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Grain Brain Diet - Gonna Try It!


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#16 IrishHeart

 
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Posted 08 February 2014 - 06:48 AM

NO cinnamon rolls, young lady! :D

 

Do you eat red meat of any kind? I find that really satisfies me. 

 

Wish I could have chocolate. It does not like me right now. 

 

Last night, I veered waaaay off course and we are celebrating the fact our new home is done (it was being built and the process was lOOOOOng)

 

Not sure if it was the rice I broke down and ate or the creme brulee I was talked into (I am sure no paleo woman ate that LOL) but today,  I feel like dog poop.

All that sugar? oh man, I was awake half the night. :huh: There's something to this no sugar thing! 

 

And I have to move in to my house today. Good thing I have been working out again.

 

Hang in there! Your menu sounds de-lish, BTW


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#17 WinterSong

 
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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:06 AM

I hope you feel better! .....I want a cupcake. Like a REALLY big one! lol I haven't had sugar cravings like this in a long time. I've been told that they go away after the first few days.

 

I try to not eat a lot of red meat because I feel like I don't digest it very well. Occasionally I'll have sausage or hamburger, but I mostly stick with chicken or turkey. I also think that my body is adjusting to all of the protein I'm giving it. In hindsight, I don't think I've been getting enough protein for the past few years. Now I'm having eggs in the morning and meat twice a day. Wow! I've never done that before. Another tip from my friend for when anyone starts to consume more protein than normal - drink a lot of water. It helps to keep things moving.  ;)

 

Congrats on your new home, IrishHeart!!!  :)


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#18 WinterSong

 
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Posted 11 February 2014 - 07:18 AM

Update!

 

I'm on Day #5 of the correct diet (40g carbs/day - I admit that sometimes I am between 41-43), and am feeling pretty good. I've lost two pounds! I've only been doing light strength training, nothing excessive outside of my normal routine. Just making a point to do a couple of extra exercises when I can. I'm still dealing with continual hunger despite eating TONS of food, but hopefully this will subside a bit. Here's a breakdown of how I generally felt over the past few days:

 

Day 1 - Massively craving cinnamon rolls, lol. Dealt with a bad headache at the end of the day and irritability (partially because of outside influences). A little tired. The cravings, irritability and general unwell feelings were so intense that I was unsure if I'd be able to continue the diet for a long time. 

 

Day 2 - Still craving sugar but enjoyed all of the food I could have. Felt odd and a little jittery as my body was trying to figure out where the carbs were hiding. However, I did start to catch a cold later that night, so that might have had some influence in my odd feelings on this day. 

 

Day 3 - Caught a cold. Decided not to do the cheat day that I had planned because it wouldn't have been any fun. Still very hungry. Most other odd feelings I blame on the cold.

 

Day 4 - I was down 2.5 pounds in just three days! And I had been stubbornly stuck at that top weight. I tend to be really sensitive about my stomach because I used to be one of those girls who had no problem staying super skinny, but when I did get sick I would bloat enormously and if I gained a few pounds it all went to my stomach. I began feeling like my system was working efficiently again - no feeling overly full or bloating. I began feeling leaner. I'm really liking these feelings. 

 

Day 5 - Was up 1/2 pound (but it is that time of the month, so I'm sure hormones have something to do with it. That may effect what comes on the scale over the next few days). Still hungry, but I still feel leaner than last week.

 

 

A few things I want to be clear about: 1) Even though I am hungry all the time I am definitely eating a lot, and I'm getting in more protein than I ever have before. Finally fueling my muscles. 2) I don't believe in "diets" because they are short lived and people normally end up gaining all of the weight back. I believe in lifestyles. I am doing this as a kickstart experiment to help my body efficiently burn off some fat and build more muscle. I don't plan on continuing the kickstart after February is over. From there, I plan on incorporating some carbs back in (because I don't want my body to forget how to digest carbs), and I will continue to weight train and eat more protein. I feel that I would be able to maintain with a balanced diet and exercise once I get to my happy place.

 

One of my clients asked me how I stay motivated to stick to a diet/exercise plan (The Biggest Loser winner gets money; a friend of mine is pregnant and dealing with complications, so she's doing it for the baby). I told her that there are a million excuses, and eventually you have to throw them all away and JUST DO IT. Now, this diet is incredibly difficult what with the inconvenience, cravings, hunger, and how you need to measure out and count every single carb. But I'm doing my best to follow my own advice, and so far I've seen a difference. I haven't had my cheat day yet. Basically I'm taking it one day at a time and trying to hold off as long as I can (Valentine's Day is coming up and I fully plan on enjoying some chocolate!). And when I get to the end of the day and I really want something sweet or extra carb-filled food to munch on, I remind myself that if I cheat at 8:00pm and have some bread or dessert, then I would have wasted the entire day of being good - and what a sucky cheat day that would be! I could have eaten fruit and a bagel and mountains of vegetables during the day if I really wanted a cheat day! So that's helping me push through. I hope that helps someone else. Sometimes you have to just do it. 

 

In moving forward one day at a time, I am hoping to go to the end of the month, but we will see where this experiment takes me. So far, I highly recommend it. 


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#19 WinterSong

 
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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:09 PM

I forgot to mention two things in my last post:

 

1. The reason why I think I am so hungry is because my body is craving sugar. So my brain is telling me, "You aren't feeding me what I want, so I'm going to tell you to keep feeding me until I get what I want!"

 

2. Part of the good feeling that I'm getting is that I feel like my digestive system is working with me rather than against me. It wasn't bad before, but it feels better and perhaps more productive. So far at least. Good feeling to have  :)

 

Also, today's sugar cravings have been easier. I'm not feeling quite as "off" or "unwell" as I was in the first few days.


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#20 WinterSong

 
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:29 AM

I was thinking about turning this into a blog, but I'm just going to keep posting updates here in case someone does a search for it someday.

 

I did a total of 9 days without a cheat day! I feel amazing! It's SOOOO much easier now that I made it past the first few days. So far I've lost 3.5 pounds, and I feel like my digestive system is really working efficiently. Just not having those few pounds on me feels so good. And you know that feeling like your last meal was heavy or your food isn't digesting well? - none of that. Also, I only did a few light workouts, but next week I'm hoping to do some more strength training.

 

I'm reiterating this - cheat days really aren't a part of the first month on the Grain Brain diet, but I've given myself the option of having one a week (Valentine's Day and my anniversary are both in February). 

 

I'm celebrating a late Valentine's Day with my boyfriend and cheat day is today! Bagels, chocolate truffles, honey/coconut flour strawberry short cake, LOTS of veggies, chicken cooked in thai sauce. It's going to be a good day, lol  :D

 

I've already had a bunch of vegetables and a little bit of bagel this morning and no stomach aches or any other effect from the carbs. 

 

I'll update again in a few days. 


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:08 AM

Update on my cheat day:

 

I finished my bagel and got a big stomach ache soon after. I felt rather bloated and could feel that my body was having a hard time digesting it. I decided to have dessert with my boyfriend that night because I had already made strawberry shortcake and truffles for our make-up Valentine's Day. Sure enough I went to bed with a stomach ache and woke up with one. I told him that I was excited to be back on my diet plan today because it feels so good. My favorite thing about my cheat day was not necessarily the food, but just not having to plan out my carb intake for each meal. I could eat as many veggies as I wanted. I'll have to be more careful on my next cheat day to not overdo it as much.

 

I wonder if I have an intolerance to grains and should go primarily/permanently grain free or maybe this was just because I hadn't eaten any grains for two weeks....like how vegetarians will get a little sick if they accidentally eat a little meat?...we'll see how things continue.

 

Also today I weighed 1.7 pounds more than yesterday. Blah. It's 2:00pm and my stomach has finally completely calmed down. Onwards and upwards! 


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Gluten free as of March 25th, 2011 and going strong!

Positive biopsy April 1st, 2011

 

Blood test results back down to normal levels November 2012


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:27 AM

Latest update:

 

According to the scale, I weigh almost half a pound less than I was the morning of my cheat day 8 days ago (with the stomach aches and light weight gain, the cheat day wasn't worth it). In total, I've lost about 4 pounds in 18 days.

 

I skipped my cheat day this weekend. I had no cravings for anything. I did have a glass of wine (which I allocated the carbs for), but I couldn't finish it (it could have just been because the wine tasted cheap and I didn't care for it, lol). I also decided to have a piece of Dove dark chocolate (my normal chocolate of choice), but I wound up only eating half of a square - it tasted so sweet! I gave the other half to my boyfriend. 

 

I also found a new protein shake that comes in a can with 35 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbs, and virtually no sugar. Gluten free and tasty. Very grateful to have the extra option for when I am on the go, so I don't have to carry around cooked chicken in my purse worrying that it will go bad  :wacko:

 

I wore my skinny jeans for the first time in months yesterday and loved it. Feeling much more comfortable in my own body.

 

My boyfriend seems to have noticed a difference, too. He said that my curves looked more defined. Good boy  ;)

 

Until next time!


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Diagnosed with IBS - Fall 2007

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Gluten free as of March 25th, 2011 and going strong!

Positive biopsy April 1st, 2011

 

Blood test results back down to normal levels November 2012





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