As some of you know, I’ve decided to call an end to this little experiment for now. The complete lack of calories that I am intaking shows that the original strategy is certainly not sustainable by any means. So, I am going break it off for now and give my body a chance to recover.
I was linked to an article about a lady in Michigan who successfully completed a similar experiment, and was able to consume about 1400 calories a day, which is certainly far better than the 500 that I am currently intaking. Apparently hers was somewhat nutritional as well.
My biggest mistake, I realized, was attempting to balance out the nutrition by combining basic foods like rice and bread with fruits and vegetables. As I mentioned previously, the fruits and vegetables simply do not have the caloric content to justify their inclusion, since the lack of calories negates their nutritional value.
Were I to do this again, I would initially focus on a high enough calorie content, and then see if I could balance out the nutrition later. As cliche as it may sound, rice and beans may be the best way to achieve that- I don’t know. The next time I attempt this I am going to research it more to be well prepared.
To be honest, the hunger wasn’t the worst part of it. I’ve gotten so accustomed to being able to essentially eat whatever I want whenever I want, and the luxury of that is kind of addicting. To all of a sudden be so limited in what I could and couldn’t eat was a bigger shock that the limited amount of food and calories.
So anyway, I’m back to eating regularly, but I am going to be strategizing about different ways of going about this, and perhaps find some other creative things to explore in the midst of it.