The transition to not eating gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, corn, or sweeteners was actually a lot easier than I thought. My husband was correct in saying that it would be fairly easy because we’ve been following pretty strict nutrition plans before now anyway. So, the discipline was there.
Here is what a typical day looks like:
- Breakfast: Gluten Free Oatmeal made with almond milk, a squirt of honey (natural sweeteners in moderation are allowed), and a dollop of almond butter.
- Lunch: A Green smoothie made with Garden of Life Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, 622 Grams(the proprietary Virgin Diet Protein Powder was a bit pricey for us), ground flax seed, spinach, strawberries, and blueberries.
- Dinner: Chicken, Veggies, and Basmati Rice
- Snacks: Raw veggies with homemade hummus, Apple and almond butter, homemade Larabars, etc.
- Drinks: Black Coffee, unsweetened tea, and tons of water
How do I feel after one week?
- There is less bloating in my core section. Yes, that infamous pooch we all hate is getting smaller and flatter. I am looking tighter in general.
- I am sleeping better at night. I usually wake up several times a night and often have to go to the couch in hopes of falling back to sleep. This week has been a blessed time of deep slumber.
- My energy is through the roof and consistent throughout the day. I usually have a major crash around 2 pm or so and really struggle to keep my eyes open. Not this week. I just kept plowing through the day.
- Mental clarity. The fog was lifted. I had no idea that I was living with so much fog and dissonance in my head. This week has been remarkably clear. I wish I could say I came up with an awesome invention or profound thought. Maybe next week. I’m just happy I was able to have complete thoughts and not struggle to come up with the right words in a conversation.
- And here’s the BIG one. NO KNEE PAIN!!!! Time will tell if that was due to the nutrition change or the fact I didn’t exercise at all this week. But, I was thrilled to live this week pain free.
I thought I was going to be a superhero and get through this first week with no problems or cravings. That was the case through Saturday. I even navigated a party with slipping up. But, then came Sunday. The cravings hit me like a cast iron pan. I was so hungry for everything bad all day long. I was eating a lot of food so I know I wasn’t technically hungry . I even messaged a friend and said “I think I could gnaw my own arm off and fry it in buttermilk.” It was that bad. I kept telling myself, “Cravings are just toxins leaving the body. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. Push through this hurdle and it will get better.”
Now, here I am on Tuesday and things are better. The cravings are not nearly as bad and very manageable. Perhaps it is the routine of the week or I am slowly conquering the cravings.
My assessment after just one week?
I feel amazing.
This isn’t quite as hard as I thought it would be (except for Sunday).
I am following this plan better than any other plan I’ve followed. I think that has to do with the fact that I want answers for what’s ailing me. So, I can’t mess this process up with random cheats.
Two-Three weeks of the elimination process (I *might* add an extra week on for good measure) and then I will start testing each food one at a time.
I will keep you all updated throughout the next few weeks. 🙂
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