Its ironic that I’m writing this post tonight, because I am just coming off a day of feeling terrible, complete with vomiting. Not fun. I do think its related to something I ate and I have it narrowed down to two things. But more on that later.
Now that I’ve written about the reasoning behind starting this diet and which one I chose, I get to talk about the awesome part, which is the changes I’ve seen in my body and how I feel now, six months in.
The diet starts with a two-day green smoothie fast. I should note that I like this method because it is a quick way to start detoxifying your body, but does not go overboard. Some diets call for a week of only green smoothies – in my opinion that’s too long, especially if you’re prone to headaches like I am. I also liked that there was no limit on how many you could drink per day – basically, if you’re hungry make a smoothie.
I got through the first day with no problem and was very excited to be starting this process. It was something I had been planning for like 6 months, after all. The second day was very hard – I was very hungry and had a bad headache most of the day, and almost decided to skip ahead. In retrospect, I’m pretty confident those issues came from not drinking enough water, which has always been a problem for me.
After the green smoothie fast is over, you eat a pretty limited list of food for the next week. Basically rice, quinoa, a few other grains, most vegetables, some fruits. The goal here is to eat whenever you feel hungry. For most people that’s pretty often because the foods you’re eating are very low in calories.
I’ll be honest… this first part of the diet was not fun. I felt worse. But apparently that’s normal because your body is getting rid of all the junk. But around day 17 or so I started noticing some changes. I can’t remember which changes I noticed first and they didn’t happen all at once, but gradually my stomach felt better, I didn’t have as many headaches, my back didn’t hurt and my shoulders didn’t pop (or hurt) every day. This really encouraged and motivated me – I didn’t care what I couldn’t eat if it meant I could feel this good every day! And it only got better from there! Plus, I was able to add lemons, limes, tamari soy sauce (wheat free) and apple cider vinegar without a problem.
I had made it to phase 3, which is where you really get to start experimenting. I started by eating a baked potato. Potatoes are in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and some other random things like tobacco and goji berries. If that seems like a really odd mix of stuff, it is. I’ve researched all about why they’re all grouped together and the only thing I can come up with is the way the plants look when they flower. Who knows?
Anyway, the first thing I noticed after eating the potato was that my body felt tired all the sudden and I didn’t have much energy. I actually ended up falling asleep shortly after dinner, which is a big deal for me – I’m usually a night owl! But in the grand scheme of things that’s really not a big deal.
The next day I ate tomatoes in a salad. Reactions are often delayed a little, so I went to bed without any issues. But the next day I woke up and noticed that my fingers were stiff again. My fingers had been stiff for several months prior to starting the diet. I honestly thought the stiffness was from knitting and I really didn’t care. I like knitting too much, and my fingers didn’t actually hurt, so it wasn’t that big of a deal to me. So I was surprised when I woke up and the stiffness had come back. But it wasn’t only my fingers; it was also my legs and toes too, sort of like what I imagine arthritis to feel like. So I cut those out again and went back to feeling good, a little discouraged and scared, because if that happened from the first major food group I added, what would happen with the rest?
Well, I was planning on this being my last “diet post,” but I have way too much more to say for one post. Another day I guess.