My grand experiment starts tomorrow: Follow Dr. Perricone’s meal plan (as detailed in this book) for two weeks. I mapped out my own variation of the plan, since I don’t particularly enjoy a few of the foods on the menu (olives, especially) and since it’s hard to buy too many different types of food for the week, considering the fact that I live by myself.
That said, I probably still managed to buy too much food today. I went to Trader Joe’s on my mission, shopping list in hand, organized by section of the store (I go there a lot; I know where things are). The result? Some very heavy shopping bags. Oh, and all this…
I got home, cleaned out the refrigerator, and promptly left for Pike Place Market to obtain one zucchini, some flowers, and (hopefully) the endives that I hadn’t found on my original mission. Alas, no endives in sight, but I did get the flowers and the zucchini. I will not be eating the flowers. The same cannot be said of the zucchini.
I will, of course, have to modify my meal plan due to lack of endives. I have a surplus of peaches due to Trader Joe’s overzealous fruit packing, so I think one of those will do.
For my last unhealthy meal (for the next two weeks, anyway), I went to Serious Pie, a Tom Douglas restaurant that serves gourmet pizza. I had a Tuscan kale salad and too many slices of two different pizzas – sweet fennel sausage and chanterelle and truffle cheese. Yum. I usually stay away from bread, but tonight was the night to indulge. I even had a glass of pinot grigio and half a cannelloni dessert. Bad girl.
As for the plan for the next two weeks, I have a few rules:
- The meal plan is somewhat adjustable; for instance, if I don’t have/don’t like the food that Perricone lists for that day, I can replace it with something from another day.
- No non-prescribed substitutions. None. No sneaking chips or cookies or candy or anything that isn’t somewhere on the list.
- I will be taking pictures of everything I eat (but not the things I drink, because water, coffee, and green tea are not that exciting). If I slip and have a snack, I have to log that, too. Hopefully this will deter me from disobeying.
- Perricone specifies the elimination of coffee and recommends substituting with green tea. I’ve tried this before. While I love green tea and plan to drink it with most meals, I have a job that requires me to wake up at 5 am; needless to say, I will be having two cups of coffee every morning. Sorry, Dr. Perricone.
- For the exercise portion of this plan, I’ll probably do some form of cardio every day, because that’s what I do anyway. Maybe I’ll try the weights. I’ll log any exercising I do, just for funsies.
So… here goes. Wish me luck!