We just officially finished Day 2 of Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. I had heard lots of good things about South Beach, and when I finally got around to borrowing the book from my boss last weekend, I was impressed. After my super-skim of the book on Saturday morning, I found that the diet was pretty much about healthy eating, with no craziness really. What sold me is that I recently found out that a friend of mine still follows the diet with her husband, and she is pregnant!
Considering that Michael has been wanting to lose weight for two or three years now, as my family’s Unofficial (Make that Official) Meal Planner and Cook, I thought it was time to stand behind Michael 100% and put my entire family on the healthy eating track.
So, “Phase 1” is the first part of the diet. It is two weeks long, and is pretty strict, but not as bad as you might think. We’ve been eating pretty well! Since we have our charcoal grill now, we’ve been feasting on delicious grilled chicken and even homemade hamburgers (no buns:). I made an awesome shrimp scampi dish (no pasta or rice though 🙂 and fresh green beans last night, and we had baked tomatoes with mozzarella, Parmesan, and basil tonight to go with our burgers.
For lunches and snacks, we’ve been having grilled chicken salads, cheese sticks, hummus with cucumber slices, and turkey rollups with red bell pepper strips and Laughing Cow cheese. And we had enjoyed sugar-free jello for dessert so far, except I’m skipping the jello to stay away from the artificial sweetener. 🙂
In a few weeks, we get to add back virtually everything we have to cut out of our eating right now, but we’ll just eat the healthier choices in them. For example, we’ll have pasta again, but it will always be whole grain pasta. Sounds good to me!
Because I am pregnant, I am not following this diet to a “t” either. Neither is Gabriel for that matter. For example, you’re not supposed to have any fruit for just the first two weeks, but I am trying to still eat a little fruit right now. I’m trying to be “strict” with myself and super-supportive of my husband while still being down-to-earth about eating healthy (and enough) to take good care of myself and Baby. So far, I feel pretty good about everything. We are eating much more healthfully than we normally do!
Enough of this diet stuff! Here are some Slice of Life videos and a few pictures to enjoy. 🙂
Already cruisin’ while talkin’ on the cell phone…
Learning how to open the back door
A bit of “walking,” with Daddy’s help. No, my little 15-month-old toddler hasn’t actually started toddling yet, but he seems close!