The Maker's Diet Challenge: Phase 1 - Week 1
Detox & Stabilize
"Phase one of the Maker's Diet is designed to stabilize insulin and blood sugar, reduce inflammation, reduce infection, enhance digestion, and help balance the hormones in your body. This should help you better manage your weight in a healthy manner and significantly improve your overall health." - Jordan S. Rubin, Author
The 40-Day Maker's Diet plan is divided into three phases, two weeks per phase. Because this is a major detox and restabilizing phase, the foods I can enjoy are limited and narrowed down to the choices that I particularly like out of the list. If you decide to get the book, there are other foods you might enjoy more that are listed that I, myself, didn't highlight. Some that I didn't get to try include lamb and beef (except Trader Joe's grass-fed beef stick). But, for those of us that are not expert chefs and live productive lives, I'm going to share with you some simple and easy-to-make recipes that have supported me this week.
* Organic Brown Eggs
* Organic Sugar Plum Grape Tomatoes
* Turkey Bacon
* Goat's Milk Gouda
* Organic Bell Peppers
I made this Frittata in the Copper Chef's pot and the dish literally lasted me for four days of breakfast. I enjoyed this meal with the Double Roasted Salsa from Trader Joe's. I basically bought all my ingredients from Trader Joe's, but the eggs were from Stator Bros. I got the Copper Chef's pot from Bed Bath & Beyond, which I've been using for all my cooked meals lately, and it came with a mini recipe book of quick and easy-to-make dishes. It had the Frittata in there and all I did was replace certain ingredients with the ones I could eat from the Maker's Diet using Irish Butter (grass-fed) and some extra virgin coconut oil- the only two kinds of cooking bases I can use, other than the extra virgin olive oil.
For this phase, I get to enjoy certain fruits to snack on like grapefruit, lemon, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries to name a few...
This bowl of fruit is so refreshing and I feel really good after eating this...way better than the starchy feeling I get from candy and it is actually pretty filling. This is a delight from nature itself.
* White Tuna
* Organic Mayo
* Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes
As you can see, I laid out three leaves of romaine lettuce, mixed up the tuna with the rest of the ingredients in a measuring cup, seasoning it with a sprinkle of sea salt, black pepper, and some garlic. Then used a spoon to line them up down each leaf. I ate this like a taquito wrap and it was simply delicious.
To balance my hunger I stayed hydrated with water and if I started getting hungry before meal time, I made this snack bowl. Again, all from Trader Joe's.
*Cherry Medley Tomatoes
This one's pretty basic. I sauteed the alaskan salmon and asparagus with a tablespoon of Irish Butter (Grass-fed) from Stator Bros. with traditional seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic). I let it sit in the Copper Chef pot with the lid closed to marinate seasonings as it cooked and once it was done, I squeezed some organic lemon juice over the salmon and ate it with a side of cherry tomatoes.
I'm not gonna lie, I had some side effects adjusting to this new diet, which was also warned in the book... I had some major mood swings the first few days, some headaches, and slight fatigue. It's like resetting my body to back when I didn't eat candy, smoke, or drink alcohol. But when I'm up, I feel energized, focused, and ready to take on the day. Following through will definitely be worth it, so I'm just gonna let my body do it's thing to detox and restabilize.
CELEBRATING A WEEK ACCOMPLISHED
Today starts day one of Phase Two and this week, I've decided to juice for two meals and eat one protein based meal per day, ideally, a big breakfast and raw juice concoctions that I can play with for lunch and dinner. The Maker's Diet suggests fasting one day out of the week and mine happened to be day one of Phase One, by default. I only had dinner on day one of phase one. But this is how this week is going...
I had a little over 8oz. of sweet carrot juice this morning for breakfast with strawberries and celery. Super yummy...
Now, you're probably thinking, are these dishes legal for this cancer curing diet? Yes and no. The meal on the left is the kid's meal, obvi, and the one on the right is mine. I ordered this pesto Tilapia dish with a side of brussel sprouts and sweet potato fries, and hibiscus tea. Like I said, I'm celebrating. In good faith, I think I'll live and live happily well. But remember, this phase is meant to be a carb-free week, but I quote that Jordan R. Rubin, Biblical Health Coach and author of The Maker's Diet states that depending on your level of health and goals, he recommends that everyone goes through Phase One for at least three days, and I did it for a straight seven, so, like I said, I'll live and live well. I don't recommend doing this everyday - the sneak a carb in thing. I believe with discipline, diligence, and timely celebration, we can have the results we want.
Reference: The Maker's Diet by Jordan S. Rubin
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Let me know what you think, comment below and see you next week!