My extreme 3 day diet plan: day 2 FAIL

Kids, I have failed. I thought long and hard about what I would write today. I was tossing up whether to be honest about the second day of my crazy eating plan or to just come clean. In truth, I wouldn’t feel right if I blogged and lied at the same time, so I have decided to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Here goes.

I had every intention of following this healthy eating plan I devised yesterday. Here is my original post, if you’d like to revisit it. I decided that I wanted to eat more healthily and this is what I planned out:

Here was 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

As you can see (and as some of you commented) that my plan was not really very extreme and indeed it was not. There was one major problem with it though – the cost.

I know, I know. I am worth paying the price for organic food but when I added up all the things I would need to buy to eat for a couple of days, I thought, “Bugger this!” and decided to eat my regular, unhealthy dinner.

Organic chicken? Blueberries? Eggs that you only eat the albumen of? Pfft! A waste of time and money.

So (and I hate to admit this) I have had:

  • A sausage and egg McMuffin for breakfast (380 calories)
  • Subway chicken strips on wheat bread for lunch (283 calories)
  • Miso soup and some ham slices for a snack (130 calories)
  • And I will probably have Steggles chicken Kiev again for dinner with some potatoes
this is steggles chicken kiev
this is Steggles chicken kiev

I know you are worried for my health, ashamed at my food choices and concerned for my wellbeing. Perhaps you think me mad or cranially cracked? Either way – I have been honest here and I will again point out that I think I know what I am doing. I used to waste lots of time creating healthy vegan eating plans and the like. But no more. Too often we tag food as ‘healthy’ when it is not (smoothies and muffins, I’m looking at you) and ‘unhealthy’ when they can be made healthier (burgers, pizza, white bread and potatoes… I still love you even if others have forgone you.)

To expand on this idea, I will plan a post for day three which goes over some food myths.

Which ‘healthy’ foods do you think are unhealthy? Please let me know!

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  1. October 23, 2013

    Hi, thank you for sharing and your honesty. The extreme diet you are describing (poached chicken, spinach, lemon, herbs) sounds terrible and bland. I know for sure I couldn’t do it. And I love your idea of making foods that you already enjoy- healthy. I, too, love potatoes (that’s Russian in me) but don’t eat them more than once a week. I also taught myself how to love greens- I load my salad with all kinds of great stuff- goat cheese, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, red onion, artichokes, etc. then the salad tastes like a meal 🙂 Good luck and see you on WordPress soon!

    1. October 28, 2013

      thanks for your comment, finer.

      I am not a nutritionist, and I should mention that The Boyf has accreditation in this area and is really perturbed by my food choices. However, I really feel that I know what I am doing as I have spent so much time researching this area. There is so much confusion out there and my latest dieting discovery is the Art of Moderation. I really have come to believe that we can eat anything – so long as it’s in appropriate amounts. No need to eat bland, boring food. Thanks for your comment!

      –Alyce

  2. October 24, 2013

    Hi Alyce,

    A few thoughts for you. Anytime I think of the word “diet,” I think of deprivation. If you try to think of it as a healthy eating lifestyle, it might help.

    Also, perhaps making a few changes at a time might be easier. For example, if you McDonald’s is your downfall, try eating there only once a week instead of never. With small changes, you would have a better chance of success. If you can celebrate success, you may be more likely to eat other healthy things.

    Anytime I’ve tried a ‘diet’ I ended up with a lot of food cravings, even if the diet provided enough calories, the thought that I couldn’t have a food, made me want it all the more.

    Good luck!

    Nancy
    P.S. Oops, I didn’t answer your question about healthy foods that aren’t really healthy. 🙂

    1. October 28, 2013

      thanks again for your comment, Nancy! I agree that it’s a really good technique to not knock things out completely, but to have a little bit only of what we want, rather than denying ourselves totally. As a child I was taught to deny myself “junk food” but to “eat as much as I liked” of “healthy food” – two pieces of advice which have not served me well. Eating junk food is not the problem, it’s learning to identify what your body needs at any given time (often our bodies do call out for salt, sugar and fat) and to then eat it in appropriate amounts. Thanks for your comments on cravings too – this is another area that often diet plans don’t discuss. Hope you have a great week!

      —Alyce

  3. February 11, 2014

    Thanks for sharing and good luck sticking to the plan next time.

    1. February 12, 2014

      Hi Dan – Thanks for your comment. I definitely admit that my staying power with torturous diets is declining! Thanks for your comment and have a great day.

      –Love, Alyce

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