So I have now completed 8 full days of no dairy, no wheat (only grains have been 2 cups of brown rice), no sugar, no caffeine, no fruit etc.
Days 5-8 have been much different than 1-4. I sort of feel like I’ve fallen into a “routine” and I know what to eat, and feel good and full. Some things that I have noticed:
I sleep way better. I MIGHT get up once a night to use the bathroom, but prior to this I had a hard time falling asleep. Now I fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time, and I feel rested when I wake up. It’s amazing. I’m assuming this has to do with the white devil, sugar.
I also have found that after dinner, I feel satisified. Prior to this, I would want dessert almost as soon as I finished dinner. Now I find that I am ok with what I ate, and the few times that I’ve had “dessert” (berries with full fat coconut milk, OMG amazing), it’s just been a bonus, and not something I was craving.
I am not really “missing” anything, other than the convenience of the foods that I am not eating. Like eating a string cheese when I’m hungry, or a piece of toast while I’m making dinner. Eating this way has shown me it’s imperative to plan plan plan!
So…where to go from here? Well…I plan on eating what I want on thanksgiving, but I already feeling myself leaning towards the turkey, potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce, with no real hankering for rolls or bread stuffing. I am planning on having a piece of pie.
After turkey day I do think I’m going to continue with avoiding dairy, or at least limiting it, and limiting grains. I do think I’m going to start eating a bit of fruit, I would like to add that back into my breakfast or morning snack, but I’ll probably keep the focus on berries, apples, and pears, and away from bananas.
I think I’m going to be aiming for 90% “compliance.” 80% might be lenient enough that I will end up in a sugar binge.
Also, just for giggles, I weighed myself this morning. I lost 3 pounds from last Friday to this one.. I did not count calories, I did not count anything. My macronutrients worked out to approximately the following proportions, Fat-51%, Carbs-29% and Protein-20%. I am averaging about 2100 calories per day (ok, I do count calories, because I track my food online, but I don’t use the calories as a guide to how much to eat). I track to see how my nutrients are stacking up. On Weight Watchers I averaged about this same amount of calories…and as we know…never saw a significant weight loss.