4 hour body

Monday April 18, 2011

Last Monday Jake and I began a new way of eating, living, and thinking.

Enough is enough. We’ve been eating like crap for a few years and totally needed to restart our bodies and our minds about how we think about food and what we put into our mouths. The 4-Hour Body or Slow Carb Diet by Timothy Ferriss is the plan we are following and we are already seeing and feeling the results!

It’s pretty simple with all meals consisting of three components – protein, legumes (beans), and vegetables. You avoid anything white (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, cereal, dairy, soy, etc) BUT one day a week you cheat and eat anything you want (cookies, ice cream, cake, scones, pizza, cheese, chips, fruit, pasta, etc). Take note that you cannot have fruit on this diet except for on your cheat day. Eat your heart out on your cheat day!

To be honest, the first few days were hard. I was like, “GIVE ME A COOKIE!!” But I stuck with the plan and did not cheat until my cheat day. Which is amazing considering the amount of cookies I consumed on a regular basis.

My sugar cravings have gone way down and I have felt actually full from my meals. But if I am craving something sweet I just grab a spoonful of almond or peanut butter and it usually does the trick. Another amazing change is with my allergies. I was starting to think I was allergic to my house because I was stuffed up and sneezy ALL THE TIME.  Sooooo, now I am thinking that either the dairy or the gluten has been the culprit. This is mind blowing to me and totally life changing. Plus, we are going to save a bundle on Kleenex cost.

Here are some examples of what we’ve been eating:

Breakfast (eaten within 30 minutes of waking up): 2 organic eggs, bean salad, 1/2 avocado or steamed broccoli or spinach; or 2 eggs, 2 slices of turkey bacon, bean salad; also, black coffee w/ cream

Lunch: Grass-fed beef stir fry, w/ bag of frozen Thai-style veggies (just throw it all in the wok – super easy), 1/2 cup or more of kidney or black beans or lentils; or 1 can of tuna w/ chopped celery and red onions, bean salad, 1/2 avocado; or Chipotle burrito bowl without rice

Dinner: Grilled chicken breasts, spinach salad w/ avocado and tomato, steamed or grilled vegetables (asparagus, green beans, peppers); or broiled salmon, lentils, and asparagus

Snacks: 1-2 glasses of red wine (which is allowed); or spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter (if I close my eyes and imagine it is a peanut butter cookie it helps and is totally delicious)

Found this blog and will be trying out some of their recipes this week.

And here is where I share my weight with the world:

Anne’s starting weight: 139.9
Weight after 1st week: 135.9

Jake’s starting weight: 180
Weight after 1st week: 177

Only exercise has been daily 20-40 minute walks with Judy and 60-90 seconds of air squats or wall presses. EASY. Also, 1 hour of yoga if I can get to class!

p.s. I love not exercising :) and this diet does not call for any! But everyone knows exercise is important so we do what we can.

Here is the amazing Bean Salad recipe:

1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can corn

Drain and rinse.

2 stocks of chopped celery
1 medium red onion chopped
1 medium tomato chopped

Add to beans and corn.

3/4 cup salsa
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2 limes)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin

Mix in separate bowl and add to everything. Refrigerate.


  1. tia says:

    thanks for sharing the bean salad recipe – can’t wait to make it tomorrow!

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