I hate diets and I know I’m not alone in that opinion. The word “diet” has such a negative connotation that this time I decided to call it a “lifestyle change”.
I knew I’d have to go on a lifestyle change after giving birth to Sophie and enduring a little over 1.5 years of oral steroids to manage my NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica). When it came time I took it as an exercise in self discipline. I became obsessed with cardio, yoga, free weights and walking and soon started to feel better although the scale did not show much improvement. An instant gratification type of person, I dreaded the scale every morning. Then I added calorie counting, cut out all sugar and limited my meat intake. Still, some improvement but not fast enough.
It was time to shock my system.
I’d heard of juicing, detox diets and cleanses but on a morning show I watched Harley Pasternak introduce his smoothie diet. For 5 days you consume smoothies at each meal, supplement with snacks in between and take 10,000 steps every day. Days 6-10 you introduce one solid meal and 2 smoothies, continue walking and introduce weights. Day 11 through forever you change the weight routine, always walk and only do one smoothie a day. The results were amazing. Not only did I lose 15 lbs in 2 wks but my NMO symptoms almost went away. Always supportive, Mike also went on the lifestyle change and his health issues have also improved.
If you can convince yourself to stay disciplined for even the first 5 days, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Buy Harley’s book here: http://harleypasternakfitness.com/index.php/body-reset-diet/