Pre-Christmas Goal: Back to High Carb Intuitive Eating!

Update 12/05

After 10 days I realized that MWL isn’t the best idea for getting back to high carb intuitive eating right now, because it’s a bit too restrictive given my current tastes and makes the “intuitive” part tricky. I definitely want to try it in the near future though, so stay tuned!

For now, I’m going to try to generally eat starch solution/high carb (70-85%) and get more vegetables: I’ll still be striving for the MWL guidelines, but not following them religiously.

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Original title: Pre-Christmas Diet Experiment: McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)!

Hello again! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving  🙂

I haven’t done a diet experiment since Spring, so I thought I’d do another one for you: this time, McDougall’s Maximum Weight Loss plan (a silly name for what is really just a healthier version of the Starch Solution). I like to do these experiments so people can see the details of what it’s like, get meal inspiration, see what kind of results one can get, and maybe even decide to do it themselves and spread the high carb vegan movement a little bit.

Since my Spring experiment, I’ve been doing intuitive eating (naturally around 20% fat) and was feeling pretty phenomenal until recently. I maintained the weight loss from that last experiment and lost even more: I went off the pill and lost from 116 to 112lbs without trying simply because I felt less hungry, so it seems like all those fake hormones were causing a lot of my big appetite/craving problems.

Me at 112lbs–sorry for the silly photos, I didn’t take any real progress photos so these are just photoshoot outfit tests I had to send to the photographer 😛

Things were going wonderfully in October, then I ended my relationship of 6 years and had another unfortunate incident right at the beginning of November… and cue the emotional eating. Then a week later I went to San Diego (aka home) for a conference, where I ate at restaurants a lot and the unhealthy eating just snowballed. I felt like it totally threw off my hunger signals, and gave me all sorts of weird cravings. I’m still eating intuitively, but this new intuition is all messed up–I keep craving sugar/fat combos like cinnamon rolls and coconut parathas, and that takes a lot of time to satisfy since I make it all from scratch!

So I feel like now is a perfect time to press the reset button with something a little more serious than my normal eating patterns: McDougall’s Maximum Weight Loss plan, which is pretty much just Starch Solution with less fat and no processed foods. As much as I love bread and whatnot, I feel like flour messes with my hunger signals when I’m not in my usual intuitive eating groove.

I won’t be counting calories or macros this time around, because it drives me crazy, and I’m trying to use this as a platform to transition back into my good intuitive eating patterns rather than over-police my diet. I’ll try to record pretty precise amounts so you can calculate the calories if you’re curious, though!

MWL Guidelines

  • Eat when hungry, stop when full–no restriction
  • Vegan, low fat, starch based diet
  • Eat lots of unrefined starches: avoid flours, processed foods
  • Eat lots of non-starchy vegetables (1/3-1/2 of meal), the more raw veggies the better
  • Avoid overt fats (oil, peanut butter, nuts, etc.)
  • Less salt and sugar
  • Less variety; eat the same meals
  • My changes: I’m still having (low fat!) soymilk because I can’t live without it, and it contains all my B12 and vitamin D that I don’t get from my multivitamin.

My goals (Starting weight: 117lbs)

  • Get back into my usual form of intuitive eating where I actually crave healthy foods
  • Spend less money & time on food (satisfying sugar/fat cravings is quite expensive!)
  • Lean out so I can get closer to abs!

I’m planning on doing this until winter break (~December 12th) at the very least, but depending on how it goes I might continue doing it longer.

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Morning after Thanksgiving, at 117bs

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Thanks for reading!

Miche

Day 29 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: May 12th

Day 29/28

For my last meal in Berkeley, I finally tried the deli I had mentioned in my first post of this series: The Butcher’s Son, an all-vegan sandwich shop! I had been eyeing their meatball and fried mozzarella sandwich for awhile, so I finally went and got it for lunch after a very active morning of moving all my stuff.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the mozzarella because it didn’t have much texture for my taste (or maybe I just don’t like fried things anymore?), but the meatballs and bacon macaroni salad on the side were amazing. Although, while eating the sandwich, I actually thought to myself, “I wish I were having baked potato rounds instead.” And I’m usually a huge junk food lover!

I also got a cronut there because I’d never had one and had never seen a vegan one before–I figured it was my only chance. It was so oily I could hardly take it.

So all in all, I think that The Butcher’s Son is a fantastic restaurant for people with normal tastes, but I just can’t stand too much oil anymore! And I’m actually very happy about this fact, because it means that my natural preferences have finally shifted towards healthy food! In high school, I had 3-4 Dr. Pepper sodas a day, and subsisted off of cookies and french fries–so this is an amazing change for me.

Simple, healthy, high carb food is what I crave these days! (Besides the occasional vegan pastry 😉 )   

Airport tip: Auntie Anne’s pretzels are vegan if you ask for no butter!


Macros: 70% carbs, 17% protein, 13% fat

Exercise: Walked 6.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Blueberry banana oat smoothie
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Vegan meatball and fried mozzarella sandwich*
  • Cronut*
  • Caesar salad*
  • Mango

Dinner

  • Butter free, salt free pretzel (at airport)*
  • Yukon gold potato rounds

Calories eaten: 2260 | Calories burned: 2310 (according to Fitbit data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Day 28 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: May 11th

Day 28/28

I started off the day by packing up my apartment to move all my stuff into a storage unit for the summer.

And then I packed all afternoon. And then I packed til I went to bed. I packed for about 12 hours! I have too much stuff.

I also noticed something interesting: I was intending to eat a lot today since I had food to use up and figured I’d need a lot of fuel for moving all day. This is the first day in a long time I’ve consciously tried to make myself eat more, and it’s the first day in awhile I’ve ended up undereating! It’s like my body is some rebellious child 😛

I’m also going to add a day 29 tomorrow because I plan on eating some interesting things while moving! Then I’ll do a very wordy wrap up post to sum up my thoughts on this little challenge 🙂


Macros: 76% carbs, 13% protein, 11% fat

Exercise: Walked 5 miles

Breakfast

  • Mango berry acai bowl
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Baked russet rounds
  • Baked sweet potato rounds

Second lunch (because I’m a hobbit now apparently)

  • Carrot sushi bowl

Dinner

  • Falafel with hummus, lettuce, tomato
  • Cherry-mango-orange juice

Calories eaten: 1880 | Calories burned: 2110 (according to Fitbit data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Day 27 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: May 10th

Day 27/28

Today I took my last final of my undergraduate career, played with squirrels with friends (and filmed some of it for my youtube channel!), did a graduation photoshoot, and went for dinner and vegan ice cream sandwiches with other friends!

It was a good last real day in Berkeley. (I say last “real” day because tomorrow is just packing, and I fly out the next day.)

And it was a rather high fat day at that. I probably should have made this a 26 day challenge 😉

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Macros: 69% carbs, 12% protein, 19% fat

Exercise: Walked 5.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Strawberry mango oat smoothie
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Baked russet rounds
  • Bell pepper romaine wraps

Dinner

  • Peanut tofu noodles*
  • Mint chocolate ice cream sandwich*

Calories eaten: 2360 | Calories burned: 2120 (according to Fitbit data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Day 26 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: May 9th

Day 26/28

Three more days in Berkeley. So crazy!

Falafel, homemade hummus, veggies!

I had another two shoots, and generally ran all over town doing various tasks. And studying for my final tomorrow–almost forgot about that 😛


Macros: 71% carbs, 14% protein, 15% fat

Exercise: Biked 20 minutes, walked 5.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Strawberry banana oat smoothie
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Baked russet rounds
  • Bell pepper romaine wraps
  • Walnuts

Photoshoot snack

  • Mint clif bar

Dinner

  • Falafel*, homemade hummus, romaine, tomato
  • Orange-mango-cherry juice

Calories eaten: 2150 | Calories burned: 2025 (according to Fitbit data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Day 25 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: May 8th

Day 25/28

I decided to make a fun breakfast (because what better day is there for fun breakfasts than Sunday/Mother’s day?), consisting of bacon made out of coconut shreds, which I ate on its own and put on top of plain fat-free whole wheat donuts. I also made some chocolate chip churro donuts which were good too, but I am seriously in love with coconut bacon donuts. I can see why maple bacon donuts have been all the rage lately!

Most of my post-donut day consisted of trying to battle my way through my seemingly endless list of tasks I have to do before moving out in 4 days (!), followed by 5 hours of photoshoots in the evening. All these shoots have been exhausting, but worth it: not only do I love being able to commemerate things for people using my camera, but these graduation photoshoots are paying for some of the furniture I’ll have to buy this September! 😀  


Macros: 70% carbs, 12% protein, 18% fat

Exercise: Walked 4.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat fat free donuts
  • Coconut “bacon”

Lunch

  • Baked russet rounds
  • English breakfast tea

Photoshoot snack

  • Mint clif bar

Dinner

  • Bell pepper wraps
  • Baked russet rounds
  • Orange-mango-cherry juice

Calories eaten: 2350 | Calories burned: 1940 (according to Fitbit data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Day 24 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: May 7th

Day 24/28

Feeling back to my old self! I craved (and ate) potatoes all day.

And alluding to my last post: since I ate all those calories the last few days (like 2200+), I no longer crave any fats–just my good ol’ starches! It’s amazing how much nicer things are when I eat intuitively and let myself eat as much as I need (and as much fat as I crave)… unlike the old days, when it was a constant battle.  


Macros: 81% carbs, 9% protein, 9% fat

Exercise: Biked 35 minutes, ran 40, walked 20

Breakfast

  • Steel cut banana oats

Lunch

  • Baked yukon gold rounds
  • Mocha
  • Blueberry nicecream

Snack pre-running:

  • Mini potatoes

Dinner

  • Navrattan korma
  • Sweet potato wedges

Night snack

  • Japanese sweet potato 

Calories eaten: 1800 | Calories burned: 1860 (according to Fitbit data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche