I'm stunned and amazed. I'm definitely feeling lighter in the thighs and hips (and you know, the hips don't lie).
The plan has you eating 5 foods in different combinations for 4 well-timed meals. I had to make an immediate substitution as one of the foods was almonds. Being allergic to tree nuts I figured it would be better to eat sunflower seeds rather than strictly follow the plan :-P
The first day I was fine. The breakfast was so filling that I wasn't feeling hungry by the time I ate lunch 5 hours later. I'm ALWAYS hungry well before lunchtime! Teaching means that I do not get to choose when I eat my lunch, so I have to time my breakfast based on when I can eat my lunch. (The plan calls for meals to be eaten every 3 - 5 hours). Finding a filling breakfast was just a small miracle in my book!
The second day and third days, I found myself getting anxious after my snack. I was wanting to eat, but not really hungry. I just thought I was hungry. Emotional eating monster rearing its ugly head?
On the fourth day, I realized I was feeling really FULL after each meal. I figured out how to season things so the meals tasted really good rather than something to endure to get the desired results.
By the fifth day I knew I could finish because it was the last day. Let's face it, eating only 5 foods for 5 days is challenging, especially when you are used to eating a wide variety of foods.
Things I learned:
- I'm not brimming with energy, but I wasn't exhausted by the end of the day. In fact, I felt pretty good after work. I never once felt weak from lack of food.
- I actually LIKE balsamic vinegar
- I can eat plain yogurt (without adding honey or other sweeteners)
- I can eat copious amounts of spinach without once belting out "I'm strong to the finish coz I eats my spinach"
- vanilla is my friend
- I'm really ready to move on to the next 25 days of eating. Let me eat grains again!
- It isn't an extreme plan (except for the Fast Forward which you don't have to do)
- It is well balanced (each meal contains a lean protein, fruit or vegetable, plant based fat, whole grain and seasonings)
- There are no calories to count
- It will work if you are vegetarian or vegan
- There are lots of recipes included, but there is also information on how to build your own meals
- There are no special products or equipment you have to buy
- You are required to eat dark chocolate EVERY DAY
So what do you think, am I completely nuts or do you think you will give it a try?