The Hormone Reset diet was created by Dr. Sara Gottfried, and it focuses on progressively eliminating foods from your diet that might be elevating certain hormones and causing you to hang onto stubborn fat, even when you’re eating less. Well, I was eating less and counting every calorie, but GAINING weight—it seemed like a pound a week and I was distressed. My jeans didn’t fit, and I had never weighed more in my entire life. So when I heard about Hormone Reset from a friend in my dance class, it sounded like exactly what I needed and I decided to dive right in THE NEXT DAY. Dr. Sara recommends prepping for your detox for about two weeks, but I didn’t have time for that. I was booked to speak at the Simply Stylist conference in three weeks, and I needed fast results. Nothing in my closet fit, and what did fit wasn’t making me happy. So this is what happened that first day. Don’t let this make you think I don’t recommend the diet, because I actually totally do. But I also recommend preparing a little more than I did 🙂
Thursday, March 2:
It’s 4:36pm and usually I like to write in the morning but TBH I couldn’t really string words together that would make sense until about right now. I didn’t have coffee this morning because I thought I wasn’t supposed to but actually it would have been OK because the no caffeine portion of the diet isn’t until next week. GAH.
I don’t know if it was the no coffee (I did have green tea) or if it was having no bread substance at breakfast for possibly the first time in my entire life, but my mind was RACING throughout yoga class. I couldn’t stop going over the hectic morning in my head. We had zero items in the kitchen that I could actually eat for breakfast (because I didn’t get off my ass and go to the grocery store last night like I meant to), so after the husband took the kids to school/daycare (for which I thank him profusely) I had to run to the store to buy eggs and spinach, then run home and cook them up, then run right back to the same shopping center for my yoga class. I made it work timing-wise. I was 10 minutes early for yoga and feeling proud of at least that.
But then in yoga I kept thinking about how the 15 yo wanted money for lunch and I told him he had unlimited lunches on his card and he said but I get the peanut butter and jelly and I can’t get that with my card and I said you can make peanut butter and jelly at home and he said it’s not the same! I said honey you’re going to have to eat something else today and he was not happy.
Also today was Frida’s last day at daycare and it makes me sad. She’s been going to Marta’s house for three years and we’ve grown quite attached to her. But then a couple weeks ago Marta sort of told us she doesn’t have room for us anymore and it felt a bit like being booted out of daycare and I’ve been bummed about it ever since. So I kept thinking about that, too.
And then I was also thinking about how the husband is going all in on his startup, which is very exciting but also scary and I foresee many financial and emotional ups and downs in our future. I also kept thinking about how I hadn’t had coffee or bread and is that why I can’t stop thinking during pigeon pose, even more than normal? The diet instructions say when you start it can feel like a flu almost because your body is using up fat and there’s all kinds of nasty stuff being cast off from said fat. Apparently we store phthalates from plastics and all sorts of other gross stuff in our fat cells, did you know that? I had a headache, too. Thanks, no coffee.
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After yoga I went back to the grocery store because before yoga I only had time to think about buying breakfast ingredients. So I bought kale, a red pepper, raw cashews, and almond milk but I couldn’t find MCT oil and I’m still trying to figure out what that is. Even though it was only 11am when I got home I made my lunch shake with my ingredients and I drank the entire pitcher of juice. When I got to the last glass I realized I still felt extremely hungry and a scoop of protein powder might fix that. So I added one but the glass was so small that the powder was really thick and kind of gross but I didn’t mind because it did fill me up better.
I took a 30-minute nap at 2pm and felt a little less headachy when I woke up.
The good news was I haven’t really been hungry all day until about 30 minutes ago, so I ate a cup of raw carrots. Now I have to figure out what I’m going to eat for dinner.
We decided to head to Costco to buy massive amounts of vegetables—the diet also asked you to eat one pound of vegetables daily—and everything else we would need to feed everyone over the next couple of weeks. We piled our cart high with lettuce, avocados, cucumbers, hummus, kale, almond milk, an enormous and heavy box of glass Pellegrino bottles, just to name a few items. The cashier rang everything up and when we tried to pay we discovered that Kourosh’s debit card was cracked and wouldn’t work (thanks, Frida) and I could not for the life of me remember my PIN number. Neither of us had a checkbook, either, and that was it for our payment options at Costco. We left the building with sad faces and no groceries.
I ate eggs and spinach cooked in coconut oil again for dinner.
Despite the sound of all this, by the first few days into the diet, I actually felt amazing and was figuring out what foods I liked that also fit with the diet parameters. I also started losing weight pretty much immediately—this was something I thought maybe would never happen again in my life, the way things had been going.
So if you’re thinking about changing the way you eat, stay tuned for my future installments on my Hormone Reset journey. I promise it gets better!
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