Michelle Bridges helped me get from flab to fab but now I am learning about clean eating with the help of Amanda Weekes from Daily Dose Fitness here in Sydney.
First of all, I won’t be posting the actual clean eating plan that Amanda sent me because it’s her copyright and I respect her work. I’ll be writing about my progress on the plan; observations, thoughts, and progress.
UPDATE 18 Feb 2013: I have gone vegan for ethical reasons and I’ve also had food allergy testing which diagnosed many allergies and intolerances. I have to avoid wheat, oats, gluten, almonds, lentils, peas, snowpeas, eggs, dairy, cashews and corn. I have stopped doing any exercise and eating plans while I look after my digestive systems. I had a great time on the Daily Dose Fitness plan, I gained lean muscle and changed my bodyshape. Michelle Bridges 12WBT never gave me a tight tush, and the Daily Dose plan totally did. I highly recommend it!
A vegetarian from age 8 (no eggs, no fish, no meat) I relied a lot on soy for my diet – tofu, tempeh etc – as well as lentils, nuts and seeds. About 10 years ago (in my early 20s) I had all sorts of problem with digestion, skin, fatigue so I went to an iridologist and a GP (doctor) and got tested for allergies. What came out of the tests was a big life change – I was told to eat according to my blood type to clear up all these problems.
Being blood type B I had to avoid:
- wheat (that’s a big one – it’s in soy milk, soy sauce and absolutely everything)
- nuts and seeds (except almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts)
- soy (bye bye tofu)
- corn (this then limits my gluten free options)
- full cream milk
- ice cream
All of these foods can cause fluid retention, fatigue and hypoglycemia in people with my blood type. They are believed to be treated as harmful substances in the body and may lead to symptoms such as flu, inflammation or even certain diseases. Instead, the diet calls for a varied plan that includes dairy products, fish, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Since I don’t eat meat and I couldn’t have lentils and tofu, I started eating fish and free range eggs as a way of giving my body extra protein. When I eat right for my blood type my body feels amazing. Sadly though, I have been ignoring this over the years and as a result I gained weight.
My new clean eating plan
Michelle Bridges’ plan includes a lot of pasta, tortillas and bread but I just can’t have them. Seeing them in recipes and plans just made me feel like I was missing out, like the plan wasn’t written for me but for everyone else.
Amanda’s clean eating plan suits me so much better because all the foods in the plan are on my Beneficial list for my blood type (beneficial foods are like medicine for the body and help the body heal and repair itself). Amanda’s background includes figure competitions and a major transformation (that’s her in the photo), she also coaches figure competitors here in Sydney. My goal now is to be lean, small and toned so I chose Amanda’s plan because she can certainly help me achieve all these goals.
I got my plan on Friday 28 September 2012 and I started the plan the next day after a MASSIVE shopping expedition. There’s nothing I love more than stocking the fridge and pantry with clean food! I felt like a clean eating woman on a mission.
As I’m writing this I’m three days into the plan and I feel great. The first few days I had a bit of a headache but I was detoxing so that’s expected. Today I feel wonderful and I’m really full! The food is great; meals are full of flavour and decent in size. I’m not hun
gry and I am able to go to sleep without any problems.
I’ll measure myself on Saturday and post a Week 1 wrap up post but in the meantime check out Amanda’s Daily Dose of Awesome on Facebook.