- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Day one and I’m kind of sleepy but definitely not hungry.
Day one and I’m kind of sleepy but definitely not hungry.
I started this thread a few days ago and thought I’d reply to you here so as not to jack the other thread.
I’ve been dabbling in vegetarianism prior to this so I can relate and give a few tips. When I say dabbling I mean that I have not eaten red meat in years (nearly 20 since I stopped in high school).
Prior to this I was eating vegetarian meals 5 days/week. So that meant a lot of bread and pasta and legumes (hummus). And I’m allergic to peanuts so cutting out legumes is probably a good thing. Lately I have been really tired, had stomach problems and my immune system is pretty shot. My coworker mentioned trying this and so I said I’d do it along with him.
One thing about not being used to eating a lot of meat is that you get full really quickly when you start to eat it again. I cannot believe that I’m full all afternoon long. I have been mixing it up. Sometimes, I eat fruit for breakfast, or scrambled eggs with various veggies. Lunch is usually when I have protein. Today I had a nicoise salad (so seared tuna) and at work I usually have grilled chicken. What I have realized is that I don’t normally need to have meat at night. Last night I had gazpacho soup with a side of broccoli and I was fine.
So basically I’m doing two meals with protein and one without along with snacking on some nuts, fruits or veggies in between. So far, so good.
@canuckandakiwi: Darn you for posting this link!! Now I have to try it!!! 😉 And of course what I really mean is thank you. I often cut out one thing at a time for a short while to get myself used to living without it – which is actually my tip to the OP. Sometimes giving yourself a week or two weeks without it can really make a difference. If you only think you have to live without it for a couple of weeks, it’s a lot easier to say no. But after that break, you won’t crave it as much.
This sounds like a good thing to try though. While I think I’m healthy, there are quite a few things in my diet that are on that list. I have such a hard time losing weight or keeping it down, even with a pretty strict diet & exercise. I have also been noticing a stomach sensitivity to foods but I’m not sure what it is… This might be a good way to figure that out.
The only challenge is that I’m a pretty strict vegetarian. I have been one for over 20 years so there’s no changing it. I have tried to introduce a little fish into my diet & now & then I can handle a little salmon or tuna, but everything else is disgusting to me. Most of my protein sources are dairy & legumes. The only thing I see on their list is eggs, so I will have to do a little research. But what I like is that it’s just 30 days. I can survive 30 days without any of those things.
And I’ll keep the coffee too 😉
@canuckandakiwi: Thank you! This is great. It came at a really good time today. I’m sitting here with some werid stomach cramps. I ate a piece of organic whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Then I had a slice of cheese. Three things that are no-no’s on this diet. I went on a run and figured the cramps & bloating would go away, but they didnt. It may even be worse. I’m sure at some point it will go away but I’m thinking I’ll stick with some simple stuff for the rest of the day.
As of this moment, I’m hoping to start on Monday after I’ve had a chance to go shopping. Thanks so much for the info! Keep me updated on how you’re doing!
I’m sleeping EXTREMELY well these days. Allergies still aren’t great but that’s likely because my body is getting rid of toxins. I’m kind of worried because it sounds like a lot of people have really bad detoxing symptoms, mine are like having bad allergies and feeling sleepy and I wonder if they are going to get a lot worse?
Last night was my friend’s birthday and I sat through a 2.5 hour dinner with lots of cocktails, bread and a home-made carrot cake which was INSANE looking (my friend is a really good cook.) I was hungry and the bread looked really, really good but I resisted.
I ended up eating a lot of the kale salad which had oranges, avocados, and sliced almonds as well as grilled calamari with arugula and tomatos. My main was a grilled veggies and chicken breast in a lemon butter sauce (that was probaby going against it a bit in terms of dairy but it was the best I could find on that menu.)
I did have one bite of the carrot cake. What was interesting (and scary) is that about 3 minutes later I got a shooting pain in my stomach.
Breakfast is the hardest. This morning I scrambled some eggs, tomatoes, onions and leaks and my DH went and got me an Americano to which I added some coconut almond milk (fresh, not store-bought.)
I slept for 10 hours. Crazy!
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@canuckandakiwi: Good job!! I think that’s the hardest thing, going to parties or social events! My husband and I really enjoy wine. I don’t have to have a lot but I enjoy having a glass with dinner or while I watch TV before I go to bed. I went to a BBQ yesterday (which actually had some great, healthy options) and I have another one today. Then I have something going on Monday night, so I’m trying to allow myself to reasonably enjoy this weekend & tomorrow and get started during the week. I feel like if I am going to make a big commitment like that to myself, I need to be excited about it and not be sad about it on the very first day! But having this on my mind, I’m already making healthier choices which is a great thing!
What is this all about, I’m interested? Brief info on the “whole 30”? Is it from a book or something?
This is a paleo-based way of eating that I’ve decided to follow. It basically eliminates a lot of bad food (dairy, refined carbs, legumes, sugar and *sob* alcohol) for 30 days but you definitely don’t starve!
http://whole9life.com/2012/08/the-whole30-program/ – that has a ton of info.
I’m only on day 4 but so far, so good. I am sleeping insanely well. And my PMS symptoms are significantly reduced which is interesting.
Yes, the social part is a bit dificult too. I’m a lover of red wine as well which I am missing.
But already experiencing a shift in my tastebuds and realizing I was far too dependent on organic juices (I have 2 juice places around the corner from me and I’ve switched to eating fruit and veggies instead of drinking juice. it’s interesting because my tastebuds are already changing – yesterday I had a juice (kale, pineapple, apple and spinach) I normally love and it was soooo sweet (I gave it to my DH.)
Hopefully with this week at work being busy I can make it through without cheating. I picked up some sea snax and larabars today (some of them are ok.)
Good luck with the shopping and let me know if you need moral support.
I did this last october. I generally felt well, but I didn’t stick with it after. I don’t like to cook very much and with this I felt like I was always in the kitchen. I didn’t lose a ton of weight or notice any significant changes, besides my crabbiness at having no social life 🙁
@mamadingdong: Yes, the cooking part is hard. I think one thing I am lucky with is living in NYC it’s actually pretty easy to find meals and snacks that are compliant. So far am struggling the most with breakfast.
Weight loss will be a bonus for me (I can live with it as I don’t gain weight) but I need to kick this feeling of being tired and foggy all the time. We’ll see what happens when I ease back into the occasional bowl of pasta…that is my weakness!
Oh neat! We are actually doing the paleo thing as well, on a different challenge. We started Aug 1. It’s been tougher for me, as I am also a vegetarian. I’ve been finding recipes on pinterest.
@canuckandakiwi: Oh no!! Well I’m sure your tastebuds adapting like that means you’ve been doing great & hopefully that one little bit of sugar won’t mess anything up. I’m going to do my best to make my own food as often as I can but that’s easier said than done!