For the most part, it’s been easier than I expected. I thought it was going to be a complete shake up of everything I ate beforehand. But the reality is, I only truly feel like I’m missing out on two things;
- Chocolate, and
- Coke Zero.
There are worse things to go without. But I’m still quite proud of myself for going a full week without Coke in any shape or form when I was guzzling it by the can. At least 2 a day, every day.
So, yes, there’s a definite sense of accomplishment at this point.
How does the rest of it stack up? As I keep evaluating over the next three weeks, I’ll take the approach of jotting down my general experience/thoughts/anecdotes under these three headings; food & nutrition, social, & broader health.
Food & Nutrition
- I have eaten a lot of meat. A lot. I hate the smell of raw red meat,but am making progress. Turns out quality meat doesn’t make me want to hurl as soon as the wrapper’s opened. (Win!)
- So much fibre!
- When I’m full, I feel full but don’t feel bloat and disgusting. It helps that these foods aren’t ‘moreish‘ like the likes of chips, or fried food.
- Last night I would’ve stabbed someone for a kitkat. Now I just really, really want one…but I probably wouldn’t commit a crime.
- Friends have been super supportive, and really interested to know how it’s going.
- We went out to our friends’ place for a birthday BBQ and it was surprisingly easy to stick within the boundaries. It helped that they’re meat-loving people who bent over backwards to ensure we were looked after.
- Workmates have openly mocked my ham in a mug for breakfast. My response; how is it different from bacon? I’m still not sure what was up with the mug, though. I’ll give them that.
- Didn’t go drinking on Friday. Mostly because I knew all I’d order was a water. Also because by he time Friday rolled around I was so sick of people asking questions about my diet (said as a dirty word… You know what I’m talking about)
- My routine feels like it’s been taken to by a chainsaw in the rectum. I like having a routine, and changes throw me off a bit. There’s been a lot of cooking. I am also sick of the supermarket. I’ve been to 5 different supermarkets in the past 3 days.
- Having a project makes mental health easier to manage, so while this is still novel I can see it having a positive effect.
- Too early to see any real benefit flowing through to my hair. But ever optimistic!
- I do feel more awake in the mornings, and tend to sleep through the night better (having a project and managing my anxiety helps with this, too)
Overall, it has been a pretty good week. I’ve learned a bit more about nutrition, and how my body feels when I eat certain foods. But, try as I might, I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to ask about my poop. I just don’t. Has anyone else had to deal with these kinds of questions? These weren’t even over the Internet! Yuck!