In August of 2013 I decided to give 80 10 10 a go. I still wasn’t eating enough but I was seeing results. I started feeling much better and lively. I also started incorporating 80 10 10 cooked foods into my diet. In October of that year I finally decided not to restrict my calories anymore. It was a very emotional journey really. I started gaining weight and that was a nightmare to me. I hated it and I just felt so betrayed. On the plus side, I felt amazing. I was happy most of the time, I could finally focus and I actually accomplished things and wasn’t out of energy all the time. I used to have irregular periods now I don’t thanks to this lifestyle. My face looks healthy and I am in general a more positive person because of it.
I’ve embraced the weight gain (which will eventually come off on its own) and therefore accepted myself the way I am. Ever since that happened all sorts of good things came into my life. I haven’t weighed myself in a while now but the last time I did I was 73 kilos. It’s, of course, impossible to be obese on this lifestyle and the reason why I’m gaining this much weight is because I come from a background of calorie restriction and yo-yo dieting. My metabolism is slow due to past eating habits. Even though I gained weight I won’t ever be obese eating this way. I feel satiated all the time and I never worry about my calories anymore (unless I’m not eating enough). I eat somewhere between 2600-3500 calories a day. (Women should eat no less than 2500 cals. and no less than 3000 cals. for men). It’s best to eat more at the beginning. When I was transitioning I used to consume up to 4000 calories.
My meals consist of fruit and cooked starches, basically. My staples are dates, bananas, seasonal fruit, potato, rice and rice noodles. On the other hand, my back up staples are, Turbinado sugar, whole wheat, pasteurized juices, pasta and oats.
I would feel miserable and very depressed if I didn’t eat enough (usually below 2700 calories). I would feel as if everyone is out to get me. My eye-sight would be terrible and I would look sick! Let alone not having enough energy.
I keep hydrated, now. When you get the hang of it you won’t go back. You’d start noticing when you need water (back when I didn’t used to drink much, I couldn’t tell when I was dehydrated). In general, I have three liters of water per day. Sometimes more. But I can definitely tell now when I need water. I would feel sluggish and basically dehydrated. Yes, I would feel dehydrated!
Don’t be intimidated to eat and drink this much. It might be a bit challenging at the beginning but you can do it. And if you’re not already a vegan maybe you should go through a transitional period first (being vegetarian then vegan then high carb, low fat vegan). Also, keep in mind that falling off the wagon is just an expression. If it ever happens just get back on! It’s that simple. Don’t be down on yourself and feel like a failure if you don’t stick to this lifestyle 100%. Just make sure to eat clean and healthily (whole foods, cooked starches, no salt (substitute with lemon juice), fruit and eat as little as possible of heavily processed foods, in other words don’t consume foods that have preservatives, added salt and artificial coloring agents).
Working out shouldn’t be a chore. Just be active throughout the day and make sure you eat enough. And anyway, if you’re active and you don’t eat enough your body will make sure to let you know that you need fuel. Of course, you can join a gym just don’t overdo it. And pick a sport or an activity you enjoy. Do not force yourself to workout but be persistent and consistent.
Sleep is essential too. Get 10-12 hours of sleep each night. Personally, when I don’t have enough sleep I feel grumpy and really tired!
People will think you’re crazy especially the people you live with. Don’t let that discourage you. People teased me for gaining weight on this lifestyle and gave me dirty looks for eating a lot. Sometimes I even avoid eating in front of them because I know they will criticize me and I don’t want to feel judged. I just don’t need that kind of stress in my life. I do believe this is the way to go nevertheless, and I won’t go back. Know that you’re not alone in this. There are a lot of people out there who follow a high carb, low fat diet. Check out 30bananasaday.com it has a lot of helpful tips and you’ll find people like you.
In summary, don’t restrict your calories; just smash down the carbs! Get rid of stress in your life, get enough sleep and keep hydrated. Make sure to go out in the sun every once in a while too ^_^
Here’s a great example of what I’m talking about. Although she eats fully raw, consuming enough carbs and low fat is what matters.