A long time ago at the library, I picked up a copy of the South Beach Diet. I love reading diet books, not necessarily to follow them but more to learn about the different schools of thought around dieting and weight loss. The book ended up sitting on my shelf for a long time, but this weekend I finally got around to reading it… and I really liked it. It made perfect sense, and it seemed to match what I’ve noticed about my own body when I give up certain things.
The simplified version of explaining South Beach is that you avoid high glycemic carbs (like bread, pasta, potatoes) and sugars. If you have to eat one, make sure you eat it with some fat or protein, which helps to curb the effect on your blood sugar. This to me was genius – I’ve noticed that when I’ve avoided high glycemic foods in the past (not that I knew they were high glycemic – I just called them “processed carbs”), I’ve lost weight. So I decided I’d give the full-fledged diet a try.
For the strict two week induction phase, you’re supposed to basically eat just vegetables and lean protein. This was really easy for me, as it’s not too different than my normal diet – I just had to cut out fruit, and avoid the high glycemic carbs (but I don’t eat many of those anyway). I’ve only been on it for two days, but I already feel like I look a bit better, and it’s really not hard at all to stick to.
Then this morning I woke up and was sick as a dog. At first I thought I just needed to go to the bathroom, but once there, I got that tingly feeling you get in conjunction with the chills, and I felt like I needed to throw up. After ten minutes of lying there wanting to die, I finally threw up a few times, and actually felt a bit better. No more nausea, but I still have the chills and tingles.
However, now I’m at a loss for what to have for breakfast. I know the standard flu breakfast is toast, but that’s not really South Beach friendly. Anyone have any suggestions? Or should I just give it up while I’m sick and have toast anyway? I think my roommate has a loaf of bread…