Diet Beta Test 5/1

Welcome to Day one – which is week two but last week was a lot of prep and decision making about how this journey was going to go. I also did some soul searching about how I was going to approach this topic writing and how I would best honor myself and the creators of the Diet Beta Test. So I’m going to lay the groundwork out here in this post and on and off down the road just to make sure we’re all clear.

1. I will not be sharing any of the materials from the diet beta test. If I did not create the information, infographics or text, It will not be posted here. If you’re looking for freebies – sorry you need to move on.
2. This journey is a story about me and my experiences, it may or may not fit with the information you know about yourself, your experiences or beliefs. I share it with you as a labor of love and exhibitionism on my part. Please do not try to take anything I write hear as gospel for yourself, please do not think it will work for you or that I am preaching a way of life for you to follow. That is the true key and beauty of the Diet beta test, it is highly personalized, and will be different for every person that tries it.
3. I will be posting daily in any combination of blogs, vlogs recipes, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook posts, (etc), if I reference anyone posts, I will make sure to link back to the information and give credit to the originator as best as I can. If I do not and it is your work, please contact me, and I will make sure to correct/update the information.
4. I’m exited about sharing this journey with you, I hope you are too.
Day 1

It is hot as blazes today – I feel May Day wanted to start off with a bang! And she did not disappoint, those that may want to dance naked around a May Pole tonight would be well within reason in this heat. Today did not start off as well as it could have. I came home from a weekend getaway late yesterday afternoon and did not have as much time to prep as I wanted to. As I’ve posted previously thank goodness for our cafeteria and their idea of real wholesome food; I ate breakfast and lunch there, breakfast was plain yogurt, berries and a handful of pecans with coffee, lunch was a turkey Cobb salad.
I knew today was going to be tough – I say that even as I’m writing at 8:30 in the evening, while still meal prepping for tomorrow and thinking about heading out to the grocery store for a few more things. Such is life! I did have a moment of weakness this afternoon, I had my husband make me a cheese quesadilla with a low carb tortilla (so not on plan – per say), but we didn’t have anything else in the house, and I was hungry at that moment. So I called it dinner and have moved on.

This week my goals are:
1. to establish a good fasting schedule – I realized on my last round that I was breaking my fast far earlier than I thought by having my morning cup of coffee at 7. After research I realized (I’m an idiot) any calories consumed is considered a break in the fasting protocol and should be counted as the first time you “eat.” So coffee consumption will be later in the morning – It’s probably better to start off with a big ole glass of water anyway.
2. Drink 120 ounces of water a day by the end of the week – I’m sill not drinking as much as I should be, but with this hot weather it may not be as hard as it has been.
3. Pay attention to my API and sleep patterns. Last round my numbers skyrocketed, but since I wasn’t tracking well, I don’t have a reason as to why. This time I have a chart set out with as much information as I can, that would be helpful to know and see if there’s any correlation between my diet changes and my API.

Here’s a few quick pics of my tracking numbers and me.

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Chalene Johnson’s Beta Diet Test Week 2

Chalene beta diet

Happy weekend all! Sorry for the delay on this post, I had some computer issues this week and just got things up and running. Along with these matters, I had a food meltdown, severe sinus problems, and some domestic issues, so…..my eating went down with my mood as it tends to.

In all seriousness I had to stop the beta test toward the end of my second week – I have Sleep apnea, and I was starting to notice a sharp rise in my API numbers while on this plan. I’m still looking into the reasoning behind it, but as soon as I started adding carbs back into my eating routine, my numbers have regulated in just a few days. I am going to keep on the plan and work through “Round 2” starting next week. Hopefully testing out different carb options in the evening to see if I can alleviate the rise in my API. In the mean time here is my log for last week.

4/12 – Wednesday

I’m not sleeping well, I’m not sure if its the diet or the weather, let me be more clear, I’m sleeping and I don’t seem to be waking up as much; But my CPAP numbers have gone up from 1.5 to 2 or 2.5, and while that’s not a significant increase it’s enough to feel when I wake up in the morning. I also woke up feeling rather bloated again today – I think I’m going to have to cut out the dairy – starting obviously with the cheese and extra cream in food, I am not ready to get it out of my coffee unless I have to
Breakfast was at 11, and it was the last of the Frittata I made on Monday – I can tell you I was famished and it tasted awesome. Lunch was a charbroiled chicken wrap from Carl’s jr., and I got a massage later in the day that kind of screwed up my eating window so instead of having something enormous and heavy I decided to have a fat bomb and call it good.

4/13 – Thursday –

back to work and sleeping poorly again my number was closer to 3 today, and I have no idea what’s going on – I feel so tired.
Breakfast was at 11 again so down to the cafeteria I went and grabbed myself a green salad with grilled steak. Lunch was Coffee at 4:30 when I got home with a Fat bomb as a treat, and dinner was grilled chicken, sautéed veggies in ghee and cauliflower mash.

4/14 – Friday –

OMgee my numbers went up again 4.5 to be exact, I woke up so tired I’m restless all night, and I’m starting to get the headaches from lack of oxygen – it’s so strange that I can feel this bad with just a few ticks of the numbers on my CPAP. I’ve adjusted the straps to see if it’s just a leakage issue – I’ll have to see if that helps over the weekend.
Breakfast 11 am – yogurt, lunch at 4:30 coffee and fat bomb – Dinner 8 pm Steak and veggies Weight 239.

4/15 – Saturday –

numbers steady at 4 – I don’t think leakage is the issue. I need to check to see if there’s any research on the correlation between HFLC diets and Sleep Apnea issues. Or if it’s just me and I’m strange.
Breakfast 11 am – Eggs over Caprese salad, lunch big old salad, with kalamata olives and avocado, Dinner -7 pm Cobb salad from Panera.

4/16 – Sunday – Easter
I bought grapes and made nut flower cookies to take to my aunts for dinner. Hopefully, that will keep me away from the candy and such.

4/17 -Monday –

Home with a serious migraine, I was pretty good for Easter, I did have some grapes but kept mostly to on plan food, I did have taco salad that my grandma makes with tortilla chips, it gave me bloat like no one’s business and that was the end of that. Today I can barely see straight – I woke up, and my API on my CPAP was back down to 2 – seems if I add little carbs at the end of the day it helps me sleep better.

4/18 -Tuesday –

Still, home with a migraine, and I have spiraled with the carb knowledge – I feel awful and am eating pretty crappy food to make up for it (typical of me). I think I need to regroup and find out why my numbers are so high when I’m eating HFLC, and also see just how much on the carb side I need later in the day (and what type) to keep my API lower.

Recap –

As I stated above I am going to move into Round 2 next week and see if I can’t determine a stable path toward keeping my API numbers down and my carbs as low as I can for the plan. As Chalene said this is a “test” and trial and error will be key in finding the best way for my work towards a healthier lifestyle; I may find this is not the best plan of attack for me, but I’ve still learned a lot and plan on putting things into practice going forward. Also as mentioned above I have spiraled just a bit and am back up around 242 – I feel that’s mostly being bloated and dehydrated, most of my clothes still feel looser I’ll have to check on my measurements.

I’m thinking about posting a daily blog for this next round and weekly updates that aren’t as long – let me know if you like that idea or don’t mind reading a bigger post.

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