It’s been a week since I have been on the Consolidation Phase for the Dukan Diet.  That’s the third phase, if anyone is following.  I must say I enjoy being on this phase a lot better!  I feel less constricted with eating.  I ended up using my 1 celebration meal on Monday night with Delissio Pizza.  Although, going on this phase has made me realize that I still need to be careful as I choose what I eat and make wise decisions.  It could be that fact that I am adding things back into my eating plan that I haven’t had for a while and this is an adjustment week for my body or that now I know what foods cause me to gain weight – bread, carbs, and other stuff!

2 Carb Meals
My first one was on Saturday at Tim Hortons.  I had a bowl of beef noodle soup.
My second one was on Wednesday.  I had a big bowl of spelt spaghetti .  It was really good.  I probably ate a little too much of it.  Mmmm… pasta.

1 Celebration Meal
On the first half of the consolidation phase you are only allowed 1 celebration meal per week.  I had mine early in the week – on Monday.  It was a Delissio Pizza.  You can take as much as you want on your plate and it can be whatever you want.  The only catch (there is always a catch) is that you can’t go back for seconds.  And guess what, I didn’t!  Win!  I did eat three slices though.  But it was delissio!

I have been having 1 apple a day.  Yum!  I have some grapefruit in the fridge I need to eat up too.  That will be tomorrow.  Except on Wed night I hadn’t had a fruit yet so I had a grapefruit.  It was so juicy and delicious.  Half of it I squeezed and drank the juice, the other half I ate like you would regularly eat a grapefruit.  When I was a kid I would load it with so much sugar that you wouldn’t be able to see the grapefruit through the stuff.  Now I am happy to say I enjoy it better without any sugar at all!

2 Slices of Whole Wheat Grain Bread
I found some in the grocery store.  It is a little chewier then normal whole wheat bread, but it is still good. Hello, you are talking to the girl who bakes with whole wheat flour so I think I can handle a little extra grain in my bread.  Yes, there is a difference.  I’ve been having a sandwich almost everyday, or a slice with some eggs in the morning.  It’s so nice to eat sandwiches again.  But, I don’t think I could get away with eating more bread then this in one day.  I do remember when I was away at a Bible College for a year, they had bread at every meal … which I probably ate it at 2 out of the 3 meals in the day.  That year I gained 15 lbs.  I’m sure it wasn’t just the bread, but I am now aware that putting too much of it in my body is not good, even if it is whole wheat grain.

Protein Day / Weight loss … or should I say gain
On Thursday’s I have a protein day.  This is recommended by Dr. Dukan.  Even when I am done this phase I am suppose to have this day for the rest of my life so that I will maintain my true weight.  I thought I was going to have a hard time through the protein day since I hadn’t had one for a while and I was enjoying eating some of the new foods.  But I made it through the day (besides the 1 bite of lasagna I took from the supper for the “other” people in the house).  This morning I was 1.6 lbs lighter.  This is important to me because throughout the week I didn’t loose any weight.  I know that Dr. Dukan says weight loss will slow down, but I was hoping for at least 1 lb.  In a sense I got that pound, but in another way I didn’t because I actually gained 3.4 lbs by Thursday morning.  There are many factors that can play in this weight gain and with today’s weight is really only 2 lbs in the end, but It would have been nice to have at least stayed the same weight.  This week has showed me that the protein day that works as a detox day is important for me.  I will say I’m not going to get all worried about those 2 lbs because I feel a heck of a lot better then I did 26 days ago when I started this thing!

At this very moment I can say that I am happy where I am and the success that I have made.  Did you know that I have gone 26 days without chips!  That is huge for me!!  Win!

Oh, quick story about the Gingerbread Man.  You might have caught it on FB, but for those of you who didn’t I will share it before I close off this lengthy post.

I made probably the most healthy gingerbread men (a future post will have the recipe) you can get for class this passed week because we were talking about sin and humanity in Theology class.  I called the cookies “little sinners”.  So of course I had to eat one to be sure that they were edible for other people.  The next day I went to class and came home without any cookies.  But there were a few that I left behind for a certain someone in our household.  I was craving for something….anything that I could get my hands on.

I thought, “Just eating a head of one will be ok.  I ate a full one last night, so a head won’t be bad.”  My sister was in the kitchen.  Talk about keeping me accountable.  Sometimes we are each others will power!

“What are you doing?”

“Nothing…it’s just the head.”

“NO!  Spit it out.”

So I did.  I spit it out right onto the floor.  I was actually trying to spit it at her but it got caught between my lips and feel to the floor instead.  Not because I was mad, I just thought it would be funny.  We did laugh…. a lot.  Something that you need to do while on this Dukan Diet journey!

How do you face temptation, whatever it is?  You know what to do, leave me a comment below! I would love to hear from you.

[This is part of the Dukan Diet series.  Check out the rest of the posts by clicking HERE.]