Permanent fat loss happens when you discover that there is something, often many things, in life that gives you far more satisfaction than eating or drinking.
You are ready to change your eating habits, and release all the fat you wish, when you start to care more about creating, and less about consuming.
You definitely need plenty of food to nourish and satisfy you so that you have the energy and motivation to get out into the world and make your dreams come true.
Too often, we get into a “Diet Emergency,” and try to loose five pounds in three days by eating nothing but cabbage soup, or just drinking that weird lemon juice, honey, and cayenne pepper thing, whatever it is. This Three Day Camera Ready Diet is nothing like that.
If anything, you will be eating more food by volume than you usually do if you are currently living on breakfast cereal, sandwiches, and pasta.
The point of the Camera Ready Diet is to reduce inflammation, (especially facial puffiness) and give you energy and a healthy glow.
My former student, and now fellow Zumba instructor, Melanie and I will be shooting three episodes of “Simple Fitness” for our local cable channel this Sunday. Can you imagine trying to do three thirty minute interval workouts in a row on a juice fast? I certainly can’t.
So here is the eating strategy that will get you glowing, and ready to power through your office party, yearly family photo, or help you look smashing and dance all night on New Years Eve.
First, lets get the “Nos” out of the way:
No alcohol, sugar, grains, or dairy. It’s just for 3 days off of the alcohol and dairy, and trust me, it’s worth it.
You’re going to focus on foods that are nutrient dense, and high in fiber and water content. Vegetables for breakfast? You bet. (IHOP may suggest that you eat breakfast for dinner, but if you want to look fantastic, I suggest you turn that suggestion around.)
Start your day with the juice of 1/2 lemon in warm water that I always recommend. If you need to sweeten it, use a few drops of liquid stevia.
If you drink coffee, lighten it with unsweetened almond or coconut milk.
The veggies that are the star of the show for these three days are: Spinach, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus, and parsley. You don’t have to limit yourself to these, but other than the carrots, stick to vegetables that grow above the ground. Some of these are stars for containing phytonutrients that enhance the color and texture of your skin, and some support proper fluid balance.
Note: Remember the water paradox: the more you drink the less you retain, so drink up.
For breakfast yesterday morning I sautéed onion, celery, carrots, spinach, and parsley in 1T coconut oil, and seasoned it with organic iodized sea salt, ginger, and turmeric. I added 2 poached eggs and I was in heaven. Now you don’t have to have eggs. This may sound odd, but I want you to get in some fish that’s high in omega 3s over these three days, so you could have salmon or tuna instead.
Here’s a way to prepare canned salmon that I love: To one drained 4 oz can of salmon with bones removed add 1T vegenaise soy free-mayo, 1t dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup chopped raw unsalted almonds or walnuts, plus 1 T chopped celery, and 1t onion if you like. You can even form these into a patty and cook them in coconut oil, ghee, or kerrygold butter. This works great at breakfast, or you can serve the salmon or tuna over romaine lettuce at lunch.
Speaking of lettuce, a big salad at lunch dressed with extra virgin olive oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is a must! Use whatever mix of oil to vinegar that you like best.
Other proteins for lunch besides salmon or tuna include poultry, grass fed beef, or pastured pork. Portion size? It should be about the size of your palm. Please eat as much salad, and or cooked vegetables as you need to fell full and satisfied, not stuffed.
Dinner is going to be the same as lunch, with vegetables cooked in one of the fats listed above and salad filling most of the space on your plate, (or plates). Then add serving of meat, poultry, or fish.
If you want a snack choose up to two servings of low sugar fruits like berries, or an organic granny smith apple. Add an ounce of almonds or walnuts if you wish. If you need a more substantial snack, add some sliced turkey, or have some left-over salmon or tuna salad.
Remember it is the simplicity of this 3 day strategy that makes it work. The motto here is to trade “variety for satiety” so that you can look great for your picture or event.
You have a busy, active life so going hungry is not a good option. Focus on “Beauty Foods” like colorful vegetables and omega 3 rich fish and you will be
satisfied, energized, and “Good to Glow.”