Day 81 of 90
1) No artificial sweeteners. No diet soda, no sucralose, no aspartame.
2) Dairy elimination trial. Saying goodbye to cheese, HWC, cottage cheese, and even butter for a while.
3) Track food daily and keep calories under 2200 and net carbs < 35 on average for the duration of this challenge.
This 90 day challenge is not quite over, but I'm going to give myself an early grade anyway -- a report card of sorts.
For #1 - No artificial sweeteners - I get an A. I may have had trace amounts of AS once or twice over this period, but I stopped drinking regular diet soda and stopped using Splenda, sucralose drops, and aspartame (Equal). I have made my own soda on occasion - making carbonated water and adding stevia based water enhancers. I really don't miss soda much. I do like my gelatin, though. I've made SF gelatin with Kool-Aid & natural sweeteners. It's not as convenient, but I make it work and I like the results. I have not really noticed any real health benefits from abstaining from AS, yet I see no reason to add them back to my diet. I won't avoid them like the plague, but for the most part I plan to keep this up.
For #2 - No Dairy (including no butter) - I earn a B+. I did intentionally consume dairy a couple of times. I ate cheese twice, small amounts of HWC a couple of times, and a few pats of butter here and there. Overall, I'd say my dairy consumption was cut by more than 98%. It was a big part of my diet before. I did this to test the effects of dairy on my cholesterol. The cholesterol labs are now done and I did have a significant improvement - the best results ever in fact. I don't know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this "no dairy" trial resulted in better cholesterol numbers, but considering that Rob had a similar result I'm thinking that I just might have an issue with dairy. Other than those much improved cholesterol numbers, I didn't notice any other health benefits from going dairy free. I miss my butter & HWC. A taco salad without sour cream is not a taco salad. I like cheese. So I will return to eating dairy. However; I will be mindful about how much I consume. I won't be as liberal with it as I once was. If my cholesterol goes nuts as a result, I will reconsider whether I should be eating dairy.
For #3 - Logging all food and eating within limits - I have to give myself a C-. I'd give myself a D, but I did log most days accurately and I didn't gain weight over this time. I had some bad days (overeating) and failed to log my food several times. I could have and should have done better on this one.
Though not stated specifically in my challenge parameters I really wanted to lose some weight over this 90 day period. It didn't happen. After my 10K race on April 1st I will do this challenge again with losing 10 pounds as being the primary goal. Tracking food every single day is a lot to ask for. I will shoot for consistency with my eating. I know my problem OP foods and I need to deal with those issues.
So I guess I'm ending this challenge here and now. I'll continue with #1, eat some cheese and butter, and nourish my body appropriately in preparation for my 10K next week.
Last edited by khrussva : Yesterday at 16:28.