11 days. I feel about the same. I definitely had some wicked caffeine withdrawal despite going half-caf for a week (and feeling fine). But now, stabilized, I feel about the same energy-wise.
I am trying not to be sad about that. It was according to the book a possibility that I would feel significantly worse on day 2 or so for 3-5 days, then much much better. This didn’t happen. If that did happen, then at the end of the month, I could have tested re-adding foods that have been excluded to see which one(s) was(were) responsible. It still might happen. But the longer I go adhering to the diet without an upturn, the more likely Stage 2 is going to be.
Stage 1 has been a challenge for me. I like to cook, fortunately, and I’ve been trying to look at this as a culinary challenge; trying to make foods interesting within the constraints of the diet. So far, it’s going pretty well with about two-thirds of my meals turning out quite decent. About a third of them are lacking in flavor but since I’m not allowed chili or curry I’m having some trouble fixing those few dishes.
Stage 2 will be even more challenging. Stage 3, I don’t even want to talk about, but there are no herbs or spices allowed of any kind and the foods so restrictive that it will basically be living on gruel.
Stage 2, in addition to no sugar, no caffeine, no chocolate, no alcohol, no additives we add: no bread, no wheat, no beef/chicken, no dairy, no soy, no citrus, no peanuts… etc. There’s more to it (just like there’s more to Stage 1), but these are the highlights.
My Stage 1 food has remained interesting due mostly to cheese. Normally, I don’t allow myself much butter, but during this diet, I’ve upped my allotment. Also, fresh homemade pasta is allowed. This allows me to make some comfort foods when I’m feeling all sorry for myself that I can’t eat anything in my cupboard. Stage 2 will offer no such self-pampering.
Obviously, with wheat, soy and dairy being part of Stage 2 and all those being the most likely culprits for food intolerance, I shouldn’t be much surprised that it is looking like Stage 2 is coming.
Oh, and in Stage 2, no vinegar. How am I supposed to make salad dressing with no vinegar?
Anyway, on the upside, between this and the HealthMIles challenge, I’ve lost a few pounds and my fat percentage is down. I am definitely eating much healthier, which if not contributing to my immediately feeling well, it is surely contributing to my overall health and longevity.