I thought I would have a harder time following the 80/10/10 Diet for the week, however it really wasn’t difficult for me at all. That being said, I did not follow Dr. Graham’s diet 100% since I did allow myself to eat fat-free cocoa powder, cinnamon, corn, yams and sweet potatoes.
My big take-away from the diet trial was that my body really thrived without grains. Prior to this 80/10/10 Diet trial I had been experiencing some intestinal bloating and discomfort for a while and I have to say that I had NONE during the 80/10/10 trial. I have to conclude that my body does not like grains.
I recently became quite attached to my stevia packets and decaf coffee and was looking forward to the trial to see if I could curtail those cravings. I am happy to report that the diet trial accomplished just that. While I have had coffee since then, It is now down to about once a week as a treat and my stevia consumption is way down as well. While I do not think there is anything wrong with stevia per se, I don’t think it is good to have too much of a good thing either.
An observation I made during the trial was that my athletic performance did increase. While I tend to be pretty strong and adept at pilates plus, there are a few moves that have proven to be difficult for me and at the end of the 80/10/10 week I was able to do some of those moves…I was shocked! I also went on a run (something I haven’t done for months) on day 7 of the diet trial, and it was easy…so easy that I went twice as far as I originally planned on going.
As for the numbers, at the end of the week I was down 2.5 pounds (something I wasn’t trying to achieve) and also down 1% body fat.
All in all I felt great while eating my modified version of the 80/10/10 Diet. I plan on continuing to live grain-free, but will continue to consume corn (some people consider that a grain), yams, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and legumes.