Truthfully, I did the Whole 15, then my partner and husband left for out of town work for a month and I did not continue my good eating habits. I fully recommend a partner or doing this in a supportive group! I will share with you below some of my observations of my two weeks of eating very healthy.
- When I became tired and had a very long day on Saturday (taught class) I really was craving sugar.
- Healthy food truly did not taste so good, especially that day when I was craving sugar! I almost did not want to eat during this shift . I talked to others about this who said they have experienced the same thing. I am not sure of the exact reason for that. I have not fully eaten well a lot of my life. I do my best but I always have eaten the complex carbs and some sugars as well. If anyone has any thoughts on this, please share about why you think I am not so excited about healthy food! The truth is it got better over the two weeks. I think my mind has to realize how crucial it is for me.
- I needed to always bring snacks with me, mainly nuts. Otherwise I could easily cheat!
- When I traveled again for week after two weeks of doing pretty well, I easily fell off the wagon when tired.
- Important to plan these days ahead (doing this plan) when you can be home.
- Eating out was hard but not impossible, don’t allow them to bring you the bun/bread and you will be good! I had to tell a waiter in Milwaukee not to bring bread 3 times! He thought I was crazy.
- This plan was not that hard because I could eat fruit, on my candida diet I could not even eat fruit.
- I lost 3 lbs at least on this plan in the 12 days. All my clothes fit much better and my “sugar thighs” have lessoned. I almost can now just “see” the sugar on people’s bodies. My family is famous for our thighs and now I know why!
- As the days wore on I craved carbohydrates a lot less. These are the easiest for me (i.e. chips).
- Sugar and especially chocolate is another story. I really crave the chocolate at times. Easter candy! Oh no!
- I found I had much more energy, at least 25% more even after just one week. I was accepting invitations with friends when I may not have before, that means a lot to me.
- When I did slip on my trip and eat a cookie that had a lot of sugar, my blood sugar crashed after and I needed a big nap. I felt terrible and wanted to eat more sugar, it is a terrible vicious cycle!
- Eating clean really affected my mental state, I was much calmer and truly so was my husband. At one point we shared m&ms and he had a couple of beers and a different side came out in him (even though he really hates to admit it). If we watch this closely we will truly see this impact of our moods with the food we eat. I am the exact same way, but had to use him as an example at least once!
- It was easier when we both worked at cooking, and it was mainly my husband as he is not working in the US at the current moment. So he cooked a lot, that made this easier.
- It is also much easier doing it with a partner/support group because you can keep each other more honest.
- Truly I realized I do not like to eat this much red meat (my husband does) so I have recently purchased some vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. I truly believe for me that is more the way to go. However, you really have to watch the carbs and sugars they include in some of their menus. I also know limiting dairy is important for me.
- I am gluten free so a lot of the vegetarian recipes have gluten. The truth is we need to find the nutrition plan that works for us, just like anything else in life!
Good luck and happy eating!!!! Below is a my food plan.
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2nd half of green smoothie
Salad – cauliflower, egg, avocado, cucumber, red wine vinegar and oil dressing
Hummus, carrots, cucumber, mixed nuts, section of orange
Kombucha (2 g sugar type).
Maca, Acai, Almond Butter, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Blueberries
Tuna, herby spices, brag spices, celery, carrots, avocado
Whole Foods Buffet, Lentil Soup, Salad, Egg, Falafel (chickpeas), chicken wings (no sugar).
Eating Out Breakfast –
Egg whites, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes
Salmon, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, caul, & hard boiled eggs.
Salmon, cashews, carrots, sunflower seeds
Breakfast – Kale, Eggs, and Onions (late breakfast)
Lunch- Cashews, ¼ pear (snack)
Dinner – Salmon, bacon, avocado, sweet potatoes (eating out).