Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hormone Diet Update

I kept wanting to post updates all last week about how things were going with The Hormone Diet, but just didn’t have time. As the week wore on, I also came to the conclusion that I need to go back and re-read that chapters on diet. I thought I would do ok with the lists in the book, and the tracker that you can print from the site, but I found myself feeling confused.

According to the list & tracker, I can only have one serving of whole grains or sweet potato per day. I can have one serving of dairy (i.e. plain yogurt). I am supposed to have protein with every meal & snack. I can have one serving of beans per day.

May sound fairly straight forward but, since I prefer to have most of my protein come from vegetarian sources, I like to have beans/legumes and a whole grain for lunch. That means that I can’t have sweet potato or another serving of whole grain for supper? Or since I’m counting that as my protein (beans+whole grain = complete protein) is that ok?

She is also big on protein smoothies, made with whey isolate protein and berries for breakfast. I’m not big on smoothies and I don’t really want to go out and buy a protein powder at this point (not saying I never will, but I think it should be entirely possible to eat a healthy diet without protein powder). If I can have a smoothie with whey protein and berries for breakfast, why could I not have yogurt & berries for breakfast?

Possibly I am over-thinking.

So I’m feeling the need to go back and review, to make sure I’m understanding correctly and also to hopefully understand the reasoning behind these rules.

As for sticking to the rules, I definitely wasn’t 100% last week, but I knew I wouldn’t be. I am on a ‘use up what we have in the kitchen’ kick, which means some foods that are not on plan. I tried to stay on plan for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack and didn’t worry about it too much for dinner. I did add up my calories the first couple of days and I was coming in around 12—0 1300 calories.

By Wednesday I really wanted a cookie. On Thursday I had one.

This week….Well, it’s only Tuesday and already it is one of those weeks where nothing is going according to plan. Actually, I guess that started on the weekend. Just lots going on. Hoping things will slow down and get back to normal tomorrow.

For now, gotta run!


the Bag Lady said...

Already sounds like a diet I wouldn't be able to stick to. Too confusing. I'm just a simple girl at heart.

Haley-O (Cheaty) said...

Go girl! This sounds like a hard diet.... And I've always found whey icky (probably because I don't eat dairy). Good luck! You know I'm with you!!

JavaChick said...

Bag Lady - I admit to already thinking this diet is not for me. I wanted it to work as my in-laws seem to be having great success with it, but it just does not seem like something I can see myself sticking too. However, at this point I am also wondering if I've given it a fair try.

Haley - Thanks for the support! Much appreciated. :)

Ms. Bellie said...

It DOES sounds like a hard diet, but its not about not having the cookie, its about eating small, equilibrated & healthy lunches 2 to 3 times a day. No eating in-between!!!

A got a few tips by mail by the FHC, free health community. They keep on adding new stuff every month.. go see the site here:

I didn't try eDiets, but it sure looks interesting. If you do, please post back a feedback, i'll come back & read a gain girl!

Keep it up.

Sagan said...

Any way that you could contact the author to pick their brain?

Hope that it's going well for you!

Lately I've been reverting back to my old way of eating... which means 2 or 3 bowls of oatmeal a day. It sounds like a lot, but for my body, it works. I think I eat more carbs than people are "supposed" to, but I FEEL much better with it. And I think that's the important thing: to experiment with the Hormone Diet to see how well you can follow it and how it makes you feel, and then to make the necessary changes from there to create your own eating plan :)