why I’m so surprised that in addition to the smoothie, I also get a rye cracker with almond butter. Needless to stay, I’m stuffed!
Maybe it’s good that breakfast is so much because lunch feels a little skim. I just pour the carrot ginger soup on top of the vegetable timbale. The mix is surprisingly good since the timbale goat cheese and parmesan is so flavorful.
I never thought the day would come that Brussels sprouts would be my “treat” for Friday. This is the new vegetable we are testing for the day.
Here’s a little funny story for you. Joe decides that he will purchase the rice cereal online (discussed earlier on pork testing day) since my cereal has both rice and corn (and not just corn). I couldn’t find exactly what the book recommends. We wait a few days and then the cereal arrives. Before Joe brings it home, he prefaces it with:
- Remember I bought this from my phone
I told Joe he has to eat this! Waste not, want not!