It’s been 10 days. We had about 150 participants who agreed to try to consume 20-30 grams of protein at each meal along with 4-5 cups of multi-colored vegetables per day. It’s time to share how it went. Were you able to accomplish the goal? Did you feel any better? Did it take more or less time in the kitchen than you anticipated? Are you going to continue any of this practice from here on? These are the questions I hope you will answer.
Let me start.
I was able to do the challenge fully until this last weekend where, being spontaneous, we decided in a half hour to go along on a retreat with Joel’s college, and packed up up the kids and some essentials, grabbed some coconut kefir, and drove 4 hours away to bright sun, dry climate, pools, and camp food. Need I say that I didn’t quite make the challenge happen on the trip? I was able to eat plenty of protein (quality wasn’t the greatest, but it was protein). Vegetables? Not so much. A salad bowl that I could have eaten all by myself was passed around our table of eight. However, our first dinner there they gave our table an extra bowl and I *ahem* ate at least half of it with some pork loin cut up in it and my own homemade dressing. It was actually delicious.
Before we left, I was really thankful for the challenge as my infant has not been sleeping well the last few weeks. We can’t figure out why. She’s perfectly happy during the day, just a bit restless at night sometimes. By the time this challenge rolled around, I wanted to take naps on the couch, not prepare tons of vegetables for me to eat. However, I persevered (along with some of the suggested amino acid support suggested in The Mood Cure) and I did quite well! While my energy didn’t burst through the roof like it did when I was getting good sleep and eating this way, I think eating really well helped me maintain good energy despite my broken up sleep.
My Continued Plans
I do feel that I can be on the lower end of the protein suggested on this plan. I don’t think I always need 3 eggs in the morning, for example. Two seems just about right to me. I want to continue to eat lots of vegetables. Doing that on our budget without a garden is a challenge however. We will see what happens. I am also going to continue to push lacto fermented vegetables and drinks to help me digest all of that protein.
Now it’s your turn. How did it go for you?
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