Starting weight: 182lbs
Starting Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG): 99mg/dl
Energy level: Excellent; Running 2-3 miles per day plus several rounds of pullups. No decline.
Potato repulsion: Minimal
|Freshly dug spuds|
Daily eating pattern:
No breakfast (unless hungry, but I find I am not hungry until noon)
Lunch - 1-2 pounds of potatoes prepared fresh. Hash browns, sliced and fried, mash.
Snacks - leftovers from lunch.
Dinner - 2-3 pounds of potatoes, air-fryer French fries, oven baked potatoes, mash, potato gravy, potato pizza w/tomato sauce.
Dips - Ketchup, curry sauce, vinegar.
Spices - Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder.
Potato numbers: I find that I am needing about 5 pounds per day, but this amount is increasing daily. I find my body really talking to me, telling me to eat more potatoes.
Full-disclosure...Cheating: Since the 1st of Spudtember, I have been dealing with the end-days of a huge garden. I have eaten a couple carrots, strawberries, and tomatoes on several days. A couple nights of hard frost lately have put an end to my sneaky ways. However, I am sure to eat no extra fats or meat.
"TMI": All normal, once-per-day, a bit less in volume than normal, a bit "looser." Minimal flatulence. Peeing normally, maybe just a tad more than normal. Had to get up in the night first couple days, but not since. I sent off a uBiome gut test kit just for fun, and have another kit I will be using later in the month to see what lurks in my bowels after 30 days of spuds.
Tricks I'm learning: The Potato Hack diet calls for eating just potatoes (with some variations) for 3-5 days. A longer potato diet calls for some experimentation to keep things interesting. When doing my regular 3-5 days, I find that keeping potatoes as plain as possible is key to remaining compliant, but now that I'm embarking on a 30-day hack, I'm pulling out all the stops to find unique ways to prepare potatoes in ways that I can eat even more. A big part of the Potato Hack is a reduction in calories which leads to rapid fat loss, but a longer-term all-potato diet requires more calories daily to keep energy levels high.
Cravings: My only real craving is for salt, oddly enough. I tend to not use much salt normally, but I probably get more than I realize from things like sardines, sauerkraut, and sauces. I've been trying to get in the habit of sprinkling a generous bit of salt on my potatoes.
Next 20 days: I'm focusing on reducing "cheats" and eating even more potatoes daily. I'll be happy if I end up around 165 pounds. I've been maintaining pretty effortlessly at 185 pounds for several years, but I felt my best when I was in the lower 170's.
Well, that's my progress report for the first 10 days of Spudtember. Classes start up tomorrow, I'm in my LAST class needed for my Master's degree in Biotechnology. I can't believe I've been at this for 2 straight years! Where did the time go?
I'll be posting frequent updates during Spudtember, but please forgive me if the posts slow a bit this Fall and Winter.