I think I need to jump start my relationship with food with some sort of new challenge. I love reading about people spending X amount of days eating in X limited fashion. Not because I think it will necessarily help me lose weight, but I like the idea of doing something extreme to force you to reanalyze your relationship with food and to note how it affects your body.
I eat a lot of crap. Not necessarily Pizza and Chicken Tenders, but processed and easy. We do a lot of “diet” snacks around here. I heat up microwavable breakfast sandwiches. I drink tons of diet soda. So, not necessarily “crap” in the Angioplasty and Diabetes way, but “crap” in the “I’m not entirely sure what is chemical and what is food” kind of way.
I keep hearing from people that X food makes them feel in X negative way. Some people swear that a vegan diet gives them more energy, some say it’s all whole food. People claim that a raw food diet cured their digestive issues while others say Paleo helped. I honestly believe that every body processes food differently and that there’s no “one” way that will be best for everyone. And it irritates me when people act like there is. I mean, some people are allergic to nuts. Why is it so hard for someone to believe that different bodies react to food differently?
I am still intrigued. I would like to try to find my way. Do simple carbs zap me of energy? Does dairy? Do I get more energy from protein? What about raw foods – would my body eventually get used to those because right now raw vegetables TEAR ME UP.
I’d just like to know what you’ve done. Have you done any of these extreme/limited eating cleanses to see how food affects you? I mean – I know die-hard vegans, and paleo eaters, and whole food eaters, and raw food eaters – and they all SWEAR by their own system. I’m not saying I want to stick to anything extreme (the second you tell me I can’t have something, it’s all I ever think about) but I would like to try new eating plans to see if I notice anything different about the way my body uses the food I give it.
The only thing I’m not going to do is something that deprives me of sufficient calories. I work out and run a lot, so I’m not going to do any fast of any sort. Even for a few days. It’s not worth it to me. I don’t mind switching and eating vegan for a week, or do a whole food eating stretch, but I’m not going to do a juice fast.
So! Tell me your stories! Have you tried anything extreme? What did you find works for you? Did you apply it to a permanent diet change? Do you only eat paleo now? Or vegan? Why? How did you learn that works for you?
And if any of you say you learned that Diet Coke is the source of all things good in your life? You will be my best friend forever.