6 days down and I have to say that this regime isn't as difficult as I first thought, especially dropping bread (oh how I love bread)! But, I had a great time cooking great food and playing Gordon Ramsay (less swearing in my kitchen though, generally).
I've taken the time to be a more aware of the ingredients in pre packaged food, more aware of when to eat and of what is actually going into my body.
My old day would consist of waking up (tired), having 2 or 3 pieces of toast, a bowls of cereal (usually of the chocolatey or sugary variety) and a cup of coffee milk & 2 sugars. Glass of water and my daily vitamins then of to work. at work I would usually have a couple of diet sodas (the healthy alternative to regular sugary sodas, yeah right!) I might get a chance to have lunch which would consist of a sandwich or filled roll + nutbar and cheese and crackers. lunch would usually be 6-8hrs after breakfast if at all. Then I's arrive home ready for dinner, absolutely famished, I'd demolish the healthy dinner my wife had prepared but would continue to eat unable to quell the hunger. Sandwiches, chips, cereals, leftovers whatever I could find then off to bed. Rinse and repeat x 6-7 days a week.
This weeks regime. Wake up (not tired), 3-4 egg omelette or scrambled eggs with grilled lean ham or bacon, mushrooms, herbs and lightly spiced followed by a cup of peppermint tea and a tall glass of water and my supplements. During the work day I'll drink 1.5l-2l of water, (no fizzy) I take 2 small bags of raw mixed nuts (brazilian, cashews, almonds and walnuts) and pumpkin seeds to snack on during the day, I make sure I haven't spent any longer than 2hrs between eating, a hand full of mixed nuts stays off any hunger pangs, for lunch I'll have salmon or tuna with salad or a leftover serving from the night before's dinner. I also make sure I have lunch about half way through my day. Round the work day off with some more nuts and a piece or 2 of fruit. When I get home I start cooking up a storm, salmon steaks, chicken breasts, calamari, fresh fish, salads, stirfrys and wheat free/gluten free rice pasta. Herbs, spices & veges everywhere, I'm telling you I'm sooo much better than most of the contestants on Hells Kitchen, watch out Gordon I'm awesome! A cup of peppermint tea and second dose of supplements with large glass of water and dinner is done (except the dishes)An hour or 2 after dinner, which is generally about 2 hours before bed, I'll have some fruit or nuts, yogurt depending of if I'm feeling like something sweet or just something. Another cup of tea and that's me done, all except the glass of water before bed.
So what results have I seen over the past week?
Feel less bloated.
Definitely less gassy & windy!
cooking skill improving :-)
I have to pee at 4am. (All that damn water and tea)
I have to do more dishes since I'm preparing separately. But that's about it.
Any other side effects...?
I'm liking this so far.
Stay tuned for week 2.
Southern Blue Whiting: Poached with garlic, coriander, lemon & fennel on rice pasta with fresh made salad and home made balsamic vinaigrette. I have to get some more of this fish it is fantastic!
Home made soup. So good!
Home made fish parcels with fresh salad. served with a home made dipping sauce made with fresh garlic, ginger, crushed chillies, organic soy sauce and honey.
Dinner is served.
After considering the huge amounts of crap that we feed our bodies, I've decided to carry out an experiment on myself. Over the next few weeks I'm going to make some changes to my diet. I'm not counting calories, I'm not weighing portions, I'm not "point scoring" everything I eat, I'm simply making some changes that will hopefully reflect a more naturally intended diet.
Eliminate (or greatly reduce) the amount of sugar I consume.
Eliminate (or greatly reduce) wheat and gluten products I consume.
Increase protein intake from lean red meat, fish and poultry.
Be aware of the types of carbs I ingest. Not eliminating, Dr. Atkins is a kook! Just choosing carbs that won't instantly be turned to sugar.
If i can't pronounce it I can't eat it! Un-natural additives like aspartame, sodium benzoate, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and the like.
Regular feeding times. I'm terrible at bingeing and then not eating for 7 hrs then bingeing again.
I'm keen to see if there'll be any noticeable difference (positive or negative) about the way I feel, sleep, energy levels etc. It will also be interesting to see if there's any noticeable weight loss.
I won't be increasing activity levels, at least not straight away and I'll continue to supplement as I always do, with quality organic supplements. A daily multivitamin, an omega 3 supplement and a herbal milk thistle supplement which helps liver function.
I really just want to know if a more organic, less processed diet will have any effect.
Wish me luck.