Who is the boss of your life?
I’m pretty sure it’s OK to customize the 17 Day Diet to fit your body type and your lifestyle.
There’s nobody holding the 17 Day Diet book over your head and making you commit to drinking the hot lemon water every morning when you’d rather sip your tea or coffee.
We all have our own lives, our own likes and dislikes and quirky habits.
As long as you’re committing yourself to a lifetime of treating your body, mind and soul as best as you can, then I think you’ll get an “A” for effort.
So, you now have permission to customize the 17 Day Diet to fit within your lifestyle and your belief system.
Do I Have to Drink the Hot Lemon Water?
I hear from many blog readers that the hot lemon water doesn’t agree with their tummy in the morning.
Guess what? You are allowed to skip the hot lemon water.
Drink more water throughout the day to help flush those toxins and improve your digestion.
Why cause unnecessary stomach pain because some book tells you to drink the hot lemon water? It’s not worth it.
Too Many Choices in Cycle 2 May Cause Me To Fall Off the Wagon
I get it! I really do! When I was on Cycle 2, I was really excited to introduce beef and rice into my diet every other day.
However, Cycle 2 also caused me to cheat more on the diet than I should have because having too many choices gave me too many choices!
So, why not limit your Cycle 2 day to every two days rather than every other day? If it means you’ll stick to your diet, I give the “GO AHEAD” to keep you on track.
Chia and Flax Seeds
Hey, these two healthy weight-loss wonders are not on any of the 17 Day Diet Food Lists. However, seeds are on the Cycle 3 food list and are listed as a friendly fat.
I personally enjoy ground flax seed in my yogurt — it helps keep me full and satiated and keeps me away from temptation.
I’ve had many blog readers ask if they can use chia seeds on Cycle 1 because of their wonderful health benefits. Guess how I answered their question?
“It’s not on this approved food list by name, but seeds are allowed in Cycle 3. I personally think they should be allowed on any cycle. If you see that your weight is not coming off, then stop eating them and see if that helps”.
I never had one person come back and say that eating chia or flax seeds prevented them from losing weight.
Transitional Day Fast
Here’s a prime example of how you have the ultimate say in how you live your life on the 17 Day Diet.
Dr. Moreno introduced a few new “breakthroughs” in the diet that resulted in the new 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition published in December 2013.
As part of the newly updated diet, you are now allowed to have a Transitional Day Fast in between each cycle or after you have had a few bad days and need to get back on track.
Now, this transitional day fast is OPTIONAL! In the book the doctor explains that only YOU know how your body will react to a fast.
What Does This All Mean?
Here’s the deal. Ultimately, you are in charge of yourself. Nobody else can make a decision for you. You are responsible for what you put into your mouth.
If you feel you need to customize the 17 Day Diet to fit your lifestyle, then by all means, do it!
I’ve been loving the 17 Day Diet since 2011. As you know, your health & wellness is a life-long journey and food is one piece of the puzzle. I love sharing my favorite healthy recipes and meal plans to keep you motivated and on the right path to success!
When I’m not hanging out here, I enjoy quick trips to the Oregon Coast, helping you with your anti-aging & skincare needs over at my Avon store (come say hi!!), and helping you achieve better health through nature with my other love, Busy Bee’s Wellness Co.