Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day One!

Woke up singing Janet Jackson's "Control".

There are so many things I don't have control over. (Note: These are the things I often put energy towards. Yikes, that's unproductive. A shift is in order.) But I do have control over what I eat.
So here's to day one of the Fat Smash Diet. One of the main reasons I like this eating plan is it helps to give some structure to my food and it does not involve or advocate starvation or diet pill popping. It also doesn't advocate depravation. It really advocates whole foods. Here's my list for the next 9 days:
-All fruits in any quantity
-All vegetables in any quantity, except: no white potatoes or avocados
-Good sources of protein: chickpeas, beans, tofu, lentils
-Brown rice- 2 cups of cooked rice per day
-2 cups of low-fat or skim or soy milk per day
-As much water as you like!
-Oatmeal- 1 c. per day
-All herbs and spices
-6 oz. low-fat yogurt (2 times per day)
-4 egg whites per day
-2 cups of herbal tea per day

I totally welcome ideas for how to make some creative combos out of this list.


  1. I like that you can eat fruits and vegetables in any quantity. That's always my philosophy, and I hate the low/no-carb diets that limit fruits and certain veggies because of the sugar content. Corn is not the same as candy! And you're doing this in the spring/summer, when great fruits and veggies are bountiful and therefore less expensive...

    Make sure to get the yogurt with active live cultures so you can get the extra benefit of the acidipholus (not sure if I spelled that correctly), helps with digestion and such.

    I don't have suggestions that you wouldn't already think of. I like my oatmeal with milk, cinnamon and some kind of fresh fruit, tofu is great in brown rice and that chickpeas are great on a big salad. That's pretty much what I would do, since I'm not the most creative cook :-)

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions Rachel. Yeah, in terms of the fruit and veggies, I totally agree! I can't imagine cutting them out or thinking about fruits and veggies as "wrong" to eat.

    Since I've lived up here in the bay area I can say I've felt such a different "foodie vibe" and this culture of local and sustainable foods that I don't think I was really aware of before. It's felt kind of intimidating to be honest. I'm working on finding the joy in preparing food for myself and discovering new foods instead of feeling bad about myself for not knowing these things which is where I tend to go first.

  3. I've found that there's an assumption among people who love wine that you're also a foodie and enjoy cooking with unique ingredients and trendy recipes. So I often feel kinda uncultured. But I shouldn't and I don't think you should either :-). I don't mind putting simple things together, but am not adventurous with cooking and don't really feel the urge to be...and I figure healthy eating is one thing, but if you don't really find joy in preparing food then why force it? Unless you really want to go through a "Worst Cooks in America"-type transformation. Did you see that show, it was pretty fun!

  4. I saw some clips of that show and it cracked me up because I totally got into Top Chef last season and it was such a different look at life in the kitchen.

    Admittedly when I started working here and all my coworkers were self-described foodies who avoided Safeway and SBUX, I felt like there was something wrong with me. It's such a different food culture for a lot of people here in Nor Cal. But it also has a lot to do with economic background and also where you grew up. Since then, I've had felt like I have a much healthier relationship with that. I do shop at safeway and do enjoy an SBUX chai. I also wish we had a Henry's market up here and I do like learning about new foods. I've just been trying to be kinder to myself and not automatically think there was something wrong with me. =)

  5. Top Chef last season was awesome. I really wanted Jennifer to win, though, and was so sad when she kind of imploded...didn't care for Michael that much, but he was a good chef. Top Chef Masters is starting in a week or two, that'll be fun!

    Is there no equivalent to Henrys? That surprises me, for that area. So do the coworkers shop at Whole Foods or more boutique-style places? I'm glad you've decided not to be so hard on yourself :-)

  6. I totally wanted Jennifer to win!! Or at least Brian. I liked the southern guy but hated how mean he was to the one lady. Ah can't remember names... That was the first season I watched and I loved the show.

    My co-workers shop at a store called Rainbow Grocery which is like a hippy store. I walk in an feel intimidated and don't know what half the stuff is. They don't sell any meat at all in the store and it's pretty much heaven for most of my foodie co-workers but I tend to feel pretty lost in there. There is a fancy store called Mollie Stones that is right by my house and is soooo pretty, but sooo expensive. And then whole foods and safeway. There are definitely lot of those boutique stores which are again amazing but too pricey to be able to shop at consistently. In Berkeley I know there are some fun options. There's also great farmers markets here in the city and some produce stores that my friends rave about. I'd like to be a little more adventurous. Spring is the time to do it! Right? =)

  7. I know a lot of San Diegans who would be lost without Henrys and Trader Joes! Spring is indeed a great time to start something new :-)

  8. So I'm late to the B gettin'hot party. But, now I'm here. I too have done the fat smash diet. A quick recipe I did was veggie stir fry. I used brown rice and frozen veggies. I put them in the microwave then added a bit of Newman's Own sesamie ginger salad dressing. Mix it up and it's delish!

  9. Yay! Hi Cherise! How fun to know that you've tried the Fat Smash Diet! Did you like it? Did you do all 90 days? Thanks for the recommendation, that does sound good and easy to make too!