If you’re asking yourself “Why is this nut job doing this? It seems pretty stupid to deprive yourself of such delicious food!”, please read below:
I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.
This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta. And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.
Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.
I’m on day 3. I’m starting to crave sugar in a BIG way, but it might be because I was watching Samantha Who? last night on Netflix and they showed cupcakes, and a cupcake shop, and she drank juice and was drinking a lot of wine. The power of suggestion flew right into my brain and all I wanted to do was go out and get a cupcake and a glass of wine. But I didn’t. I went to sleep instead. Because I wasn’t hungry! And I knew that if I cheated, I’d have to start ALL over again, and who wants to do that? Not me!
Now for the sucky parts: I’ve had a headache the entire time I’ve been doing this. To be fair, I’ve had a headache for about a week. I think it’s a combination of sleeping on my stomach, stress from the wedding and James’ brain surgery a few weeks ago, and from going back to work after two weeks off. Plus eliminating sugar and bread probably has something to do with it. But I’m sure that once I get to our vacation house early this evening to see my lovely fiance, all of that stress will melt away and I’ll feel great!
Awesome parts: I’m not bloated! I don’t have gas (and although I hate to admit this in a public forum, I’m generally a pretty gassy person. Not cute at all.) I feel amazing besides having a headache. I have a lot of energy, I’m really loving everything I’ve been eating and I really really do not want to cheat. It was just a fleeting moment.
I won’t be blogging for day 4 and 5, as I’ll be unplugged while I’m enjoying our vacation house, but I’ll definitely post an update when I get back. James is doing this with me while he’s gone, so I won’t be tempted to eat bad things when I’m with him. I’m really looking forward to talking to him about how he feels, too.
Here’s what I had for dinner last night. I’m eating the other half for lunch today:
grilled chicken, cucumber, olives, onion, carrots, avocado and baby spinach. 🙂
Here’s my breakfast for Day 3. So pretty and colorful!
Steam Sauteed broccoli, snap peas and bell pepper with 3 eggs. Yum!
Have a happy weekend, everyone!