It’s day 7 on The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas and it’s a rest day meaning no new foods are tested. It’s also a day for your body to recover if it was an inflammatory status (hmmm… like on Friday at the work party). Just like that, one day later, I’m back to dropping weight after my Superbowl blowout lunch. It also means that I passed Rye which means I’m less likely to react to other grains and breads – YESSSSS!
The Plan addresses sleep and rest and minimizing exercise a lot. In terms of sleep, your body does burn calories but not much more than fractions of a pound based on what I’ve researched (Google search counts as research, right?). However, you can lose up to two pounds of water weight while sleeping.
My day 7 is a Sunday (since I started the plan on a Monday) and here are my weights at different times as I lounge in bed, falling back in and out of sleep but not eating or drinking anything. I find it interesting to watch my weight drop from just sleeping and lounging around. This also tells me that if I weigh myself at different times in the morning that the number could vary (in this case, 0.6 pound difference over 5 hours). It’s not catastrophic but interesting.
- 5:00 am 117.6 pounds (what I recorded since that’s about the time I wake up Mon – Fri)
- 9:00 am 117.2 pounds
- 10:00 am 117.0 pounds
In terms of weight as a metric and data, I’ve not experienced a reactive food yet. According to the book, the inflammatory response will cause the weight to actually increase. I find that hard to believe but so far, the book has not let me down.
I also find that the recipes are getting easier to manage. They are not as confusing on the second and third time around. The menus are more familiar. I’m also starting to see why people do the cleanse every few months. The book says people like to redo this portion although it’s the part they feared the most. I get that now. The cleanse is a clean and easy diet for three days that calms your stomach and weight just slides away easily.
The biggest challenge of day 7 is that we attend a Super Bowl party (yes, another one). As you can imagine, the standard fare is available: pizza, wings, deviled eggs, snacks, desserts, beer, etc. Folks are piling their plates high and noshing on their party foods. To remedy this, Joe and I do this:
- Eat dinner before we go
- Inform our friends of our food plan
- Bring our 1oz of chocolate so we are also eating something while they are eating
- Drink red wine with water so we are also drinking while they are drinking
It is tough at first but after the first 30 minutes, hardly anyone notices that we aren’t eating the same foods. At this point, having pleasant tummies and watching our progress is tastier than a few deviled eggs. Also, once we get further in the Plan, we will have more friendly foods to choose from.
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- Flax granola with blueberries and coconut milk
- Roasted squash, kale, manchego salad with pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 apple
- salt-free potato chips
- Chicken with lemon garlic sauce
- Spring mix and Spinach
- Winter veggies – broccoli, carrots, zucchini, orange oil
- Dark chocolate
- We don’t have the swiss chards with dinner as the book stated. We forgot. Whoops.
- I end up drinking water and wine later to 9:30 due to the party.
- I drink 1.5 glasses of wine
We’ve got this flax granola thing down. Joe has started adding honey to it during the baking process and it has made it taste SO yummy! If you look at the Columbia recipe in the book, they soak their flax seed in water and molasses which I think is the same effect as us drizzling honey before baking.
We buy the precut butternut squash cubes. This roasted squash and kale with manchego is surprisingly tasty.
We have quite the time looking for salt free chips at Earthfare. Instead we compare several potato chips for sodium content and find these Good Health sea salt with avocado oil chips. They have 45mg of sodium vs 115 or more.
To make sure we are eating o ur 1oz, I pull out my shipping scale. Seems crazy but how else can you figure out not overeating the portion? Now they are bagged for future snacks too. You can’t free will eat from the bag or else it will be all gone!
We don’t make the lemon garlic and use spicy coco sauce instead. Dinners are getting easier to understand.
- Some type of salad/raw veggies
- Some type of cooked vegetables
- Some sauce