Here you would find a good example how can Diet affect your physical condition and improve your overall health.
Jenny Sugar, the editor of PopSugar Fitness had a nice experience with that. She was doing experiments with exercise and her diet (focused on crazy detoxes). Her plan was to eat fresh, frozen, and cooked fruits and veggies for two weeks straight, and was not aiming to lose weight, she just wanted to see how I felt.
Even previous her diet was already pretty clean, as she is mostly vegan, she started drinking a little coffee, and rarely, drinking alcohol. Her diet was focused on eating bread, pasta, and whole grains, but she tries to limit the sugar intake, which makes her feeling crazy-bloated. In addition, she did intermittent fasting (not eating until noon).
On Wednesday I went shopping and filled my cart with vibrantly colored fruits and veggies — I was already feeling much brighter and clearer! I planned to start my produce-only that following Thursday. Three days later, after teaching my Sunday morning hot yoga class, I chatted with
But, after a couple of days, she was warned by the certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition, about her plan which doesn’t consist enough protein. According to Leslie’s three days should be the maximum time anyone should eat only fruits and veggies and recommended to get a complete protein by eating beans, nuts, and seeds.
These were a good reminder for Jenny and she modified the diet and worked so hard to build lifting weights in CrossFit.
What she Ate?
Days 1-3: Mostly raw veggies and fruits, with the steamed green beans, roasted sweet potato, and edamame. No dairy, no meat, no caffeine (including green tea), no sugar, no processed foods, no oil, no nuts or seeds, no fun no beans, and no whole grains.
Days 4-14: To previous food, she added raw almond butter, sunflower seeds, nuts, and a little flax meal. Throughout the 14 days, she made veggie and fruit smoothies, huge salads dressed in fresh lemon juice, avocado, and sunflower seeds, and cauliflower rice and beans. She also ate dried fruit and nut bars to satiate her need for cookies. She drunk so much water!
How she Felt?
In the Days 1-3, because of a lot more fiber going on than she was used to, she felt full and pretty bloated. She felt a little tiredness, probably from the lack of protein and her daily workouts. She missed her bread and whole grains, some baked goods that she makes, missed almond butter on her bananas and tofu as well. However, she was never hungry, because she ate huge bowls of fruits and veggies, with tons of variety in textures and flavors.
After talking to Leslie, and following her advice to include beans and nuts in her “detox,” her body got used to the fiber and she had zero bloating. She was able to fill this newfound energy and felt so good. She relied surprised on when by the end of week one, she wasn’t missing pasta, maple oatmeal, toast, chocolate, popcorn, or french fries.
She benefited the crazy amount of energy, slept better and woke up feeling more rested, and her bloating issues disappeared. She even though that she’s negative to a gluten intolerance. , She also could see more definition in her abs, and I even lost two pounds for two weeks. She kept the same weight for about a year and her appearance was pretty better than before.