Well. My first day is coming to a close. Right now I am debating the merits of aiming for slower change instead of trying to change a bunch of stuff at once. Some things went really well today and some things didn't.
didn't experience much 'true' hunger today
no afternoon headache, which has been plaguing me for several weeks
felt more mentally 'clear', though this could be related to my cycle
ate way more fat than I was aiming for. I had planned my second snack to be 1/2 an apple and 2 oz of chicken. Instead of the chicken I ate 1.5 oz of macadamia nuts. =\
by the time the day is up I will have gone over my carb allowance by about 30 grams, and will be under my protein goal by about 20 grams.
So, I am not sure where to go from here. Part of me wants to just say, "well, at least I'm avoiding grains and dairy" but then I am upset with myself for missing my macronutrient goals.
I feel conflicted and confused, like perhaps I am still approaching things as a 'diet' that I will end up going off of rather than as a lifestyle change.
Here's what I think:
having small servings of carbs from fruit and veg throughout the day really helped keep my head clear, so I will stick with that.
eating the leaner meats and having most fats from nuts and olive oil helped my mental state, so I want to keep that.
eating a lot of lean protein helped keep me full.
eating more veggies is good for me!
I need to work on eating fewer nuts since they really threw me off my goals today.
I still want to try a full month off of grains and dairy.
So, based on those things, tomorrow I will:
stick with 12 grams of carbs per meal/snack from veggies and limited fruits
stick with my protein goals
have 1 oz or less of macadamia nuts
have no grains or dairy
Still have dinner to eat tonight, and I will probably have 1/2 a potato before bed =)