My averages for the last 2 weeks are 2,213 calories a day, with 60% fat, 23% carbs, and 17% protein.
So, positives and negatives-
- It definitely works, when followed to the letter!
- Plenty of calories so you don't feel hungry, even with eating 3 meals and no snacks
- Good, nutrient dense food that's all homemade; no processed "health food"
- Cost! It's inordinately expensive, at least for me. I think I've spent like $500 on food in two weeks, and I just do not have that kind of money.
- Time intensive. Even as a stay at home mom, the amount of time necessary to follow it perfectly is a little overwhelming. I can't imagine how people who work full-time could do the diet perfectly without being exhausted. And, anything shortcut that cuts down on time (like pre-made ferments, kombucha, etc) increases the cost.
So, where does this leave me? Hmmm. I certainly plan to continue, but I'm going to have to make adjustments. I just can't spend $800+ a month on food. Coconut oil (high quality!) alone is ridiculously expensive, and if my husband and I follow the guidelines, we're supposed to be consuming 12 tbsps between us, just before meals! And, even though I SAHM, that doesn't mean I'm home all the time. With 4 kids, we're usually pretty busy :) So, I also need to find ways to make it a little easier on myself.
Cost wise, here's what I'm thinking-
- No organic produce, outside of the "dirty dozen" (when available)
- Pastured chicken and pork, but conventional beef and lamb
- Keep eating eggs from my chickens, but supplement with conventional eggs when it's not enough
- Learn to make kombucha and ferments (time consuming, but kombucha is $3 or more a bottle, and ferments are $13 a pint!!! Big money suck)
- Regular cheese instead of raw milk cheese
So, I'm going to try to do that (though I'm not sure what the heck to do for the rest of the month, since my food money is pretty much gone!!) I'll certainly need to step outside of the recipes in the book to work with what I've got, but I'm going to do my best to keep to the basics; 2500 calories a day, 60% fat, 1-2 tbsps of coconut oil before each meal, fermented cod liver oil each morning. I have found that as a nursing mom, I usually need a light afternoon snack (I usually do a couple ounces of cheese and a piece of fruit).
I also really need to start working out!