For the next 30 days, I”m going to do what Tim Ferris terms “the slow carb” diet . . . but with a twist. Want to know more about the slow carb diet? Check out this description written by Lift.
Yesterday, Ray and I watched this talk Ferris gave at Google as we prepared a particularly rich potatoes dauphinois to bring to my parents house for Easter dinner.
One thing that struck me is when Ferris suggests we not rely on will power when trying to change behaviors. Instead, he says, integrate tracking mechanisms to catalyze the new behavior.
One specific he suggested was the Flash Diet as a pattern interrupt. So I’ll be taking pictures of everything I eat and posting it to the blog as a sort of journal entry for the next 30 days. Just wait until the scheduled weekly binge day!
I’m also joining the Lift Diet Challenge: a randomized trial of popular diets. So today, I signed up via Facebook, filled out a short survey, and completed my first day, which is to eat at least one meal according to the diet protocols.
A Few Notes
- I weighed myself first thing this morning. 175.8 pounds, and 37.4% body fat. Yeesh.
- I’m excited over the different combinations of food I might randomize using the three groups: protein, legume, green vegetable. I’m also excited to see how I might customize them with things like salsa, herbs, etc. When I did the Clean Program elimination diet, I loved looking at the things I COULD eat and then using those to build meals.
- I wish I had time to do a full blood work-up (and other sorts of tests) just so I can see what the results might show after 30 days.
- I also wish I had a tape measure so I could measure my arms, thighs, waist, etc. But I can probably pick one up in the next 24 hours or so and do that fairly early on in the diet. I think the metrics of my body composition that way will more precise (and encouraging) than the traditional weight, fat loss, BMI metrics.
- I have a lunch and a dinner meeting, so I’m going to bring the rest of the pinto beans tossed with oil, salt, and pepper. I’m sure I can modify an entree so it meets the requirements of the protocol. AND I’m allowed to have 2 glasses of red wine, so that means I can still be social.
- Whether I stick to the diet for the rest of the day or not . . . pictures of lunch and dinner coming!
9 am Update
I revisited supplementation. When I was doing the Primal Blueprint diet(created by Mark Sisson), I bought the Master Formula supplements. I had a bunch of them in my desk at work . . . so I moved them into my purse, along with two shake packets (Sun Warrior Warrior Blend) for emergencies. And I took a packet, along with a glass of hot water. I definitely do not drink enough water. I’ve slipped, over the past few years, into a bad cycle I adopted in my twenties: I drink tons of coffee all morning (until 11), then drink nothing (unless I have carbonated water) until 5 or 6 pm, when I start drinking champagne or wine.
No one knew I was on a diet! We went to a Mexican restaurant, and I ordered the steak salad without the dressing, cheese, grilled corn . . . so just grilled steak (rare), red peppers, avocado, romaine. I asked them to add black beans and bring me olive oil and fresh line. I also ate my second packet of vitamins, washing them down with sparkling water.
I drank 9 oz of red wine.
I got to eat at home after all! I so treasure our meals together. When I got home tonight, I sautéed garlic and red onion in olive oil, and then added ground beef (the good stuff) with seasonings: coriander, oregano, red pepper, cayenne . . . Then used that to top greens lightly dressed with olive oil and salt.
To my delight, Ray loved it. “I’d eat this again,” he said.
Overall, I felt great today. I drank more water than I normally do, and I had no real cravings for sugar. I felt clear and relaxed–focused and alert, but not nervous or agitated.