I wanted to ace the sixth week, but work messed up those plans. It wasn’t a bad ending to the challenge but I could have obviously done much better.
I have to be honest with myself, week 5 has been the worst one, in terms of adherence so far. Not only did I bottom out scores on two categories, but I was about fed up with the dietary restrictions of the nutritarian diet as well.
The fourth week of my diet challenge is now behind me. With the added formalism to my grading I can really keep myself more honest about how things are going. As usual, while I’m able to keep the diet dialed in, other things just don’t get the attention they need. As schedules get more compressed and busy I often just don’t have the energy to get the exercise things done, or it’s a trade-off between sleep and exercise. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to address that with some schedule changes.
The third week of my diet challenge is now behind me. I added some formalism to how I’m grading myself on each category each day, and therefore the weekly grade. I’m getting faster and stronger too, but for some reason I’m now being haunted by food dreams.
The second week of my diet challenge is now behind me. I’ve really settled into a good tempo on the diet, even managing eating out rather well. While I’ve made some improvements on the other goals I still have a way to go.
The first week of my nutritarian diet challenge is now in the books. I’ve had some good food experiments, I’ve made some progress on my body composition, and I’ve survived some of the challenges. I’ve also stumbled a bit, but that’s I guess why I called it a challenge in the first place. So, how did I do with each of my goals?
Monday begins the Paleo week off in high fashion. Actually, it’s going to be starting the Paleo Phase off a day early. Considering all the gorging on junk food I’ve had (did I mention I ate a Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream for lunch) I figured it’s good to get cleaning out early. While I won’t have the luxury of being creative with my meal planning for breakfast or lunch, I do plan on spreading my wings at dinner time.
Another test week down, another example of how things that I thought may be bothering me really aren’t. Granted I didn’t think I was having any major adverse reactions to any of these seven foods, but I did keep an open mind to the possibility. In the end though, I think eggs passed without a doubt but I also think it is proving that the minor gluten issues were just that, issues and not being caused by something else.
I’ve been on hiatus from blogging for a couple of weeks but now that the diet experiment weeks are in full effect things are changing up and can get interesting. I skipped the end of the pure abstinence phase, Week 4. I have all the data but the end results can be summed up as “more of the same.” The dairy trial week is another matter, although I’m probably going to have to do it again for reasons that will be obvious shortly. Based on the initial results however, I’d say that I don’t have any sensitivity to dairy, which is somewhat surprising to me.
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!