This is a challenge I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years but I never had the guts to do. Taking on a challenge that can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection makes for careful consideration of every challenge I take on.
All it took was an internet troll (with a nutritionist mom) telling me “LOLS you can’t lose weight eating fries for dinner!”. The moment I read her reply”us skinny girls will continue enjoying our salads” it was ON .
Bless her heart. She’s a young woman who doesn’t realize that being skinny is not something every woman aspires to be. Yes I want to be lean and fit but that has nothing to do with being skinny. This took me many years to realize this, 40 to be exact.
The young woman informed me that the only reason to exercise is to LOOK GOOD. Tell that to an elderly woman who still exercises, you know, to feel good. Because we all know, at some point in our life everything starts to sag and there’s nothing, aside from plastic surgery, can be done. I know where she’s coming from though, I was there too. The reason why I never had a good relationship with exercise was because I had that same attitude. If I couldn’t look good in a bikini then why bother exercising at all? Why go through the pain?
My conversation with this young woman is not the reason why I’m doing this challenge. But is was the fire that needed a little gas, she was the gas. Internet trolls can be occasionally helpful.
I’m a fussy eater. Yep, I’m a Vegan who doesn’t like vegetables all that much. I’m what some might call a super taster. I have two goals in mind for this challenge: retrain my tastebuds and my stomach to know when it’s truly satisfied, oh and one more: lose a few pounds to show the world that potatoes do not make people fat – it’s the oil, butter and cheese that you put on top that makes you fat. I’m hoping by the end of the challenge that I’ll be a pro at intuitive eating and enjoy vegetables more.
My inspirations are Andrew Taylor aka SpudFit and High Carb Hannah. Both have embarked on a potato challenge where they ate a mostly potato-only diet for a long period of time. Andrew, committed to an entire YEAR of potatoes, without any greens or other non-starchy vegetables! His purpose was to get over a terrible food addiction. While Hannah’s was to learn how to eat intuitively (know when you’re full etc).
The great thing about potatoes is that they are full of vitamins and minerals. Humans can literally live off potatoes only. But I personally wouldn’t recommend it without medical supervision.
For the first week or two I’ll be eating just potatoes with minimal fat free vegan sauces. Then I will introduce non-starchy veggies (taste tests will be filmed!).
Here’s how I’m doing so far, a video from Day 5.