My 17 Day Update

Well, I have survived the first cycle of the 17 Day Diet and I am pleased to say that I am in love this lifestyle change that I have made with my wife.

I’m not going to lie, the first week or two was hard. My work constantly had donuts, birthday cakes, ice cream every Wednesday, pizza, I could go on and on. Then, over Labor Day weekend we went up to the cabin, and how do you go to the cabin and not indulge yourself in treats: smores, Red Vines, and peanut butter M&Ms. And finally, LDS missionary farewells and homecomings. I made Slutty Cheesecake bars and another delicious treat to take, and had to make sure I didn’t eat any.

The farewell was catered by Chik-Fil-A. We were sitting at a table outside enjoying the weather and conversation when one of the dad’s brings a large tray of nuggets, drops in on our table and says, “I need you to finish these.” What? I mean if it were any other time it would have been no problem if it were any other time, but when I am trying to eat healthier? I must say, I caved. How could I not? They were talking to me begging me to eat them. I didn’t eat the entire tray, but the next day I was thinking that it was a great taste and don’t need them again anytime soon.

I must say, it hasn’t been easy, but it’s been so worth it. I am five days into cycle 2 and it is getting easier each and every day. Not only that, but the results you see in the little amount of time are fantastic. My pants are fitting better. I am able to wear pants that weren’t really fitting the best before and now they are fitting perfectly or even a little baggy. Shirts are actually loose on my stomach. I feel healthier and happier. The best part is that it has become a lifestyle change in our home, we do it together and even our son prefers healthy over not.

I wasn’t happy with the way I was looking. I would see pictures of myself and think I have gained way too much and needed to get back in gear. My problem is I need a motivator. I need something to help me get to where I need to be. Now, whether that’s a trip to a beach, training for a marathon or triathlon, or because I have something coming up where I need to look better in pictures. I feel like this works for most people, but I especially need it or I won’t do anything at all.

I am excited about this next cycle of 17 days because there are new food items I get to start bringing back into my diet or trying new things in general:


Same as Cycle 1, but add in the following:









Lean Cuts of Meat:

Flank Steak

Top Sirloin Steak

Top Round

Eye of the round

Beef round tip

Beef top sirloin

Beef top loin

Lean ground beef

Pork Tenderloin

Pork sirloin chops

Pork boneless loin roast

Pork top or center loin chops

Lamb shanks

Lamb sirloin roast

Veal cutlet


 Natural Starches

(all to be eaten  prior to 2pm)

Grains: (1 serving = ½ cup)


Barley, pearled

Brown rice



Cream of wheat


Longer rain rice, such as basmati


Oat bran

Old-fashioned oatmeal



Legumes: (1 Serving = ½ cup)

Black beans

Black-eyed peas

Butter beans

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

Great northern beans

Kidney beans


Lima beans, baby

Navy beans


Pinto beans

Soy beans

Split peas

Starchy Vegetables:

Breadfruit (1 serving = 1 cup)

Corn (1 serving = ½ cup)

Potato (1 serving = 1 medium)

Pumpkin (1 serving = 1/2 cup)**

Sweet potato (1 serving = 1 medium)

Taro (1 serving = ½ cup)

Winter squashes (acorn, spaghetti, butternut, etc) (1 serving = 1 cup)

Yam (1 serving = 1 medium)


Cleansing Vegetables

(same foods as Cycle 1)

Low-Sugar fruits

(same foods as Cycle 1)


(same foods as Cycle 1)

Friendly Fats

(same foods as Cycle 1)


Condiments and seasonings are allowed in moderation:


Low-carb marinara sauce

Lite soy sauce

Low-carb ketchup

Fat-free sour cream


Low sodium broth

Truvia or Nectresse** (a non-caloric sweeteners made from natural ingredients)

Sugar-free jams and jellies

Vegetable cooking-spray

Fat-free cheeses (i.e. parmesan)

Fat-free salad dressing







Don’t forget that every morning, the second you wake up, to get in your 8 oz of heated water with half a lemon. We have made it easier (and cheaper) by using real lemon juice from Costco. You need a tablespoon and a half to equal a half a lemon.

Keep up the good work and if you want to know the rest of the details on The 17 Day Diet check it out here.