I’ve just came back from an amazing city trip in the peaceful Copenhaguen. And like a good frenchie, I was looking for amazing food. Though the trip was fun, we may have a little over-indulged on grød and smørrebrød (delicious, those danish people are genius).
So, I couldn’t be happier to be back to Paris and go back to my favorite farmers market and homemade meals.
Let me be clear, I don’t diet or “cleanse” (I’ve yet to hear a real explanation of what that actually means), but I’ve decided to take the next two weeks to eat extra right and reboot back to my regular happy and healthy self. I have just 4 simple rules I’ll be sticking to.
Of course my emphasis will be on eating lots of healthy vegetables, fish, legumes, pastured meats, fermented foods, etc. But to really get back on track I’ll also be temporarily eliminating the four most inflammatory (and weight loss unfriendly) foods. Remember, it is only temporary.
And let me tell you: You can do it too! 4 rules that are simple to remember, simple to enforce and will just set you back on the right tracks. You’ll feel amazing. The thing is, I guarantee you’ll appreciate the foods you’ll have given up twice as much. When I am over the two weeks, I tend to eat less of those things and enjoy my meals which contains those foods on another level. And you will too.
Just follow the rules!
TFWTH BODY REBOOT
1. No wheat.
As a good french, I cannot definitely eliminate bread out of my life (!!!). I typically limit my bread or wheat consumption to about once or twice a week, but for the next two weeks I’ll be going without it completely (my french genes are crying writing those lines right now).
Wheat is incredibly inflammatory and is possibly associated with a huge range of health problems like fatigue, depression, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and many more. Eliminating wheat and gluten, wheat’s main protein, for awhile gives your body a chance to heal from the damage done over holiday season or an overindulging period. I recommend avoiding all processed flours during the reboot. But you carbohydrate lovers still have lots of delicious options to get you through: rice, quinoa, potatoes and legumes. They can keep you from being a cranky low-carber. If you absolutely must eat pasta during the reboot, there are plenty of good gluten-free options. Quinoa pastas aren’t too bad, and shirataki noodles are also usually gluten-free.
Keep in mind if you want to go fully gluten-free you should also skip barley. Oats don’t contain wheat gluten but are often contaminated during processing. Gluten-free oats are available at some stores. Lastly, remember that soy sauce is made with wheat and contains gluten. A gluten-free option called tamari is an excellent substitute that basically tastes the same.
2. No sugar.
Everyone knows sugar is not that good for you, especially refined. And although I believe there’s a place for small amounts of it in a healthy diet, I’ll be living without any added sugar for the next two weeks.
If you plan on following along, I’d also recommend avoiding sugar substitutes.Calorie-free sweeteners have never been shown to assist with weight loss. And you aren’t doing yourself any favors by keeping your palate craving overly sweet foods.
If you’re desperate for a little treat during this time, fruit is your best bet.
3. No dairy.
This one will not be the hardest for me since cheese, yogurt and milk do not make regular appearances in my diet. I am not a big fan of the taste so I just don’t have it in my fridge. However, If you are a big dairy lover it can make insulin regulation difficult and it can help to cut it out for a couple weeks.
For milk lovers, I recommend almond milk or coconut milk as tasty substitutes, just be sure you get the unsweetened varieties.
4. No Alcohol
Again, a French indulgence and even more for me since a part of my family is winegrowers. I love me a glass of nice white wine. I drink alcohol fairly regularly, and there is a good amount of evidence that it protects against coronary heart disease.
Though there have been reports about alcohol increasing cancer incidence, the risks are typically mitigated by a healthy diet that contains plenty of folic acid. So why do I recommend a two week break ? For starters, alcohol lowers your inhibition and makes it much harder to stick to the reboot. It’s hard enough, you don’t need any extra excuses youknowwhatImean.
The more important reason, however, is alcohol’s effect on your liver. Alcohol promotes body fat accumulation and insulin resistance. For re calibration to be effective, you’ll need to be sober for two weeks. Sorry.
Author: Emilie Durand
Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of thefrenchwaytohealth.com. On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.