How to Start a (Temporary) Diet

The wedding is five weeks away!


I actually feel awesome about everything, and so does Peyton.  But for the first time in my life, for the next four weeks, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done before: start an actual diet. For a while…

I’ve always been against diets and dieting in general. I think that most diets are impossible to maintain, and can be damaging to the body if you don’t know what you’re doing (I am always concerned with essential nutrients being neglected, too much weight loss too quickly, low energy levels, etc.). I remember when the Adkins diet was huge and some of my family members went on it. They talked about how they always felt sluggish and tired. No wonder, they were eating mostly meat and not much else. Everyone’s body is different, everyone needs a combination of different whole foods to fuel their body.

Because my goal is not to lose weight, but rather to tone up, de-bloat, and rid my body of toxins, the diet is mostly centered around ridding foods that carry toxins or impurities.

Notice that I’m not listing a menu for Saturday and Sunday. That doesn’t mean I’ll be going crazy eating junk food on those days, it just means I’m not going to plan a meal for those days. That will help me feel like I still have choices, you know, options. I’ll let you know how it goes!


Foods I’ll eliminate completely: wheat, non-cultured dairy (hard cheeses, butter, cream), sugar-sweetened foods, synthetic sugar-sweetened foods (foods sweetened with Truvia, sucralose, etc.), processed foods, GMO products, soy, deli meat

Foods I’ll eat sparingly: nut and olive oils, frozen berries/fruit, grains (quinoa, oats, rice), beans and legumes, starchy vegetables (squash, potatoes), dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), dried fruit

Foods I’ll eat every day: lean protein (eggs, chicken, fish), raw vegetables, steamed vegetables, cultured dairy (Greek yogurt, cottage cheese), fresh fruit, raw nuts and seeds

Things I won’t do: take elevators, make excuses to eat pizza, stress out at work, add too much salt to my food, make excuses to eat delicious cheesy pasta… oh yum…  um… anyway…

Things I will do: sleep enough, drink water all day long, read labels, buy mostly organic, take my vitamins (folic acid, cranberry, vitamin C, B, and a multi), take a pro-biotic pill, walk for at least 30 minutes a day (even if I do nothing else), smile and think about the future, hold Peyton’s hand, pet my dog, breathe deep, take notes, slow down when I eat, add spices like cayenne to boost metabolism and flavor, stretch

The Week-Day Diet: Week 1

Grocery list: whole rolled oats, unsweetened almond milk, natural peanut (or almond) butter, large tub of Greek yogurt, fresh berries (blueberries or strawberries), cilantro, avocado, cherry tomatoes (or farmer’s market tomatoes), white beans or  black eyed peas, romaine lettuce, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of (regular or rainbow) carrots, organic grapes, garlic, shallots, celery, 4 organic, free-range chicken breasts, 1 dozen eggs, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, optional: hot peppers, sunflower seeds


Monday: 1 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond milk and 1 tbsp peanut butter
Tuesday: 1 cup Greek yogurt and sprinkling of berries or unsweetened granola
Wednesday: 1 cup oats with 1/2 cup greek yogurt, fresh berries
Thursday: 1 scrambled egg white on top of 1 cup of unsweet oats, dash of hot sauce, optional cilantro
Friday: 2 scrambled egg white with 1/4 avocado on top


Monday: 2 hard boiled eggs w/ 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes, 2 cups chopped romaine, red wine vinegar, drizzle of olive oil
Tuesday: 4 oz chicken breast with a handful of grapes, 1 cup carrot sticks and/or celery sticks, 1 tbsp dijon mustard
Wednesday: 2 hard boiled eggs w/ 2 cups kale and 1 tbsp salsa
Thursday: 4oz fish (or one cup of beans/peas) with 2 cups chopped romaine, cucumber, lemon
Friday: 4oz chicken breast (or one cup of beans/peas) with 1 cup kale, cucumber, handful of grapes


Monday: 5 oz. grilled chicken, 1 cup brown rice, steamed broccoli, mixed greens with sunflower seed sprinkle
Tuesday: 5 oz grilled fish (or shrimp), kale salad w/ olive oil drizzle, 1 cup rice noodles with sauteed garlic and shallots, sprinkle of sunflower seeds (optional: add 1 tbsp Greek yogurt to the pasta to make creamy)
Wednesday: chopped Greek salad (red cabbage, bell pepper, cherry tomato, chives, cucumber, romaine) with  red wine dressing, sprinkle of sunflower seeds. chickpeas on the side, cooked with rosemary and shallots.
Thursday: black beans, romaine lettuce cups filled with roasted red and green peppers, dollop of Greek yogurt and cilantro on top.
Friday: HEALTHY OUT TO EAT NIGHT: order a salad somewhere, and split an appetizer with Peyton.

apple, lemon, yellow pepper, ginger juice

cup of fruit + 1/2 cup of cottage cheese

celery and 1 tbsp Greek yogurt

Indulgence (1 a day)

1 glass of red wine

1/2 cup frozen yogurt

1 inch square of dark chocolate


Monday: 5 minutes burpee/pile squat mix, 5 minutes tricep dip/row plank mix, 5 minutes toe-to-ceiling/russian twist/bicycle crunch mix, 5 minutes high knee/mountain climber/push-up mix, 5 minutes cool down

Tuesday: easy-pace jog for 30 minutes, 75 crunches on a yoga ball, 25 push ups

Wednesday: run 1 mile, jog/walk 1 mile, run 1 mile

Thursday: 60 minute fast-paced walk, 125 crunches, 20 push ups, 20 tricep dips, 30 second plank

Friday: medium-paced jog for 20 minutes, fast-paced walk for 20 minutes, 40 pile squats, 20 jump squats


Let’s talk next week and see how it all goes.



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