I've been following the 30BAD interpretation of Dr Doug Graham's 80/10/10 diet since August last year, and although I have seen some benefits from it, I don't think they outweigh the negatives enough to keep me on that way of eating.Benefits
- I've been able to eat crazy amounts of food, sometimes up to 3500 cals a day, consistently and not gain weight.
- My skin has definitely improved from eating 80/10/10. I used to have really bad acne on my forehead - it's cleared up almost completely since I have been 80/10/10 though.
- Making meals is easy - just peel and eat! I've never really liked cooking so this was also one of the things that attracted me to the lifestyle.
- I was taking anti-depressants prior to starting 80/10/10 - I've been able to come off them since eating this way and have definitely felt improvements in my daily mood (though this has started to deteriorate recently because of the below points!).
- My body just feels a lot 'cleaner' than it previously did. Hard to describe in any more detail, but it just feels much better than it did even when I was standard vegan.Negatives
- Although I'm free to eat as much as I want, I don't really want to have to eat 10 bananas, a pound of greens, 3 melons, 10 oranges, 10 apples (an example but you know what I mean!), just to feel full and have enough energy to get me through a normal working day!
- Because I'm having to eat so much, it really takes a lot of time out of my day where I'm just eating in order to get the calories in. Yes I can blend, but I never feel as satiated when I do this.
- Buying the fruit is also a very time consuming and expensive process, I wish I could just do one weekly shop and have that be the end of it but it's just not possible on this lifestyle. I've also been spending way more money than I should just to keeping my supplies topped up.
- I've found that even when I eat upwards of 3000/3500 calories in a day, I don't have the energy to do my former evening workout which isn't really that intensive (30 minutes cycling, 30 minutes of stretches/yoga/free weights). I really have to push myself to get it done.
- Connected to the above, I seem to have been finding it harder and harder to complete my workout compared to when I was just eating standard vegan fare.
- I need to take care of my teeth due to treating them poorly through my teenage years. To do this ideally I try and aim for 3 meals a day and no snacks, but this just isn't realistic on 80/10/10. I either have to eat 1000 calorie meals ALL the time to get me through to the next meal, and unless I mono, I feel horribly bloated afterwards. Obviously the crazy sugar content of fruits doesn't help either.
- I've found it pretty much impossible to maintain the diet in social situations - e.g. going out with friends/family - because it's just such an unusual and restrictive way of eating.
- Need to go to the toilet way too often!
I love fruit, don't get me wrong, but eating it every day, all the time...well I can't do it anymore and I can't help thinking it's not the right way of eating long term. The biggest worry for me is the continual lack of energy/strength I've experienced over the last couple months. I love my daily excercise routine and I've almost had to put that to one side recently because I just don't have the strength to do it anymore.
So I guess what I'm looking for is a way of eating similar to 80/10/10, in the sense that it's mainly a whole foods diet and vegan, but one which is less restrictive and is going to me more energy while keeping me satiated from 3 meals a day. I'm also kind of lazy when it comes to cooking - when I was vegan I went through days where I had muesli three times a day because I couldn't be bothered to cook! I've had a quick read of various articles of this diet and it definitely appeals to me (otherwise I wouldn't be here!), however a lot of the recipes also seem quite complicated and have loads of ingredients which is a bit overwhelming for someone who's never done much cooking at all! I mean a meal I like which I suppose is compatible with this diet is jacket potato with store bought baked beans and salad...or is it not acceptable since there's other stuff added to the baked beans? I guess what I'm saying is I wouldn't like it if I had to be forced to make every meal from scratch.
I think I'm rambling a bit now...but from what I've posted can anyone add their input as to whether switching to a McDougall Diet is going to help resolve a lot of the issues I've experienced and be able to fulfill my requirements?
Many thanks in advance