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Fast Metabolism Diet - Week Two

Monday, March 16, 2020

I have been following the Fast Metabolism Diet (FMD) for two weeks now, and I believe I am getting into the groove of this. One thing I did not mention last week was the water requirement. Half of your body weight in ounces. That means more than 90oz of water EVERY. DAY. And non-caffeine teas are fine, but they don't count toward the water requirement.

When I first read the FMD book I thought, how the heck am I going to pull this off? But the analytical person that I am did the math and worked out a formula. 16oz on the drive to work, 16oz while I walk down the ramp in the parking garage, then fill up my 24oz water bottle and drink that in the morning, and drink another 16oz at lunch, then another 24oz for the afternoon, and then one more 16oz bottle on the drive home. And then once I am home I might have another 16oz of water with dinner. Which, would bring the total to about 128oz - or one gallon - if I actually drank all of it. And so you can see, if I skip something here and there, I am still likely to drink more than 90oz of water. Still, that's a lot of water, and so I spent one week practicing my water intake before I started, just to see if I could do it.

I can do this fairly easily now, but it leaves me going to the bathroom a LOT. I follow the above formula when I am at work, and at home, I have three 32oz water bottles that I fill from the faucet and refrigerate at night and drink throughout the day. On top of that I might have another bottle or two of 16oz ones.

The most difficult part of the program, for me at least, is the actual meal planning. I want to make sure we are not eating beef all week, or even all day, and I didn't want to just eat peppers and onions for four weeks just because they are "all phase" veges. So this week I discovered the green beans with mushrooms & shallots, which I think is one of my new favorite sides. Definitely a keeper. And when one day I changed out the green beans for spinach it was just as good, so loving that. And my husband, who used to tell me he hated mushrooms, has been eating them right along with me. I don't know if he has mellowed or has decided to just put up with it.

Speaking of that, I am glad I have a husband who supports what I do. I told him he didn't need to actually participate but I did need him to pick out dinners from each of the phases so that we would be eating the same meals at dinner time. He went through all of the recipes I had printed out and put them in YES and NO piles, and so I have been cooking from the YES pile, and he has quite happily munched along on all the various dinner meals that I have prepared. Several of the meals he has put on the keeper list for future reference - beyond the four week program.

I was glad to find a breakfast item for phase 1 that I actually liked: french toast made with egg whites, then topped with some kind of fruit. Much better than the tasteless cooked cereal options from last week. During phase 1 I also discovered a new grain in farro, which I love. For phases 2 and 3, I now have a new favorite snack in turkey-bacon wrapped asparagus. My husband would of course argue that anything wrapped in bacon is good and that turkey bacon is not bacon. I agree with both of those statements, but turkey bacon is quite a tasty meat product unto itself that I have avoided in the past just because it was trying to "BE bacon." It's not bacon, just like beggin' strips aren't bacon, but it's nonetheless tasty and something I will probably buy in the future.

So this is also the second week where I pretty much have not cooked with fat. Phase 3 lets you (and wants you to) cook with fat or add healthy fats, and I did, but I used to start any meal process with dumping oil or butter into a pan, thinking it was what you do. But I have found there is enough moisture in the foods themselves to where cooking in fat is not necessary all the time. And in fact, oftentimes, the meals don't need it.

The book says to do the FMD program for four weeks, and so I am at the halfway point. The author cautions us at this point to not stray from the program and get cocky. I am trying not too, and have mapped out the plan for the coming week. While I have found a few new favorites that I will likely repeat, I want to keep experimenting with different foods as well. I probably will also use up some foods that I still have left over from this past week's meal preps.

For those of you who are interested, I am again posting the menu for the week. You'll notice that within a phase I tended to eat similar foods, and so the menu might look a little boring, but my husband and I are known to eat the same meal four days in a row so it doesn't faze us in the least to eat this way.



MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY ONE (PHASE 1):
Breakfast: Egg white french toast with strawberries
Snack: 2 medium Granny Smith apples
Lunch: Farro with green beans, mushrooms & shallots, topped with pork + 3 kiwis
Snack: 3 mandarin oranges
Dinner: Sweet sausage cabbage stew served over wild rice


MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY TWO (PHASE 1):
Breakfast: Egg white french toast with strawberries
Snack: 3 kiwis
Lunch: Farro with green beans, mushrooms & shallots, topped with pork + 3 mandarin oranges
Snack: Honeycrisp Apple
Dinner: Sweet sausage cabbage stew served over wild rice


MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY THREE (PHASE 2):
Breakfast: 10 garden meatballs
Snack: egg white muffin w/ peppers, onions and mushrooms
Lunch: beans, mushrooms & shallots with pork
Snack: 5 mini peppers and 4 deli slices of nitrate-free turkey
Dinner: ground beef, green beans, mushrooms & shallots


MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY FOUR (PHASE 2)
Breakfast: 10 garden meatballs
Snack: egg white muffin w/ peppers, onions and mushrooms
Lunch: pork with mushrooms, onions, and spinach
Snack: egg white muffin w/ peppers, onions and mushrooms
Dinner: ground beef, green beans, mushrooms & shallots


MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY FIVE (PHASE 3)
Breakfast: chia-flax granola with berries
Snack: cashews & almonds + carrots
Lunch: Red-cooked cabbage topped with turkey + 1.5 cup peaches
Snack: turkey bacon-wrapped asparagus
Dinner: Campfire chicken chili


MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY SIX (PHASE 3)
Breakfast: chia-flax granola with berries
Snack: celery and almond butter
Lunch: Red-cooked cabbage topped with turkey + 1.5 cup peaches
Snack: turkey bacon-wrapped asparagus
Dinner: Campfire chicken chili


MENU: WEEK TWO, DAY SEVEN (PHASE 3)
Breakfast: Slice of bread topped with eggs and turkey bacon with roasted bell pepper + berries
Snack: turkey bacon-wrapped asparagus
Lunch: Salad with spinach, roasted bell pepper, carrots, roasted asparagus, roasted cauliflower, hard boiled egg, turkey, avocado, balsamic dressing + 1.5 cup peaches
Snack: cashews & almonds + carrots
Dinner: Campfire chicken chili
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  • KAWLIGANZ
    I will say that yes, S_MHANCOCK, with the exception of last week's Phase 1 breakfast options, everything so far has been quite tasty. Some meals were definitely added to our keeper list. Others we might not bring to a potluck, but were fine for one-off trials. Not every recipe in a recipe book is a smash hit, that's why there are so many of them I suppose :)
    So far our favorites have been the spicy chicken casserole and italian beef stew from week 1 and the chicken chili from week 2. Some of the 'off the cuff' concoctions have been really good too, like the farro, beans & mushrooms, and balsamic pork that didn't come from a recipe. I've already mentioned the turkey bacon asparagus, which I will definitely make again for this week. The egg muffins made only from egg whites tasted better than I thought they would - fluffy, light, and full of flavor.
    So yea, I guess it comes down to, if you pick recipes that include foods you like, then it should be easy enough for those meals to come out tasty. I'm looking forward to posting the next iteration of this to share some additional findings.
    356 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    You're awesome sticking to this diet plan. WTG woohoo
    356 days ago
  • S_MHANCOCK
    Everything sounds yummy
    356 days ago
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