Now Lets Eat.
I've spent over a decade finding the right foods that fuel my body, make me look and feel my best and have helped my clients do the same.
Get ready to strip your diet of sugar and processed foods and get back to preparing real, whole foods that truly nourish and fuel your body. This isn't easy, but I promise that it's completely do-able and delicious! If you follow these guidelines for the first 7 days, you'll not only optimize your results, but you'll be shocked at how amazing you feel and look. After seven days, you can modify this in a way that works for you, add in your non-negotiable, or continue following these guidelines for four more weeks. Then, we'll talk about balance. Need food inspiration? Here are some of my favorite things.
Sugary Foods & Added Sugar –This includes honey, maple syrup, agave, Splenda, xylitol, and Stevia. When it comes to condiments, sugar is tough to avoid. Common ingredients — like sriracha, salad dressing, and ketchup — include added sugar.
Processed Food - Avoid all processed, packaged foods. That means no crackers, cookies, goldfish, bread, pasta, noodles, canned soup, packaged "food" and snacks, coffee creamer salad dressing, (the list goes on), and processed vegetarian proteins like tofu, tempeh, and seitan.
Dairy - No cheese, cow milk, yogurt, cream, sour cream, ice cream, froyo, or butter.
Grains – no wheat, rye, millet, farro, amaranth, buckwheat, bulgur, or sprouted grains with the exception of quinoa (a pseudograin) and brown rice.
Limit Alcohol - Alcohol is sugar, but I do allow myself one 6 oz. glass of wine with dinner. There are plenty of days that I have no wine, but it’s my splurge. For me, red is the way to go, as it’s heart healthy and lasts longer in my glass.
After reading what I’m not going to eat, it might seem tough to do this with me. But there are plenty of delicious ingredients that can make an amazing meal. I promise you that you can do this.
Vegetables – All veggies - including white and sweet potatoes.
Fruit - Fruit in moderation. Just remember that you're trying to limit your sugar intake, so choose low glycemic fruit like apples and berries over grapes and bananas. Same goes for the fruit in your smoothie.
Unprocessed Meats – I usually stick to chicken and beef, but all unprocessed meat is perfect.
Seafood - Fish and shellfish. Think: salmon, turbot, shrimp and scallops.
Eggs – I eat eggs everyday, every way.
Legumes - Lentils, chickpeas, and hummus.
Nuts and seeds - All nuts and seeds.
Oils and ghee – I cook with and eat olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil (in moderation) and ghee, which is a type of clarified butter.
Coffee and tea – Have your coffee and tea but don’t add any milk products or sugar to lighten them up. Choose cold brew and espresso black or with just a touch of nut milk.
Prep & Batch Cook:
The key to success is to plan, shop and prep for the week. I find it very difficult to eat anything at all if I don't have a plan and ingredients prepped in the fridge. Want to ensure your success? Invite a friend and do it together.
1. 8-10 hard-boiled eggs
2. Make chia pudding.
3. Chop veggies for my salads and collard wraps.
4. Grill proteins like steak and chicken.
5. Bake salmon.
6. Cook lentils and quinoa.
7. Roast beets and sweet potatos
8. Make a large batch of soup in the Vitamix.