Thursday, February 2, 2012

UltraSimple Diet Week Results

The week before this last week I was following Dr. Mark Hyman's UltraSimple Diet.  I wanted
Fresh Salsa with Corn, Black Beans and Jicama
something that was kind of a cleanse and this diet was not only allergy-free, but it spelled every step out for me!  It told me what to eat, when, even down to supplements to take and a special stress-relieving bath to take (with epsom salts, baking soda, and lavender).
The first day was fine, I adjusted to the food and wasn't hungry.  I was craving sugar though.
The second day was more difficult as I had a headache and sluggish digestion (detox symptoms).
The next few days I just kind of got into a groove, although my digestion never really did normalize despite his many recommendations to help that (he's very thorough).
By the sixth day, I found myself craving things like avocados and nuts, which were limited on the diet.  That night I decided to go ahead and have a couple spoonfuls of refried beans, which I was craving!  Instead of sugar!  I was amazed that I thought eating beans was a "binge."  Of course they have fat (and not the right kinds; vegetable oils are being linked to heart disease- not butter and lard like everyone thinks) but they still aren't the worst choice out there.
So, after the weeklong diet my results were great!  I lost 4 pounds and about 6 inches all over my body (I measured my waist, hips, bust, thigh, arm and neck).  I was pleased with the results and so far have kept them off.
We have been still avoiding sugar, but I can tell too many carbs is doing the same things to me as before (affecting my complexion, and bloating which I didn't notice before are two examples).  So I have a good guideline and goals for going onward! 

I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for a treat for doing the diet for a month.  I have had two in the past two days, and I am not even thrilled with them!  I think my palate has changed for the better.  I'm not missing the treats I used to crave non-stop.  I still want sweet things, but I can control those cravings with alternatives or even just fruit.  Before, I would have multiple cookies throughout the day, whenever the craving struck. So I'd say this is progress!
Healthy meals we enjoyed on the diet week:
Tofu Scramble

Lentil Soup

Almond Breaded Chicken, Roasted Parsnips and Carrots, Green Beans and Rice

Leftovers of above meal for lunch the next day with a small green salad added

A Vegetarian Lunch
 The above lunch included some of my favorite things:
Fresh Salsa with Corn, Black Beans, Jicama, Tomatoes, Green Pepper, Cilantro, S&P and lemon juice, olive oil optional

Marcona Almonds with Rosemary (Trader Joe's and Costco sell these almonds) with red grapes- YUM

Roasted Artichoke and Caramelized Onions

Another Fresh Salsa with Jicama, Onion, Cucumber, Corn and Cilantro (salt and pepper, lemon juice and a touch of olive oil)


  1. After you measured your breast, neck, thigh, Leg and neck then we made chicken soup out of you.

  2. Everything looks super delicious, when do we eat?