I’m barely a week in (I started on Monday) & I have felt fine- no cravings, no nothing. I actually felt great! It hasn’t been too difficult since I haven’t been eating much sugar to begin with; the only tough times were when I saw my bag of chocolate-covered-berries in my kitchen cabinet! I quickly hid them out of sight, temporarily filled up on a glass of water, & found other snacks like veggies, grass-fed-beef-sticks, or a handful of seeds/nuts.
Day 4 (today) is when things REALLY got interesting - was definitely an eventful day. We had a holiday party after work, which I was planning on limiting myself to 1 glass of red wine (allowed on the 4-Hour-Body). I got this, guys!
In addition, work took my group out for lunch to none other than... Maggiano’s!
For those who don’t know, this is an Italian restaurant. VERY Italian. I know, you’re thinking “what?? The last thing you probably want is ITALIAN!” But no biggy, I don’t stress, because I know I can find something to eat ANYWHERE. Yes, even at an Italian restaurant.
While the group ordered family-style to share a bunch of pastas & breaded-chicken, I pulled the gluten-free card & ordered my own dish – no problem. The chef came out & helped me pick out the menu item “Parmesan-crusted Tilapia” with veggies/orzo. We modified it to no-crust & no orzo. Perfection.
I don’t think I made [too big of] a scene, haha. But this is also my health we’re talking about. My co-workers were all well aware of me following this strange thing called “Paleo,” so even if I wanted to indulge in this social setting (which I didn’t), it’d be hypocritical of me to NOT show how Paleo worked. This was my golden opportunity!
These situations encourage me to stand for my lifestyle & not be shy about modifying whatever I want.
But for real, I really didn’t make a big scene. I just pulled the waiter to the side to ask about their gluten-free options. This usually takes care of it, & people don’t judge if you say you have an allergy.
I know, I know, I’m getting to the point I swear- the interesting part of day 4. So… the table orders cheesecake for everyone to share & the waiter points out that it is not gluten-free. I asked what if I just don’t eat the crust, he replied yes, so I dug in! Only when my plate was clean did I realize: Shoot! I’m on a sugar-detox! Way to go… & fail…
Not to worry!
My solution: although early, today HAS to be my “trick” day. Either that or I start fresh at Day 1 again. I don’t have much of a choice. I’ve been doing so well, it’s probably okay. I’m attending a 3-day conference called Landmark Forum over the weekend - which wouldn’t be much fun having my trick day then.
This actually worked out on my favor, because now I can go to the holiday party after work & gorge on natural sweets! (I bet that’s not something you hear every day.) This insulin spike is very important on this diet, & I need to make sure I do some damage! It doesn’t work well if you just have 1 piece of cheesecake, you REALLY need to spike those insulin levels!
Thinking & planning ahead, it’d probably be good to schedule a trick day on Christmas – another advantage of using today as one of my 3 trick days.
This is the great thing about this diet. Even Tim Ferriss explains how if some event comes up where you know you’ll be eating against your diet, make sure to plan around this event, & make that day your cheat day. I messed up today, but it’s okay. I’m using it to my advantage, making the most out of it, while still making sure I’m following the diet. Never knock yourself down if you mess up. Optimism is key!
Here is a taste of what I ate before today's trick day:
& here's some stuff from today to spike my insulin (cheesecake, fruit not pictured) :