So, a slightly delayed update. Last week was just crazy both in and outside of work so barely had any time to sleep let alone talk about nutrition and see if anything has changed for me. Anywho, better late than never I guess!
Week two saw me challenging myself to eat 5 a day of fruit or veg which I am really happy to say that I managed 6 out of 7 days and the only day I failed to meet this target I had 4, so all in all I don’t think I did too badly. The main thing I noticed in week two was how full up I was ALL the time. I was forcing myself to eat fruit when I really wasn’t hungry, just to meet my five a day target. This is something that weirdly, I really didn’t expect, though it was a greatly welcomed effect as it meant less snacking in the evening and I ate much smaller meals. I decided to keep this habit up in week three as there were definite positives to this diet modification. I also felt like I had a lot more energy and felt a lot leaner (if that makes sense?) so all in all, I guess some things that the government recommends CAN actually be good for you. I am shocked.
Week 3 saw me tackling an extremely hectic week where mid-week I ran out of fruit and veg (due to my now somewhat excessive consumption!) so for 3 days as I had NO time to run to the supermarket, I couldn’t make my target which I was fairly gutted about. I managed 8 hours of training this week and continued with a protein shake after my work out. This is a dietary modification that I am STILL not yet sure of the benefits, as I don’t yet feel any particular benefits, yet the amount of pro-protein shake literature out there is extensive that I feel I need to continue with this just on case the effects are noticed later down the line.
I broke my no-chocolate rule ONCE by having some Malteasers bunnies (3) but god damn they were good! However, I managed nearly 2 weeks free of chocolate which I am extremely impressed with!
I am now about to start week 4 and from what I have learnt thus far in my journey, my targets for the following week will be to continue with the five a day fruit & veg as this gave me so much energy and I felt much healthier for it, continue with the protein shakes post-workout to see if this increases my muscle recovery time and reduces the effects of any DOMS. I will continue to try to eradicate chocolate from my diet (so impressed with my discipline on this one) and introduce a final goal that I no longer eat junk food i.e. chips, pizza etc……I think this one may be the hardest of all :'( however, as it is generally more of a treat for me, I think this last target will take a couple of weeks to really see the benefits….if any!
Summarising my experience though, increasing my daily intake of fruit and vegetables and significantly decreasing the amount of chocolate in my diet have left me feeling much more energetic and in general, just ‘healthier’. I am full pretty much all the time and it becomes difficult to make myself eat to meet the five a day target. I can only begin the think of the internal effects these small diet changes are having on my body. For example body fat percentage, cholesterol, blood pressure. Perhaps it might be good for me to get a check-up with my GP to measure all these parameters and see if these readings improve as I move forward with my experiment?
Luvya Schlong Time