I did this because I was the heaviest I've ever been. I have headaches, I was having heartburn, and sometimes I'd have gallbladder pains- not acute, but like bloating and feeling like I was a Macy's Thanksgiving day balloon after eating. So, I wanted to just kind of give myself a reset, and what better time to start than the first of a new year. Here's what I learned (and how I felt).
1. Giving up caffeine is hard. I started weaning myself off between Christmas and New Year's. Which was not fun. I love coffee. A lot. I had a day of numbing headache, but I lived.
2. The first three days were the worst. I felt like crap. I was hungry all the time. My back ached for no apparent reason. I felt hot, but didn't have a fever. It almost felt like I was getting the flu. But then I just woke up on day four and felt better. I was really glad I had taken the first few days of the New Year off so I didn't have to feel so doggy and try to work because I just laid around the house and watched t.v. and read and napped.
3. I stocked up on fruits and veggies, and thought I'd be good to go. But, I missed bread- sooo much. I never realized how much bread I ate. I had dreams about going to Subway, and getting a sub, just because bread sounded so good. I ate a lot of lentil soup, and all I could think of is how good it'd be with a hunk of crusty bread.