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Fresh Diet: (Still) Feeling Fresh For Fall

Old habits die hard. A leopard can’t change his spots. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

What a load of crap.

I am, and always have been, a carb addict. I was raised in a family of big people. We lived off junk and processed everything. I’d love to blame my crappy eating habits on my family, but I’m an adult and I know better.

I have, at several points in my life, taken the reins and made radical changes in my diet. I started to gain weight in high school, and realized that I might end up big, like the rest of my family so I immediately marched myself down to weight watchers and got myself down to my ideal weight. And then I became a vegetarian. The 2 things weren’t related. I was veg for over 15 years, and briefly a vegan.

Every time I’ve ever seen my weight start to go up, beyond my normal 5-10 lbs yo-yo range, I’ve immediately gone on one diet or another. And for reasons I’ve been on all kinds of elimination diets.

But… I’ve never learned to eat healthy. Not really. I’m still a carb addict. I still occasionally eat enough food for family of 4 at a single sitting. And I still love candy.

So The Fresh Diet trial week I did was HUGE For me. I did it straight through. No breaks. 7 straight days of balanced, healthy meals. Healthy person sizes.

Here’s what I found:

I was never hungry. Unlike normally. I started each day with a high-protein breakfast (things like: Broccoli & cheddar Cheese Omelet or Sweet Potato $ Saffron Egg Frittata with Chopped Scallions and Italian Parsley). And then had another high protein meal just a few hours later (for example: Chicken Salad with Spinach, Mango, Orange Segments, Pine Nuts). Because of my food issues (several inconvenient allergies and attempting to be gluten-free) I opted for lots of egg dishes for breakfast and protein heavy salads for lunch. Things that, honestly, I’d never bother making myself. Too much work with the shopping and the cleaning and the chopping.

I almost always opted for seafood for dinner. Always fresh with lots of yummy sauces and great side dishes. Again, things I love but that I’d never bother to cook for myself. Lots of work for just me.  Lame but true, cooking a balanced meal for a single person usually seems like more of a hassle than it’s worth.

I probably had fewer starches/carbs that week than I do on the average day. Which was great for me on a lot of levels. I definitely had more energy, and I lost a few pounds. Truth: I’ve already gained 1 back. I hate the scale.

The Fresh Diet is the perfect diet for someone like me, someone who knows what they should be doing, but is too stubborn/lame/set in their ways to implement it without help. And it’s especially ideal for someone who works long hours. When I think back to how much money I used to spend on unhealthy lunches/dinners when I had my last “job”, I could scream. I’d grab something to eat (probably a bagel or a muffin) on the way to work. Then run out for a sandwich at lunchtime. And frequently pick up dinner on my way home. So much $$ on food that was bad for me.

Fresh diet delivered 3 meals plus 2 snacks to my apartment every morning. Each day I had at least one meal or snack leftover, leaving me with a couple of meals of yummy food when my free trial week was over. Bonus awesome. If you’re interested in trying The Fresh Diet, my readers are eligible to buy one week and get the next week 50% off. Just enter promo code “single” to redeem this offer at checkout.

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3 to “Fresh Diet: (Still) Feeling Fresh For Fall”

  1. Hmmm – if only I could get you to try a few of my recipes.

  2. D says:

    You might want to check out the slow carb diet in Tim Feriss’ Four Hour Body. Basically, no bread, no pasta, no sugar, no potatoes, no juice. BUT once a week you can eat as much as you want. Every Saturday I pig out on pizza, ice cream, donuts, fettuccine etc. I’ve dropped 20 pounds, have lots of energy and (combined with Crossfit) am in the best shape of my life.

    The cheat day idea is genius. Whenever something tempts me, I just put it on a list of things to eat on Saturday.