This first phase, lasting for five days, has been hard for both of us. You pretty much cut out all sugar cold-turkey and eat a very low-fat meal plan, with limited amounts of olive oil for cooking. That has been hard for me! I have a affinity for sweets (like, a whole mouth full of sweet teeth), and the cravings for sugary foods and fats (like using butter for cooking) has been hard to fight. We've both experienced what I call withdrawal headaches from the lack of sugar--I know it's not caffeine withdrawal, because coffee is allowed, and hubby still drinks it daily. I don't drink coffee, but I do drink pop, although I don't drink it enough to cause headaches when I don't have it for a day or two. Ergo, sugar withdrawal!
|Simple dinner--baked salmon and potato, sprinkled with parmesan|
|A typical smoothie--I make them the night before and store them in the fridge in insulated glasses so that we can just grab and slurp in the morning.|
There is also an exercise section of the book, but I have yet to try any of the routines--I just haven't had time yet.
|Vegetable soup--a very bland recipe.|
I have still experienced some GI issues during this phase. It's possible that my body is adjusting, but it's also possible that the foods we've cut out so far have not been the cause of my problems. I think that the severity and frequency of the problems has decreased, and I am not kept up at night with intestinal pain, but the fact that the symptoms still remain gives me pause and makes me continue to wonder what could be causing this.
Here's my summary of these first five days:
Pros--rapid weight loss, decrease in inflammation symptoms (but not elimination).
Cons--constantly hungry, some of the recipes are bland, still experiencing GI symptoms.
However, after the first five days, I've lost 5 pounds and two inches off of my waist, which is enough encouragement to keep going. I guess.