I am on Day 5 of being Grain Free. That means no pasta, breads, rice, or fiber supplements like Benefiber. In other words, it leaves quite a bit out of your diet. When I tell friends I'm grain-free the first thing they ask is "then what DO you eat?" So here is what I eat on Jorge Cruise's Fast Track:
Coffee with Heavy Cream
1/2 Fage Greek Yogurt
Snack: I usually have one of these as a snack in the afternoon or evening
Iced tea or hot tea with 2 squares dark chocolate
Celery plain or with 0 sugar Taziki (its a Greek yogurt based dip)
Lunch: This sounds like breakfast, but I cant stomach this kind of food too early in the day
Eggs (sometimes egg salad, sometimes over easy with cheese)
Bacon or sausage patty
OR some type of lunchmeat with cheese, sauerkraut & pickle
Spinach salad or sauted spinach, or celery
Grilled Fish, Chicken or Tofu* (see below)
Sauted asparagus or zuchinni or other green veggie
*My household is a little complex with food now days, so I don't cook red meat much. The Hubby is Vegan, and while he doesn't care what I eat, I just try and simplify.
A few important things to note about the Fast Track and how it differs from regular Belly Fat Cure:
1. Eat loads of green vegetables, fill up on them. They are where you get your fiber and nutrients
2. There is no counting anything and very little measuring. Its KISS - Keep it simple stupid.
3. No grains of any kind
4. There is next to no talk of sugar alcohols on Fast Track. I think is smart, they can really impede on weight loss and I thought it was a mistake to include them so liberally in the BFC. (IMHO)
Surprisingly, or not, Jorge has added more fruit to the program. But actually they are a tiny amounts that I'm sure are 5grams or less of sugar a serving. So technically they were really allowed before. You can have 1/3 of a banana, for example.
Jorge has invested in a new website for the class, which is far superior to anything he has had before. Each member has a profile where others can get to know us and a great community dashboard. I have noticed the tone and attitude of the group is extremely positive and up beat. The setup really encourages lots of chatter among the members. So much chatter, that I can't even keep up with it! But that sense of community will really help with people's success.
Jorge has a short video every day for us. Mostly they are tips, tricks or product recommendations. His team is pretty active on the community answering questions, and several people have had calls from his staff this week. Jorge has a new look too! Gone is the Blue American Apparel t-shirt that we always see him in, and I say good riddance ;-)
So, I am feeling great 5 days into no Grains! It is certainly easier this time than it was last time. I really struggled with breakfast last time and ended up skipping it a lot. But not this time. I don't know if I could/would give up grains forever, but a month or so is a good start. I do not feel deprived (although I longingly walked down the cereal isle and found a one that fit the BFC...) or hungry really, but I do feel like I am being VERY strict with my food intake.
I'm very excited Gary Taubes new book is out! I just put this on my library list and will review it once I'm done. Jorge frequently references Gary's research on his diet plan. It is said to be sort of a condensed version of Good Calories, Bad Calories.