I’ve successfully accomplished 15 days of no/lo grains/rice/starchy veg, lo/no sugar, lo/no sweet. It was a test run for my experiment in January, and frankly, it flew by so fast. Although I tried my absolute best to stick to the program, there we’re two instances where I fell. Here are the pros and cons, and what I’ve discovered that will affect my experiment in January.
I started to taste things differently. A dash of half and half in my tea became a “sweet” treat. Butternut Squash with cinnamon started tasting like dessert. A bowl of Chipotle tasted like heaven. Vegetables in general became more pleasant. Perrier is my new staple drink, instead of the usual Diet Coke.
Hunger started to fade after the first week. There were days where I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours and I didn’t even realize it. I would eat half of a salad and be full. A glass of coconut milk before bed would suffice for a meal if I didn’t have time to eat after yoga.
Cravings started to fade after the first week…. but there is a con to this. Although I was no longer craving sweet things as much after the first week, I was craving a glass of wine like you wouldn’t believe.. or a bottle of Baileys. A glass of cold cider in a dark bar. A vodka tonic, for chrissakes.
Shopping for food has become cheaper. I have my staples now: cauliflower, brocolli, all sorts of squash, avocado, etc. Fish, steak, chicken. Maybe a little bottle of oregano. Nothing major.
Sweets are not what they used to be. I just tried a little nibble of Lindor Milk Chocolate to see how I would react… and I spit it out. It was overly sweet, not pleasant, and certainly not worth the calories.
The Mirror. Shopping for clothes has become much easier. In the past two weeks, I’ve dropped a dress size. I went on a mad shopping spree at Urban Outfitters and everything fit wonderfully. I look in the mirror and feel like a pretty girl. If that isn’t a pro, I don’t know what is.
Withdrawal was rampant at first. I sincerely felt as if I was some sort of candy-drug addict, and was quite honestly in the first few days going very, very crazy. Not even being able to eat a fruit or some splenda at least was killing me, and I was as grumpy as can be. There have been studies that people who prefer sweet tasting things also tend to have a sweeter disposition. I could see what this could be true.
I slipped, TWICE. Once towards the end, I caved in on a night of drinking vodka/soda (yes, carbs, but I was going to allow myself this vice since I was clearly missing something). I had about half a cider. It was fantastic. The other was when I went to get a doppio espresso at Starbucks, and decided I wanted to add a pump of pumpkin. I didn’t know that the pump was actually sweet until I tasted it… and in the past, I never really tasted any sweet in it.
I’ve been going to sleep about 3 hours earlier than I was before. This cuts into my social life, my relationship time, and even with the extra sleep, I haven’t felt more rested. I believe that this is an effect of withdrawal, and hope that it stops once my body adjusts to the changes over a longer period of time.
Dairy is going to be difficult to cut out. I’ve noticed that dairy is both my downfall and savior. It’s added a little discreet sweetness to my life over the past two weeks, but I also consumed quite a bit in the beginning mostly. I may have to adjust rules for January to incorporate a little, maybe that dash in the tea that’s kept me calm.
Hunger will go away, but that doesn’t mean I should undereat. There were days that I noticed that all I ate was a bowl of butternut squash, or just a tomato soup. I think I need to think in density… maybe eat a little more meat and fat (which is easy for me, since I’m practically born a carnivore as an Argentine).
Now that I’ve gotten past these two weeks, I’m going to allow myself to let loose until the 1st of the month. I still want to retain a level of control, as this is now the test of how I will do past the experimentation period. Carbohydrates in the form of grains and starches I still plan on keeping to a minimum. Sugar… well, I’ll dip in the “cookie jar” every once in a while. Alcohol.. well, it’s my birthday next week, so I plan to drink anything and everything I feel like.. BUT I will attempt to steer clear of the mixed drink variety, and absolutely not allow any beer (ok.. maybe one cider here and there). I’ve got a birthday bottle of Baileys waiting for me.
Now, for a little fashion inspiration to keep us all good over the holiday season. Remember, how good you feel in your body will reflect your confidence in how you look in clothes.