Saturday, April 28, 2012

3-5 Day Jump Start to Weight Loss with Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

You may or may not have heard me speak about my foodie friend Lauren Kelly who happens to be a Certified Nutritionist as well as the Staff Nutritionist at The Bar Method in Montclair (for those of you in the Northern NJ area).  She has put together this 3-5 day Jump Start to Weight Loss that I'm going to be participating in next week and thought it was such a great idea, I had to share it with all of you. I'll still be posting recipes this week, but this is just the push I need to help rid me of those extra pounds before summer vacation comes knocking! Here is her plan from her original post. I can't wait to get started on Monday and look forward to hearing all of your successes (and flops too because let's face it, lifestyle changes are Hard with a capitol H!). GOOD LUCK! xo



Three – Five Day Jump Start to Weight Loss with Clean Eating

 


So the weather is getting nicer and the clothes are getting smaller (YIKES!) I get asked all the time about cleanses and detoxes these days.  It seems like most people are looking for the latest “quick fix”.  I get it.  People want results. NOW!  In order to live healthy and maintain a healthy weight, you need to do one thing…CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE! Personally, I don’t believe in restricting certain food groups or severely cutting back on calories to lose weight.  If only it could be a s easy as “Eat when you are hungry” and “Stop when you are full”, everyone out there would be happy with their bodies! So instead of drinking cleanses and taking “detox” pills, why not  eat only clean, unprocessed foods and no added sugar for 3-5 days to give yourself a JUMP START?

Here’s what you need to do:
  • start each morning with hot water and 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon (must be on empty stomach to flush out toxins)
  • no coffee , just green tea (aim for 3-5 cups)
  • 1 gallon of water a day which you can add lemon, mint or ginger to
  • no dairy (except plain greek yogurt)
  • no bread/pasta/rice (only quiona or rolled/steel cut oats)
  • opt for 2-3 “juices*” a day if you want to juice, otherwise load up on fresh raw veggies.  No more than 2-3 fruits each day. * Juices are only homemade with fresh veggies and fruit
  • no sugar at all (besides the fruit and that includes honey and artificial sweeteners)
  • no carbonated beverages at all (obviously no soda but also no seltzer)
  • if you want to do vegetarian, load up on raw or steamed beans (mix with raw veggies and lime juice)
  • if you aren’t doing vegetarian, choose only lean white meats and fish and either steam, grilled or baked  (Herbs, garlic, lemon, lime, even fresh orange are great to season. Lean means=center cut boneless pork chops or loin, chicken breasts)
  • hard boiled eggs are great, only 1 whole egg per day, but egg whites are unlimited
  • All nuts are great.  Make sure they are raw and unsalted.  Also, no more than 14 nuts per serving, 2 servings a day.
  • Lastly, make sure you get between 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  Now, I know those who have kids, sometimes kids don’t get the memo.  Try your best by going to bed early each night!
Besides flushing out your system with all the water, you are only eating unprocessed foods, which you will feel lighter and should give you more energy.  This is a great way to focus on whole foods and add tons of vitamins and nutrients to your diet.
After the 3-5 days try to eat as many unprocessed foods as you can throughout the day.  Prepare for the week ahead by stocking your refrigerator with fresh fruits and veggies and lean proteins.  
GOOD LUCK!!  Happy CLEAN Eating! :)
Sample Menu
Breakfast
Green Tea
1 c. Cooked Rolled/Steel Cut Oats
1 c. Fresh Strawberries
Snack
Baby Carrots
Lunch
Spinach Salad with Fresh Vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, etc). Squeeze fresh lemon, orange, or lime juice on top and season with some fresh ground black pepper.
14 Unsalted Almonds
Snack
Apple dipped in plain yogurt
Green Tea
Dinner
Grilled Chicken Breast
Steamed Green Beans
Quinoa cooked in chicken broth or water

Water, water water!
1 Gallon of Water = 128oz. (that equates to 8 - 16oz. Plastic Water Bottles)

Lauren can be found on Facebook and her Blog, Lauren Kelly Nutrition

5 comments:

  1. Good informative article. I am quite clued up on healthy eating but there were a few tips here that I didn't know about and will certainly be trying out. Thanks

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing Carrie!! XOXO

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  3. Interesting! This is a great find. Now I can start mine. Hoping for positive results. Thanks for sharing =)

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  4. You're welcome Lauren and good luck Diet Clinics and Raquel! Just finished my morning water with lemon :)

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