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Helpful Tips I’ve learned on the Diet Beta Test

Today I thought I would share with you a few helpful tips I’ve learned over the last few months with trying the Diet Beta Test, and while these are specific to my experiences at the moment, they will cross over into other diets or eating plans you try. Some of these are common sense, while others have been more profound to me. Let’s start with easy:

Chalene's Diet Beta Test-2

– Make sure to eat! I know this sounds silly, but when we first try things, I think we tend to get caught up in the process and forget about the fact that you have to do something. For me, when these things happen, I tend to get down and want to eat salty carb snacks and then feel bad about life and start the cycle over again. A close second is…

– Meal Prep is key! Once you get into a rhythm things, get easier but for the first few weeks make sure you’re prepping out your food in advance. Make sure they’re easy to transport and eat at a later time, and for a little bit make sure you have an alternative snack on hand just in case you decide at the last moment that you actually can’t eat chia pudding no matter how hard you try.

– Remember it’s a process – You know when you first start out on a new endeavor things are always going to be hard when things tend to get hard in other areas of my life, I double down and get to work to find solutions. When it comes to eating and diets, I tend to bail at the first sign of trouble. Why? I’m still trying to figure that out. This time around since we’re supposed to be learning about our bodies and how they react to certain foods, I’m taking on scientific approach and allowing for a little bit of leeway in the process. So far it seems to be working for me.

– Make sure to check the science – It’s something Chalene repeated over and over again, and frankly we should be doing that all the time when it comes to dieting and our bodies. How many times are we told to eat only this, or totally remove that? But in doings so we make ourselves sick from eating things that don’t work for us, or taking out things that are healthy for you but don’t fit into a standard plan.

– Listen to your body – and trust yourself! This idea goes hand in hand with the point above, this journey is supposed to be about you, and you alone. So why would we spend all of our time listening to other people’s success or failure and considering it the final authority on the subject? I do it all the time, so this round I decided OK, I will listen to the podcasts, and watch the videos, read some studies and see how I feel, how my body reacts and if I’m willing to live with the consequences good or bad! Just like I talked about having my coffee in the morning – I know it breaks my fast, I know I really shouldn’t be adding the sugar in – if I want to follow the process strictly. But! My happiness means more to me than the potential for slowing my weight loss down in this particular situation. My sanity and personal well-being are more important to me that I will make this sacrifice. It may be something else for another person, maybe they need to keep rice, or beans or something else in, maybe they can’t tolerate that much fat in their diets or low carb makes them deathly ill. The beauty is you get to figure those things out for yourself.

– Lastly, give something more than a day – Our brain is excellent at making it seem like we are quite literally dying if something changes. On top of that, we’re magnificent at talking ourselves right out of things, if we’re the least bit uncomfortable. So make sure the discomfort you feel is something actually wrong and not your brain trying to talk you out of the change. You will truly be amazed and what you won’t miss if you just give it a try. My key – I thought I would miss sparkling water – and for a few days I did, but when I had one as a treat, it gave me the worst bloating, and I felt awful. After a bit of trial and error, I’ve found that I can drink the “mineral waters” like Pellegrino without too much discomfort, but the waters that are infused with C02 are too much for me.

I want to take a moment and say these are tips I’ve picked up over the last few months from my personal experiences. If you are truly in emergent discomfort – you will know, and you should not push through that! Ever! Again the key is getting to know yourself and get to know how you feel – about food, about life about your wellbeing and truly about your personal happiness.

XOXO Sarah


Chalene Johnson’s Diet Beta Test week 1

Chalene beta diet
Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you’re having an excellent middle of your week. Me? I’m not too shabby, at least at the moment, I am a week into the Beta Diet test, and while I’ve had my ups and downs this week, I’m feeling pretty good about the progress I’ve made and moving into week two. If you didn’t figure it out from the Title it’s with Charlene Johnson- the PiYo lady (among many other things), and it’s what she calls a Metabolic prime and or prep before the heavy lifting of a diet starts. It is in Beta form so if you take it later on and there are different things for you to do that what I’m discussing here, that’s the reason why.

So What is it? It is being called a Metabolic Prime more than a Diet just to keep expectations low, it’s 3 weeks plus a transition week, starting with a two-week Ketogenic phase, then a week with a “fasting” option (more on that later) and lastly a week of transition back to a regular eating plan. It does not have a set meal plan, but there are parameters of what they would like you to include, stay away from and around the times they’d like you to eat. From there you make up your personalized meal plan based on what you know about yourself and what your body tells you, you need.

Here’s a quick (not all encompassing) list of what you should strive to limit, due to their inflammatory qualities (now mind you this is only for a short time, they do not expect you to live like this for the rest of your life)
– Sugar
-Artificial Sweetener
– Processed foods
– Known Toxins
-Carbonated beverages (sad face)
– fried food
– most all processed lunch meats
– saturated fats
– diet soda
– fast foods
– vegetable oil
-Artificial colors
– Cookies, crackers, cereals (, etc.)
Foods to eat (again not all encompassing)
Meats (grass fed, organic – as best as you can find)
Sustainable Fish
Oils (coconut, avocado, olive)
Seeds and notes
Fats – ghee, organic whole butter, avocados
Fruits/veggies – olives, healthy greens (asparagus, mushrooms, bell peppers, artichokes, etc.)
Dairy – (only if you can handle) full-fat yogurt, cream cheese

They want you to limit your snacks, try to keep your food intake to 3 meals a day and give intermittent fasting a try. And that’s it, you have to figure the rest out on your own – now mind you, if you were part of the Beta Test you do have access to videos, podcasts and a number of support people, including registered dietitians, so it’s not like you’re left hanging, but the key to this prime is to learn about yourself, your food habits and your emotional triggers to food and eating.

For me I started off tweaking a little, with limiting my sugar (I just can’t give up my morning coffee with cream and sugar) and cheese/cream, I need that extra bit of fat in my diet, or I can’t function.

Week 1 – 4/5 – 4/11 – I’m going to get used to the Keto process – I won’t be tracking calories, or exercise this first week, this is just to get a feel for my bodies rhythms and my moods. I will be tracking my weight each day, what I ate, when and how I feel at different points.

So here’s the breakdown of week one:

Measurements 4/5
Chest: 41
Waist: 41.75
Hips 53
Arm: 15.5
Thigh: 32.5
Calf: 18
Starting Weight: 245

Wednesday – 4/5 – Breakfast 8am – lunch 1:30 – Dinner 7pm
Do you have those days where you know you’re supposed to do something and yet the day before you just didn’t get it all together? Yep, that’s me too! This whole week did not go as planned but I did stay on plan as much as possible. Day one I didn’t even eat breakfast, but I had lunch at a reasonable time thank goodness for the cafeteria and hit the grocery store on the way home, when I did make it home, I made a nice big breakfast for dinner. I felt pretty good for day one – as I usually do, the only thing I struggled with as an intense craving for carbs. Exercise wise I was in the Gard for a solid 2 hours when I got home from work, planting weeding and getting ready for the storm that was supposed to come in.

Thursday – 4/6 – weight 245 – Breakfast 8:30 – lunch 1:30 – Dinner 7pm
Breakfast made – I had plain greek yogurt with a few blueberries, and pecans. Lunch was a steak salad from the cafeteria again, and dinner? Well, that was a little bit of a struggle, we ended up getting burgers, wrapped in lettuce but I did have fried green beans. I love The Habit! I was pretty tired by the time I got home Thursday night; I needed some energy boost at the end of the day. Thursday I spend another few hours in the garden.

Friday – 4/7 – weight 242.6 – Breakfast 9 – lunch 2 – Dinner 7
Friday started off well, I had my yogurt concoction for breakfast, if you can believe I had another Cobb salad from the cafeteria, and then it went downhill – It was my dad’s birthday, and I had a rough time (he died 7 years ago), I wanted to cook up a nice steak, have some cauliflower mash and grilled asparagus but, by the time I made it home I was a pretty decent mess, then my hubby was a typical man and made matters worse so in comes hotdogs and tater tots to the rescue. No exercise today, it was all I could do to stay vertical today.

Saturday – 4/8 – weight 244 – Breakfast 9 – lunch 2 – dinner 7
I got back on the horse and made myself yogurt, pecans, and blueberries, lunch was a salad with a hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes and a nice homemade salad dressing. Dinner was what I wanted on Friday; we had a nice steak, a glass of wine (cheers dad) and some of the best cauliflower mash I’ve ever made. I also decided to make up so fat bombs to help out with the energy dump at the end of the afternoon. Feelings wise it was a little rocky, but I feel that was more from the fighting with the hubby than my actual mood, I took a nap in the afternoon, and then had a fat bomb and coffee to get me through the end of the day. Housework and heavy lifting – in the form of grabbing more mulch from Home Depot.

Sunday – 4/9 – no weigh in – breakfast 10 – lunch 2:30 dinner 7
Sunday was typical brunch – eggs, bacon, avocado and a few tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – I’m a sucker for good breakfasts. Lunch was another salad like the day before, and dinner was taco salad, minus the beans and chips, it wasn’t bad……I missed the chips. I had major carb cravings Sunday night but they passed, and I moved on. Did I mention I was in the garden all weekend? Ok, not all weekend but I did another good couple of hours weeding and planting. I’ll be happy when planting season is over.

Monday – 4/10 – 242 – breakfast 10 – lunch 2:30 – dinner 7
I didn’t make it to the store this weekend – I swear I’ll make it there soon! I finished off the yogurt concoction and headed off to Whole Foods at lunch. I had grilled veggies, with roasted chicken, kalamata olives and Feta cheese for a little bit of fat. Dinner is traditional Monday breakfast night; I made a frittata. I have to tell you the fat bombs with a cup of coffee in the afternoon is getting me through. Piyo tonight – man leg day sucks!

Tuesday – 4/11 241.6 – breakfast 10:30 – lunch 2 – dinner 7
I woke up a little bloated today, not sure if it was the extra dairy in the frittata or what, I’ll need to pay attention to it, breakfast was the leftover frittata, lunch was Cobb salad – did I mention I like this Cobb salad at work? And Dinner was sautéed veggies (asparagus, onion, mushrooms and zucchini), over zoodles, with kalamata olives and pine nuts.
Again I had a cup of coffee and a fat bomb when I got home from work, I tend to get grouchy in the afternoon, and the chocolate from the fat bomb plus the little bit of sugar and caffeine in my coffee helps tremendously. No workout today, I’m really tired once I get this post done I’m heading off to bed early!

So what are my numbers for the first week:
Weight: down 3.4 pounds
Chest: 40
Waist: 40.75
Hips: 51
Arms: 15.5
Thigh: 32/5
Calf: 18

So I lost a little bit of weight and inches from areas that would benefit from debloating (is that a word). I’m pleasantly surprised and looking forward to moving into week 2.

Here’s what to expect next week:
I’m going to double down on making sure I get enough water intake this week; I’ll start tracking how many calories I’m consuming and honing in on how I feel when I feel like eating and what’s working for me.

Wish me luck – oh and if your interested in joining I hear Chalene is opening a 2nd Beta diet Test at the end of the month go to: Dietbetatest.com to get on the waiting list and hopefully join.


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