Tomorrow I'm planning to start the Fast Metabolism Diet, which is a 28-day diet that is supposed to "repair" your metabolism. I don't really believe that, but I need to get back to eating whole foods and cooking for myself and I think the structure of this diet will help me for the next little while. I'm not sure if I will stick to it exactly. It's quite strict, and I know there will be a few instances in the next 4 weeks where I'll be out for dinner or in a group where I'm not comfortable making weird food requests. I'm also going to a concert this Friday night (RINGO STARR, omg) and staying in a hotel, so that could be tricky to finagle.
I was excited about this diet because I wanted to just be told what to eat for awhile and not have to do any thinking... however, going through the book and planning my meals for this week took a LONG time and a lot of thinking. I didn't love the pre-planned "meal maps" that were in the book, so I came up with my own.
This morning, I got up early (for me, for a Sunday, at 8am) and walked to the grocery store. I also picked up a few things yesterday at the health food store. Here are some of the goods:
I got home, started doing a bit of food prep, watched some old episodes of America's Next Top Model, took a nap... but a few short hours later, I had this:
Lots of meals! In the back row are containers with brown rice, sweet potatoes, and pork tenderloin that I made in my slow cooker. In the second last row is some extra brown rice I plan to freeze, and three servings of a Baked Cashew Chicken recipe that is in the Fast Metabolism Diet book. I subbed almonds for the cashews, and it smelled AMAZING. In the first two rows are a couple of chicken breasts (for the low-carb-type days on the plan) and 6 servings of Chicken Sausage with Fusilli, also from the FMD book. I ate some as soon as it was cooked, and it was delicious! I used turkey sausage, along with brown rice pasta, zucchini, broccoli, and red onions.
I still have a few things I want to do tonight to get ready for this diet. I want to portion out some fruit, nuts, and other snacks. I also have to get my gym bag ready and get to bed early because I have a session with my personal trainer at 6:45 am tomorrow! Ack!!
I will report back tomorrow night and let you know how my first day goes!