April 17, 2014

7 Day Detox Diet: GM

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Since I started my blog over four years ago, I have gained a little over fifteen pounds.

When I mention that to friends, they all chime in, “No you haven’t. You look fine. You could never tell, ” etc. etc. Yes, all the proper things you say to someone when they complain about weight.

I first wrote about my Weight Loss Roller Coaster two years ago when I encouraged hundreds to join me in the 30 Day Shred and 30 Days of Healthy Living. It was a wonderful time of accountability, and I felt great. My muscles were toned by the end of that 30 days, but instead of starting a great new habit of exercise, I stopped. Again. Yes, admittedly, it was a lack of discipline.

I’ve really pondered my weight and desire to be fit over the last year, but the question one has to ask themselves, “Do I want it bad enough?” Often, the answer is “No.”

I want to make healthy living choices. I don’t need to be thin. I don’t need to get back down to the weight I was four years ago (even though it would be glorious), but I do want to be healthy, and that means losing a bit of what I have gained, and then maintaining that within my typical up and down five pounds.

Since I am now in my 40′s (gasp), that weight is so easy to put on. I still want my favorite food of all times, french fries, in moderation and am not willing to cut out all my favorite foods. I want balance.

Now here’s where I am going to be blunt , and my excuse is that I am writing this on the third day of my cleaning out my body of any sugar, processed foods and carbs, so I am ready to mortgage my home for a good order of fries, I don’t need a bunch of book suggestions on new things I should try (because I probably have read them over the years).

Over the years, I have become very educated in nutrition, so I know exactly what and how to go about making lifestyle choices. Again, it’s those little choices for me that I make every day and I am not one to make excuses for myself. I don’t always follow through with my head knowledge, but this works so well for me and I’ve never posted about it until I have done it three times and have checked with  nutritionists. They’ve said this would never be recommended as a long term option, which I agree, but on looking at the options of adding in lots of vegetables on the banana and beef day, the rest is fine.

I’ve always end the week feeling disciplined because I’ve proven I can conquer my food, dropped weight, and actually crave healthy fruits and veggies. It’s the kick start that I need.

I pondered my journey in a past post, My Evolution to real foods, organic, junk and everything in between. Don’t miss the comments. They are a wonderful read, which highlight so many perspectives.

Since I posted pictures on instagram nearly every day, and mentioned my detox week on facebook, I’ve had many requests inquiring about the specific regiment I am doing. I share this knowing it will be met with many opinions.I call this a detox because when you eat carbs and sugar, anytime you completely cut those out of your system, you are detoxing from the bad stuff.

Know that I am not a doctor. I will not recommend this for anyone unless they check with a trained professional, and obviously, if in any way you feel uncomfortable, don’t even think about doing it. But it’s real foods every day and on the day it feels too limiting, eat lots of vegetable soup.

This system works for me because it’s limiting enough that I completely detox from sugar, processed foods and bad carbs, basically of all impurities, while giving me enough to looking forward to the next day because it’s something different. I can do anything for a day, and in this GM diet, each day is different and I can eat as much of that one thing that I desire. Know that I love my carbs and in no way am I giving them up for good. I just need to break the strong desire to consume them all day, yes holidays lead to that intense carb addiction, and once I have that broken,  slowly introduce them back into my daily diet on a good note.

I first did the GM diet plan over a year ago with about 10 friends. Half of us made it the entire way through, while the other half dropped out around day two or three. Those first three days are insanely difficult. As with any detox, your body is ridding itself of the poisons that have built up in the body, so headaches, light headedness and for some bloating can occur. (Yes, that was hard to believe since all you eat is produce those first three days.)

Know that you can make up any excuse for how horrible you are feeling. It WILL happen. You will talk yourself into stopping. I guarantee it, but if you can make it through day three, by day four, you won’t believe how much better you feel. The headaches will be gone. You will not be hungry and it’s now just mind over matter because you WILL want other foods. I highly encourage you do it with a friend that will hold you accountable. I am now trying to do this every six months and I have a friend who does it with me. It is the ONLY way I make it through. We text each other moaning and groaning about how we can’t do it, but because we know the other one is, we continue on. We also text each other if we dare cheat. The first time, I didn’t cheat at all, the last time, I cheated with something like an apple on the veggie day and a bit of chicken. :)

If you google the GM diet or GM Diet Plan you will find a ton of variations. Many claim it was first started by doctors at GM (thus the name) to provide a healthy option for their workers. I am fairly certain this is a urban myth, but considering that so many over the years did it with amazing results, I decided to give it a try. I recommend you read through many of the variations before doing it to give you a broad range of opinions.

For me, If people think,  “That’s not healthy.” I look at what I’ve eaten for days – tons and tons of produce, huge amounts of cleansing water, no processed foods, no fast food, no quantities of white carbs, and I realize it’s all real food.  I think it’s the banana day that gets people. It’s odd, but by making frozen banana smoothies, and eating as much veggie soup as you want, most get through it just fine.

Here’s a brief overview of what some sources say. If you’re interested in a  day to day account of what I ate in a future post, let me know in the comments and I can write it up specifically from my stand point.

“The GM diet is a seven-day weight loss management plan that consists mainly of selected fruits and vegetables, and strict amounts of meat. It can be a difficult diet to follow especially since it relies mainly on foods that are high in fiber and less in protein, fat and carbohydrates. At the same time however, this diet plan can be used for fast-paced weight loss regimens, with up to 10 lbs. lost after successfully completing one diet week.

The GM diet and it’s unique diet plan help your to reduce close to 10 pounds in 7 days. Reducing weight is the primary goal, additionally with reduced weight comes the added benefit of feeling good, looking good all translating to a great experience. Not only does it improve the mental state and attitude of the person following the diet course, it also help you to cleanse and detoxify your body. In fact quite a few people follow the diet once every 6 months to cleanse and detoxify primarily rather that weight loss.”

Each time I have done this, I’ve lost 8 pounds. Now granted, this will completely vary for each person based on their present weight, height etc. I also know that any time you detox, some of that is water weight, so I am always thrilled to lose eight, but know that I will gain some of that back. The key once you’ve lost is to not just jump back into your old eating habits on day 8, but continue with that balanced diet we all know is wise – lean proteins, fruits and veggies, lots of water and small portions of good carbs.

I do this when I have mentally determined I am ready to get back in shape and this is my kick start. It’s quick. I see immediate results and can really start well. The last time we did this, my accountability partner finished the week and transferred right over to counting her Weight Watcher’s points. She kept all of her eight pounds off completely.

Here is an overview of the seven days.

Continue to take any vitamin and/or mineral supplements that you taking.

Day 1:  All Fruits 

All fruits can be consumed, except bananas, which are high in starch, potassium and carbohydrates.

We are focusing on detoxification, so drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water each day is essential. You may find “dry mouth” to be an issue, so make sure you keep the fluids flowing. I took it as a good sign that my body was doing its necessary cleansing.

Get ready for this day by eating a lot of good carbs the day before such as bananas and a yummy baked potato. This will give you the necessary energy to make it through the first day. It’s also important not to consume alcohol a few days before and during the diet schedule. Alcohol blocks the natural detoxifying processes from taking place. You will also want to buy a large variety of fruits and veggies. Be prepared with easy items to grab and eat.

When I first viewed this plan, I though Day 1 would be so easy. I love fruit.  Fruits are packed with lots of water content, which helps cleanse our body. I love smoothies and assumed this would be one of my favorite days, but by evening, I was ready to quit. Since my body is so use to carbs, this first day of detoxifying led to some headaches, light headedness, and more cravings than I care to admit.

This occurs with all detoxes since you are ridding your body of all the junk. I kept pushing the water and went to bed early just to face another day.  Watery fruits such as melons, apples melons, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, peach are preferred.  Fruits that are very sweet should likewise be avoided.  Sugar tends to add up the calories.  Among the ideal fruits that can be consumed in plenty during the diet include watermelons, berries and citrus produce. It’s not recommended to drink fruit juice on this day, since it will result in high caloric intake. Still with whole fruit smoothies, where your body is benefiting from all the fiber and pulp.

If you can include at least ten minutes of exercise a day, it will help tremendously on the feelings of exhaustion you may feel the first days (of any detox.)

Day 2 – All Veggies.

Unlike Day 1 in which followers would feel a bit lightheaded due to the lack of carbohydrate intake and continuous consumption of fluids, Day 2 focuses on foods  easily digested by the gastrointestinal tract.  Start the day with a baked potato and vegetables. I savored that. I stretched it out for hours.  I stir fried tons of onions, garlic and zuchinni with just a touch of olive oil and Herbamare , then loaded it on the potato. Each bit of veggie has just a bit of potato, so I could stretch my favorite food even more.  This baked potato serves as the body’s main energy source for the day, and then it can be followed up with vegetable dishes during lunch and dinner. Salads may be dressed with vinaigrette or olive oil (just a touch), but not anything mayonnaise based. If you are really struggling with hunger, homemade vegetable soup  is recommended during this day, as it provides all the energy the body will need. (But trust me, it won’t feel that way.)

“All sorts of vegetables may be consumed on the Day 2 of the GM diet, and these range from green leafy vegetables to starchy crops. This is to boost the fiber intake of the body while regulating the sugar content from the first day’s consumption, and at the same time foster metabolic processes.”

Day 3 – Fruits and Vegetables

I was SO looking forward to adding fruits back in on day three. Again, for me, the day to day variety keeps me going.  Our body is already used to fruit and vegetable intake, so any flu like systems, will really start decreasing.  I started the day with a great fruit smoothie. If you can throw in some brocolli or spinach and still have the taste covered by the fruit, I recommend it. Remember though, no potatoes or bananas. Avoid starchy produce.

“In most cases, individuals following the diet experience slight headaches in the succeeding days as they are already allowed to consume meat. Having a variety of servings during breakfast, lunch and dinner would not only keep the stomach satiated, but at the same time content as the appetite’s cravings are regulated at lower levels.When consuming melons for breakfast, it is important to have them supplemented with two glasses of water for better digestion.Fruits and vegetables may be served the whole day, from breakfast to dinner, including midday snacks.”

Day 4 – Up to 8 Bananas and 3 glasses of milk (plus Vegetable Soup)

Banana and milk combos may be consumed all day, with vegetable soup servings during lunch and dinner. Yes, this is definitely the oddest day and seems quite boring, but by now your body is really beginning to benefit from the detox. Your cravings are minimal and believe it or not, you will not be hungry.Continue on with your intake of water. This is so important. Bananas and milk provide the potassium, calcium and sodium to your body which you have lost in last 3 days.

For people who don’t like bananas, I am not sure how you can get around it. If this is a deal breaker, then I recommend just trying the frozen banana smoothie. It’s delicious. Freeze bananas, then blend them with the milk for a nearly banana ice cream experience. If you can’t tolerate that, I would recommend another fruit and veggie day. Who can go wrong with God’s perfect foods?

Another source says, “By Day 4 the body has already garnered sufficient amounts of sweets from fruits, and at the same time fiber from vegetables. Since it already has a sustained appetite, it would no longer be responsive to the taste of bananas. Persons who have reached Day 4 would rely more on liquids, and they get their energy from milk shakes and soup. By Day 4 followers of the diet have already gone through natural detoxifying processes.” Honestly, I did not eat the soup.

Cabbage Soup recipe idea for Day 4

Ingredients:

Procedure:

Boil onion, peppers, cabbage and celery in water together with salt, pepper and herbs for flavoring. Any flavoring may be used as long as there is no fat included. Extra vegetables may be added except for beans as they add extra calories. Serve hot.

Day 5  – “Feast day” Beef and 6 tomatoes

* There are vegetarian options, but since I didn’t do that route, I can’t address that, although one friend substituted chicken for beef.

Yes, you read that correctly – beef and tomatoes, plus veggie soup, if desired. One source claims that you can eat up to 20 ounces. That’s a lot of beef. Water intake needs to be increased as the quantity of uric acid produced by the body is increased due to meat intake. Beef will provide proteins and iron which you were missing in your diet in last 4 days. Tomatoes will provide fiber and will improve your digestion system. You need to eat the six tomatoes recommended. On this day the body’s protein requirements are addressed, but not to the extent that they will be followed up with fat. Beef is used in this case as it is rich source of protein and fiber, and it does not have to be consumed in large amounts just to fulfill the cravings of one’s appetite. You will not be hungry at all, and need not eat all the beef mentioned if you don’t feel the need.

It was quite weird to start the day with a roast or plate of ground beef, but you will be so delighted to eat it. I diced up onions, garlic, tons of the required tomatoes and the ground beef and fried it up, seasoned with Herbamare and really did feast.  The last time, I made a roast the night before and started it in the crock pot so it was ready when I woke.

Day 6: Beef and vegetables.

This is also considered a feast day, since you feel like you are cheating with all the beef and vegetables one wants. It is also great to eat on this day as the body is slowly “gaining back its appetite but in a rather fructose craving mode”, thus fresh greens hits the spot. One of my favorite things to eat, which I found out on this Detox, is shredded cabbage tossed with a touch of oil and seasoning salt. Hits the spot at the crunchy craving moments. I didn’t even think I was a lover of raw cabbage until last year when I tried this.

Beverages you may consume while on the program :

  1. Water (flavored with lemon/lime if desired).
  2. Club Soda
  3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
  4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
  5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

Day 7: Fruits, Veggies and a few cups of brown rice

Congratulations. If you made it this far, you are feeling great, have lost a good amount of weight and are thinking you can actually start on a better eating plan.

We’re doing a final flushing of the system, but slowly adding in brown rice to help keep the energy and fiber contents high.

As you come off your 7 Day GM diet plan, be smart.

Just because your week is finished, do not jump right back into your old habits. You’ve worked hard to clean your system, so ease back in on Day 8. I recommend lean proteins like chicken or eggs with fruits and veggies. Then on Day 9, begin adding in additional whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat English muffin or whole wheat toast. If you jump back to junk, your body will really feel it with bloating and upset stomach.

Continue to learn from how your body is feeling, and be excited about the hard work you’ve accomplished.

Let me know if you have questions. I’ve learned so much from the three times I have done this and can do a follow up post addressing some of the questions you may have. Again, others have written up many details, but be educated as you read. Do not purchase ANYthing someone is trying to sell relating to it and know it’s about making healthy eating choices, not following some specific plan. Again, this has worked well for me, but I do not know your history, so can not make any claims for anyone else besides myself and the friends that have done it with me.

 


Comments

  1. Jennifer, thanks for all the suggestions! I’ll have to keep this in mind.

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  2. Are there any alternatives to tomatoes? I don’t like them or eat them. I don’t even eat tomato sauces….

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  3. I usually enjoy your posts but am a little disappointed that you would be sharing such a plan with your readers. I know you throw out the oneliner that you aren’t a health professional but I think that’s buried in the post. This detox isn’t based on science and may not be safe for all. It seems a bit irresponsible of you.

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    Jen Reply:

    I have three nutritionists about this actually, and while it may not be based on science per say, if you look at the overall ingredients based in the diet, and since I haven’t posted about it until I have done it three times, I stand behind it. Every day you can have unlimited vegetables and real foods. In fact, that was one of the things I was drawn to was the health of that. Most detoxes are just juice or juice wheat grass, or some other forms of very limiting foods. I am so open though to What is it that might concern you about it? I would be glad to reply to it in the post.

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  4. I find it’s much harder to lose weight in the winter because in NY state we have a lack of fresh local produce and our harsh snowy days (ahem, today) just make you want to eat total comfort foods all day. Also, when it’s that time of month or the week before, it’s also much harder to lose weight because of the cravings and moodiness. Not to mention all the holidays and family celebrations in between Halloween and Memorial Day.

    That said, I have tried the flat belly diet on and off. Again, easier to do in the warmer months. I do eat an apple a day. But sometimes it gets so old and boring. Even when I try to jazz it up with some peanut butter and Nutella. I’m not sure i can do this detox diet because all those tomatoes would aggravate my reflux. I do eat some tomatoes but only in small amounts.

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    Joy Reply:

    That should be “or Nutella” LOL

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  5. I am on something similar to this….started this morning!! It is a Veggie Soup with Lipton Chicken Noodle packets. I am craving some chocolate right now, but my daughter is doing it with me so I am remaining strong!! We are just wanting to detox our system and fruits and veggies are a good way to go!! Thanks for your suggestions!!!
    Love your site and appreciate your honesty!! :)

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  6. Best of luck with your detox! I know how important it is to work to increase your healthy body and mind and it sounds like you have it together!!! Hoping the cravings and headaches go away very quickly!!!

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  7. Sound very interesting! I can’t really see how it could harm anything, and it certainly couldn’t be worse than all the junk food I’ve been eating lately! I do think something like this would be helpful to get out of the habit of eating dessert after every meal and lots of bread. Do you experience any stomach issues with this? On the banana day are you supposed to eat bananas with milk at the same time or can you eat bananas for breakfast and milk for dinner?

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    Jen Reply:

    You don’t have to eat them at the same time, but I choose to make them into smoothies. The first time I did this, I did have some bloating and gurgling stomach issues, but as I drank more water that all went away. I think I just needed to really flush everything out.

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  8. What is your username on instagram??

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    Jen Reply:

    jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam It was just beautyandbedlam, but switched it to include my real name since I plan on eventually changing it to just that. :)

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  9. I know this is not a question that pertains to your experience, but I still thought you might know: Do you think this diet would be healthful while nursing a baby? I know you need more calories while nursing, but after this baby comes, I will be ready to lose some weight :) Thanks!

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    Jen Reply:

    Speaking from the experience of nursing all five of my sweet babies, I wouldn’t recommend it while nursing. The first few days you feel sluggish and you will need all the energy you can muster. :)

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  10. I’ve been following your posts on Instagram, and it has been a special encouragement to me for this reason: Our home church challenged everyone while my husband and I were visiting to participate in a 21 day fast to get more in rhythm with God. It began about the same time your detox did. My husband and I were already counting calories, and I can’t physically do a total fast, so we decided to do the Daniel Fast. Which is like going vegan, but taking it to a while other level, especially since we are meat and sweets lovers. It has been difficult at times this past week, but it’s also been fun finding recipes that make it a little more bearable. My selfishness also took a hit when I realized I’d have to sacrifice Superbowl and Valentine’s Day foods and recipes. It has been totally worth it to seek God in this transitional time in our lives (my husband is an out of work youth pastor), despite all the struggles, emotions, and attacks from Satan. I’m looking forward to seeing what He does in the next two weeks!

    I wrote all that to say “keep it up”! If I, who can hardly stand meatless meals, can do a Daniel Fast for 21 days, you can definitely follow through too. I’m right there with you with not being willing to sacrifice certain foods entirely. Here’s to healthier lives: physically and spiritually!

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  11. This sounds like something I would like to try. I think having something different every day will help me keep going for the 7 days. I have a question, can you eat potatoes on day 6 and 7? Thanks so much for sharing. Hopefully I lose the weight I gained during the holidays.

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  12. I’d like to know what you ate daily. I”m very interested.

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  13. I did the 30 Day Shred for one month (yeah!) in 2010. I lost 9 pounds in 30 days. I slowly lost more weight..but did not keep up with exercise, partly due to health problems. Long story short, I’ve gained 15 pounds since JUNE!!! I want to say “Jen, it took you 4 years..I got pudgy WAY faster than you!! Don’t feel bad..” But that makes it about me, more than you. I wish you well on what works for YOU. I am one of those people who SWEAR that eating breakfast makes me gain weight, when everyone says it’s the best thing to do. All it does is make me MORE hungry throughout the day, protein or not!! Thanks for sharing what works for you…and ENCOURAGING others. You are loved! -ann

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  14. I’m going to ask my Dr. about this and see if she thinks it would be too hard on my diseased liver. I’ve done the liver cleansing diet and it was hard, but worth it. I just can’t afford all of the supplements that you have to take to make it work right now – it was about $200 a month. I like the fruits and veggies idea much more – but I’d have trouble on tomato day since they are one of my worst migraine triggers! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and all the information Jen!

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    Jen Reply:

    yes, definitely ask your doctor because she may say “Absolutely not. ;)”

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  15. Melissa P says:

    Are there alternatives to tomatoes? Maybe anther meat and veggies day?

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  16. I just started the detox this morning, and I got to admit I’m struggling. I have been eating fruit since I woke up and I keep having an empty stomach feeling. I’m looking forward to the mix veggies and fruit day, but only if I can use seasoning. Can I use organic seasonings like garlic, oregano, parsley, curry, etc? I’m also trying to decrease the amount of salt in my system, so I wont be adding it to the soup, but can I add the spices listed above?

    Thanks!

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, I guarantee you that you will feel lousy by the end of the day and weak. So sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but stick with it, by day four, you’ll feel SO much better.

    Yes, use the seasonings. I had a herbal type of seasoning salt that I used to help. For veggie day I sauteed a ton of garlic and onions, it really made things tastier. Keep drinking water. You’ll get dry mouth even with how much you drink. I had a friend just finish and she emailed me that she had lost 7-8 by day 7. :)

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    Jen Reply:

    How are you feeling? Did you make it through the first day. These first two are the absolute hardest.

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  17. Missy White says:

    I am on this diet and doing pretty good, but I don’t like cabbage or rice. Any suggestions? I made some soup with tomatoes, zucchini, green onions, and a few carrots. One website said you could use any veggies in the soup. I am at the beginning of day 5 and have lost only four lbs. I have only been able to drink about half of the recommendation amt of water though. I will probably be like you and repeat the diet a few times a year if not more.

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    Jen Reply:

    Congrats on making it this far. Those first few days are the toughest. If you don’t like rice, you could maybe add in some legumes on day 6. Also, if you still want to lose more, what I did after this was go right into the 17 day diet that I posted about. It felt like a complete breeze after this and that is where the pounds really started dropping, plus it introduced me to a lifestyle change that I could do. Now, to be honestly, I have been off the wagon for about two months now and have had no balance with my carbs, but even with that, I only put back on five of the 15 I lost. I need to get back to it though and monitor again.

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  18. I am day 5 its been a breeze until this 6 tomatoe deal. What can i sub pleaseeeee?

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    Jen Reply:

    Congrats on making it this far. Ok, I do not like all those tomatoes either, but what I did was make a salsa. I love onions, so did add a little onion, pureed the tomatoes and then added the beef so it was almost like a taco and I ended up loving that. ;)

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  19. yoshi creer says:

    I cant wait to start this detox tomorrow….I got everything I need to be successful…thanks Jen, Ive heard so many good things about it!!

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    Jen Reply:

    OH, you can do it, but trust me, the first few days are KILLER!! Lots of people quite after day 2-3. If you can make it past that, you are home free. Then go into the 17 day diet that I wrote about and it’s a breeze. You feel like you can eat a ton and it’s such a variety of healthy foods.

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  20. Iman Tarig says:

    I am on day two of this diet, but I am concerned about gaining back all the weight I lose. I don’t want to waste my time losing weight that will jump back on. Should I continue or not? Do you have any tips for maintaining the weight loss? What have you experiences been with maintaining your weight loss? Thanks

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, these next two days are the days that get hard and I understand your concern. When I was done, I was completely free of my carb addition which was huge. I then jumped into this http://beautyandbedlam.com/17-day-diet-ideas/. It felt like I could eat SO much after the seven days. It’s basically unlimited lean proteins, two eggs, some fruit and unlimited veggies. I lost 15 and have kept 13 off after six months. If you go right back to loading on the carbs and sugar, then you will gain some of it back but not all. I know it’s hard these next few days but if you can get through it, it’s worth it.

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  21. It helps reducing weight tooo….;)

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  22. Cindy Parsley says:

    I have to say that I had a friend who told me about this diet and told me to research it well before I started, because what most people don’t realize is that a detox takes all kinds of preparation, mental and physical!! I found your website to be a savior!! Day one was hard….very hard, actually words cannot describe the level of hardness that it was. But I soooo looked forward to that baked potato on day two and I did exactly what you did….I sauteed onion, garlic, peppers, and mushroom, in a HUMUNGO pan ( no penalty for made up words I hope) and then poured them over my little potato and feasted on it all day. I think it’s the tastiest a baked potato has ever been to me. And honestly, day three was harder than day 2. I love fruits and veggies but why do bananas and potatoes have to be the little rascals that they are? I also followed your advice on the banana smoothie! Oh my!! So wonderfully delicious it felt like I was having a milkshake! Way to think outside the box! I see the “up to 8 bananas and 3 glasses of milk” and it never occurs to me, hey, why not combine them? Then you come along and suggest smoothies and I think, “she must be a genius!” :) I am completely convinced that this blog is the only reason I have been able to do this! And on my beef and tomato day I am making chili…minus the beans of course! Thank you so much for this blog! Love your ingenuity!

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  23. You are recommending limiting calories to such an odd extent that anyone who does this disastrous plan, will be starving. Look into 811 raw veganism, or FreeLee the banana girls raw till 4 program if you would like to eat UNLIMITED amounts and get to your perfect weight, healthy as possible. The only thing this woman has right is eating some vegetables, bananas, and water; her quantities are totally harmful and will absolutely leave you starving and sick. Beef is not healthy, salty soup is not healthy, salt is not healthy. This woman is the farthest thing from someone qualified to give nutrition advice.

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    Jen Reply:

    This definitely isn’t something I recommend for a long period of time, but if you look at unlimited veggies and fruit for three days as dangerous, I am fine with that. In fact, my calorie intake is not limited. In this plan, you are free to eat as much as you want on many of those days.

    My goal was to break the carb addition and this works. It’s not a long term eating plan nor do I recommend it to anyone for that. When I make the vegetable soup, I don’t add in salt. It’s everyone’s choice how they want to season theirs. I use natural herbs.
    It seems you lean towards veganism and therefore wouldn’t believe in eating meat, but for those of us who have no problem with it, two days of meat is not dangerous.

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  24. Andrea Reyes says:

    I tried and followed everything and lost 8lbs..you are right on telling about two days of truly sacrifice days..drinking water is the solution of cravings and once you are done,you will really love the result..thank you for sharing and God Bless…

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  25. Hi I am planning on starting this week. But two quick questions, how much rice for the last day of the detox? Also i had three drinks yesterday, should I wait a few days to start? I saw your note about not consuming alcohol for a few days since it can block the natural detoxifying process. I want to be sure i get all the good chances of shedding more pounds! Thanks for all the info and support you post!

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    Jen Reply:

    You might want to wait a day or two and just drink a lot of water to flush out. On that last day, I’d say about a cup of brown rice. People have been asking me what to do after this week. After I was done with the week, I went into my 17 Day Diet phase, which felt like a DREAM compared to the detox week. It was so easy and by then the weight was coming off. It’s basically all you can eat veggies, chicken breast, fish, (which I don’t really eat), turkey breast and two pieces of fruit and two eggs in the morning. I wasn’t hungry at all and it really made a difference.

    Good luck. The first few days ARE HARD!! STick with it. (Honestly, without a friend helping, I gave up on day two. Then got her to do it with me and we made it again.)

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  26. Jen, thank you, but I started yesterday! LOL I made a huge fruit salad loaded with pineapple, kiwi, strawberries and blueberries, had some watermelon & cantalope and drank TONS of water! I roasted a bunch of veggies and ate some of those on top of my baked tater! OMG it was heavenly this morning!! Made the soup too. I feel pretty good on day 2, pushing the water and doing some exercise. I’m definetely a veggie girl so Im lovin today! I think your blog is AWESOME! your suggestions and comments are wonderful. Thank you so much!! Im going to look into that 17 day diet you mentioned too. I do Weight Watchers so Ill see how it differs. Thanks again for all the support! You rock! :)

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  27. Thanks for sharing. This is my day 4 and I agreed that the first 2 days were tough. I did it all by myself. I wanted to give up on day 2 but When I weighed and saw my weight has drop 1kg, I decided to continue.

    I am hoping for 5kg by day 7. Cheerios !

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  28. Can you eat Avocados? Is pure Stevia okay to use?

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    Jen Reply:

    Unfortunately, as yummy as avocados are, they are carbs that you need to avoid during this time. If you can stay away from stevia, it’s recommended but if it helps you get through a hump, just limit it. sugar. For coffee, if you can’t go black, I would just use a tiny bit of it

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  29. Could someone please tell me if it is normal to gain weight on the second day. I lost on my first day but gained on my veggie day. I don’t want to be disappointed at the end of this and not loose at least 5kg as I really need to loose this weight.

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    Jen Reply:

    I would just make sure you are drinking all the water recommended do it flushes your system. Right now, it’s just the water weight being lost by day four is when it’s true fat.

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  30. Hi…i dnt lke soup…dnt wanna 2 ve it…but strictly adhere 2 othrs…wil it make any difference?

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    Jen Reply:

    No, you don’t have to eat the soup. It’s optional. Just make sure that you are drinking all the water. You can’t have carrots and corn on veggie day because they are starches. Stick to more green veggies.

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    Diya Reply:

    @Jen, Thzz u…

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  31. can i ve carrots/corn in vegetabls day..? Wat abt cooked dal ?

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  32. Can i ve boiled egg white on day 6/ 7…? Can v ve sprouts/ cooked toor dal..?

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  33. Thank you so much for the summary of your experience. I’m motivated to do this as well, and just started Day 1 with fruit. Unfortunately, I had coffee w/ splenda and a bit of half-n-half. Hopefully, that does not derail my efforts for the week.

    Diya — Want to buddy up for this?? I’m Indian too and would like to eat Indian / vegetarian food if possible. Big difference is, I love soup and can’t wait till I can have that.

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  34. I had started with this diet program, but gave up at the end of day 1 with 2 chapatis, Do you think its a good idea to continue day 2, Basically 1st day i could not keep up coz i dont really like fruits…..

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    Jen Reply:

    There may be another detox that would work better for you. Day 2 is all veggies and day 2/3 are fruit and veggies.

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  35. This diet helped me lose up to 5kgs in my first week itself and i became much more active after this..thanks…

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  36. Hi everyone! I’m on day 1, thought I would love just eating fruit but not so much. I was wondering if I can have the soup all week or only certain days? I would kill for a bowl of hot soup (it’s freezing here in michigan). Any responses would be great! Thank you and good luck to everyone :)

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, you can make up the soup and have that all week. :) Best of luck. The first days are the worst!

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  37. hi! My co-worker and I are planning on doing this the beginning of the year…a few questions, the other days where you have veggies can you do potato, or just the one day when it is only veggies?
    also, I’ve read many other variations and the only things they say no to on the strict days are Banana’s and potato. You are the only one I’ve see about no carrots or corn. I Understand corn, but no carrots?
    let me know!
    thanks

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    Jen Reply:

    Unfortunately, just the one day because potatoes are pure carb. Corn is also a starch and would be the same as potatoes. Honestly, as far as the carrots are concerned, if that will be the difference in helping someone make it through the veggie day, go for it. I am just suggesting what I’ve done and what works best, but any kind of better health choices is the goal. :)

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  38. Aaron D'cruz says:

    Hi this is aaron from bangalore india. and im doing the gm diet its been my second day of the course. on the first day i consumed 10 glasses of water and ate a medium sized papaya and two apples and watermelon. today is my II day and i made a cabbage, raddish, onion and tomato salad and ate that for breakfast and lunch and im probably going to have the same for dinner too so i just want to know if anyone can tell me whether i can eat one egg without the yolk or with the yolk everyday. coz im feeling pretty weak. please can anyone help me out pls pls pls…

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    Jen Reply:

    If you follow the method exactly, it doesn’t call for eggs, but on my third time through, I added one egg without yoke in the morning. Eggs are great protein and that should help if you think it’s the difference between quitting or not.

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  39. I’m on day 2, not feeling any difficulty. Just scared for day 5 and the tomatoes. URGH!
    Love your site btw :)

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  40. oh I know, what about lemons in water? Grapefruit okay too?

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    Jen Reply:

    yes, they are :)

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  41. sallt al kattan says:

    I stared this program this week now I am in the second day and I fell good :)

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  42. sally al kattan says:

    :)

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  43. Can we eat salt during the day we are allowed to eat veggies? I feel really low without salt so I was wondering

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, but keep it very low quantity or if you have seasoning/herbs that would be better.

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  44. Can we also use lemon, oregano and olive oil to season?

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, absolutely. All healthy, great choices that make a difference .

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  45. I HATE bananas. Even the smell of it makes me gag. What is the BEST substitute for bananas? Thanks!

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  46. Hi Jen,

    Many thanks for your review. Quick questions, on day 5, beside tomato, can I eat other vegetable? Like onion and garlic? Do you think it is OK if I use seasoning powder Knorr in my cooking? Can I use any oil at all, since you will need oil in sauté dishes?

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, with tomatoes, onion, garlic and seasonings are fine. I used a very tiny bit of either olive oil/garlic to saute. I don’t know what is all in Knorr but if it’s a basic seasoning, I am sure it’s fine with moderation if high in sodium.

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  47. Hi – Are tomatoes off-limits until Day 4 or can you eat them throughout veggie-related days? Salsa on the baked potato?

    Thanks!

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    Jen Reply:

    Veggies are fine for veggie days.

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  48. I started the GM diet yesterday and ate fruits all day but in the evening I had 5 tea spoons of baked beans and 1 biscuit because I hadn’t made soup. So will this make a big difference to my diet? I’m getting through day 2 successfully I think.

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    Jen Reply:

    Unfortunately, it may because baked beans and biscuits are carbs. The key to this is to avoid any carbs and just stick to the raw foods, but trust me, even with that I am sure you are doing great.

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  49. Hey hey!
    I love this.
    I have a question though. I workout regularly, specifically weight lifting. I want to use this diet as a cleanse and I was just wondering if this will make me lose muscle?
    How much of the lost weight is actually fat?

    Also, could you please link the 17-day diet. Thank you <3

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    Jen Reply:

    if you are wanting to do it to break any carb/sugar issues, I would do the 17 day diet. It’s basically whole foods and you can eat as much of the approved items as you want. I wrote about it here http://beautyandbedlam.com/17-day-diet-plan/ and then a follow up with ideas here
    http://beautyandbedlam.com/17-day-diet-ideas/ You aren’t going to lose muscle from either, but if you are already routinely working out and in good share, the 17 day diet will allow you to really eat the protein which you’ll need to keep up with the workout.

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  50. Hi!! I am doing this diet right now, today is the bananas day.i started it because i wanted to eat better than i was. but i don’t understand what is good in eating only bananas on a day..? and why eat only tomatoes and beef on e day? is it realy a good thing or, if i eat more vegies and fruits with my original menu, and eat less sugar and slat, wont it work?

    (sorry, my english is very bad, hope you understand what i’m saying)
    Jessica.

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    Jen Reply:

    Honestly, it’s about making good, healthy choices, so for one day, eating bananas is fine, but it would not be something long term. If you just eat veggies, fruit and less sugar, yes, it will work as well since that is a healthy lifestyle, but maybe in a different time frame.

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