Five days have progressed since I introduced my new daily nutrition plan to my body and I must say, there have been quite a few interesting things to note.
The first is that I am consistent in keeping my daily carbohydrate intake between 60-75 grams. I really thought it would be more difficult but it is not. I am getting a hang of what foods to put together (specifically meat products since those have not been part of my daily nutrition for the past 10 years) and the timing in which I should eat. I am listening to my hunger signals and my satiety is greatly improved. I am pleasantly surprised how much less I have to eat to sustain my hunger but also my performance.
Secondly, my energy levels have been through the roof! Not surprising but I have no lulls throughout the day, I wake up not as ravenous and the big bonus is that I have no hunger issues after dinner any longer (there is about 3-4 hours between the time I finish dinner and the time I go to bed).
Third is that fact that my affinity (or cravings if you will) for sweet treats has markedly decreased. Now, you should understand that I have quite the sweet tooth but my wife had some almond M&M’s out in a bowl the other day on the table and I walked right by them. I mean I stopped briefly and assessed my biological need for them and it was not there. What? That never happens! Additionally, my emotional need for sweets is almost gone. Amazing! In fact, I haven’t had any chocolate or anything sweet since I started aside from a few dried cranberries in a nut based trail mix and my chocolate whey protein powder. Strange but my taste buds seem to be more sensitive as I can really taste the sweetness in the small amount of nuts I eat (especially almonds and cashews).
Next up, my teeth. Okay this may sound strange but I do not have that sugar film (I call it fuzzy teeth) on my teeth any longer and I am sure my dentist will be happy about this one!
Lastly, I have been monitoring my body weight for trend analysis purposes and I am down 5-6 pounds in this short time. Now, I can’t really afford to lose much and never actually want to lose weight but I am definitely leaner, less hungry, have no sugar cravings and am more mood stable throughout the day.
Can it get any better? I sure hope so as I begin to explore how my body does on this plan as my running miles increase exponentially in the next few months.
Stay tuned...this is just getting fun!