TEEN BEAT: Life on a diet

Teen Beat | Grace Fowler

My mom and I recently decided to go on a little bit of a diet. It’s not anything extraordinary and nothing too radical. But we both felt that we were out of touch with our appetites and we wanted to reset our internal hunger clocks.

Originally, we talked about doing a cleanse, which generally refers to following some kind of a naturopathic program to reduce the toxins in your body. For example, with some cleansing programs, you don’t eat solid food, but instead drink a certain concoction of juice several times a day. Others require you take supplements. And the Internet has a host of homemade cleanse recipes. We were thinking about trying one of the juice varieties.

So we went to Wal-Mart and browsed the diet aisle. The only type of cleansing products they have are pills and my mom and I agreed we like to eat too much to succeed on that path. So instead, we opted for replacing one or two meals a day with protein shakes. The brand we chose has a lot of protein and I have been using them in place of breakfast and lunch. Surprisingly, I’ve found they keep me full longer than a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast.

I was a little nervous at first that they would be nasty and taste like dirt, but it’s just the opposite. I look forward to drinking them every day. We have tried four different flavors: vanilla, strawberry, mocha and café caramel. I love all of them. And the coffee ones are especially nice in the mornings.

If I am starving in between these shakes, I might have a cheese stick or some kind of a small, healthy snack. For dinner, we are cooking a well-balanced, light, wholesome meal. Something like a salad and bread or a plate that incorporates a few food groups.

I don’t know about my mom, but I have been pretty good about following this now for a whole week. And, honestly, it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. Overall, I find I’m not craving as much sugar and I have actually felt hungry, which for awhile there, was a fleeting feeling because I used to snack all the time.

In some weird way, it’s kind of nice to actually hear my stomach growling. And I’ve swapped things like a handful of sweet cherries and a glass of milk for my old standby, which was a handful of chips and a Diet Coke. I have been incredibly busy this past week and I think that has helped give me some energy, too. And because I’ve been on the go so much the shakes have really been convenient.

I would still like to try some kind of a cleanse, but I think this little diet was just what I needed.

Grace Fowler is a recent Greenville High School graduate and soon-to-be Hope College freshman. She can be reached at grace@staffordmediasolutions.com.

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