| | Day One
I've been vegan aside from fish oil supplements for a couple years now, and when I first started vegan I was eating a lot of vegetables, but in recent months I've been getting lazier and my diet has been heavy on grain and soy products with a few vegetables and fruit thrown in. After reading Steve's post I thought I'd give eating mostly fruit a try.
I had already eaten my usual morning breakfast of cereal and soy milk when I read Steve's post, so it was mid morning when I switched to eating bananas, apples, and some blackberries and an orange or two when I felt hungry.
The first thing I noticed late morning was a feeling of mild lightheadedness and a small headache.
I usually take a nap midday and I felt sleepy right on schedule but also that my brain was racing a bit. This time I didn't fall asleep, but I did have a vivid vision of flying through space on a magical creature that generated a bubble of oxygen for me to breath. It was like I was catching some REMs without falling asleep first.
By the afternoon I was feeling hyper and I went out for a brisk walk which turned into a run. I felt alert and clearheaded, more energetic than I usually do. By 5pm I started to feel very, very sleepy again, and I got into bed where I felt like "oof, I feel soooo tired I can't even move", but my mind was buzzing and again I didn't actually get to sleep.
I spent some time chatting on IM and doing a little reading, but despite feeling very sleepy I wasn't getting to sleep, so at 11pm I got up again and decided to eat a bit of my old diet to see if that would settle me down. I put a non-dairy veggie pot pie in the oven and rode my bicycle off to Blockbusters to get a movie, but they were closed. I ended up watching online an MIT OpenCourseWare introduction to linear algebra math lecture. Not my usual late night fare but it has been many years since I had taken linear algebra and I found it pleasant refresher, though I did think it would be nice if I could turn a dial and get the lecturer to speak faster!
So in day one of partially being on the diet I noticed high energy levels and higher mental alertness, but also my body definitely has some adjustments to make, especially with getting back into a sleep cycle. I was surprised that changing my diet for only half a day (so far) had such a dramatic impact.