Dieting

Diet for a Day: What I Learned from Singer Adele’s Diet

While I learned many things by following singer ENTJ Adele’s diet for one day, knowing how to pronounce the diet was not one of the things.

Tabloid magazines claim Adele lost 100 pounds on the “Sirtfood” diet, but it’s easier to remember if you call it the un-Circusfood diet since it involves making a lot of foods you would probably never find at a Circus, fair or carnival.

Now, to truly get in the mindset of the Adele diet, I decided to listen to Adele’s music while on the elliptical and jogging. Some of her songs are more motivating than others (see Adele Workout Playlist at the end of this article). And pretty much all of the songs are disturbing (in a good way) which makes for a confusing workout.

Adele is usually typed by MBTI enthusiasts as an ENTP, one of the rational types. ENTPs are often the executive types, which is unusual in a singer/songwriter. So, when Adele sings she would like to meet and go over everything — I envision her waiting in a board room with a power point presentation ready to analyze the poor performance of her easily replaceable man slut.

The conscious cognitive functions of an ENTP are Ne (extroverted intuition), Ti (introverted thinking), Fe (extroverted feeling) and Si (introverted sensing).

What I ate on the diet

One of my favorite aspects of the diet was the green juicing. I altered the official recipe by removing the ginger because ginger makes me feel weird. The juice was surprisingly good. I like to juice a lot with beets and carrots but having a pure green juice was very refreshing. I made it with lemon, flat parsley (not curly parsley), celery, arugula, kale, green apple and I added a little bit of orange and red apple. It made me feel very energetic. And I liked the green color.

My plan for the day was to eat only foods on the Sirtfood approved list while staying in a calorie range that I chose while on my one day diet devoted to Jillian Michaels’ advice (1200 to 1500 calories for the day). Eating 1500 calories is technically the “week 2” guideline for the Sirtfood diet. The first week people are supposed to eat 1,000 calories. A daily calorie range is more ideal for intuitive dieting but the downside is it might take longer to lose weight.

In addition to the green juice, I tried the Sirtfood buckwheat noodle recipe but substituted tofu for the shrimp since I avoid shellfish. I pretended to be allergic to shellfish once to make life harder for my sister so now I feel like I have to live the lie. I did not drink coffee because I don’t like coffee, but opted for iced green tea — the seltzer version with no calories and caffeine.

TOFU Stir-fry with Buckwheat Noodles

Ingredients:

  • Package of firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Small package of buckwheat noodles
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onions, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/2 cup green beans, chopped in half
  • 1/2 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Instructions:

Heat a pan over a high heat, then cook the tofu in 1 teaspoon of the tamari and 1 teaspoon of the oil for 20 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Cook the buckwheat noodles in boiling water for 7 minutes or as directed on the package. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, fry the garlic, red onion, celery, green beans and kale in the remaining oil over a medium–high heat for 2–3 minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for a minute or two.

Add the tofu and noodles to the pan. Heat and serve. Fix yourself one portion or about 1 cup of the dish.

Adele Workout Playlist
  1. Rolling in the Deep
  2. Set Fire to the Rain
  3. Someone Like You
  4. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  5. Hello

My top takeaways from the Sirtfood diet plan/Adele diet:

  • Find small wrapped dark chocolates so you don’t spend more than 50 calories on chocolate. Don’t eat stale chocolates Adele bought for her EX.
  • It’s easy to make tasty Buckwheat pancakes with blueberries if you find the right pancake mix at the health food store. Look for gluten-free.
  • Make one extremely large glass water bottle of the green juice and keep in fridge to drink by end of the day.
  • Always chase the Adele playlist with songs by Pat Benatar to get back into the right mindset. Example: “Treat Me Right.”
  • If the diet doesn’t work. Never mind. You’ll find something just like this diet.

Rating: I give the Adele Sirtfood diet a big smile because it works for people, but a half frown because it’s too much work for me — emotionally and in terms of food prep.

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