Health and Fitness

The Katniss Everdeen Diet

Originally posted on April 24, 2012.

Before you go google-ing for “katniss diet”, I’m gonna go ahead and say that there isn’t really such a diet, no, but there is, it’s just not literally named Katniss Diet.

Last week, I suffered went through a detox diet that Coach Xhi of Pinay Fitness prescribed me. The diet lasted for 7 whole days.

Whatever it was that I felt those 7 days, that was probably what Katniss felt everyday of her life.

If you don’t know who Katniss is, she is the main character in The Hunger Games trilogy, a recommended read. I’ll describe her briefly as a skillful hunter who has to go to the woods everyday to provide food for her family.

It will take time to type in the entire detox plan, but basically, I ate what Katniss ate before she went to Capitol, which are:

Fruits and vegetables. The first 3 days, I was only allowed to eat fruits and vegetables. I’m a meat eater. I do eat lots of fruits and vegetables but not a day goes by that I go without eating meat. It was a consolation that there was no recommended serving size, otherwise it would’ve been hell-ish. I could it eat as many fruits and vegetables as I wanted (or needed), and I did.

The next 4 days was easier. Aside from fruits and vegetables, I was already allowed…

Milk. Katniss drinks milk from her sister Prim’s goat. I have some sort of intolerance to regular milk so Coach Xhi recommended soy milk. It was ok, but I wouldn’t drink soy or any other type of milk again unless I need to do another round of detox.

Meat. There were 2 days in the diet that I was allowed to eat one serving of meat. It must be grilled without too many seasonings but that’s ok with me. I don’t care if meat is bland, I need my protein. I can really relate to Katniss during this time of the detox diet. She is only able to eat meat occasionally.

That’s basically the whole detox diet. Nothing else except for drinking lots of water, but that’s not counted as food.

People who know me outside the internet knows how miserable this diet must’ve made me feel. Surprisingly, by the 4th day, I felt great. I have more energy. I didn’t crave for bread or rice and I didn’t need coffee to start my day.

The most astonishing thing was one I didn’t expect: I felt like I wanted to continue on with a diet that’s similar to the detox diet.

I researched about it a little more and found out about the caveman diet (aka Paleo Diet). Here’s an excerpt of an article from nerdfitness.com:

“Back in the day, grains weren’t part of our diet.  We ate what we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, some tubers and roots, occasional berries or seasonal fruits, and seeds that other animals hadn’t decimated.  Grains came around extremely late in our development cycle and have been causing problems ever since.”

Sounds very hunger games, right? Here’s a quote from the book:

“I stand straight, while I’m thin, I’m strong.

The meat and plants from the woods

combined with the exertion it took to get them

have given me a healthier body than most of those I see around me.”

– Katniss, The Hunger Games

I’m still researching about the Paleo Diet to see how I can make it work for me. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m not going back to my old eating habits. Because, it’s hardly even a diet (basically it is–you can also call it healthy diet).

Disclosure:
At the time of this writing, Coach Rissa of Pinay Fitness, offered me a 4-week plan of 2x a week training which included a nutrition program, postural analysis, etc.

17 Comment

  1.  I don't know how it happened but I was once 89lbs. :P  Grow muscle na lang. Kasi when I grew fat, it went to my tummy, thighs, and arms.

  2. Oh my.. I don't think I can go through this diet.. >.< I'm a heavy carb eater and I don't think I can survive without rice or bread. But maybe I can give this a shot soon 'cause I want to start eating and living healthy.. :) I also decided to restart working out, so detoxifying first might really help.

  3. Hi Bee,

    Kaya mo yan. If kaya ni Katniss at ni Rae, kaya mo din :D

    Sabay kami ni Coach Xhi nag Detox and it was a fun experience kasi we got to be creative in finding the right fruits/veggies that works for us.

    That's what's great with support group. You know that there is someone there for that extra push.

  4. I'm a super meat-eater too! I'm re-scheduled to start detox next week. Nakaka-kaba pero nakaka-excite din. :)
     
    Ang galing lang ng pagkaka-relate mo sa Detox diet at Hunger games. Sign yan ng addiction to a book/movie. Yung nairerelate mo sa everyday life! Haha. I remember before, we used to cast Harry Potter spells!

  5. Good job Rae!… The 7day diet is to reset your body in eating live foods that are naturally produced and you can eat as many as you can without gaining body fat. Because in our time, we eat to much of “junk” or in other words “dead” food. Most of our everyday task depends on “fastfood, processed food, and genetically modified food” to cope up with our fast paced life. 

    After this diet program, your body will crave for more nutrient packed foods like fruits and vegetables which honestly is more convenient and affordable to eat.

    Guaranteed to make you stronger, sexier, and making your skin better.

    Hows that for a diet?

  6. like you, i'm a meat eater so diet is not really for me so kahit ilang beses ko na sinasabi na magdiet ako, hindi ko magawa. hindi naman ko malakas kumain pero i can't really avoid sweets and meats. hopefully, maimprove ko eating habits ko.  good luck! 

  7. Why not? :D

    If you're healthy in general, read more about it and give it a try.

    Oh, and it's hardly a die-t. I don't starve myself :p

  8. Read the Paleo Diet link. They explained it in a very understandable and non-technical way. I still have a lot to learn about it. But based on my first week without grains and flour and processed food, I feel so light and refreshed.

What do you think?

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