Back in December I declared to myself that 2015 was going to be the year of change and I was going to get this flabby body to be a hell of a lot less flabby. This has happened. I haven’t quit – but I have changed direction. I was doing the Dukan diet but as of five days ago, I am always one to chop (meat pun intended!) and change, I switched to doing the Whole30. Why the change? I was finding the heavy meat, light dairy and lack of vegetables was making me feel stodgy, and ultimately quite unhealthy. I know Dukan works long term – I’ve had success in the past – but I knew it was something I was not going to be able to sustain for the next 189 days (my suggested plan), so I had to make a slight change.
I did my first Whole30 back in January 2013 and felt fantastic afterwards, the protein and vegetable combo with the odd bit of fruit and nuts worked for me. It’s now day five and I feel amazing. I feel lighter, more energetic and generally just feel happier. You’re not allowed to weigh yourself on this program, but I know I have lost weight. My tummy is definitely flatter, which could be due to no bloating from carbs/sugar, or the fact I am drinking 1.5-2L of water a day.
After eight days on Dukan I’m enjoying food a hell of a lot more on Whole30, as it’s not as strict. I tried kale for the first time ever – a new favourite is a snack of kale chips thanks to my twitter followers. I know kale was the food craze of 2014 – but last year I was up to my eyeballs in wine, takeaways and hangover fry ups after long days and nights with my recruitment buddies. It was not a good place.
I know it’s early days and they say day 10 is the turning point, and often the hardest when people give up. I fully intend to stick this out for 25 more days. I figure if I feel fab right now, how much better will I feel and look by the end? Friends (Leah, Tara and Dayna) of mine are on the journey too, reading their blogs, looking at their Instagram photos and recipes are helpful when you feel like an extra pop of inspiration. This afternoon is going to be spent prepping my breakfasts and lunches for the week ahead. My biggest challenge is going to be starting my new job – I’ll be entering financial services which, like recruitment, is known for the social drinking aspect. I will be sticking to the sodas with fresh lime for the next few weeks, hopefully they don’t think I’m a square.
On the morning of day three I am 2kgs (4.4lbs) lighter. I believe a lot of that is to do with the drastic change of eating everything in sight, as well as drinking alcohol with every meal over the four days of Christmas I enjoyed, to now eating only protein for every meal and drinking 1.5-2L of water daily. I haven’t felt hungry, except when I’m due my next meal.
My favourite dishes so far are soy & garlic chicken, and Dukan oatbran pancakes with smoked mackerel and cottage cheese. Devine.
My cravings have been strange – it’s not sugar or chocolate like I had expected. It’s more broccoli and brussel sprouts. BRUSSEL SPROUTS?! I think it’s because I know I can start my vege intake again in three days – and the sweetness those glorious vegetables provide.
I won’t fib, it’s 6.30PM and right now I would love to be pouring myself a glass of red wine. But I know that as soon as I do I have wasted the past two days, and all of today’s efforts, as well as the chances of me ordering a pizza sky rocketing. So why ruin it all? Instead I will ‘treat’ myself with a chilled glass of diet coke.
When I feel like I want to cheat, a quick scroll through fashion boards on Pinterest and I’m back on track and daydreaming of the new wardrobe I will spoil myself with.
Following on from my previous post of health and wellbeing, and after gorging myself on Christmas goodies, today I made the conscious decision to do the Dukan Diet. I did it back in 2012 with absolute success and felt amazing for it.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I like the strictness of it. Attack Phase for 5-10 days (pure protein) and then Cruise Phase for as long as recommended on the site, depending on your start and end weight, age, etc (alternate pure protein and protein and vege days). I like that I can create a spreadsheet (geek!) for a 7-day meal plan and then stick to it.
Since I’m off work for the next two weeks I have decided this is the best time to start – it will get me over the tough hump with the sugar withdrawals and mean I can be on track for when I start my new role. It’s so much easier just cooking for myself too – when I did it last time I was living at home, so most often cooking separate things to my family and it meant there were foods in the pantry that I wasn’t allowed which added to temptation.
I’m going to post my weekly food plans and recipes as I always find it inspiring to see what others are cooking or what they deem to be great, easy meals.
Have you done the Dukan Diet? What are your thoughts? Any top recipes to share?