I kicked out Sugar and Grains From My Diet for 2 Weeks and Here’s What Happened
I recently picked up the “No sugar, No Grains” diet. I would describe it as being similar to a ketogenic diet, but in my opinion a little bit less restrictive. However, it does follow the general principles of a keto diet it’s a high fat, low carb and sugar diet. I picked this up from reading Vinnie Tortorich’s book Fitness Confidential. After reading Vinnie’s book I am on a mission to completely cut out grains and sugars from my diet.
I am not completely there, but I would say that I have cut out a huge amount of sugars and grains from my diet and have upped the servings of fat in my diet. I will be doing a check in with how this diet is going every few months focusing on 3 things:
- How I feel
- How i’m sleeping and;
- The (noticeable) impacts on my body.
Let's start today’s blog with what i think is the most important and more obvious impact, how I feel day to day. In future blogs I’ll share with you the impact on my sleep and my performance during workouts.
How I feel
The most immediate thing I started feeling just after a day or 2 of cutting our sugar and grains and upping the fats is that I lost all my “hunger pains”. I usually get up around 6, eat breakfast at 7:30 and on most days before NSNG I was STARVING by 10:30. I would usually reach for a granola bar (which i thought was a healthy choice) to tide me over until lunch, but by 12:30 I could feel those hunger pains coming on again.
Two days into NSNG the hunger pains were gone. Now I start the day with scrambled eggs and Avocado and I am GOOD until lunch. I’ll probably have a coffee(or five) with some coconut Oil or cream but no hunger pains, no cravings and tons of more energy. Some days if I am really busy at work I blow right by lunch and do not even notice. The high fat diet keeps me feeling satiated and full of energy.
What I Eat In a Day While on NSNG
Either 4 scrambled eggs or 3 scrambled eggs + either a side of cheese/avocado/bacon or ham. I wash it down with cold water and coffee with either cream or coconut oil
Mid Morning Snack: Some days the mid-morning snack consists only of coffee + coconut oil if I am “on the go”. If I am sitting at my desk all morning, I might indulge in some boredom eating which usually consists of olives or walnuts.
Lunch: I think the best way to describe my typical lunch would be “a giant pile of vegetables and meat”. My go to veggies are broccoli and cauliflower
Post Workout Snack: When I get home from work, I usually workout straight away in my home gym (used to be a garage). After the workout I usually have a shake consisting of zero carb/sugar protein powder, frozen strawberries & blueberries and almond butter.
Dinner: Another Pile of vegetables and meat.
Evening snack: Usually an avocado.
To sum it up, I feel great. My energy has never been higher, and the hunger pains are gone. Sure, I still get “hungry” but i’ve found that I haven’t been getting “cravings”.
Have you guys tried similar diets? How has it worked for you?
This article is for informational purposes only and written by non-physicians and should not be considered health or nutritional advice. This content should not substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a health professional before making any changes to your diet. Do not disregard any professional medical advice you have received, nor delay in seeking such advice because of something you have read in this article.