Wendybird wrote " How do you keep your head straight while not eating regular food? This seems so extreme to me."
Hi Wendybird. I am happy to see your post. Pam, bless her, is a living testament to how the Cambridge Diet can work for a person in the most positive way.. If she says it can work for you then believe it.
The Cambridge Diet may be considered "extreme" but really it is not. The SS is the simplest way to take weight off quickly when you need to in a shorter amount of time with sound nutrition. Remember you can do Cambridge different ways if you decide the SS is not for you. My feeling is if I can do this anyone can.
I suggest the following but bare in mind these are my opinions:
1. Mindset is 95 % of why SS can be successful. Set yourself up for success by establishing a positive outlook. Visualize how you will look and feel when you have reached your goal weight.
2.Prepare yourself mentally for this journey. Establish a goal and WRITE down a mission statement with a specific date in mind. Keep what you have written in a place where you can go back and read it. It helps to write in a journal.It really helps to write feelings on this message board and it can inspire others, too.
3. Prepare yourself physically for the SS by first eating low carb for 3 to 14 days.Eat lots of protein meat, chicken, fish and low carbohydrates vegetables like lettuce, celery, asparagus, green beans. Avoid, bread, cake, cookies, flour, rice, potatoes. Drink lots of water avoiding soda.
3. The first 3 to 5 days of SS are not always easy, and the support really does help. Coming to the message board really helps.
4.Do not have an "all or nothing attitude".It is not the end of the diet if you happen to eat a morsel of food. Remember no one is perfect 100 % of the time.Strive to be persistent.
5.You can do this without a "safety net", or you can establish a "safety net" or a Plan B. Plan A- water and Cambridge daily. Plan B- This is ONLY if needed, add a SMALL amount of protein like an egg white or chicken breast.Remember this is the new you. If you feel you are going to cave in you have choices- You can stop and step away. If you can't step away remember the journey is yours but ultimately your health IS the most important thing - Be mindful if you decide you must eat something besides the Cambridge.
6.Creative Visualization -This is something Pam taught me. Want pizza and feel like you are going to cave? I have been wanting pizza everyday lately. I conjure up the memory of the tastes and I imagine the smell, the different flavors, the textures, the melted cheese, etc. I then imagine eating that pizza, chewing it slowly. Because I know I have had that experience of visualizing eating the pizza I know exactly what it tastes like and I can let it go and forget about it..
7. Exercise is optional on Cambridge.I strongly suggest light exercise, like walking, at first gradually working into more activity.
8. Hide the scale after week 1- then weigh only periodically as the weight may stall and then come off in chunks later.
9. Reward yourself each week with something just for you- candles, nail polish, a pretty new scarf, a bubble bath, a pedicure....
10. If you have an "indiscretion" stop as soon as you realize what you have done- step back from it, don't beat yourself up about, and move on. Don't use it as an excuse to over eat, binge, or quit.
11. This type of weight loss is a journey, and it is also a gift, especially if you have a lot to lose. Use this time to do some soul searching. The emotions we often bury with food will inevitably come to the surface. How do we deal with those emotions when we can't turn to food? The short answer is first realizing the source of the feelings and then finding another way to comfort ourselves or by releasing the emotions in a positive way.
I hope this helps you. Best Wishes on your weight loss journey.
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