New Year's Resolutions and a month of NO GRAINS or SUGARS (an article by Rick)

What's up, Humans? So if you guys listened to Episode 15 of the podcast (AND I KNOW YOU ALL DID, RIGHT?!?!), you heard about my 3 New Year's Resolutions: to floss daily, to eat both an olive and a mushroom, and to go one month totally free of grains, sugars or artificial sweeteners. Well, the flossing is going well (9 days straight, EVA T!!!), and I'll have a totally separate post on the olives and mushrooms. But this post is mainly about my dietary changes. Mark introduced me to this way of eating sometime in the summer of 2013, and after looking into it, I introduced some of these changes pretty quickly. Honestly, I'd say I eat this way about 65-75% of the time, but I've still had a "cheat meal" or a treat about once or twice a week, and I still hadn't gotten around to eliminating artificial sweeteners. Well, after listening to the great Vinnie Tortorich talking about how he went TOTALLY grain/sugar/fake sugar free for the ENTIRE YEAR of 2013, I decided I would be a total wuss if I couldn't do it for a month. It's not really a resolution, per se, but more of a challenge to myself. If I want to know just how awesome and easy eating "Humanly" truly is, I feel like I need to jump both feet in. So starting on January 2nd, I went full 100% no grains/sugars/fake sugars.

By far, the hardest part so far has been the artificial sweeteners. I drink Diet Coke almost by the gallon, especially on nights I work. There are convenience stores on almost every corner where I work, so it's really REALLY hard not to stop off and grab a cold, tasty, bubbly Diet Coke. But I'm committed, so it's been water only (and Bulletproof Coffee with my breakfast) for me. The first couple of nights were tough, but by the 3rd night, I noticed something odd: I didn't get headaches anymore. I guess I never really realized that I would get a dull headache about 2-3 times a week until I wasn't getting them anymore. I have no clue why this is...my hypothesis is that I wasn't properly hydrated.

Now, I wish I had access to a blood glucose meter so I could follow along daily and find out exactly what kinds of foods raise my blood sugar, but I don't have anything sciency like that. But on January 6th, I did have a blood test done as part of my yearly physical I have to do for work. I haven't gotten the results back, but I'd be interested to see what my fasting blood sugar level was (since I had been totally grain/sugar/fake sugar free for 5 days and hadn't eaten in about 15 hours at the time of the draw).

As far as how I'm doing so far, I can't complain. I'm not hungry and I'm eating tons of awesome food (I smoked some pork ribs on Tuesday this week that were INSANELY awesome) and I don't feel like I'm depriving myself of anything. Do I miss pizza? Yeah, I guess..a little bit. But I got some roma tomatoes and put them with some mozzarella and calabrese salami and popped them into the oven for a few minutes and the were pretty tasty. I've tried lots of different "diets" and a week in, I'm usually pining away for pie or onion rings (an aside: you can make some REALLY great onion rings with almond flour and olive oil!), but I don't really feel like I'm depriving myself of anything.

I'll probably check in once or twice a week to let you Humans know about my progress. And if you're on the fence on whether or not you should go all-in on the Human way of eating, you can do it with me!