Here’s where we got this ball rolling.
So, beginning day five, here are my impressions so far.
- It’s beginning to feel a lot more like how it felt as I was losing weight over the first year & a half, which is to say, very good; bulletproof.
- Marked reduction in nasal congestion.
- Zero bouts of moderate heartburn.
- No more inexplicable bloating or water retention.
- Nice steady energy levels and a slightly reduced need for sleep (6-7 hours vs. 7-8).
- High degree of mental alertness
I have no idea whether it’s the elimination of what little dairy I was consuming, lack of regular alcohol, eating exclusively at home, or a combination of all three. But I tend to believe that it’s the latter, because I was going out to eat a LOT, oftentimes at least once per day. But since perhaps last Wednesday or Thursday — so a week — all meals except breakfast Saturday morning have been at home, and they have been pretty simple meals which I also think is a factor.
I already posted a pic of breakfast yesterday, and here’s a pic of a very small lunch.
So that one huge sweet potato got used three times, as a plain baked potato, then potato pancakes and finally, the skins and bit of remaining flesh were fried up in ghee and then sprinkled with cinnamon. Amazing.
Dinner was a pretty simple affair consisting of a crunchy salad with a few kinds of lettuce and Trader Joe’s chopped up crunchies, i.e., broccoli, carrot, cabbage, jicama, bell pepper, radish and celery. Those really add a great texture to a salad. It was dressed with my standard dijon vinaigrette (EVOO, dijon mustard, red wine or apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper). For the protein, a good size ribeye steak that I did in the cast iron skillet in leaf lard, degassed the pan with beef stock, then added in Chimichurri I found at Whole Foods to make a dipping sauce. And it’s totally clean: wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, salt, tomato, hot chili pepper, garlic, paprika, oregano, chili powder, thyme, pepper, and rosemary and that’s it.
Sorry, lousy photo quality.
Well that’s it. Until the next time.