Some things have come up in our lives. In January my husband's job gave everyone a 20% pay cut. We were grateful that he still had a job so we didn't worry about it too much. Thanks to following the Dave Ramsey plan we don't have any debt (except our mortgage) so while it was scary, we have been surviving. We thought that his pay might come back this month but it is not looking that way. I decided to do more to economize because at this point we are not spending beyond our means but we are also not saving any money. The best place to save money is the food budget. I try my best to clip coupons and stay really organized with the food budget but it can be an overwhelming task. There is a service out there called Emeals. For five dollars a month they will create a meal plan for you based on the sales at the grocery store you use. From what I have read they feel they can cut your grocery bill to under $100 a week for a family of four. Emeals offers many different types of meal plans-from low fat to low carb and now gluten free. Note: the meal plan is only for dinners. We are going to sign up this week and see how it goes. I will give you an update after we try it for a while.
Obviously, I need to shake up some things to get the weight off. Focusing on calorie counting or points doesn't work for me. I get a little obsessive with it and things just get weird for me. So, I have to approach this from a different angle. So I am going to do an experiment this week. The basis for this experiment comes from this week's Woman's World magazine.
Here is a picture of the cover. The cover refers to a diet called "Turn up the Heat" by Philip Goglia Ph.D. I won't give all of the details because I am sure that Woman's World magazine would appreciate it if you bought this issue (It is only $1.79 on newstands now) but the basic concept is eating carbs in the morning.
This reminded me of a diet I used to do that was created by another dietitian named Jay Robb. The diet was called "The Fat Burning Diet Made Easy". For some reason he no longer sells that diet book which is a shame because it was very good. He seems to be changing his whole philosophy of nutrition and, personally, I am not comfortable with his new direction. Also, while he has the best reviewed protein shake in the world over the last two years I feel he has changed his formulation. I used to be able to use it and since winter of 2010 his products have made me feel ill. So either my allergies got worse or he changed something-not really important...anyway.......
The "Fat Burning Diet Made Easy" was essentially based on a concept frequently used by body builders called carb cycling. Carb cycling can be done in a number of ways. Either you only eat carbs in the morning or the evening. Or you can do one day on carbs and one day off. There are a number of articles out there on the topic if you would like to educate yourself. Here is a google search on the issue:
It does work. I don't know if it makes sense to live that way for the rest of your life but then again, maybe it does. I have always tried the diet eating carbs at night so I could eat a normal meal with my husband. But, not eating carbs at night always seem to make me feel better. So, my experiment for the week will be to eat carbs at breakfast and lunch and not for dinner. I will let you know how it goes.
Good luck this week with your goals. Let me know how you are doing!!!