The hardest part about changing the way you eat is feeling hungry. All. The. Time.
When I first started a dairy free diet two and a half year ago, I had no idea how to cook anything without butter, milk, or cream. I took me almost a month to figure out what I could eat. For most of that month, I remember being really hungry. Not a craving or anything specific, just feeling I could never get full. After I got through the initial withdrawal phase, it took about 6 months to get over my cheese and ice cream cravings. Now I don’t even like ice cream, or cream in my coffee, or the taste of real butter. I still like cheese, and have found several goat and sheep milk cheeses that I can eat, but I don’t crave it anymore.
Now that I’m day 5 of our whole food challenge, I’m finally not hungry. Since I started the sugar detox on Monday, giving up fruit, wheat, beans, and caffeine, I’ve eaten a ton of healthy vegetables and protein but it never satisfied me until today. Its encouraging to know my body is starting to heal, and I don’t feel like I need sugar anymore. I would really like to get to a place where I can view sugar the same way I view dairy – a treat once in a while but not something I eat regularly.
Today is also the first day in several months that I didn’t have a headache, either when I woke up or in the afternoon. The boys are in bed and I’m enjoying a few quiet minutes in the house, and I’m not exhausted. Now that I actually feel good, I’m a bit shocked at the unhealthy state I let myself fall into.
Making significant changes to your diet is hard. Its hard to shop for unfamiliar foods and learn new cooking methods. Its hard to not fall into bad habits of convenience foods. But, the hunger won’t last forever. They way you will feel on the other side makes the few hungry weeks totally worth it.