OK, girls, here we go. I’m so excited that you’re joining me.
I thought it best to start today so that you can have one of those heart-to-heart conversations with yourself (I had mine some time ago) to prepare for the launch into our regime.
As our doctor says, the secret to losing weight is “the decision and apples.” I prefer, particularly in the summer, to replace apples with nectarines, peaches, melon, cherries(!), apricots, etc. However, when it comes to the decision that’s another story entirely.
My thought was that you might like to prepare over the weekend and start on Monday — eat your mousse au chocolat now. . .
You may need to do some shopping as well, so that you’ll be ready.
First, if you don’t already own one of those LCD food scales now is the time to buy one. They are not expensive and you’ll use it for the rest of your life for all sorts of recipes. For the moment you’ll be weighing bread, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and so forth until your eye becomes accustomed to sizes. I use mine all the time.
Next your shopping list, just for fun, I’ll do it in French:
1.) Féculents (legumes) —pâtes, riz, semoule (semolina, I didn’t know the word in English), pommes de terre, lentils, feves, haricots sec, flageolets, pain (not white bread), etc.*
2.) Fruits — all sorts, everything you can imagine. The only thing that changes is the quantity. We’ll get to that later. The fruits to be measured at 100 grams, which is the smallest amount, include: banana, raisin (grapes, not raisins), cerises, figues.
2.) Legumes (vegetables) — again, anything you can imagine. The suggestion is to augment or reduce the portion by 50 grams, depending upon one’s appetite. As those of us who are professionals in the regime game well know, peas, carrots, beets and corn are the most calorific within the veg category.
3.) Protéines — meat, fish, eggs. . .you know the drill.
4.) Produits de laitiers — yaourt, lait (as in café au lait for example, which I love in the morning), fromage (particularly hard cheeses), beurre (even salted butter, which is my favorite).
5.) Eau — one to one-and-a-half litres per day. If you like bubbly waters, as I do, they’re fine too. Check the label to verify they don’t contain an excess of salt.
Now, please remember when I start getting more specific that the details are for my needs after an examination of my blood test. Still, the basics should apply to all of us I would imagine.
If I desire a mid-afternoon snack, for example, I am supposed to choose a plain yogurt and a piece of toast, not a fruit (unfortunately). For now all my fruit consumption is supposed to be after meals so that it is digested with the entire meal. The theory is this will help reduce my triglycerides.
*If doing this in French is annoying for you, I’ll translate. Let me know.
A demain for more practical information. I’m assuming you will have dealt with the psychological questions. Decisions, decisions, decisions. . .