Yesterday, I started the 7+7 REBOOT, my very own whole food detox that me and my business partner (and partner-in-crime) developed over the last 3+ years.
We were SO over the "dieting" deprivation rollercoaster of eating minimal calories, waaaay too many salads and other just boring foods (like plain boiled chicken - BLUHCK!). And then of course when we went back to normal eating and the weight came back on. The same thing happened with all the fat diet that we tried over the course of our lives. Yes, we lost weight but I didn't stay off! I always tell my clients it's way easier to get there than to stay there!
My stepfather did one of these all-in, eat our food and had a great success! He probably lost about 45 pounds. He did a one year program, had weekly check-ins, ate their packaged processed foods, most of which tasted like vacuum cleaner bag dust and also followed their "lean and green" meal plan. After one year, he looked better than I ever seen him and was down for almost 4 pants sizes! Then after the plan was over he was at a total loss. He went back to his regular eating and the weight came piling back on. Those kind of programs do two things. They make you become dependent on their food product as well as they don't teach you how to eat for the rest of your life. In a word it's not sustainable.
Moving on, being foodies, this kind of bland eating was sheer misery for us, and neither of us are down with packaged/processed foods. Remember that old cliche that "some people eat to live and others live to eat". Well we are sort of both....legit right down the middle. So we spent almost 4 years, each with a composition notebook, that she calls a "marble notebook" - guess that's a Queens thing - and we begin compiling our favorite breakfast, lunches, dinners, snacks and last but not least desserts and then revamping them to the healthy and DELISH recipes that they are today.
We've all probably heard the cliche that the word "diet" should be a lifestyle and not a temporary fix. That is our motto. We get regular feedback from our clients that they have adapted our very own recipes into their regular meal rotation on and on-going basis. Our goal is to educate folks on how to eat healthy for the rest of their life, not just lose weight. Although that totally happens too!