This food plan that I follow is the one devised by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Their bestselling book “Fit for Life” was first published in 1985, and was re-released in 2010 and contains information in details. Buy the book
Here are the basics:
You must only eat fruit, homemade smoothies in this period. No coffee, tea, toast etc. You can drink herbal teas, and water. This works as fruits have their own digestive enzymes and only takes 20-35 minutes to digest. Fruits also contain fructose which will aid you to give up sucrose, refined sugar!
Carbohydrate + Vegetables (preferably steamed as it holds most nutrients)
Protein + Vegetables (preferably steamed as it holds most nutrients)
Do not mix carbohydrates with proteins. Protein is digested by acid and carbohydrates are digested by alkaline. Alkaline cancels out acid and so the food consumed is not properly assimilated and is very difficult to digest.
Do not eat fruit after a main meal as it will ferment your meal.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil to main meals.
It’s good to be back home, rejuvenated from a month long holiday! Even though I followed my London routine while I was away, it’s simply not the same.
I used to be pretty much like a sloth before; I went to school, ate whatever, sedentary mostly, sleeping at strange hours (with sleep aid), woke up past noon. Oh! It was a mess!! And by the way I was always tired or felt sick just ask my husband or sisters.
Looking at my everyday now, I must say I have come a long way in just a few short months. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit!
My day starts with me craving for the fruit smoothie. Blitz the fruits with some spinach and kale. Add in matcha green tea and then stir in some chia seeds.
Why matcha green tea? Why chia seeds?
I drink half of the smoothie an hour before training.
Train with Gary for an hour and half. By that time I am dead beat!
Within 20 mins of training, I drink a whey protein shake with water followed by multivitamins that’s when your body is craving for all that goodness! Then i head to work feeling quite full. At some point before lunch, I take the remaining portion of the smoothie.
Why whey protein?
I take lunch around 12:30 pm which consists of carbohydrates + veggies
Between lunch and dinner, I have 2 snacks.
Snack # 1: Either apple with nut butter or seeds or porridge. Anything that is slow releasing. Fruit or milk chia puddings are great too.
Snack # 2: Another whey protein shake with water.
Then I take dinner by 7:30 pm which consists of proteins + veggies
Why this food plan?
Around 9:30 pm I drink some chamomile or herbal tea
By 10:30 pm, I am already dying to sleep. This is so unlike me but I love it!
And all day I drink a lot of water (4 liters) in many forms and keep nuts and seeds handy. You never want to feel hungry thats a sign of your metabolism slowing down.
You just have to make it work around your schedule. Everyone’s life is different and there is no template to getting it just perfect. You devise your own plan and make it work for you! Just remember to add in all the goodness so each day you are one step towards your goal. Everything you put into your body should have a reason, when something doesn’t thats when you toss it out!
You decide what goes into your body, it deserves the best!