Take Shape For Life: Day 1
August 23, 2010 - Monday
I made it through the day, but it was a very difficult struggle. I miss my sugars, my salts and my fats! Where did my cheese go? My breads were gone too. It was really hard. But I know that this phase will end after the adjustment period is accomplished.
I am pretty sure I will be done with the cravings and feeling hungry in 3 or so more days. The program study materials say 3 to 5 days, I think. And I know that I was completely satisfied and not hungry when I was on a full liquid diet years ago.
I decided that in order for me to make it through this most difficult day, I was going to have to take matters into my own hand. So knowing that I was leaving a very high caloric diet and stopping all my vices and trying to get by on way more than half the calories I was used to.
Here is how I handled my first day needs for more food. I chose not to follow the Medifast 5/1 recommendations for the first and second days. So today I made a huge pot of soup. Well it was about 6 cups worth. I put in a package of coleslaw mix, 4 ounces of diced raw mushrooms, 2 celery stalks, a cup of diced zucchini, a medium green tomato finely diced, a small red tomato diced and a handful of chopped radish greens.
I sautéd the veggies in a sauce pan in their own juices. When they were getting tender, I added 4 cups of water and chicken bouillon granules for the 4 cups of water. Then I let it come to a boil and turned it down to simmer and blend the flavors. I also cranked a couple of cranks of Lemon, Pepper, salt seasoning into the soup.
I then ate as much as I needed for Day 1's lunch- which was the time I found myself the hungriest. I believe I had about 3 cups. This did help curb my hunger pains. But I realized that I was not exactly hungry, but just craving those foods I was choosing to avoid for the next couple of months. I also had to grab a couple of dill pickle spears and some celery sticks throughout the day. But I made it and still was way under 1000 kcal for the day. OK, I was at 850 kcal for today. Which is where I will be on most days anyway.
So the plan is to finish the soup tomorrow and make it through day 2.
Overall: Day was a good day. Successful in that I did not eat excess carbs, sugars and fats. Success!