Article by Fabafterfifty
With the arrival of the Dukan Diet book this week I have had the chance to read through and understand a lot more. I am now firmly in the ‘Cruise’ phase of the diet, where I am alternating my protein days with the addition of vegetables which I can select from a list of 28 options.
Now that I have the book, complete with recipes, the Dukan diet does not appear as strict as I had thought- with recipes for chicken with tarragon and lemon, Indian chicken , and a special white sauce for fish it seems a lot more appetising and hence should be easier to stick to as I don’t feel I am depriving myself quite so harshly!
I was pleased to see that there is an excellent chapter with additional hints for menopausal women, including suggestions of how to maintain your existing weight if you are starting HRT without having to work through all 4 stages of the Dukan diet programme.
I am working hard to stick with it, the fact that I was able to wear a particular dress on Friday which I would not have been able to even think about 3 weeks ago, has given me that extra dose of motivation.
I’m still not yet able to wear THE dress lined up for Ascot, but am hoping I will be able to do so by the middle of June!
An extra thought, I was lucky enough to meet hairdresser Andrew Barton (of Ten Years Younger), and as he watched me stick to my protein at lunch and turn down dessert (it was chocolate with edible gold leaf and looked delicious- that was tough!) he also commented that a protein diet was excellent for hair health, especially if eaten for breakfast – so I am hoping to have healthier hair as well!
I still have more energy and feel so much better in myself since starting.
I have also been asked if I would like to put my questions about the diet directly to Dr Dukan later this week when he is in the UK for the launch of the book, so please feel free to add to the comments box- I can’t guarantee that I will be able to ask them all but will do my best.
Until the next update
PS. Am having asparagus tonight – can’t wait!