So the past week and a half Bryan and I started the South Beach Diet!! About 2 years ago I had lost 30+ pounds with Weight Watchers and exercise. Unfortunately with my infertility treatment I wasn’t allowed to exercise and am an emotional eater so ended gaining it all back (plus some- totally annoying!) I’ve been trying to get back on the wagon the past few months with Weight Watchers, but unfortunately it was all for naught. My self control was very low and so the freedom of being able go eat anything I wanted as long as I counted it wasn’t working for me.
I decided I needed a SET diet- literally somebody telling me what to eat for a while so that I couldn’t think that creamy pasta and 12 cookies for dessert was a good choice. We have some friends who rock the South Beach Diet and we both did it soon after we got married, so we decided to jump back on that train. In case you don’t know, the SBD has three phases. There is a 2 week phase where you are jumpstarting your body to get rid of the bad carbs we crave. In Phase I you basically eat lean meats, eggs, lots of veggies, low fat cheeses and nuts. The next phase you begin adding back in fruits, whole grains, etc and then the last phase is the maintenance phase.
So for the last week and a half we have been living in a bread free zone. It has been difficult but not as hard as I thought it would be which is FABULOUS!!! And one of the best things about this diet is that you lose some substantial weight pretty quickly!! They say 8-13 pounds in Phase I and then it obviously slows to a pound or two a week after that, but it’s a good initial motivator to continue!
However I HAVE still gotten to bake a little bit and was shocked and stoked at how it is actually possibly to not eat any of the dough or the finished product. So dear reader, I am planning on still baking and sharing recipes with you. But just beware- you may see more recipes like roasted vegetables, gazpacho or veggie omelets around these parts for a while. Bear with me. And hopefully it will continue to be worth it as my weight can decrease and health can increase:)