February 09, 2010

Day 7 on this Crazy Train

This evening is the end of day 7 of this crazy path I decided to take of 30 days without processed foods, white flour, refined sugar and potatoes. I was going to hit the highs and lows tomorrow, but thought I'd do it tonight as tomorrow I probably won't have time due to a Board Meeting I have to attend.

I find it odd? absurd? ironic? insane? That after I started down this heart healthy path, Bones has decided to become a corned beef hash addict. Introduced to this food by TGOO, for the last two days, it's all the kid wants to eat.

Breakfast? Scrambled egg with cheese and side of corned beef hash.
Snack after school? Nearly an entire can of corned beef hash... which he cooks up himself out of the can.

I think my heart is starting to solidify just thinking about it.

The "I Misses":

I still think about going to Mo's and eating a bowl of queso with a boatload of chips with my boys, but I realize this is psychological and it's stuck there from last week. I'm going to do it at the end of my 30 days, but probably in moderation.

I miss popping a mint in my mouth or eating piece of gum. That is probably the single biggest habit I had that has surprised me. I am constantly scrounging for a mint or grabbing for a piece of gum... all of it off limits.

And that's it. As of Day 7, that's all I miss.

Now for... The Highs:

1) I'm not having any cravings (other than a bowl of queso from Mo's). At all. I'm not sure whether this is psychological too because I already knew I was going to do this and so why bother craving something if you're not going to give in? Kind of like a whining child... eventually they'll quit whining (unless the child is Bones) if you just stick to your guns. So I'm not sure if it's biological or psychological... but I'm having NO cravings.

People don't listen. My boss handed me a bag of M&Ms today, tossed them on my desk. Everyone KNOWS that I'm doing this. Trust me... I've not been silent.

And I didn't blink or think twice. They just sat there like my stapler. So I handed them back. His reply? "You're NOT eating chocolate... AT ALL?"

Everyone in the office seemed taken back.


2) I don't have the 2:00 draggies, or rather the last couple days I have not. I recently read that if you eat oatmeal for breakfast you won't have the munchies in the afternoon. Hmmm.

But I'm definitely not on the high low rollercoaster that I'm typically on throughout the day.

3) My rosacea is going away. What I have is clearing up and I've not had any type of break out in a week, which is exceedingly unusual for me.

4) I'm sleeping better. I'm now wondering if the sugars in our diets keep us up later than we should be? I'm not only sleeping better, but I'm tired earlier. It's like my body is saying, "Energy is gone" and since I'm not eating sugar, nor am I craving it for energy, my body seems to want to sleep more.

I slept for 5 straight hours last night. The last time I did that I was on heavy drugs after surgery.

5) And lastly, I don't seem to be fighting my digestive system. The heartburn I had since I ate that half sleeve of frozen Girl Scout thin mint cookies, three weeks ago, is gone. I'm not sick anymore and I realize now I really am lactose intolerant and need to watch that lactose intake.

I have grown to like steel cut oats and it's my new breakfast... so many damn benefits.

6) And really, the truly last thing is I've lost 3.5 pounds which is unheard of for me. Typically I have to exercise huge quantities (think run 5 miles a day) and that's not happening and the weight is coming off faster.

I do expect the weight loss to plateau to an even 1-2 lbs a week if it's going to keep up, starting this week, but the 3.5 was shocking to me since I'm not that far from goal weight anyway. Y'all have seen me. I'm not a big person.

I think a good portion of this is water as well, however, since I'm not taking in so much sodium.

Lessons Learned? I f*cking hate baked sweet potatoes with a purple passion. Steel Cut Oats with blueberries and bananas is very good. It is possible to live without chocolate. And according to Dr. Oz's book, too little sleep or too little sex will make you crave sugar. Hunh. I told my husband this and he raised an eyebrow at me and grinned.


Posted by Boudicca at February 9, 2010 09:17 PM

You'll find baked sweet potatoes are really good if you cover them with corned beef hash. Bones has refined tastes. */;-)

Posted by: Angus of Jura at February 9, 2010 10:01 PM

Dad- My reader, George, suggested I drown the sweet potato in bourbon, I think. Next time I may try that...

As for Bones having refined tastes... Good Grief. That boy eats the weirdest things for a kid. For instance, remember how I told you I took him in for his 1 year check up and the doctor looked at me and said, 'He smells like garlic..." and I had to reply, "he had garlic hummus for lunch". At ONE.

He is the kid who walks around the house eating a green pepper like it's an apple.

He'd eat sweet potato covered in corned beef hash...

Posted by: Bou at February 9, 2010 10:11 PM

We need to talk. Guess I would like to understand your diet better. I thought I was eating better, but maybe not. Give me a hollar sometime.

Posted by: vw bug at February 10, 2010 05:58 AM

You know, bou, that diet isn't too far off from what I did when I lost almost 50lbs last year. I'm in a relationship now, and have put about 10lbs back on just from bad eating habits.
After this cold snap I'll get back on it and lose it again.
I also now have a horse. Riding uses muscles I'd long since forgotten about.

Posted by: K-Nine at February 10, 2010 10:35 AM

I have to say, I started eating a bowl of oatmeal at lunchtime (really I can't do breakfast, just can't). I am using the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (not the instant) because that's what's in the house. And I've been alternately adding dried cranberries or raisins. After I've had that, I'm not hungry the rest of the day. I do eat dinner, but I almost don't need it.

As far as I now though I'm not losing any weight. heh.

Isn't it amazing when you tell people you're not eating certain things, they sudden want to push exactly that stuff right under your nose!

Last of all - I have known for years, the more tired you are, the more hungry. Didn't know about the sex part ;-)

Posted by: Teresa at February 10, 2010 12:02 PM

Hummus...that reminds me...gotta go across the street and pick up my lamb kebab wrap. I'll get some hummus and lavash with that.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 10, 2010 04:51 PM

Good luck on the diet. Sounds like you're doing great!

Posted by: Jerry in Indiana at February 10, 2010 10:30 PM

I read somewhere that chocolate affects the same part of the brain as sex.

Posted by: Denny at February 11, 2010 11:28 PM