As the diet experiment drags on it’s clear that the novelty quickly wears off, and therefore so does the need to have literally daily updates. Sure, it is interesting when I’m first getting the hang of a diet. There will always be times when I have a new recipe I tried, or something along those lines as well. However after a while this whole thing becomes rote, and the daily update is really just overkill. I will still track all my foods and moods daily, but I think unless an interesting thing happens on a given day, I’ll be reverting back to once a week updates for this phase.
With the third week done I’m now moving into the last week of abstaining from all of the forbidden foods. While I have the hang of it still, I can’t say I’m beyond craving the foods that I really like. Just like last week I’m not feeling any different, with the exception of having a cold and feeling those couple of “disconnected” feelings right before lunch on Thursday and Saturday. Diet wise I really didn’t do so great with the nutrition. I did have a couple of salads but a lot more of my calories came from rice and potatoes. While that didn’t violate any of the rules of the seven forbidden foods, it is breaking the rules with respect to the ratio of carbs, greens and protein. While that is more for people trying to lose weight on this diet than about determining if they are having a food sensitivity, the fact that I am low on a lot more nutrients this week than last week means I have to get my vegetable intake up in this coming week. The breakdown was:
As you can see things are looking pretty piss poor on Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Thiamin and Zinc. For once I’m also a bit low on Food Folate and Iron too. What I’m especially not happy about is that that Calcium levels are just over 100% but that is with me taking a Calcium supplement too. I really don’t like having to take a supplement anyway, but I need to for Vitamin D (the one vitamin I don’t mind since a lot of Vitamin D is supposed to come from sunlight). The fact that even with supplementation Calcium is just over 100% means I need to do a better job eating calcium. For most people they head right to the “cheese and milk” visualization of how to do that. Actually, vegetables can be quite high in calcium as well. So, once again this goes back to I’m not eating enough vegetables. I really need to get onto to that stat!
I’m not the type of person that needs to eat sandwiches and burgers on a daily basis. However Every once in a while it’s a nice thing to have. Obviously with no gluten products until July that’s not going to happen. Besides that everything was just an ordinary day of eating.
The third week of the Virgin Diet phase of the experiment is almost gone. Juggling a very tight and busy work schedule combined with not using any of my usual pacifiers proved a bit of a challenge, but it was one that I actually did well against in the end.
With a busy day of business meetings I didn’t have too much time to fit in my typical meals. I started the day with the usual shake which I had to drink on my drive to my first appointment. Lunch was an amazingly large salad which only held me until mid-afternoon. Ironically while I wasn’t hungry at all around noon, by the time I got lunch twenty minutes later I was practically light headed. I’m not sure what is up with that, but I do know I felt better after lunch.
While lunch was an enormous salad I was hungry again by 2 pm, so I had a small apple. I figured I may end up having a bigger dinner later and didn’t want to spoil it too much. As it turns out dinner ended up being a pretty large meal of sushi. Unfortunately I didn’t plan my day out well enough so I didn’t have my coconut aminos to bring along with me. It was therefore just sushi with some wasabi rubbed on top. I was surprised how much less sushi you can eat when you don’t have the soy sauce (or coconut aminos) mixed into it. I still managed to polish it all off, but it would have been more satisfying without it.
That was about all I had the stomach for today. Even though that’s not a lot of food, I just didn’t feel the urge to force more food down. Maybe I’ll make up for it in the next couple of days.
After the day of dealing with snow, today was a rather bland day. I’m kind of sore from yesterday, and even woke up in the middle of the night with my right lower back sort of spazzing out. It settled down eventually though. Tomorrow night is the night of my next set of pushups, so I still have one day to recover. Food wise everything was incredibly ordinary. The usual shake started the day and kept me full until lunch. Lunch was a not so big salad. I originally was intending to get some Chicken Tikki, but for some reason all the were making were sandwiches today. That obviously wasn’t going to fly, but I wasn’t in the mood for a giant salad. It was just the usual. Dinner was just some bacon wrapped chicken breasts with a baked potato followed by some almond butter fudge and a bowl of grapes. As I said, nothing too dramatic or interesting.
The Northeast/Mid-Atlantic had their taste of some real snow, which meant cocooning in the house doing “work” work while regularly going out to shovel. There will be a snowblower for the next storm! Until then it was more a neighborly effort to keep shoveling before it got too deep since three houses share a 250 foot driveway. Despite all that I was able to get some good eating in and to try a new way of cooking chicken.
Today I woke up feeling about the same as I did yesterday morning, and it continued through the afternoon and evening. It’s nothing horrific but enough to be a nuisance and for me to try to avoid contact with people. Sadly due to poor schedule management on my part my diet for the day wasn’t altogether bad, but it wasn’t that diverse either.
I had gone to bed feeling a bit dehydrated and woke up with a splitting headache. On a Sunday morning when I wasn’t abstaining from alcohol that would have been a clear indication I had too much alcohol the night before, which sadly with my metabolism can be as little as three beers sometimes. I tried nursing it off but to no avail, so I just kept trying some nourishment to fill in the gaps and lots of water/seltzer trying to fight it down.
The second week is now down and while I certainly am getting used to the restrictions I can’t say I have gotten to the point where I’m not missing certain foods anymore. It is great to notice that I can pick up the scents of these foods I used to eat all the time, often from across the room. Unfortunately that creates a craving not revulsion sensation. I think part of the reason for that is because I’m actually not sensitive to any of these foods that I’ve excluded. Perhaps it is too early to tell, and in the coming weeks I will have a revelation about something that is just not agreeing with my system. There is only one way to find out, of course.
Nutrition wise things are looking a lot better than last week. Almost across the board my intake of all vitamins and minerals went up. I made up some lost ground on some nutrients I wasn’t hitting 100% of Daily Value on, especially the calcium, thiamin and iron. At the same time I still am missing the mark just a little bit on Zinc and Riboflavin. These are still hovering just above or below 90% so this isn’t an actual case of malnourishment, but at the same time I would ideally have all of these above 100% for the week.
Mood and body wise everything felt fine. I am now only susceptible to fatigue on days that I don’t get enough sleep, which unfortunately was more than one this week. Without the sugar or caffeine boosters one really needs to be far more careful about how much sleep they are getting. I’ll have to make a note of that and get to bed earlier. I still am feeling some muscle stiffness when I do even light exercise, but since I’ve been completely sedentary for the past month and a half that is to be expected, I think. We will see more as I get back into working out more and more over the next few months. Lastly, my knee sensation maxed out about mid-week. I’m hoping that whatever body adjustment to the diet that was causing that is now over. As with the rest of this, I guess it’s a case of “time will tell.”