The Fast Metabolism Diet

Hey all,

I am currently on the Fast Metabolism Diet and loving it. My favorite part about it is that it’s all real food. There aren’t any shakes or meals that you have to buy for it. The Fast Metabolism Diet is written by Haylie Pomroy.

I like the way she wrote the book because she gets into the science of why and how food works with your body to either store or burn. To be honest, when I first read the title of the book I cringed a little because it screams fad diet but upon further reading my mind was eased. I realized that the book is full of useful information. Diet books usually make me batty because of all I have learned from getting my  degree in nutrition.

The diet is set up into a 28 day program. There are 3 phases over the course of each week.

  • Monday & Tuesday: Lots of whole grains, fruit and moderate amounts of low in fat protein
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Lots of low glycemic vegetables and low in fat protein
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: My favorite! You finally get to eat food with healthy fat like nuts, olive oil, hummus, tahini, nut butters and others. Also moderate amounts of whole grains, low glycemic fruits like berries and others, and moderate amounts of protein like chicken thighs and such.

So what does a typical day in each phase look like for me? 

Phase 1: Breakfast– 1 cup steal cut oats with 1 cup of fruit. Usually blue berries or raspberries.  Snack– 1 cup of fruit (maybe frozen pineapple or a pear or whatever fruit I feel like)  Lunch– 1 cup of brown rice pasta with a meat and veggie chili, and a cup of fruit    Snack – An orange or apple or cup of fruit that I’m in the mood for  Dinner– Sweet Potato and Chicken stew with a bit of quinoa in it. (Dinner usually has a cup of whole grains with it but the sweet potatoes are starchy so the quinoa gets reduced a bit)

Phase 2: Breakfast– 4 oz turkey bacon with a sliced up cucumber and pepper                   Snack– 2 oz rolled nitrate/nitrite free deli turkey  Lunch– Chicken breast over a large salad with artichokes, peppers, and broccoli Snack– stuffed mushroom with lean ground beef, onions, and kale. Dinner- Lazy man stuffed peppers with ground turkey, onions, peppers, green beans and spinach

Phase 3: Breakfast– 1 slice Sprouted grain toast with 2 tbs cashew butter (dip celery in the extra cashew butter) 1 cup defrosted blueberries or raspberries on top of toast and 1 cup frozen green beans defrosted Snack– 1/3 cup hummus with carrots/ veggies Lunch- Plain almond milk yogurt (no sugar added) with 1 cup raspberries, at least 1 cup roasted eggplant/ peppers/onions, and 4oz roasted chicken thigh. Snack- 1/4 cup cashews Dinner– 4-6oz steak with roasted butternut squash and other veggies. Optional 1/2 cup of brown rice or farro

What are the “No Foods”?

  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Wheat that hasn’t been sprouted and is a GMO product
  • Any type of added sugar: that means white sugar, coconut sugar, honey, molasses, ect.
  • White rice, white pasta and  any other refined grains.

What are the “Yes Foods”?

  • Real food!
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Tons of water
  • Chicken, beef, lamb, pork, turkey and so much more.
  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Stevia & xylitol
  • and so much more! You’ll have to read the book or browse her website to find out more.
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One week worth of food shopping on the Fast Metabolism Diet.

How do I feel on the diet?

For me personally,it’s great because I love to see visible results and you definitely do with this program. This is my second time around on it and during this round I have lost about 5 pounds in 2 weeks (last round was back in October/November). Most people who have more to lose usually lose even more. For example, a woman I take an exercise class with lost 7 pounds in the first week of the program.

Being on this diet makes me feel great because I am eating so many vegetables and fruit and drinking enough water for my body. The surge of nutrients I get from all of the produce really helps me feel good. My biggest struggle with the diet is on phase 2 when  it’s pretty low carb. I sometimes just want a piece of fruit so much, so if I weight train on both of those days I will give my self a piece of fruit like raspberries or a 1/2 cup of oatmeal (technically not supposed to) and that helps my icky low carb feeling. Also, on those two days I try to load up the veggies as much as possible and have a bit more protein.

I feel good in my body because I’m not bloated or have that “fluffy” feeling. My abs start to peek out and my other muscles start to pop too. The reason I’m doing this diet is  to see the definition that I know I have and this will help uncover it.

For some it can feel restrictive but I don’t usually eat dairy/gluten free on a regular basis anyways so that makes this diet that much easier for me.

Pros/Cons

Pros: I feel great and love seeing the proof that it’s almost all about what you eat in being able to change your body. I love feeling organized for the week and having all of my meals planned out

Cons: Some may not like all of the meal prep involved with the program. It definitely can take up a Sunday afternoon, but I love to cook so I don’t mind it. And once you’ve prepped it isn’t so bad the next week if you have put some portions in the freezer.

Now what?

After reading this, if you’re interested in the diet and trying it out I recommend buying the book and cook book that goes along with it. There are plenty of recipes to keep your taste buds satisfied. One of my recent fave recipes from the cook book is for Phase 1 called Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew.

There are probably a few details that I left out but this sums it up in a nutshell.

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Some Random Spring Break Adventures!

Hey everyone!

So last Friday there was an unexpected & decent sized snowstorm to cause me to have a snow day! Woo! Oh how I love New England! Instead, I thought I would fill you in on what my spring break has been like. Oh and a seedling update from a visit to my internship today!

My weekend started with a house warming party Saturday night for a friend I haven’t seen in ages so it was great to see her again and meet some new people. 🙂 For the house warming party I made a COOKIE DOUGH DIP which was a big hit…. The best part is that people had no idea it had CHICKPEAS in it! I also made infused vodka with pineapple, cantaloupe, clementines, and a few strawberries. It was delicious mixed with orange juice. If you’re interested in the cookie dough dip head over to http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/23/want-to-eat-an-entire-bowl-of-cookie-dough/. You can google vodka infusions for hundreds of recipes if that is your fancy too. (But in the US only if you are at least 21 y.o.)

A picture of my friend and I reunited after months of not seeing her! Yay!

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Now onto some cooking adventures! This past week I made a roasted vegetable pureed soup. It was absolute heaven in my eyes, so warm, creamy smooth, and rich without even a drop of cream added. Oh how I love blended soups. I’m pretty sure I roasted everything but the kitchen sink and then popped them in the oven until they got nice and golden&tender. Here’s a picture of everything that went into the soup!

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I roasted a head of cauliflower, ~1 cup broccoli, a few asparagus, pearl onions, sweet peppers, carrots, 5-6 garlic cloves, and used an already cooked sweet potato. The roasted veggies all had a drizzle of olive oil on them as well. Super easy, so healthy, and very filling! After the veggies were roasted I tossed them in the blender and added a quart of chicken broth. A minute later, the soup was done! I wish I remembered to take a picture, it resembled a butternut squash color from all of the carrots and sweet peppers. So pretty.

Next on the agenda this week was a trip to my favorite cafe in Salem called Gulu Gulu. The staff is awesome and it’s just a really unique place to hangout. It is also a great people watching cafe. I love going with one of my friends to get lunch along with their new dessert….wait for it…chocolate fondue! It wasn’t an excessive amount and perfect for 2 to split. You probably had about 2-3 tablespoons of fondue for each person. It was served with apples, strawberries, bananas, and a few graham crackers. Again, delicious! Image

Today I stopped by my internship site for a little bit to touch base with my preceptor. While I was there I also checked out my babies.(Yup, I just referred to the seedlings as my babies) They are already sprouting and doing well. ImageImage

The seed disks seem to be doing the best due to having so many seeds in an area, but even some of the lettuces are sprouting right up! I love gardening and feeling the satisfaction of making something grow. I do have to say that this is my first experience with starting from seed. So it will definitely be interesting to see what happens.

Well, on that note I’m ending this post with a picture I found via pinterest and believe to be so true, near, and dear to my heart.

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Happy Early St.Patrick’s Day!

Woo Wednesday!

Hi!

So today was a really good day number wise. We had seven kids come in! For something different we made mashed cauliflower and oven fries today. The cauliflower was a hit or miss. Three of the kids really liked it while another girl really didn’t like it. I believe her words were, “This is disgusting.” Then the others were a tough sell to try something new. The oven fries went over really well though!

The Salad Bar and Hot Food

Mashed Cauliflower and Oven Fries

Refrigerator Pickles and Corn on the Cob

Watermelon Slices and Cantaloupe

Romaine Lettuce and Grape Tomatoes

Corn, Black Bean, and Barley Salad and Vinegar based Cole Slaw

Marinated Beets in White Balsamic Vinegar

Plums!

Favorite of the Day!

Oven Fries and The Salad Bar in general

Quote for the Day

“Oh yum! I love oven fries!”

“What is this?! This is disgusting. I’m sorry.” This was from a 13 year old girl who is a tough sell with new food sometimes. At least she apologized and tried it. You know it takes more than once to realize you like something you previously didn’t like. Here’s an interesting article I found http://summertomato.com/learning-to-love-foods-you-dont-like/  🙂

Monday again!

Hi!

Today was an awesome day for getting kids to try new food! I got two kids to try “pop corn” cauliflower. The cauliflower is roasted to a toasty brown and then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese to give it a salty cheesy bite. The next vegetable I got them to try was roasted beets. Those were a tougher sell, I had tell them they would get a prize if they tried them. After I said that they were all for trying them. You have to love incentives. So after trying the beets they got their prize, which was a kite kit from Project Bread’s box of summer lunch incentives. The last new vegetable that was tasted was a vinegar and oil coleslaw made with red cabbage and slices of pear.

A couple other things that went over really well today was corn on the cob and the fruit popsicles. There were seconds and thirds of the corn and popsicles.

We had four kids come in and get lunch which still sounds like a low number but it’s not too bad for the beginning of the second week.

Now on to the pictures:

Vinegar and Oil Coleslaw

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Corn on the Cob

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Crisp Romaine Lettuce and Cucumber Slices

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Roasted Beets (not the prettiest but so yummy)

Orange Slices and Pears

100 % Fruit Smoothie Popsicles

Quotes for the Day

A 12 year old describing the coleslaw, ” It’s satisfactory, I’m a good taste tester.” Then after finishing it and throwing away the bowl, “Mmm..that was good!”

The cauliflower description, ” Yumm this good! I’ll have more!”