That looks about right for yesterday
I can’t believe I made it through one whole week of nothing but potatoes. Seven days of extreme veganism and all I got were these lousy peelings.
I really can’t believe I have two weeks to go.
Whatever. I can scream at the sky in a bit. Let’s get to some numbers. How about weight:
I’d ski that slope.
I weigh myself in the morning, so the 1/7 measurement of 210.0 is the first post-full day of potatoes entry.
The big claim of this diet amongst those who are primarily using it as a weight-loss hack is ten pounds in a week. Since the primary goal of this experiment isn’t weight loss, I’ll take the six. If that rate is maintained, I’ll lose 18 in total for this phase, which would put me at my lowest weight in like 100 years, so I’ll take that too.
Here’s the calorie intake breakdown:
All of these calories came from one of three sources:
- Potatoes. And more potatoes. Mostly skinned and boiled white potatoes, with the remainder being either microwaved or baked. All were eaten hot; I haven’t gone the cooling route for the resistant starch yet, mostly because by the time I get them prepped and cooked I’m too hungry to wait around for them to cool.
- Potato starch.
Any resistant starch has come from this. I used the PS mostly to help crisp up the potatoes in lieu of any added fat. (UPDATE: Apparently, heating the potato starch turns it from a resistant starch into a rapidly-digesting starch. Which is interesting, since heating and cooling turns regular potatoes into the opposite.)
- Condiments. These included salt and spices, vinegar, hot sauce, some salsa, and probably too much ketchup.
My original rule was anything with zero protein/zero fat and less than 1g of carbs per tablespoon was allowed, but then I realized that the organic ketchup I was using (and all ketchups, apparently) for the first few days had 4 grams of carbs (i.e., sugar) per tablespoon, so whatever. All of the other ones besides the ketchup fit the original rule however. Going forward, I’m going to try to back off the ketchup and bring it back to basics (i.e., maybe just salt and some vinegar) which will probably increase the calorie deficit, as I was surprised to see some of the calorie counts approach the low end of the Paleo intake. I’d like to see that line get a lot flatter (for experimental consistency, which should be easiest to maintain in this phase out of all of them) and lower down on the chart (to keep the diet as the semi-fast as it’s intended to be.)
At this point it’s pretty self-evident, but for the record here is the macronutrient breakdown:
If you told me a year ago I would be eating this many carbs I would have laughed in your waffles-and-syrup face. (however, if you told me it would be under the umbrella of a crazy experiment I had concocted and that for fifteen weeks my diet would be powered by OCD, I would have told you it made perfect sense.)
In reality, after the first few days, I didn’t need to do much screaming. The crazy visions of donuts and breakfast tacos (there were at least three of the ubiquitous posts about eating at Austin’s Torchy’s Tacos on my Facebook this week; I nearly died) subsided, and I almost came to appreciate the simplicity of it all.
If anyone wants to optimize their potato peeling efficiency, I’m available for consulting.
I definitely feel a redistribution in energy. Physically, I feel a reduction — not that I’m tired, but more so a mellowing. I feel more relaxed, and overall just pretty darn good.
On the flip side however, mentally I feel like my old Integra pinned at the RPM redline, with the thoughts coming at me a mile a minute. For someone who thinks way too much already, this has been at times almost overwhelming. My girlfriend would be the first to tell you that I’ve been rather difficult to deal with, both from the intensity of conversation (all those thoughts have to come out, natch) and from the occasional irritability when the thoughts of an omelette creep back in and I feel like I’ve trapped myself in a cage of my own making. Which I have.
I’m not good with cages. Even self-imposed ones for a good cause. I’m not sure anyone is.
Outside of a few juice fasts over the years, this is the longest I’ve ever gone eating anything close to a vegan diet, so if (as I suspect) the results of this experiment lead me down that path long-term, I kinda worry about how to reign in the mental energy. It’s possible that over the next two weeks this energy will normalize, and being that this diet is definitely extreme, I’m hoping the mental impact is as well, and not something that would be seen with a more day-to-day vegan diet.
As always, questions/comments welcome.