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Update on my first 7 days of a plant-based diet

Hello,

Thank you so much for coming back to read my check in post!

I have completed my first 7 days of 100% Plant based diet (except for that one thing that happened, read below)!


You will find my measurements and some pictures of my week’s meals below!

This is the best experiment with my diet I have ever done! Let’s get the negatives out of the way. I am bloated and my digestion is not working properly (yet). I do have faith that if I continue this journey and give my body time to heal this will get better. Like I said though these past 7 days I have felt great besides the digestion issues! I have been enjoying the new plant-based recipes and so has my family, WIN! More than just enjoying eating them though I have felt so much joy preparing them. After giving this some thought, I believe it brings me joy because I am creating and there is just something about working with mother natures creations that brings a softness and joy to the whole creating process!


On day 5 I realized that I was not craving for anything, nothing not even sugar! This has me more mesmerized than anything else because I am a nighttime snacker and sugar addict. I just haven’t even thought about it. I am relieved that my chronic heart burn that I was taking daily apple cider vinegar for the past 5+ years has not returned. I am not feeling any inflammation side effects from being off the turmeric either. I did have some symptoms pop up on day 2 and 3 but I realized that this was my hormone imbalance that happens every 6-8 weeks. I get an estrogen hike and it causes me to feel like my Sympathetic nervous system is stuck in fight mode for about a week. Because I am all tensed up, I feel it in my muscles everywhere, this leads to horrible neck and back pain along with headache and chaos in my head. Just a little history, I was able to catch when I felt this way, 6 months ago, and get a blood draw and sure enough even though the test was a few days into the symptoms my estrogen was up in the 700’s. Just to give you an idea these numbers only happen in your first trimester of pregnancy normally. I also want to note that the symptoms only persisted for 2 days instead of 7 this time. I am not sure if that has anything to do with this experiment or not, but it seems like it could.


The first couple days I was eating from 9am to 6pm but my hunger started to die down and I have been back to intermittent fasting these past 3 days eating between 11am-5pm. My eating window now is 6-7 hours where before it was 4-5 hours, this is fine by me. I have continued with my workouts as normal. I do feel more drive to move my body than I use to, like I WANT to more than I HAVE to. My energy level is so much higher from the time that I wake up to the time I go to bed, I am so thankful for this. I also want to note that due to these higher energy levels I am naturally drinking less black coffee. My sleeping has been about the same, I would say it has been easier to fall asleep but still takes longer than I would like. I do feel more rested when I wake up though. My measurements do not show much difference, a few pounds down, but I am ok with that for the obvious reasons of how great I am feeling. Plus, I know the measurements will change more with time.


Week 1 measurements:

BMI: 27.44 (Overweight; I should be at 24 or less)

Weight: 170 (for my BMI to be in the normal range I should be about 148)

Waist Circumference: 39 ½ inches

Some fun creations from the week:



Ok it is confession time! With the vegan broccoli soup I made some garlic bread to go with. I found a delicious vegan bread and buttered it with some garlic spread seasoning on it. It was a great compliment to the soup! About 3 hours after enjoying it I was sitting on the couch and it hit me that I put BUTTER on it! Complete beginners mistake! This was my only slip up this week and man did I feel like a dummy, but I got a good laugh out of it :)


Ok beautiful peeps that's all I got this week! I will be keeping notes and sharing how my second week goes next Tuesday!


Please leave your comments and any questions that come up for you!


Again, I thank you for reading this check in blog post and I hope you stay on this journey with me!

Sending blessing and lots of love to you!

Tiffany

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