Weeks 7-9 The difficulty of dieting & a Q&A

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I have to admit that the challenge has been both rewarding and bumpy. While it isn’t hard for me to say “no” to sweet treats such as chocolate cookies and brownies, it’s difficult to do the diet when the rest of the household isn’t totally onboard.

My frustration doesn’t lie in the difficulty of the micronutrient diet expectations but more on the fact that the rest of my family isn’t eating exactly the same as I am. I still make pasta (although organic) and I still have to make white rice for my husband who refuses to not eat rice and he still insists on having chocolate cookies at home.

Lately it hasn’t been a battle but I will confess that grocery shopping with someone who isn’t totally onboard with this diet can be challenging. While I am reaching for the free-range, antibiotic-free chicken, he’s checking the price and comparing it with the regular chicken next to it and questioning the fact that the one we’re buying is twice as much as it’s antibiotic-prone counterpart and has twice as less in the bag. Is he wrong for questioning the price? Should I be mad? No, but until the rest of the world takes action the poor foods major companies are shoving down our throats, the costs of quality meats will always be more expensive.

While I do my best to convince him that I want our family to eat the best foods we can afford, I have compromises I have to make in order to keep this lifestyle going. For example, if we are out of milk, I can’t fight against him if he picks up a gallon of regular milk from cows that are fed a poor diet and possibly induced with antibiotics. Even though I explain that our girls don’t need that stuff and if they aren’t being prescribed antibiotics by their doctors then they shouldn’t be drinking it in their milk, he goes back to the price and tells me what I want to buy overpriced. I agree and let him buy the milk but the second I have a chance to buy the organic kind, I do.

I have no new weight-loss updates to report. I think that is because of two reasons: 1, he still expects me to eat like he does every once in a while and enjoy pastas and rice (which I do like but understand it isn’t friendly to my diet) and 2, I need to start working out. One recent event that will help me reach my weight loss goal is that I got a new job where I now work 20 minutes from home and a regular 40-hour week instead of the 52+ hour week and round-trip commute of 2 hours I had before. This will allow me to not only spend more time with my family but allow for some time to actually work out, an activity I haven’t done in a very long time!

Calton Nutrition Q&A

Recently I emailed Calton Nutrition to find out a little more about what I should be doing on this diet. Some of the things I wondered about were why none of the recipes had beans or corn in them. So I emailed them to find out because I wasn’t sure if I missed reading about these veggies in the book. Below are my questions and the answers I received.

1. Can you eat organic corn and organic potatoes? I don’t see recipes that include them in the Micronutrient Miracle book.  Organic corn and potatoes are better than non-organic for sure.  You definitely reduce the pesticides and gmo by doing that.  However, in the micronutrient miracle certain protocols lower your starches as well.  These starches turn in to sugar in the body and will slow down your weight loss so we leave them out.  You will notice however that we also list in the limitations under each protocol how many times a week you can indulge in starches.  This changes depending on the protocols goals.  Organic corn and potatoes would fit into these starch restrictions.

2. Can you eat pinto and black beans if you properly soak them before cooking?  Again same as answer number 1.  However choose organic and sprouted and limit to fit your protocol under starches.

3. I don’t like stevia, is there any other sugar substitute I can use? Please refer to the list on page 150.

Our second-favorite sugar substitute is a sweetener called loa han. Loa han comes from the monk fruit, a prized Chinese medicinal fruit, and is very similar to stevia in that it is a natural sweetener with zero calories and zero glycemic index, meaning that it is good for everyone, including those with diabetes.

In addition to stevia and loa han, or as an alternative to them, you may also use sparing amounts of sugar alcohols, such as xylitol, erythritol, sorbitol, or mannitol. However, some people also report stomach upset and bloating after eating foods made with sugar alcohols, and because these sweeteners are often derived from corn, make sure the ones you choose are either certified non-GMO or organic. And lastly, while we do not recommend the use of either organic raw honey or organic coconut sugar for our nutrivores with diabetes or prediabetes (or for anyone trying to lose weight), these two natural sugars may be used sparingly (once a week) during your 28-day Micronutrient Miracle plan—if you cannot use stevia or loa han for any reason or if they are not available.

Stevia extract Pyure organic powder; best for drinks, like coffee or iced tea.

Pyure Organic All-Purpose Sweetener (stevia-erythritol blend).

Stevita Simply-Stevia powder, Stevita flavored drops and crystals (per- fect to flavor nutreince Natural).

Stevita Delight chocolate drink mix. (It’s so good! We use it to make numerous chocolaty Triple Threat recipes.)

SweetLeaf stevia extract powders and drops; made from organic stevia extract.

Lakanto non-GMO loa han/erythritol sweetener. (It’s in the dessert recipes!)

Big Tree Farms, Organic coconut plus stevia.

Coconut Secret organic coconut nectar or crystals. 

So I learned that I need to really limit the amount of corn, beans, and potato I eat. I also learned that there are a few other sweetners I can try instead of stevia. I also asked about the multivitamin and if I can have a breakdown because I was thinking of using milk in one of them rather than water. While they will not share the breakdown they did let me know that the calcium is in the AM packet. That also got me thinking that it may just  be better to stick with the formula as-is and not add anything to the shakes. In addition I will continue the at-home campaign for better food and incorporate some workout routines to help me lose a little more weight.

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