We are finally feeling settled in our new-to-us mountain home. I am completely comfortable up here in the Utah mountains. Being somewhat secluded yet not far from Park City with all it’s laid back posh…….suits me quite well actually!
If you know me, or have read here very long, you will know that I am a huge believer in the restorative health benefits of fresh air and exercise. Being here, gives me plenty of both of those things, along with a serene environment that feels like a place that people go to “get away from it all”. I love it.
I haven’t been working out with weights in quite awhile and I am feeling it. Its time to get back to building some lean muscle. Losing muscle has left me with the beginnings of achey joints, slumping posture and an all over “flat” look that I’m not too jazzed about.
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We still don’t have our gym set up here. I must admit, it will be quite a downgrade to have to work out in the garage again after our former house had a dedicated gym, but alas……thats where it will be. I’ve been putting together my new workouts and preparing to get really sore again for a bit. In organizing a loose nutrition plan for myself, I stumbled upon the Sirtfood Diet by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten and I am completely intrigued.
In case you haven’t heard of it, it came onto the scene last year and was incredibly popular in the UK, but not so much in the US. After reading a lot of the reviews in the US it was easy to understand why: no one actually followed the plan! All of the reviews that I found from the US either skimped on the actual juice ingredients or only followed it for a week, or some other nonsense. After reading several UK reviews who actually FOLLOWED the plan, I was curious….. so I bought the book.
**NOTE: Many articles have been published trashing this plan because of the first three, mostly juice days. These same publications have raved on in the past about low cal, detox diets of all types, so this does not dissuade me at all. This diet is extremely high in nutrient content, even in the first three days<eye roll>. **
The premise of the research and thus the diet, in a nutshell, is this: “Certain foods contain chemicals called polyphenols that put mild stress on our cells, turning on genes that mimic the effects of fasting and exercise.” Yep- basically, eating loads of the foods that activate the same gene pathways typically activated by exercise and fasting. And wouldn’t you know it- turns out all of these foods are good, healthy, whole foods. Huh- who’d have thought?
From their site: “A diet rich in these sirtfoods, kick-starts weight loss without sacrificing muscle, while maintaining optimal health.”
You can get the book here, with information on the research and studies that led to this way of looking at nutrition and weight loss. That bit about “without sacrificing muscle” really has me going. I find the science behind this, especially looking at nutrition from a cellular level, very interesting. I am eager to try it out and learn more.
I’m an 80’s girl and if there’s one thing we did in the 80’s, it’s DIET. And boy-oh-boy did it leave some of us with some mental and metabolic baggage to deal with! But what can I say- I love a good plan to get me motivated, so I’m going all in on the Sirtfood Diet. Cause if it’s good enough for Pippa Middleton, it’s good enough for me, ya know what I’m sayin’?
Preparation will be key with this plan so I am getting my lists together. The first thing was to find my juicer. Here’s the one I have :
It really works great without taking up a huge amount of counter space. And yes- you MUST use a juicer for this- if you put these ingredients into your bullet and try to drink it you’ll gag for a month. JUICE…..thats what we are after.
But this is not a “Juice diet”. It’s more of a way of life-kind of plan, similar to so many popular diets like Paleo, Whole 30, Adkins, 5:2, and many others. Basically just eating a diet rich in these “sirtfoods”. Oh- and did I mention that red wine and dark chocolate are ON THE LIST? Did I not mention that? Yeah- they’re on there.
PHASE 1- lasts 3 days
I’ll be starting next week and I’ll post regularly throughout the phases and let you know how it’s going, what I am experiencing and if I think it’s worth your time and effort. Phase 1 is the most restrictive and I personally am looking at it as more of a “detox” phase. Its only 3 days and your daily caloric intake is 1000 calories. Your food consists of Sirtfood Green juice 3 times a day and 1 Sirtfood meal.
*(As a former personal trainer, I’ve always suggested NEVER dropping below 1200 calories, but this is only 3 days- that are also simultaneously packed with high nutrient value- so I’m going with it.)
The recipes for the meals are all laid out for you in the book and the plan its self is easy to understand. The recipes look flavorful and delicious. They do require preparation, so if you’re not at home in the kitchen, this may not be something you’ll want to do. I like to cook and I am looking forward to trying them.
Sirtfood Green Juice
2 large handfuls kale
a large handful of rocket( UK term for arugula)
a very small handful of flat leaf parsley
2-3 large celery sticks
1/2 medium green apple
1 inch piece of ginger
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp matcha powder
I’ve already made the juice a few times and it’s really good. No problem there, so we will see how it goes! But: Need. More. Kale.
Have you ever heard of the Sirtfood diet? Ever tried it? Let me know in the comments.
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