I'm making this post in case anybody besides me decides to go off the JJV plan and talk about how they feel about that.
I challenged a few foods and felt definite reactions that were unpleasant and yet also tolerable. What struck me is that many people walk around feeling food reactions all the time but just sort of brushing it off. Because although I sensed reactions to food (stomachaches, mood changes etc) nothing lasted very long and was the kind of thing you could brush off mentally if your mind was occupied with other matters in life.
Also I always feel a little bit "trapped" in other people's plans. They never feel quite right to me for my body. I used to try to tie myself in knots following other people's ideas of how to eat because I believed their book hype about how this or that was the perfect plan. Eventually, after years of this, it became obvious to me that each plan author is pushing what worked for them, but it doesn't necessarily work for all people. So I ended up studying various plans and just taking what I liked or learned from that plan, but not feeling any plan was gospel for me.
So here's what happened with me and the JJV plan. After I tested a few foods back in, I kind of went on a binge and ate whatever I wanted. I think I just couldn't take the restrictive plan anymore. Sure enough I got pretty sick....mainly depressed and low energy. The JJV plan had given me clear info that eggs and dairy don't sit well with me. I already knew from being Primal that wheat didn't set well with me. By giving myself permission to eat whatever I wanted I got to remember again why I was doing this...ie, not feeling well. Consequently, when that period was over I very willingly began avoiding dairy and eggs and I don't miss them. Like I said, I have had no problem giving up wheat permanently and I think dairy and eggs will just be treats when I want a piece of cake on my birthday or something. By now I don't want them in my life anymore. So what am I trying to say here? Just that there are those of us who have trouble following plans and systems and kind of have to find our own way. But that I learned a great deal from the JJV plan and I'm very glad I did it. I've moved on now. I avoid wheat, dairy and eggs but will have them if I really want the thing they're in, which is rare. I enjoy the way I'm eating, which is based on Primal/Paleo. I just started subscribing to a gluten-free mag. I bought a Nutribullet food extractor (not juicer, but extractor), which I love. I'm taking lots of supplements and eating widely and well. I don't worry about my weight. I'm pretty sure that just dropping wheat alone, and dairy will slowly help me lose weight and gain energy.
I would very much recommend the JJV plan to anyone interested. One learns a great deal from her book and from doing the plan.
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