Was it worth it? Yes, and no. I really did feel fine throughout the week. Sure, I missed reaching for candy after a meal but I survived and found some delicious replacements. One huge positive is that I really paused and considered the ingredients of any item before eating it. My diet was, on the whole, far less processed than normal and I'm sure that had to be good for me. I had plenty of energy for my workouts, and I made some switches to my normal diet that I might actually stick with long-term.
For example, I love love love these Clif Builder's Bars:
They have 20 grams of protein, but they're also covered in chocolate. In their place this week, I either made my own protein "bites" (protein powder, peanut butter, oats, plain, crushed shredded wheat) or ate a LaraBar:
These still contain sugar, but only in the form of dates. So lots of fiber and still absolutely delicious!
Another switch I made was buying plain Greek yogurt instead of my normal vanilla flavor. A LOT less sugar and once I've tossed all my toppings on top I barely noticed a difference!
Weight-wise, I lost 2 pounds this week. I've never mentioned weight on the blog before because I don't want it to be a focus of my posts, but in this case I'll make an exception. I was careful to keep my calories around the same as usual (2,100 daily, give or take) yet I still lost this weight. I assume some of it is water weight because I ate less processed foods (and as a result, less sodium). I've never lost this amount of weight in a week and a) not been actually sick (flu) or b) felt deprived and hungry. I would consider eating this way again prior to a race to ensure that I'm getting clean fuel and not carrying extra weight on race day.
I had some really positive responses to my idea to eat a different type of diet for a few days and try it out. Some possibilities include: Gluten-free, vegan, raw, kosher, halal, Paleolithic. Would anyone like to join me for one of these or to suggest another one? Cara from Eat.Pray.Run. had a fantastic idea to try a week of eating one of these styles at the same time and then guest post our experiences for each other. I'm so excited about this so let me know if you're interested, and which way of eating you'd like to try!
What's your favorite protein/energy bar?
Clif Builder's Bars, in mint chocolate. They taste like candy, but since they have protein and vitamins it's totally ok, right?!