I ‘ve had several people ask me this week, “So what is the Carson family doing on this 21 Day Challenge, and how are yall losing the weight?”
Well I’ve never been one to keep secrets, although it’s really no secret. So I’ll spill the beans, which you’ll be eating by the way! Let me first say that I do not believe in fad diets, and what I’m proposing to you is a simple nutrition plan and not a diet! Fad diets only work temporarily, if they work at all. Some diets or so called diet pills only work temporarily as well, if at all. However, there are a few good supplements on the market that can help you kickstart your weight loss program or help aid in weight loss as long as they are used alongside a healthy nutrition and fitness plan. What we, as a family, are doing nutrition wise is nothing new, and it’s what some people call a slow-carb diet. I often call it a clean eating nutrition plan. On the Carson Family plan, you will basically eliminate all white foods from your diet. That is anything made with processed flour, processed sugar, dairy, and starchy foods, such as white potatoes or white rice. These are your normal carbohydrate sources, and you will be replacing them with vegetables, beans, and legumes. Along with white foods, fruit and sugary drinks are also not allowed, even fruit juices. For an explanation on why you shouldn’t eat fruit, check out our last blog! Ideally you should drink only water or unsweetened drinks, however if you require something sweet, I recommend that you use zero calorie, all natural sweetener, Stevia. Your protein sources can come from any lean meats that AREN’T fried such as: chicken, fish, lean red meat, and of course, eggs. I recommend fresh farm, organic, or free range eggs, because on this plan you will be eating a lot of eggs. In my opinion, and the opinion of many other health professionals, the best source for protein is wild-caught, cold water fish. To keep everything in proper balance, you will need some good fat as well. My recommendations here would be oil based dressings; real organic butter, in moderation; olive oil; organic coconut oil; or a few raw nuts would be sufficient for your fat content in your meals.
I’ve included a couple of pictures of typical meals that we prepare…
Here we have a breakfast plate with a spinach omelet and cannellini beans, that I spice up with four of my favorite anti-inflammatory spices: ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, and cumin. These add tremendous flavor to the beans as well as help reduce inflammation in your body!
This dinner plate contains a wild caught salmon steak, fresh green garden salad, cannellini beans, and green beans! Both of these meals are delicious, nutritious, healthy, and satisfying.
You see it’s really pretty simple, and you can find a wide variety of slow-carb meals and recipes on the internet. As I told a cousin of mine several days ago, you can do it if you set your mind to it! However, if you are someone that feels as though you need some help, somebody to nudge you and hold you accountable, I have a few open slots available for coaching. We can set up an individualized plan for you and help you reach your health goals!
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Happy Summer and Healthy Blessings,