Thursday, September 27, 2012

7 day diet

I've always heard this isn't healthy, it's impossible, and dangerous. So yesterday, I decided to attempt the impossible... diet. This seven day diet sounds like it could be dangerous, not to me, but to those close to me. Get ready, friends and family, for super starved, super hormonal me.

So for those of you who have not heard of this crazy seven day diet, here is the breakdown of days.

Day One All fruits except bananas. I can eat until I'm stuffed, but I have to stick to fruit, especially watermelon. This doesn't scare me! I LOVE fruits and vegetables.

Day Two All vegetables. I'm allowed one potato for breakfast. So far, I'm not worried.
Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of my choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today. I think by day three, I will start to crave meat.
Day Four Bananas and milk. I can have eight bananas and three glasses of milk? I think I will be stuffed. Is this really a diet?

Day Five Today is feast day. I get to indulge in beef and tomatoes. On day five, I have to increase my water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse the system of the uric acid it will be producing.

Day Six Beef and vegetables. Is that a diet? This can't be dangerous eating.

Day Seven On the last day, I can have brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables I care to consume.

Yesterday, was my day one. *whispers* I already cheated. According to the plan, I should only have fruits. I mean, I get the priviledge of having fruits. I started off great with my morning coffee ( which is allowed by the way) and a colossal bowl of watermelon. At noon, I ate three servings of mixed fruit cups, you know, the kiddie bowls we used to get in school lunches. I had two apples for an afternoon snack. Then, I got home. After two hours of homework, I wanted some cake...or cookies...or popcorn. I took a deep breath. I counted to 100. I took another deep breath. This is were I decided to have a enormous bowl of watermelon instead. I don't remember how long afterwards, I decided one little deviation was allowable. I had a small cheese block and five saltine crackers. I mean, compared to cake and cookies, this is nothing,... right? Well, getting on the scales this morning I lost two pounds in the first day! Tomorrow, I'll fill you in on day two's experiences.

As always, any questions or comments leave me a message below. Love, K.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mouthwatering Math

It's a safe bet to say that most females try their best to master the art of counting calories. Plenty of nonprofit organizations come up with charts and graphs to teach it as early as kindergarden. So why is it so hard to compute this mysterious set of numbers?

The first problem to tackle is this: no one is the same. Although there are charts you can use to start with, your numbers will be different from my numbers. However, don't give up just yet. Whether you're trying to maintain your weight, or lose a few pounds you can start with some basic guidelines.

Here are some recommendations that are handy for a start. A helpful way to see if these amounts are right for your body's needs, start a food diary, that you keep with you all day for a week or two, and write the calorie count of everything you eat or drink. At the beginning of every day that you write in your food diary, weigh yourself. It is helpful if you can do this at the same time everyday. At the end of the two weeks you should be able to assess if the calories you consume are just enough, too little (when you lose weight) or too much (when you gain weight).

I've found that at 1200-1500 calories, I can lose 1-2 pounds each week to reach my goal. After a couple months, I've been able to lose 20 pounds so far! OH YEAH! But I do have a few more pounds I would like to lose (especially since I will soon be walking down the aisle).

Now that you know how many calories you should consume, you need to be mindful of how you "spend" them. 1500 ice cream calories can go pretty quickly, and although they may taste great while on your tongue, they don't look so great on your hips, thighs, and ankles. Break up the calories based on your daily schedule. For instance, if you have 1500 calories to spend in a day, you could have three 500 calorie meals; or two 300 calorie meals, two 200 calorie snacks, and a 500 calorie meal. The idea is to break it up throughout the day so that you feel full, and your body thinks it's being fed a lot, when in reality it is being fed just enough.

Most importantly, don't shy away from fruits, veggies, and protein. Protein is awesome, because it takes awhile to process so it keeps you feeling full longer. Some fast food places are even starting to offer grilled options that are great sources of protein when you're on the go. Fruits and veggies are low calorie, great tasting, and good for you. I LOVE making fruit smoothies to take to class in the morning.

Well thats my two cents for the day, but if you leave me some comments I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy Friday, everyone :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Before the blah blah blah

At first they thought it was cute. "Awe, she likes to play in the kitchen." "She's going to be a BIG helper one day, Mom." Only years later, is it obvious that it wasn't just a phase.

The kitchen has always been a refuge. If I didn't have a new book to read, or a favorite close enough to re-read, I would cook. Not just pancakes on Saturdays, or pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, but real, three course meals would I make just to see the happiness on my family and friends' faces. I have had dreams about the kitchen in my future home. I would have every appliance, every cookbook, every ingredient needed for that last minute dish. Hopefully, one day, I can have something like that.

Sometimes, I would plan my own restaurant or bakery. I would come up with prices, experiment with recipes, and write business plans. Pretty extreme dreams for a kid, right? For now, that is still a dream. "My Place" would be called the Four C's: Chocolate, Coffee, Cookies, and Cakes.

The Four C's is coming to you, not in a building, but online. Through this blog, I will share my secret experiments, the ones that succeeded, and the ones that failed. For those who count every calorie, I will be giving helpful hints and tricks to "afford" those extra calories and still stay on track. Along the way, I will give party planning ideas for birthdays, holidays, weddings, showers, graduations, and those last minute "get-togethers". Being that I am a college student, I will have plenty to say about staying in budget and making plenty of on-the-go snacks.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them for me!