The first day of this diet was very ugly for me. I had become accustomed to having some sort of sweet every day. And I craved sugar all day long. I woke up wanting something sweet, and my fruit smoothie didn’t cut it.
The second day I still wanted sugar, but fresh fruit became a strong enough substitute.
Since then, I really haven’t cared that much about sugar. I think my body doesn’t normally want sugar very often; I had just fallen into the habit of eating sugar for other reasons — a reward, feeding a bad mood, supplementing hunger, etc.
I have always enjoyed whole grains and fruits and vegetables, so cutting the white flour hasn’t been difficult. So far. Especially with how easy whole grains are to buy now. Steamed brown rice, whole wheat flour, whole grain crackers, all-natural potato chips. I’m thankful for the all-natural, organic and otherwise health movements that have pushed into the mainstream over the past few years.
What I have been surprised by is how hungry I have felt. I know I’m cutting out two big things, but I’ve been focusing on eating plenty of “filling” foods: avocados, brown rice, nuts, cheese, beans…those foods that are supposed to keep the stomach busy between meals.
These foods are not working for nearly enough time. I don’t know if sugar and highly processed foods trick the body into feeling full, or if I ate them so unconsciously that I didn’t realize the quantity I was consuming. Maybe both. Either way, I’m much more aware of what and how much I am eating, which is good.
I haven’t noticed a change in my physical health yet. I’m still having the same pains everyday and I’m still definitely fighting the fatigue. But even if the six weeks pass without any change in my symptoms, just seeing a record of my food and exercise convinces me that I’m building a better, healthier body.