Christina – Hello all. I know how hard it is to find a diet that works. I have found one that has worked well for my husband and me. He has officially as of last Friday [Aug 3] lost 69lbs since April with it. I have lost weight too and so far this is the only [diet]that I have found that works for me. My mother in law also has lost 45 lbs since April. Please remember everyone is different.
Christina and her family have been trialing a wheat-free, dairy-free, and “low-meat” diet. Below are some of her personal suggestions and some additional notes:
- We eat a lot of green salads and then put some chicken (not breaded on it). Either grilled or just cooked in a pan.
- We use Olive Oil [exclusively]. We take potatoes in a pan with a little bit of Olive Oil and add in some onions and peppers and cook it. Sometimes we will add Chicken or Fish, but I really don’t like fish much.
- We make a stew in a crock pot, or you can do it on the stove, with potatoes, a little onion and celery for taste, carrots, chicken, water to cover it all, peas, corn (any veggies you have) and some pepper and garlic powder to taste. Cooked for about 3 hours in the crock-pot, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for snacking.
- In the mornings we have eggs (scrambled) and hash browns. We make our own, but if you want to buy hash browns look for ones that is wheat free.
- Bread: we use Rice bread (you have to probably get at a health store). Keep this refrigerated. It is good toasted just so you know. We often top our toast with peanut butter and honey or small amounts of jam. We use honey as much as we can for the sugar since in PCOS there are problems breaking down sugars.
- We purchase beans called Frijoles from Wal Mart. They come with a season packet and cook for 2 hours according to the directions (best beans ever). We then mash them with the juices in the pot from cooking (yummy). Anyway, we will use that on a taco salad, just as a meal with rice.
- We also make our own chips (you can do this two ways). We take corn tortillas and cut them into 4 triangles, and then put them in a fryer with Olive oil, cook them in a pan with olive oil, or on a baking sheet and spray with some olive oil on both sides and bake in the oven (not crunchy this way though).
- We use avocadoes and just mash them or make our own guacamole (most in the store have wheat). We cook white rice (we like jasmine just because it doesn’t stick or get mushy) in some Mexican seasoning (can’t recall the brand), for a restaurant quality taste!
- We also make our own salsa though it is easy to purchase.
- We eat carrots or bell peppers raw if we want a snack or plain rice cakes with peanut butter (check for one that is wheat free).
- Soymilk isn’t’ the best tasting, but you will get used to it and if you eat it on rice krispies or something it isn’t too bad.
- Cereal, do Rice cereals once again no wheat.
- Cornmeal – see if you can find a little round container with Quaker corn meal in it. They have the best recipe for cornbread and just add about a tablespoon on honey in the batter before you cook it. YUMMY…we eat that with the stew (of course with the stew add what you need for taste).
- Stay away from the broths and soups in the store (if you use them get a low salt one and one that is wheat free).
- We drink water, and Power Aid (if outside in the heat) and juices (Apple, Fresh squeezed orange, etc…)
- OH, I also buy Decaf Green Tea and make that and drink it. Something I like but no caffeine.
At first it was hard, but after about a month, it was amazing how much better we have felt. I have been following this diet for 5 weeks and have lost about 20lbs.
Great post and congratulations on the weight loss. I cut out dairy 2 weeks ago, all dairy including milk, butter, cheese and yogurts and anything made with dairy products. I have been dieting for about 7 years with some success but mainly not. I stumbled upon a post about dairy by accident and decided to give it a try. I am losing 3 lbs each week even though I cut dairy for health reasons. I don’t feel bloated anymore, I don’t wheeze anymore, my oily skin has cleared up, my eczema has almost cleared up. I feel so much better and healthier like I did when I was younger (i’m 41) I eat lots of different fruits and vegetables, beans, fish, chicken (organic), eggs and occasionally some red meat. I only drink water or green tea with a teaspoon of pure organic honey.
I have also heard that soy milk causes problems over the long term and personally I wouldn’t touch it but that’s for you to research i’m not a nutrition expert.
I have been dairy/casein free for 19 years! I have a terrible lactose intolerance which forbids me to ingest anything related to dairy. I gave up gluten about 2 years ago. I agree with the above poster. Do not use soy milk. It is so bad for you. Use rice or almond. Also, I would nix the white rice if you can. It offers nothing beneficial nutritionally. Brown rice is much healthier. Replacing the white with the brown rice will yield even more weight loss.
hi i have been dairy free for 2 days and have already lost 2 kilos if i took out wheat do you think that whould make a difference ?
No idea Ella, we’re all different! Congrats on the weight loss!
Great tips. I would highly recommend you NOT use soy milk, but rather coconut or almond milk. Also, cooking with coocnut oil is very healthy…save the olive oil for your salads. 😉
For Michelle..and others looking to loose weight…each Body is different….and we are all fighting our own internal battles….don’t be hard on yourself. Forget dieting…just eat healthy…it wins every time. I have been wheat free for years..but started being extreamly strict 4 months ago..as well as cutting out dairy completely…and have only lost just under 10 lbs in those 4 months. BUT….I feel so much better. 🙂
I was on this diet for around 2 weeks because I did it before and lost 9 kilos. This time around, my weight was going down at first but in the last 3 days I was gaining it back, and am very disappointed. The only thing I did is changed rice could it be this? Thanks
Hi Michelle, there are so many things that go into diet and how our bodies react, from food to hormones, that I wouldn’t be able to assess why the diet isn’t working for you at this point. Perhaps it is something to discuss with your physician.