Where to start? I actually read about the Dukan Diet online one day and that very day I decided that the 20 pound sack of potatoes that I had been carrying around for the last 2 years needed to go once and for all. The diet referred to my 20 pounds as a suitcase that I had been carrying. Brilliant. I’d been using every excuse in the world to put it off and I was tired of it. I thought if someone could take a popular diet like Atkins, and follow a healthier version of it, I was game.
It’s actually not that I’m lazy. Or a poor eater. I had surgery two years ago and in the year leading up to that surgery and the year following it, I gained about 18 pounds. Once that time period ended, I didn’t go up or down in my weight at all. So I knew that if I permanently lost the 18 pounds, all I would have to do from that point foward, was go back to my healthy diet lifestyle, and I would be able to keep it off.
The basic diet can be summed up quickly. Once you join the website, they create a schedule of what you can eat each day and how long it will take to get to your goal weight. For me to lose 18 pounds, I needed to start out the diet with two days on the Attack Phase. Lowfat dairy and proteins, with no vegetables, fruit, sugar, flour or added fat was what I was given for 48 hours. No problem. And a daily weigh in! Then the Cruise Phase started, which was to go for roughly for 8 weeks. One day of Pure Protein (PP), one day of Protein and Vegetables (PV). And no pizza. And no wine.
We’re now in our 5th week and I’m happy to say that 9 pounds of potatoes are gone! Five of them were gone in the first 10 days. Food got a little challenging and it was difficult to be excited about eating, so the two of us ventured through the Dukan Diet website, curious about all these ingredients you couldn’t buy in the US, and how we could make these recipes with ingredients that we could find. Like, who knows what fromage frais and quark are? They’re lowfat dairy products but as much as they are like cottage cheese and cream cheese, they are that much different too. And as much as I love cooking and eating, these recipes just weren’t translating well.
I decided we were going to help out fellow US dieters that wanted to follow the Dukan Diet. That is where this blog comes into play. I wanted to give you great shopping tips, tasty recipes, and the encouragement you’ll need to follow this diet and stick with it. The Consolidation Phase is only 4 weeks away and we’re looking forward to bringing back some of the healthy choices from the past and continuing some of our new habits that we have started since we began the diet. We hope that this makes eating healthier, whether you’re on a diet or not, much more exciting and rewarding. Thanks for reading!