put me on to the Harcombe diet earlier this month when I was doing a fruit/veg cleanse as a good option for after I finished (thanks!). I started out at 300 lbs on January 1st and the lowest I got was around 294-295 lbs. From Jan 6th to now I've been focusing on just eating healthy organic whole foods, limited sugar (once or twice a week), none of my allergens/food intolerances, and no caffeine. PMS started the week I finished the fruit/veg cleanse so my weight jumped up initially with water retention, but once TOM was finished it dropped back down again and I've been stable at 296-297 lbs.
Last night I finished reading Zoe Harcombe's book about the Harcombe Diet, and it makes a lot of sense. I'm not going to do Phase 1 as I don't have issues with the three issues she discusses in her book, candida, food intolerances and hypoglycaemia. I just did that very strict 80% veg and 20% fruit cleanse and had zero cravings or detox symptoms... I dealt with my candida issues with a 5 month treatment in 2010 and haven't had issues since. I've spent the last 10 years identifying and eliminating foods I'm allergic to and intolerant to with the help of a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and an allergy specialist. I'm not hypoglycaemic either, my blood sugar is stable.
I should also clarify that weight loss isn't that important to me, feeling well is the main goal. If I lose some weight, bonus, but health is way more important.
So... I'm trying to figure out how to make this work with foods I enjoy and cook regularly now. The gist of the diet is to eat whole foods, and no processed foods. She says to eat fat and protein (anything with a face) with non-starchy veg meals at different meals than whole carb and starchy/non-starchy veg/fruit meals. There should be a 3-4 hour gap between a fat/protein and a carb meal.
I'm going to try it and see if it makes any difference weight wise or with how I feel... To be honest I feel quite good with how I'm eating now, so I have a hard time imagining it will make much difference to how I feel, but some weight loss (even slow) would be a nice bonus.
I usually eat two meals a day, and sometimes have a small snack... There's no portion size limitations, just eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied... I eat that way anyway, so that's no problem for me. If I've having a hungry day I'll eat a third meal... Ideally I'd like to make one meal a carb meal and one or two fat/protein meals. My main reason for having a carb meal each day is that I tend to get VERY constipated when I cut out carbs completely... and I feel more satiated and satisfied if I have some whole grains here and there.
- Smoothie made with fat free greek yogourt and frozen berries, no sweeteners
- vegetarian bean chili
- vegetarian lentil stew
- vegetarian tomato sauce on brown rice pasta
- curried chickpeas and/or lentils on brown rice
- stir fried veggies on brown rice
- oats porridge with skim milk and berries
- fresh basil and veggie brown rice pasta salad
- brown rice, veggie bean bowl topped with fresh salsa and fat free sour cream
- kale quinoa lentil stew with brown rice
- pesto roasted veg (beets, yams with skin, potatoes with skin, eggplant, leeks, red onion, pattypan squash, acorn squash, etc...) with brown rice
- bean lentil burger topped with fresh veggies on a whole grain gluten free bun
- Scrambled or fried egg topped with homemade aioli sauce, bacon, cheese and fresh diced tomato and green onions.
- baked salmon or white fish with steamed broccoli or green beans
- bbq'd or roast meat with a big salad, steamed veg, or oven roasted brussels sprouts
- taco meat or chicken fajita filling on a green salad with full fat sour cream and salsa
- Pancit (shredded cabbage and ground beef dish) without the noodles
- curried meat on cauliflower rice
- cream of broccoli or cauliflower and chicken soup
- crustless quiche with spinach, feta, & sundried tomatoes
- chicken, beef and prawn kabobs with feta greek salad
- cabbage rolls made with cauliflower rice, topped with full fat sour cream
- meatballs or meatloaf with broiled cabbage
- pesto spinach frittata
- Nicoise salad (tuna, hard boiled eggs, greens, anchovies, tomato)
- tuna or egg salad on greens with feta
- chicken bacon caesar salad
- creamy curry chicken and cauliflower soup
- stir fried meat and veg
- bunless burgers topped with cheese, bacon, veggies, and a side salad
I'm allergic/intolerant to soy, wheat, msg, whey, carrots, bananas, caffeine, artificial sweeteners. I dislike zucchini, parsnips, turnips, olives, and some squash. Too much fat gives me indigestion. I rarely eat pork unless it's bacon once in awhile. I like fish and prawns, but not a big fan of shellfish.
Has anyone else done this diet? What was your experience? Anyone interested in trying it with me? I'd like to give it at least a month, so I was thinking I'd try it out for the month of February. I'll be having a cheat day on Valentine's day, but will try to stick with it the rest of the month...