Joined: Jan. 2015
||Posted: Mar. 01 2015,18:06
Good for you for thinking about starting and doing research and asking questions. I did that a lot too when I was starting as I was very apprehensive and wanted to make an informed choice. I've only been doing this for a month. So there is a lot I still don't know and I can only provide you with my experience and bear in mind it's only been a month.
I've been overweight since I was about 13 years old and so far it's been working for me. I've tried numerous other diets, working out etc. and been yo-yoing for years. I don't know if it's something that will be sustainable for me but I certainly hope so! At least it is teaching me to really think about portions and ingredients and things like drinking lots of water.
I had a big issue with giving up caffeine and alcohol and it's still something I am trying to cope with. The first week was difficult for me, I won't lie. The first two days I had bad headaches and felt very hungry and low energy. I attribute most of that to caffeine withdrawal but probably also some sugar/carb withdrawal too. By the third day the headaches were gone. I would say into the second week was when I started feeling better and not feeling hungry. I still struggled with energy until they recently switched my type of potassium to a type called K-lyte. Since then I find that I feel fine in terms of energy and do not feel hungry. I still get cravings from time to time of course.
The way I deal with that is similar to emotional eating. It comes up a lot. I guess what keeps me from giving in to it is that I have a lot of Dr. B foods on hand and also tea. Tea has been my life saver, lol. Whenever I feel like I have a craving I make a cup of tea, or I have a glass of water and it usually goes away. Drinking a big glass of water before eating seems to help me feel more full too. Or I try to distract myself by going for a walk or focusing on some kind of task. I also focus on the fact that I'm paying a lot of money and investing a lot of time and effort into this and don't want to set myself back. Even a few bites of the wrong food can do that so I just try not to go there.
I believe that on the food list there are options for gluten-free bread substitutes and also lactose free cheeses and other substitutes such as almond milk or soy milk.
In terms of healthy fats and concerns over hair loss and weak nails, I started to have the issue with all my nails getting really soft and breaking so I asked at the clinic and started taking an Omega 3 supplement they sell there called Bari-Efa. They also recommended I take a tsp a day of something called Udo's 3-6-9 oil which I use in salad dressing. I am finding so far it seems to be helping.
I did want to address cognitive function because this is something I do worry about and I find there are a few times I have felt very spacey and also forgotten things a few times. I am not sure if it has anything to do with the diet but wondered if anyone else experienced things like this? Maybe it is the fact that I find there is so much to keep on top of with the diet and the rest of my life that I'm getting forgetful.
I used to exercise 3 - 4 times a week pre-diet including yoga, Pilates, and cardio at the gym. I have stopped doing the cardio since starting the diet because I simply find I don't have the stamina for it. I was told if you exercise vigorously to eat an extra protein serving that day. I still do yoga and Pilates but find it harder than I did before but for me I find it's important to continue with some kind of exercise. Also taking a lot of walks.
After the first couple of times the visits are usually quite brief, about 15 minutes for me. You weigh in and then the nurse takes you to a room where she goes over your diet sheet and asks how you are generally, then gives you the injection, then tests your urine and that's about it. There are a couple of nurses at my clinic that are very abrupt and not friendly at all, in fact downright rude who really turned me off at first. As I've kept going I've found that one of them softened up but one of them is still rude. There are a few there that are really quite sweet and overall I would say they are welcoming and helpful. There are probably going to be one or two rude ones at your clinic but I guess that just seems to come with the territory. I remember I asked one nurse a question about whether the needle would hurt in my abdomen and she snapped "I've never done the diet so I don't know." What kind of answer is that? But anyway I don't want to deter you because there are some nice nurses out there. The doctor at my clinic is also quite perfunctory and to the point. Now I just go through with the exercise and just get out of there with the doctor within 10 - 15 minutes. I've never been pushed to buy anything at the clinic I go to or to continue on wit the program so I don't feel like they are doing any kind of sales job. I did find the first consultation very overwhelming though with all the information and had to go away and think about it for a while, just so you are forewarned hehe.
As for tips and tricks well my advice at this stage is to really carefully read the manual and food list and be sure you understand how much you are allowed of each category each day and also make sure you follow it to the letter including weighing all your food. I had a hard time getting the hang of all of it at first and not following the diet has caused me to lose weight more slowly.
Well I guess that is all I can share for now. Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!