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Skwigg Blog
Monday, 10 November 2008
This Week in Nutville

Ok, ok, ok! SO! I finally looked at The Elimination Diet last night (couldn't help it). He lost me at "This eating plan is an all-or-nothing deal." All-or-nothing is bad news for the obsessive and eating disordered, but I'm glad I kept reading long enough to see what the meal plan is. It's mainly organic lean meat, fruits and vegetables. It's actually really simple, no counting, and not that far from the way I normally eat. HOWEVER, I really like wheat. Wheat bread, Wheaties, Wheatables, Wheat Thins, anything with wheat in the title, I'm all over. And caffeine? Hello! One needs that to function.

So, I won't be eliminating anything. I'll stick to my semi-vegetarian Precision Nutrition and just clean it up a little bit. Quit using Kit-Kats for carb portions and whatnot, maybe up the fruit and vegetable intake a bit more. I credit Precision Nutrition with saving me from years of low calories and obsessive counting, so I'll not be abandoning it to go on a diet. That would be crazy even for me.

I wasn't going to do measurements and photos, but of course I did. I'm like a moth to a bug zapper with that stuff! Not being at my leanest and feeling totally ok with it is fabulous. Not being at my leanest and seeing pictures? Holy crap! :-D

Don't worry; I still look like a fit healthy athlete. I am still in my happy range, but I'm bumping up against the top of what I consider my zone. I'd like a little more wiggle room rather than feeling like I'm one cookie away from disaster. So, I'm going to hit the kettlebells hard for 30 days and tighten up my normal eating without doing anything radical. I'm NOT going to officially enter into the KettleBelle Body competition. I'm NOT going to do anything ultra-strict like an elimination diet. All I need to do is focus a bit more, get my intentions straight, and be consistent. I can do that and still have fun.

Since I've been eating meat maybe twice a week instead of five time a day, I have not lost any lean mass! I got out the calipers today and confirmed that my muscle is not disintegrating. (See my Flexitarian Adventures post if you missed the part where I got flippin' sick of chicken a few months ago.) I'm a much happier eater when I don't pile up the animal carcasses, but back when I was a vegetarian for seven years, I got fat. I like to think that I'm smarter now and can go mostly veggie and do it right. (Tip: Don't eat bread 6-11 times per day. :-)

I ordered The Thrive Diet yesterday. It's a vegan meal plan for athletes and is supposed to be really good. I pre-ordered the paperback version that's out next month, so it will be a few weeks before I get it. I've had a couple of meals that were all raw food - fruits, vegetables, nuts - and they were good! I mean, really good, and fun to eat, and filling but in a light and happy sort of way. So, I'd like to learn more about vegan and raw food meals and include more of them in my meal plans.

Posted by skwigg at 2:14 PM CST

Monday, 10 November 2008 - 5:44 PM CST

Name: "Michelle"
Home Page: http://forthelifeofme.wordpress.com/

I downloaded the elimination diet, too. And when I saw that wheat was a no-no... I ran for cover! Breakfast consisted of wheat toast with eggs on top and another wheat toast with jam on top. I would be lost without my wheat.

I like the NROL 3degrees of clean eating though it's not really a "plan" exactly. It's my general goal for a year from now to be within the 3 degrees :).

Monday, 10 November 2008 - 6:50 PM CST

Name: "amyt"
Home Page: http://www.delicat.ca/journal

If you need your caffeine there's a lot in the Thrive Diet you'll want to skip - something about a negative energy spiral? I've found a few of the recipes unpalatable as well, but overall I'm glad I own the book. Can you buy hemp where you are? I seem to remember a fondness for hemp in the book. Anyway, I can't wait to hear what you think of it. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 8:09 AM CST

Name: "Megan "

I'm sure you are going to see fantastic results!  Did you say you took your own bodyfat? You said you took the calipers out and hadn't loss any lean mass....I was wondering if there was a trick to doing it yourself. 

I am looking at the elimination diet too, and how does anyone live without caffeine?!  So I might be there with ya, a cleaned up precision nutrition, it's balanced, it works. 

I look forward to hearing your progress!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 10:52 AM CST

Name: skwigg

Michelle - It has been pointed out to me that microwaves are also a no-no on The Elimination Diet. No wheat, no caffeine, no microwave. AAAAAGH! :-D

amyt - I'll be sure to post a report on The Thrive Diet. I think there will be some great stuff in it, and probably also some ingredients and recipes that scare me.

Megan - Here is a little article I wrote on Do It Yourself Body Fat Testing. It is possible to do your own 3-site caliper test but it takes some practice to become consistent.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 12:13 PM CST

Name: "Paul N"

I read the elimination diet, too, and I think it's reallly pretty simple. All you have to do is move into a cave and club bison for your food. NO caffeine, NO dairy, NO sugar, NO processed wheat, NO alcohol...aaaaaargh! This would be easy to do if you lived by yourself with no one other people around. As easy as Charlie Brown kicking that stupid football...

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 12:58 PM CST

Name: "Beth"

You're my favorite enabler.  I caved and ordered the KettleBelle Body program.  I've never swung a KB in my life, but they look like fun.

I didn't buy the Thrive Diet book, but that's only because I already own it.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 2:06 PM CST

Name: "Carrie"

I think I need to stop reading this blog.  Now I am thinking about buying a KB too!!  

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 2:11 PM CST

Name: "elissa"

Wait, wait, wait.. what's wrong with a microwave???? What if you want to reheat some chicken you'd made the night before? Microwaves are not allowed? WHYEVER NOT?

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 6:17 PM CST

Name: "Michelle"
Home Page: http://forthelifeofme.wordpress.com/

Carrie, I blame Squigg and another friend for my recent KB purchase :).

I wouldn't be able to live without my microwave. If I'm cooking it either comes from the microwave or the toaster. Unless I'm cooking brownies for supper... which are also a no-no. It was interesting to read but I think I'll keep aiming for the three degrees from the NROL book. One tiny step at a time. Elimination diet isn't like that though, it's a all eliminated all now. I need babysteps, especially with my caffine!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 9:09 PM CST

Name: "Krissa"
Home Page: http://www.wwgoal125.blogspot.com

I just realized there is so much more to your site than just your blog. I love all the pictures. I was especially impressed with the creatine photos. I think I will be getting mine out of my closet.

What self tanner do you use?

 I am VERY tempted to buy the Kettlebell Body program! I also want the $247 package that is on TT.com right now. There are not many sets left but I really want one. This stuff is addicting.

 Oh, and of course I want PN. I was reading the "7 Rules." So when do I get to eat a sweet potato or oatmeal? Are these carbs only allowed after a wo? I am not for sure I could handle that. But then again, that is probably what I need to do!


Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 9:36 PM CST

Name: skwigg

Funny thing about the sunless tanner. I became deathly allergic to it. :-D But BTA (before tanner allergy), I really liked Coppertone Gradual Tan lotion, Neutrogena spray, and that Dove moisturizer with sunless tanner. It definitely looks less weird if you use a moisturizer that builds gradually in a week or two rather than going 5 shades darker overnight, complete with streaks and missed spots. 

Basic, level one Precision Nutrition has you save starchy carbs like potatoes and pasta for post-workout only. The rest of your meals, you use fruits and vegetables for carbs. However, the "precision" part allows you to then customize it for body type and goals. If you're very active and do well with lots of carbs (more of an endurance athlete), you can have starchy carbs at every meal and sugary carbs post-workout. The plan will be different for a marathoner than it is for a power lifter, or a sedentary heart patient, or a teenage football player, or a middle-aged yoga instructor. Not everybody needs to or wants to limit starchy carbs. But if you have some fat to lose, it does get things off to a flying start. :-)

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 9:59 PM CST

Name: "Sara"
Home Page: http://sanafit.blogspot.com

I did the Elimination Diet for 8 days and on day 9 I lost my marbles and ate the weight of the world in cereal.   I just can't do that 'all or nothing' stuff.  Actually, yeah, I CAN do it, but the end result is never pretty and undoubtedly less healthy than just working in a few naughty things a few times a week.

I hate it when a food becomes nastyfied, when one bite of bread or cheese represents ruination of an ideal.  It smacks of religion or something. Do *this* and you are going to heaven, do *that* and it's STRAIGHT TO HELL.



Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 10:01 PM CST

Name: "CJ"

I took a look at the elimination diet and decided to eliminate THAT.  I hit unsubscribe after glancing through it.  Sounds like all the other Bull out there.  Although I don't doubt that it could be used for becoming more healthy....I feel no need to agonize over no coffee and no bread.  I just dam won't do it.  I almost sprinted to the keyboard when I read the list of approved foods.  Where the hell is the vegetarian protein?  ANY good diet plan is always going to provide some vegetarian options.  At that point it was  buh bye, see ya.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008 - 11:07 PM CST

Name: "Rachel/Fit Mom"
Home Page: http://www.fitnessformommies.net

Hey, I have gotten to try The Thrive Diet Smoothie mixes and they are really healthy for you. I'll be interested to see your opinion of the diet plan.  Concerned that it may be on the funky side of life as far as recipes goes.  The smoothies are ok, but they kind of taste like grass.  I use lots of other ingredients to take away that taste.

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