30 Days NoGluten/Sugar Challenge

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  1. MindfulWarrior

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    Day 4/30

    Today was alright, waking up is still tough. Also I start noticing how having foods like bread and pastries in sight is bad, if they are out of sight there’s no problem but when they’re readily available it requires willpower. I drank teas and fasted until 7:20pm (20h20mn). I was eating at my mom’s and she cooked some wheat grains with chicken, technically I failed the challenge, but I’m not going to not eat when someone cooks something with dairy or gluten, as long as it’s not me that’s cooking or pursuing eating these foods I don’t consider it failing, but that’s just me. Then I had rice and quinoa with two fried eggs, because the first plate was not enough in terms of the quantity that I need considering my daily fast, and two bananas with peanut butter.
    I was tempted to eat some sugary desert because there are some here at my mom’s that I like, but made it. Started fasting at 10:20pm.
     
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    Day 5/30

    Woah today was tough, I didn't sleep enough and I think this played a big role in that. I had a lot of cravings, but I was also tired so I think I was actually getting genuinely hungry from not having eaten enough in the past 4 days, I have to make sure I eat more now every night. I broke my fast early at 2pm (15h40mn) it's not nearly as much as I would like to fast daily but I'm happy I didn't fall for the cravings. I ate an entire canary melon, then three fried eggs and a can of sardines, then for dinner I had a lot of chicken and for desert two bananas with peanut butter. I need to go shopping because I'm running low on foods and haven't been eating enough vegetables. Tonight I'll try to get as much sleep as possible I think not sleeping enough really messes up with my moods, hormones etc. too.
    Started fasting 10:30pm.
     
  3. StoicContemplation

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    Day 6-8

    So I passed the threshold of a week. I still feel like I'm 'detoxing'. I'm not really going to say that my energy is optimal but I don't have the crashes anymore that is accompanied with eating sugar or gluten products (although I did take a 15 min nap in the afternoon today).

    Cravings are still there. Sometimes I think about a sandwich/chocolate and my body pulsates, kind of weird.

    I'm living with my parents so there is bread and chocolate in the house, but it's not too much of a battle to resist the urge. It's pretty manageable.

    I did some intermittent fasting today and yesterday (for about 16h I think).

    So yeah, it's only the beginning really. Once you get through these first brutal days, then it's just a matter of daily reminding yourself why you do this. The benefits will come but this requires patience. Let time go by and the benefits will even deepen and life will come at you with its subtle surprises.
     
  4. MindfulWarrior

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    Day 6/30

    I didn't fast today, ate oatmeal for breakfast then didn't eat until dinner, which was lentils, eggs and bell peppers all mixed together, for desert two bananas with peanut butter.

    One interesting thing I noticed for the past 6 days is a weird and quite offsetting taste in the back of my mouth. And it's only today that it clicked. So, to test for bacterial overgrowth you have to consume some product for the supposed bacterial overgrowth you have, for instance sugar. And then doctors measure in your mouth the gasses or something that are coming up for the intestines, that's how they know if you have bacterial overgrowth and what type. And so I was thinking maybe the weird taste comes from the starving bacteria. I don't know, I'll look into it.

    Also I did sleep well and I think it really helps.
     
  5. MindfulWarrior

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    Day 7/30

    One week, woohoo! :)

    Very little temptations, when I woke up I decided not to fast and so I had to prepare my oatmeal. I thought about other things I could eat that would require no preparation but I dismissed it without much trouble. Then I got "hungry" during the day and instead just decided to do Yoga and move on with my day. It was clearly just cravings, as it went away, and then it was time to cook dinner. I had rice, green peas and green beans with a steak and an egg, for desert two bananas with peanut butter.

    I weighed myself as I was curious if I had lost weight in one week, I think if I remembered correctly what I weighed prior to start I lost exactly one kg (2.2 pounds). The goal is not weight loss, but that's cool too!
     
  6. StoicContemplation

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    Day 9-10

    I'm starting to feel a bit more energetic. Skin is also glowing a bit more. The weird smell coming from my pores seems to have subsided (I thought maybe it was related to my hay fever but I think it was the detox at last).

    I had to opt-out from eating spaghetti with my famly today. I mean sure if I was able to keep it with one bowl of spaghetti, then that wouldn't hurt, but I don't think I have the self-control to be able to limit it (at least at this stage). For me, it would open to door to more cravings, so I just made a steak with broccoli and quinoa. I guess that eating more independently is inevitale in this challenge.
     
  7. MindfulWarrior

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    That's what happened to me a few days ago, it's cool you opted out as there's always a risk following indulging even when you have a good reason to. Especially this early on. I didn't opt out and ate some wheat grains, thankfully it didn't cause any spiraling down afterwards. I think the worst thing I could take that would potentially send me down is sugar. Later on I may even want to have some days where I indulge, like go to a nice coffee once a month with a book and get coffee and pastry or something but for now it's a no-no.

    Day 8/30

    No problems today, I fasted 15h30mn. Had a salad, then for dinner home-made french fries with three eggs and two bananas with peanut butter. I'm trying to stop eating a bit earlier at night as to extend the fast even if I break it at noon it's still around 15 hours which is nice.
     
  8. StoicContemplation

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    Good you had the self-control, very commendable. For me personally it would be a bit too risky, like an alcoholic taking a sip of a drink. I think that if I eat just one slice of bread or one bowl of spaghetti, my dopamine receptors would override my logical thinking and lose the self-control, happened everytime at some point I wanted to go full Paleo(ish).

    Anyway...

    Day 11
     
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    Day 9/30

    Fasted 19 hours, had a banana, and some processed meat, not the best but was filling. Dinner was lentils, an egg and a steak with two bananas and peanut butter for desert.

    It feels nice to not have the incessant cravings, eating something and being even more hungry, having to get more and more, binging sugar and feeling like crap afterwards. I can see the escalating as well in foods, I never really escalated with porn but with foods I can see how you constantly need more when you binge. Sometimes I would have a lot of unhealthy foods during the day, and then in the evening the only way to top that off, in other words the only way to get myself excited again would be to get fast-food, because my sensitivity to normal foods would be so low.
     
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    Day 10/30

    Went to the restaurant for lunch, had herring and vegetables for starter and then french fries and traditional sausages for the main course. Then for dinner I only had oatmeal since I ate my main meal at lunch and a massive green juice, yay!
     
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    Day 12-13

    The wagon is still rolling... There was bread (rolls), chocolate, quiche and the like in the house (again I had to opt out from eating cake with my family and grandmother). Must admist, I feel really uncomfortale when I pass the kitchen and I see the bag of bread, it's an urge that isn't even comparable with a PMO urge, it's really a physical temptation, but I'm able to manage it nonetheless.

    I'm eating a lot of trout, quinoa, sweet potatoes, herring, meat, eggs, baked onions, etc. My fruit consumption is going a bit down since I started as the cravings for sugar aren't intense anymore.
     
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    Day 11/30

    Fasted 16 hours, ate bananas, peanut butter, Brazil nuts, french fries, eggs.

    I think I'll implement trying one day a week only raw foods next week.

    Sometimes during the day I'm craving something not sugary and I think something like meat pate would really satisfy me, so I'll buy that for next week. Also I have to get some different fruit other than bananas.
     
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    Day 14

    2 weeks on lock. Looks like I surpass the streak I had going on in April, before falling back for 2 months. I'm pretty sure that if I hit 20 days, then that's the longest period in my life ever (probably) that I went sugar/gluten free.

    Although I don't necessarily get out of my way to avoid dairy, I'm not really pursuing it either. I think that today was the first time I ate something with dairy, i.e. some Greek peppers filled with cheese (it was just an appetizer, no big amounts).

    I'm trying to keep it clean as possible so I'm not very keen to consume dairy products. Alhough I do think that Greek yoghurt and cottage cheese for example are pretty healthy. Note that I also do this for skin health and testosterone optimization so I'm not sure if dairy fits in that picture.

    Thoughts? @MindfulWarrior
     
  14. MindfulWarrior

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    Congratulations on two weeks, halfway mark!

    For me personally dairy makes me break out, and I've seen many other people mentioning having issues with dairy too. But if you're only consuming it occasionally I guess that's okay. Also some dairy products could affect you more than others, milk has lactose and cheese, butter doesn't etc. Many people have intolerance (many different degrees) to dairy which is what makes me think it's not good for humans. But maybe it doesn't affect you much, you just have to try and see how you react, and assess based on your own experience I guess.

    Day 12/30

    So today I wasn't eating at home and I had pizza... Which made me feel really bad about this challenge, it also caused cravings when I got back home. From now on I'll have to try to prepare my food in advance on occasions where I can bring my own food and it doesn't feel weird. Sometimes you can't avoid it but other times you can bring your own food and it's okay. I thought about whether I should reset or not and when I thought of resetting I was thinking okay then I can have this and that, just today... In other words, binge. So I then decided that if I managed the cravings I should keep going, I'm doing this for myself anyway, not like I'm getting a prize out of this. I really feel like it set my off-balance, cravings, unclear mind, slight headache. It reminded me why I'm doing this, I really have to be careful. From now on I'll try to be more careful and limit as much as possible when I eat outside, or prepare in advance.

    I also had oatmeal in the morning.

    Started fasting at 8:20pm, I'd like to go for 23 hours to get back in balance.
     
  15. MindfulWarrior

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    Day 13/30

    Okay, good day, I fasted 23 hours and tried to drink a little more than usual. Then I had a large plate of rice, green beans, green peas, bell peppers and beef. For desert a smoothie: three bananas, blueberries (antioxidant), lots of chia seeds (omega 3s), yay!

    As I've said before I'd like to have a bit more quality foods to fasten the healing, more greens, vegetables, berries, chia seeds etc. Will incorporate a salad or two next week.
     
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    Day 14/30

    Pfew, today was tough, woke up really hungry and craving something so I made myself rice and beef to curb it down. Had an apple in the afternoon, then around dinner time again lots of cravings, I ate only some sort of processed meat and two bananas. Definitely not the best day but at least I made it, I'm exactly the same weight as I was on day 7 which is funny (63,4kg/140pounds). For this third week I'd like to be more dedicated to fasting, better nutrition, and managing better when I eat out. I'm not underrating these past two weeks because I made it and it's great, but I'll strive for even better.
     
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    Day 15-17

    So, it looks like the cravings are gone, finally. In the beginning, I was constantly thinking about the concept of Sugar/GlutenFree in order to psychologically fight the urges (i.e. googling the benefits of sugarfree, looking up stories of people who did the same, watching YT videos about withdrawal/sugar addiction etc.). Now I'm not really obsessed about it anymore but I realize I have to remain vigilant about urges, because they can hit you like a ton bricks out of nowhere.

    Yesterday I had an exam and I had a huge headache after it (only ate a banana that day and the exam was in the late afternoon), this made me want to buy a Coke when I was in the train station but bought sparkling mineral water instead.

    You're right @MindfulWarrior, it's the extreme perfectionist black and white thinking that makes people lose track and fall back into the spiral. You ate something you regret eating? Don't look back and jump back on the horse.
     
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    @StoicContemplation Right?! Sometimes it helps to be more flexible, although I still need the structure and the rules for now. I know I'd have binged that day if I considered having failed. And here I am three days later having had no gluten, sugar, dairy or coffee, so... It's not by the book but it got the job done!

    I like what you said about consuming medias on the topic, I found that works very well for anything I try to quit, get educated and immersed in the topic. I haven't done this much for this challenge this time, I have Pure, White and Deadly but haven't read it much yet.

    Day 15/30

    Today I decided to start tracking calories again, I didn't want to because I'm afraid it makes me thinks too much and can feel restrictive, but I'll try and stop if that bothers me. I'd like to lose 2-3 kgs (4-6pounds) and my weight seems to be pretty stable so I must be eating naturally at maintenance. I'd just like to be aware of it so I can lower it just a little (200cal).

    Today I had oatmeal for breakfast, then for dinner: lentils, green beans, green peas and bell peppers cooked with onions and garlic sooo good, and a steak. Desert was banana w/ peanut butter.
     
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    Day 18

    Was it yesterday that I said that the cravings are gone? Oh boy, I did experience some cravings again. We are inviting family so there is chips, cheesecake, etc. in the house. A wave of desire to get that sweet dopamine hit washes over me when I see these kind of foods laying around in my house, but at the end, the choice to indulge or not is always mine.

    I had some 'tomatte-crevettes' (a French dish, tomato filled with little shrimps) from the butcher section of a supermarket (freshly made, traiteur style). It was a proper meal (with salad and potatoes). I looked at the ingredients and it did contain, amongst others, 'wheat flower', 'dextrose' and 'whisky'. It also contained a little bit of a sweet sauce I'd normally avoid. But hey, like I said earlier, being a perfectionist is counterproductive ("What?! They used some wheat flour in this shrimp dish? Well, looks like I failed the challenge! I better stuff my face with that bag of chips laying in the cookie shelf so I can start this challenge again after binging for a few weeks."... get behind me Satan!).
     
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    Day 16

    Today was good, was happy to resupply with groceries.
    I'm starting to find a routine, looks like I need that oatmeal in the morning, then only a little snack in the afternoon if anything, and dinner. Also as I'm having breakfast now I try my best to finish dinner earlier to have a long enough resting period. Fourteen hours is good enough, more would be optimal but I don't fuss about it, I'll just fast once in a while.

    Breakfast: oatmeal.
    Snack: some sort of meat pate.
    Dinner: french fries, three eggs, and a large green juice.
     

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