ATB BB Series 6: OMG! There is "Nothing" left to eat!
From my own 4 & 1/2 month experience, I can tell you that there is plenty left to eat. Having said that, I do understand that not everyone may be convinced to give up grains, which is okay. Grains are quite addictive, and besides I leave it to your wisdom to decide what is best for you.
In its simplest form, when implementing this diet - just remove the grains & dals from your diet and replace it with bigger portions or a little more of the rest - meat, veggies, nuts, butter & cheese.
2 eggs + cheese.
I eat them in various preparations, depending on my mood. Scrambled with lots of onion, tomatoes, capsicum, chillies, cheese & garlic. Or else as a veggie + cheese omlette. Sometimes sunny side up. Boiled and mixed with mayo, cheese & veggies. There are honestly endless ways to prepare eggs. Also I eat the "whole" egg - white & yellow!
1 big glass of full fat milk
I generally have this when I'm in a hurry and don't have time to eat eggs. I make a cold coffee out of this with some almonds & of, course, coffee.
A heavy breakfast as you saw above, generally keeps me full till lunch - which is around 12 noon.
Grilled Chicken / Fish along with veggies sauteed in butter + I also eat a bowl of sabzi cooked the Indian way: Gobi peas, carrots, capsicum, palak-paneer, methi malai or sometimes a small bowl of rajma or chole. All vegetables & mushrooms are fine - except potatoes, beet & sweet potatoes. Depending on my mood I also eat curd at times or a glass of buttermilk. Eat natural, unsweetened curd & buttermilk. Don't eat the flavoured, full of sugars & preservatives wala curd. You can also eat a bowl of salad at this point with the meat.
You can cook the meat in any way you like. I prefer grilled as it is dry & easy to carry to office.
If I haven't had cold coffee in the morning I generally have it at this point.
Or else I eat nuts: cashews, peanuts & almonds that I roast in ghee. You can eat walnuts, hazelnuts, pistas as well.
Or I have some grilled paneer / raw paneer
Or some sabzi + bowl of curd.
Or I make a bhel out of peanuts as base, to this I add onions, tomatoes, chillies, corriander, butter, salt, shredded cheese & mayo.
Or else I have tomato / veggie / spinach soup that I make at home with tomatoes, onions, garlic & carrots. You will get the recipe easily online. Just don't thicken it with corn-flour. I add cream to it, before eating.
Once in fortnight I eat onion or gobi or paneer pakodas that I make using only besan - no corn flour or anything else. I just coat the veggies or paneer with a very thin layer just for crunch. Sometimes I substitute the besan with an egg coating instead. It works just as well.
Chicken cooked with veggies. This meal is similar to lunch.
2 pieces of dark chocolate - at least 70%. Please don't eat Bournville, it is full of sugar. Get Lindt. They have 70, 80 & 90% as well. You can eat this everyday, but I'm not very fond of chocolate so I generally eat this once a week.
Once a week - I eat Strawberries with Cream.
I cut up 4-5 ripe stawberries & add cream (malai - you get this easy in market. It is mostly 25% fat, but if you get a higher one, purchase that) generously. I honestly love this desert & look forward to it as my weekly treat!
- To all my meals I add a spoonful of butter or cream from top. Sometimes two :-)
- You can basically eat anything & everything except grains (wheat, corn, rice, maize, bajra, oats, jowar, millets, maida, suji, poha, upma, baby corn) pulses, sugar in all forms (table sugar, raw sugar - gurd, honey, sugarcane juice, brown sugar, fructose, maltose, glucose, sucrose, starch) potatoes, beets & sweet potatoes. So modify your recipes accordingly and you can still eat what you like.
- There is no portion control, you eat till you are full. You don't have to count number of eggs or chicken pieces. I am not very fond of meat other than chicken, and in fish I eat only White Basa, nothing else. I don't like prawns, crabs & the works. But you can eat all of that on the diet. I don't coz I no like.
- Drink lots of water & don't forget to take your supplements (Supryadyne, Celin & Evion). Drink all the tea & coffee you want - but without sugar.
- Don’t worry about eating high-quality monounsaturated and naturally saturated fats as long as you follow the plan guideline with regard to grain intake. Most of the problems associated with “dieting”—dry skin, brittle nails, dull hair, hair loss, the development of gallstones, menstrual irregularities, susceptibility to colds and other infections—occur because the fat content of the diet is too low. Fat intake is self-regulating. By that I mean that people have a built-in“off” switch for fat consumption. Few people would sit and eat a stick of butter, consume lard by the spoonful, or swig olive oil by the cup. Without carbohydrate to wrap the fat around, it’s not very appealing. When you don’t eat chips, french fries, baked potatoes, doughnuts, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, and chocolate, you avoid a huge amount of incoming fat, even when you get a moderate amount in lean meats & eggs
- I do go out for lunch & dinner very often & this diet is very easy to follow there as well. More about it in another post.