So, guys, I kind of stopped eating dairy, wheat, and sugar. And by kind of I mean… I did.
As you can imagine, it was pretty awful at first. But we all know humans are capable of extraordinary things when they have to be. So, when I realized life sans lattes, croissants, and crusty bread covered in chocolate were the only things standing between me and feeling normal, those foods suddenly weren’t as appealing. Life just isn’t fair for some!
A day in the life:
Breakfast: Sausage and eggs, Coffee or tea with unsweetened coconut milk
Snack: Cucumbers, Beef Jerky or Nuts, half bag of frozen vegetables
Lunch: Salad with lunch meat or eggs, Carrots
Snack: Vegan curry with rice (Trader Joes freezer meal)
Dinner: Steak or chicken, half-plate of vegetable such as sweet potato, squash, or broccoli
Like I said, the first few days were horrible. But then I stopped being hungry a lot, I stopped having weird power surges throughout the day, and in general my stomach has settled to an amazing extent. Just — settled! What once was unruly and poofy…. just…. settled!
I am doing this to combat my auto-immune hypothyroid-related problems, but I recommend this for anyone who just feels like crap a lot and doesn’t know why.
Over the course of a month or two, I went from coffee with cream and sugar to black coffee or coffee with coconut milk and a spot of honey. Except now, instead of “a spot” meaning two tablespoons, it means less than a teaspoon (just enough to take the edge off). And now that’s a serious treat instead of a handful of jelly beans or a cupcake.
The adjustment period was frustrating and seemed difficult, but once I got a sense for the foods I would want and the things I “could” eat, it’s made life much more simple. I stocked the fridge and the cabinet with paleo foods and I just don’t eat things if it’s not meat, vegetable, fruit, or rice. And the rice I don’t eat more than once a day. I really never thought I’d be one of those peeps, but…. Paleo + Rice for the forseeable future, y’all!
(PS I hope to completely let go of grains soon, but I didn’t want to push myself over the edge by giving up rice too soon. I’ll eliminate it slowly and see if it feels good.)
Ever done a sugar, dairy, or wheat fast? How did you feel? What would it take for you consider one?