the original food diet: the final stats


The results are in! 40 days of the original food diet will certainly change your body.

At least it did ours.

My husband lost 16 lbs. in 40 days- eating as much as he wanted to eat. He lost 3 inches in his waist!

I can't say how surprised I am at the results of this diet! I always liked the idea of eating real food. I was excited to see how my body would change. But I didn't expect change to come so easily after the initial two weeks.

Here's a summary of how I felt and changed:

Body: I lost about 4 lbs. in 40 days. I feel like I might have lost some muscle tone by this point- but I feel as strong as I used to be. I challenge myself to do heavier weights just out of curiosity, and I can do them. I've lost a inch or so off my waist and hips, and I can see more muscle definition. So even if I lost muscle, I guess I didn't need it!

I have a very steady amount of energy. I'm surprised at how good I feel when I exercise. I was sick and could barely walk on Monday, and by Tuesday, I was exercising normally again. I didn't feel the residual exhaustion of sickness that I usually do.

Skin: I was probably the most excited to see how this diet would change my skin. It's hard to see changes in your own body that happen so slowly, but I feel like my skin is softer, and some of my facial redness is fading into a more even skin tone. My acne has not completely gone away {depending on the time of the month}, but it is far better than it used to be.

Hair and nails: My hair growth has slowed down, as has my nail growth. Before this diet, I consumed some type of animal protein with every meal, and my hair and nails grew crazy fast. They've both slowed down but not stopped.

Mind: I feel happy about this diet, more than ever. I love that I don't have to worry about how much I eat, and how easy it is to eat vegetables at home. Eating out is very different and more difficult, so we can really only eat at one or two places. {eating out on this diet is a post all it's own!}. 

We generally call ourselves vegan now, because that covers what we don't eat. But I'm finding out that we fall closer to raw food vegans, even though we cook our food, because we don't eat processed food. :)

The decision: We've decided to stay with this diet indefinitely. We really, really enjoy eating good foods. Everything tastes better than ever- and we've lost our addiction to artificial sweeteners and fake carbs. Our bodies have changed {my husband's, dramatically so!}, and for now we couldn't be more excited about a diet.

I'll keep you posted on how we feel over the next few weeks as well. I have a feeling that the changes will continue! :D


10 comments

Bonnie said...

I'm interested in how you came to what to eat and what not to. For instance, eliminating eggs.

And is there a book that guided you or did you make it up yourself?

I need to lose weight and have come to realize that for me the key is eating real food and eliminating the processed. But it is hard to do by yourself.

Your posts have been very interesting to follow.

Jodi said...

Mandy, i love your blog! I would love to hear your husbands perspective on the real food diet, was he skeptical and what he loved about it. I want to do the diet for my family but my husband is a huge skeptic about healthy eating.
Also i wanted to share a produce program with you at www.bountifulbaskets.org. its amazing and saves tons of $ on your fruits and veggies.

Thank you for your honesty and truth and for sharing your love for Jesus! Keep it up!
God bless.

Jessica said...

That is very awesome for you and your family. You are very inspiring :). Congrats on your new lifestyle!

Ulrika said...

Yes, please keep us posted and feel free to post a few recipes now and then. :) Oh and don't forget about the B12 supplement.

Jennifer said...

I am curious about how expensive this is, or does the budget pretty much even out when you stop buying meat and processed foods? (though I don't think I'd get to the point where I'd be able to stop, since there is pretty much no way my hubby would stop eating meat or cereal)

Beth Ann said...

I am so interested in trying this.... it just overwhelms me a bit! I still have 10 lbs. of baby weight to lose and would like to lose quite a bit more on top of that. It is dragging me down in more ways than one. :( I would love to see a post about eating out as well....and anything else you could post to help break this down and make it easy to do for someone like me! ;)

Rayna said...

Hi, Mandy! I found your site through Roo magazine and am so glad I stopped by! My family and I are in the middle of The Eat Clean diet by Tosca Reno (she has another book "for Family and Kids" which is fabulous). Her clean eating principals are essentially what you've outlined here. While not medically overweight, I was eating waaaay too much sugar and was - at 34 years old - feeling tired and lethargic all the time. My hair was at it's frizziest, and my skin was breaking out all over the place. Since eating "cleaner", I've noticed a radical difference in my entire life.

I wake up without an alarm and have so much energy that I actually feel like I need to run around to burn it off. Now I know how my boys feel when they don't get outside to play! Eating the way you describe above really has made the mental "fog" clear.

Thank you for sharing your results! Go you!

Rayna St Pierre said...

Hi, Mandy! I found your site through Roo magazine and am so glad I stopped by! My family and I are in the middle of The Eat Clean diet by Tosca Reno (she has another book "for Family and Kids" which is fabulous). Her clean eating principals are essentially what you've outlined here. While not medically overweight, I was eating waaaay too much sugar and was - at 34 years old - feeling tired and lethargic all the time. My hair was at it's frizziest, and my skin was breaking out all over the place. Since eating "cleaner", I've noticed a radical difference in my entire life.

I wake up without an alarm and have so much energy that I actually feel like I need to run around to burn it off. Now I know how my boys feel when they don't get outside to play! Eating the way you describe above really has made the mental "fog" clear.

Thank you for sharing your results! Go you!

Liz said...

Yes, yes, yes! Going to jump in with everyone and say, recipes please! Or thoughts on what worked (especially with hubby and family meals) and what didn't. Thanks for all the info and thoughts on this!

Denise Sandberg said...

Yes, more recipes! I would love to try this, but I am NOT a vegetable lover - it's all I can do to eat a tomato cut up in pieces. BUT Maybe, if I try this, I will love them? I mean, if that's all I can eat! LOL - but seriously considering this. Please post more recipes.