I’m doing this blog post for my friends who have asked why I don’t publish this fast. They are tired of trying diets.. just like me. Diets are a fantasy to me, I don’t know how someone stays on one for a lifetime! And my Veggie Fast has been very successful for me… and I’m over 60 years old. So I think it would work for anyone. But having said this, if I don’t know you.. it would probably be a good idea for you to ask your Doctor if you can do this before you try it.
I would definitely read through this whole fast before trying it There is a lot to know before beginning this regimen.
The key to this fast is I can eat as much as i want, the catch to this fast is it’s mostly vegetables. It’s not a diet, it’s a fast… so I don’t panic about giving up carbs. But, l find that I really can’t eat that many veggies. It’s a strange thing to discover.a
The best part about this fast is… my body will not believe it is starving. If I eat until I am full, this won’t feel like a diet to my body.
The other part I love is that it only lasts 3 days by design. And I can only do 1, 2 or 3 days in a row. I mean, who wants to give up carbs? Not me! I can’t do the KETO diet, and I don’t want to. I think that Keto diet are great for people that have lots of will power and can honestly give up carb loading.
However, a true weight loss is 2 to 2.5 lbs a week. So honestly, I only need to do this fast for 2 days out of the week. And they don’t even have to be consecutive days.
I have a theory about weight loss. I usually eat the right amount of food to maintain and sustain my current weight. But unfortunately I can be enticed to leave the normal path when I go out to restaurants, take eating vacations, or celebrate occasions…. and oh those doggone Holidays really pack on the extra pounds!
What you are about to see is my antidote! I’m guilty of all of the above. And I desperately needed a weight-loss day. Once I found an eating pattern that caused 1lb of weight loss in 1 day… I realized that life was my oyster!
My fast requires a few strange things though.
1. The vegetable have to be cooked…except salads of course.
2. No veggies that mess with the thyroid like spinach or radicchio! Also, roasting causes normal veggies to become sugary carbs! So I usually either steam, boil or saute most of my veggies.
3. Olive oil and real butter are a necessity and can be used on anything.
4. Intense exercise is discouraged except for steps (at least 6000 steps a day).
5. I have to drink at least 2 liters of clear liquid (this includes coffee, unsweetened iced and hot herbal teas… etc.
6. No added salt. Most women don’t realize that salt is the item that keeps them from losing weight.
I can eat most cooked veggies:
broccoli, carrots, onions, zucchini, cabbage, kale, squash, beets, … etc.
No carbs, real sugar or fake sugar can be used. Real Stevia can be used if it doesn’t contain dextrose..check the label. I suggest Sweetleaf.
In salads during the fast… only baby romaine or spring mix lettuce (no spinach… check to be sure). Also add raw Carrots, onions, 1/4 Roma tomato, 1/4 to 1/2 avocado, cooked broccoli if I like.
Salad dressing is either balsamic vinegar, olive oil and stevia… or Lemon juice, olive oil and stevia. 1 tbsp oil… 1-2 tsps lemon/vinegar and just a sprinkle of stevia.
No cheese, carbs, decaf coffee, cream, eggs, milk , half and half, spinach, store bought salad dressing, ketchup, mustaIrd, sugar, Splenda, honey, or agave syrup. ( I need to test honey and agave syrup on a future veggie fast)
Shopping List for my Sample days
1 fresh cut up cabbage and turkey kielbasa to cook in the cabbage (don’t use beef or pork)
frozen or fresh broccoli preferable organic
fresh carrots preferable organic
real stevia with no dextrose in it. Only use stevia for coffee, green tea and salad dressing
raw pumpkins seeds ( I bake mine for 13 minutes in oven at 350 degrees)
raw sunflower seeds (I also bake these. Don’t ever buy roasted seeds or nuts. They become rank)
1 lemon or balsamic vinegar
canned coconut milk if I plan to make broccoli soup
ginger tea or fresh ginger to make tea.
extra virgin olive oil
unsweetened coconut or almond milk
green tea… ( I like the Blueberry Acai Green tea by Lipton)
real butter (no margarine allowed… or any other fake food that looks like butter)
baby romaine or spring mix salad in a container or bag.
whole green beans either already snapped… or wash, snap off the ends and cook them.
apple cider vinegar
Cauliflower or squash.
1 golden apple (I eat 1/2 of this apple a day if I start losing more than 1.5 lbs a day)
any other veggie that I want to test in the 2nd and 3rd day
I ALWAYS cook my veggies before I start the fast. And I definitely cook the cabbage in the kielbasa with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper the day before. NEVER save the broccoli for more than 3 days. I found this out the hard way. Cooked broccoli and some other veggies do not hold well for more than 3 days.
The good news is that I will never be hungry. I can eat as much of these veggies as I can stuff down. The more I eat, the more likely my weight will stay off. I can also change this fast to what my body likes after the 1st day. But the 1st day is a baseline, so I follow it precisely.