So, is anyone else feeling a little plump from the holidays? I'm a little perplexed by it, too. I definitely don't overeat, but I think that I was just eating way too many carbs, sugar and everything yummy. I did make 20 banana breads in the last week of December, I'm sure it didn't help :) So in an effort to lose the rest of my baby weight and get ready for the summer, I started googling detox's.
Let me clarify. I am not looking for a fad diet! I don't drink juice for 30 days straight and I refuse to only consume pills and flaxseed for the next month. I do however, eat well, make most meals from scratch, work out regularly and live an active lifestyle. I think that with a combination of budget and kid-friendly meals... I have fallen into the winter purgatory known as CARBland!
I found the Kim Lyons Ultimate 10 Day Plan. I was intrigued. Pretty much what we do now, but a little leaner and a solid gameplan. Plus, if it's on Oprah and Dr. OZ, it's cool and functional, right? They are the King and Queen of all things RAD!
DISCLOSURE: By no means am I going to never eat a fry, some animal crackers, drink a glass of wine or put salad dressing on a little heavier than I should. I do however, like having the accountability to a plan. I think that it helps to stay organized and on track. And now that I have put this commitment out into the BLOG World, I have to do it, right?
Kim Lyon's Ultimate 10 Day Plan to Trim Fat for Good
So, I started reading and I liked what I saw. And again, much of what my family was already doing, so I felt a little better about tackling this challenge. What I was really looking for was a grocery list of what I should/could buy and then make my own meals. I found this a little into the article:
Grocery list to jump start your cleanse
Here's a quick view of some key items. LOVE it!
- Greek Yogurt
- Ground Turkey
- Black beans
Check it out! I think that you will be amazed (I was) that we are all cooking with the right foods, but maybe not combining them the way we should or possibly (dare I say) overeating? I know, it stinks, but there is a method to the madness of portion controls.
General rule of thumb: a fist size of meat, sides, or grain is about a portion. Bummer right? But that just means you can get creative and maybe start eating something you normally wouldn't have, like ground turkey and brown rice in a stuffed pepper instead of lasagna. Super good!
My first meal: made it the other night with everything I already had in the house. Lemon pepper organic chicken, steamed broccoli with garlic salt and a chefs salad. It was a hit.
PS - did I mention my new favorite app? It is a tracker of all things food, exercise and liquids. I really like it because it keeps me grounded with meals, you can search any restaurant or scan any barcode and it gives you points for work out. SCORE!
My fitness pal
Here are a couple other very useful apps for calorie counting and more!
Start shopping and get moving,
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Mrs. Kelly Note: That seems reasonable! I can't wait to follow your progress. Also, you will have to share some of your other meals! I like that the whole family can follow! And, I want the recipe for lemon pepper chicken. Sounds delish.
Mrs. Williams Note: Mrs. G. I totally live in Carbland. I'm curious to read your updates to see how your move to Healthyland goes. Maybe I'll consider moving there too.