Last week I went on road trip with my daughter to look at colleges. I packed a cooler full of fruit, and mapped out restaurants that would serve either salad bars or cooked vegan food.
Things went fairly well the first couple days but by day three I slid off HCLFV a bit.
Now I am not beating myself up, and I anticipated this might happen. Not a problem here as I gave up diet ultimatums a long time ago. But what was really interesting is how I felt eating things I hadn't eaten in awhile. I thought I'd be sick, a wreck, full of indigestion. But surprisingly, not.
1.) I missed having more fruit. What I really wanted the whole time I was eating at the cooked restaurants was smoothies and melon. I didn't get lost in the decadence of the cooked food at all. It was sort of vaguely unsatisfying. Even though I was eating my fill of high carb noodles, veggies, and even some dairy and eggs, something inside me wanted "fruit fruit fruit." It's like this short 2 months of transition has trained my body to love all the fruity carbs. After the trip, I was so thankful to get back to my own kitchen where I could have all the smoothies and melon I wanted. This surprised me. That I would miss the fruit so much instead of being secretly relieved to be eating other stuff.
2.) I ate things I have been allergic to that used to make me sick, namely gluten and rice and dairy. I rarely cheat on gluten and have been gluten-free for 10+ years, yet I had gluten on this trip. But I had NO reaction. Likewise, I gave up rice about a year ago, as it made me feel so yucky the next day. But I ate it on the trip, and NO reaction. Eating dairy usually means instant constipation for me. But I had a little on this trip, and NO reaction. So I think that having eaten HCLFV for two months prior to the trip, I actually may have healed a leaky gut problem or rebalanced my immune system and perhaps got rid of a few food allergies.
Not to tempt fate, I am NOT eating these items now that I'm back, even if I may be healed of the allergy. I will still work hard to keep rice and gluten and dairy out of my life. I am back on my HCLFV lifestyle eating fruit all day and a cooked vegan dinner, and staying 811. But I had read stories here on other threads and blogs that people did heal allergies through this way of eating, and I see now that perhaps it really is possible.
I didn't go way way off the wagon. I had fruit for each breakfast, and fruit for snacks, and tried to stay as low fat as possible. I went to sleep early and got plenty of it, and my daughter and I were outside hiking around campuses each day from 1.5 - 3 hours. I drank a ton of water, and generally had a peaceful, happy good time.
The whole cheating result was not at all what I expected, but in its own weird way, an even greater testament to the power of eating HCLFV.