My 3 day extreme diet plan: follow me

I am about to start a three day extreme eating plan and I want your help. The time has come to do something drastic with my diet. I eat lots of junk food and I have been blogging a lot about this. I wasn’t always this way, in fact, I have often been one of those very healthy people who eats raw ginger, quinoa and textured soy protein. I have at times avoided meat, sugar, fat, dairy, salt, bananas and caffeine on a whim, just because some wacky diet told me to.

But no more.

These days I eat McDonalds for breakfast, much to the consternation of The Boyf who is not kidding when he tells me not to eat it. He genuinely wants me to stop. But is not just him! I have the desire to eat a bit more healthily too. It’s starting to get very hot here in my beautiful home town of Sydney, Australia and that means one thing: bikini time. Although I look pretty darn good, when I move there are parts of me that will continue to wobble for a few more minutes.

So I have decided to put myself on a torture diet for three days. I often like to do things like this, because I am a vacuous human who places too much emphasis on the end result and not enough on the journey or process. It’s been a while since I out myself on a crazy diet, so I thought it was high time I did this again. I have written a post previously about my efforts in fasting and the craziest diets from history.

So I have decided to eat very clean food for three days and to see if it will make a difference to how I feel. So how do I feel right now? Well, this is the thing, I feel pretty darn good. I am fairly healthy and I have quite a bit of energy but I would like more.

So what, pray tell, am I going to eat?

Here is my plan:

  • Breakfast day 1: 3 egg whites + 1 egg yolk + 1/3 of oatmeal + 3 button mushrooms + baby spinach + coffee
  • Snack: 1/3 cup of blueberries and tea with skim milk
  • Lunch: 200 grams poached chicken and 1 cup of broccoli + lemon + herbs (NO SALT!)
  • Snack: 1/3 cup of blueberries and herbal tea
  • Dinner: 200 grams poached chicken and 1 cup of salad + ½ cup of broccoli + lemon + herbs (NO SALT)
  • Snack: 1/3 cup cottage cheese + ½ cup blueberries


  • No added salt
  • No added sugar
  • No staring longingly at McDonalds as I walk to the train station each morning
  • Coffee is OK
  • NO soft drinks. No Coke Zero. No weird Canadian root beer that tastes like medicine

So there you go. What do you think of my plan? I will do this plan tomorrow, then post what I will eat the next day.

Here’s what I will eat tonight:

  • 150 grams of lean, red meat
  • ½ cup of cottage cheese
  • Rocket and lemon salad, with celery

Ok – wish me luck.

What do you think of this plan? How could I improve it? Do you think that I will keel over because of my current propensity towards fat, salt and sugar?

  1. October 22, 2013

    I think you are going to lose primarily water weight and trick your body into starvation mode, which will cause you to gain weight, possibly. I don’t see it as a “detox” plan at all. (You asked, right?) If you have been eating a lot of junk food, you need to develop new habits – and habits take weeks to develop – at least 2-4 weeks.
    Go see a good nutritionist. Many supermarkets have one on staff for free consultation (at least in the USA we do.) Or call a local university – they are always willing to help. Try to find someone who has education in nutrition and biochemistry – it makes the most sense, if you want the rationale.
    I have lots of suggestions, but would prefer you consult a specialist if you are serious about a good nutritional program.

    1. October 22, 2013

      Hi Anne-

      Thanks for your comments. I have seen nutritionists in the past and they rarely tell me anything new. You are totally right – this is hardly a detox!

      I guess my rant here is about the fact that I have been eating healthily my whole life – and needlessly. Since embarking on my junk food diet, I have lost 10 pounds and feel fine – even if I do have to frequently pull bits of ammonia-laced gristle from my teeth. At least I’m not soaking lentils like last year.

      I don;t know if this plan would send me into ‘starvation’ mode, as I will still be eating the same amount of calories – they will just come from wholefoods rather than fast foods.

      Thanks for your comments and you are right – I should be aiming to eat better for more than three days! I’ll keep you posted and thanks for taking the time to reply!


      1. October 22, 2013

        Most nutritionists will feed you (pun intended) the same information. That is why I encouraged finding someone with advanced degrees in both nutrition and microbio and/or physio. If they can explain the role of the nutrients and micro nutrients, and how they interact and trigger the chemical reactions in your body – it will make a difference in how you approach nutrition. At least it did for me. (I use real sugar – but unprocessed, for the micro-nutrients.)
        A calorie is a calorie as far as = energy goes, but our bodies need more than caloric energy.
        Nutrition is extremely complex.
        I was able to manage gestational diabetes with nutrition alone – something my OB said she rarely saw – and that was before my intro to nutrition with the most wonderful nutritional professor I could have had… But I was determined to get that child onto this planet alive.
        Good luck. Body image issue are a bitch.

  2. October 22, 2013

    That’s a whole heck of a lot more than I eat on many days! I don’t count calories (ever), but do fast 5 days per week in 12 hour intervals. I do this because I am a wretch and it brings me closer to God. :0) But, that said, sometimes I just honestly don’t want to be bothered. I get hungry, but I put it off. I think some of this stems from my childhood though; I was a cross country runner for several years (from 9 years old to 11) and going hungry, burning up all my energy, and competing with myself became my way of life. I’ll often ‘binge stave” then eat my home-cooked roasted chicken with cous cous and buttery gooey potatoes (etc.). If you’re going to do this extreme diet thing (which doesn’t sound extreme to me at all) be sure to take mutlivitamins + iron! Remember too, the important thing (always) is to be “well” rather than just “healthy”. (Health, as you know, is the physiological aspect, but “wellness” is one’s spiritual, financial, emotional, environmental, and psychological well being.) I think your diet sounds fine though, and I just finished a Nutrition course last semester which focused primarily on the relationships between food and the body and their microscopic counterparts. If you were eating lettuce and diet coke for two months- that’s a concern to worry, but I think your plan sounds fine. Good luck with it. :0)

    1. October 22, 2013

      Thanks so much for your comments. I have also done a bit of fasting and found it to be a rewarding spiritual experience. I am not a religious person but I am a spiritual seeker and I understand that my body is a tool to gather information about this place. My body and I are at peace – I hammer her quite a bit, however, with bad food choices, alcohol and the occasional other vice. Every now and then I like to shake things up a bit and I would like to feel a little ‘cleaner’ than I do now. Thanks for your comments and I am very glad that you reminded me of the spiritual nature of fasting. Always love your remarks. Cheers – Alyce

  3. October 22, 2013

    What I find interesting about fasting is people’s viewpoints. To one person, it’s harmful and pointless, but to another, it’s healing. I think it boils down to personal subjectivity. I think Dolly Parton is (kinda gross) a fairly vain woman if I am to be brutally honest, but she fasts because it increases her creativity and songwriting process. People fast for different reasons, you know? I appreciate that it brings a person lower to the ground- it injects humility into the soul I think, because well, we can claim great things as humans but we’re ruled by so little as a drop of water or a piece of bread in the end! Anything that could make a person give up every earthly possession just for a bit of it commands respect..heheh. I guess I’m a bit of a control freak and I like to control IT rather than the other way around. Anyway, back to my crime show! Did I read that you had a new boyfriend? If that’s the case then good for you. :0) You have moved on spectacularly. xo

  4. January 28, 2014


    Just came across your post. How did this go for you?


    1. Alyce Vayle
      January 28, 2014

      Hi there Susan – not very well I hate to say! You can read my follow up post here:

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you have better luck than me!

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