So, as you’ve seen if you’ve been following along, on its face the diet is going well: I haven’t really cheated (besides some alcohol once or twice a week, which I’m supposed to have eliminated completely. But I promise all of it has been gluten-free!), I’m feeling satisfied most of the time without a ton of snacking in between, I’m not feeling terribly deprived. I haven’t had any digestive issues in a good week and a half, which is great for me (TMI? Too bad.).
One of the things that drew me to this diet was the promise of energy. Book reviews and recommendations describe a huge transformation on the diet, waking up energized and revived, bright and bubbly throughout the day, etc. And I’m just not seeing that. I’m still getting doze-y at my desk at 3pm, falling asleep on the couch at 10, hitting snooze a couple times before I drag myself out of bed. I don’t think the issue is my sleeping habits; I had a sleep study a few months ago and got a clean bill of (sleep) health–no narcolepsy, apnea, etc. I get a good 8 hours of sleep a night and go to bed/wake up at approximately the same times every day.
I know I need to increase my exercise, so I am going to try to do that for the rest of the project and see if that helps. But if it doesn’t, then what? I am looking for a silver-bullet-answer where I know there probably isn’t one, but I can’t help but feel disappointed that cutting out all of these different potential toxins hasn’t improved this issue for me at all. And it might just be that I will never be a bubbly, energetic person, that I’ll always be a little tired and a little lazy and a little quiet. I just don’t want to resign myself to being okay with that.