A lot has changed for me after starting the potato challenge back in February. I’ve had amazing success on a potatocentric diet – not only have I lost over 35 pounds, I’ve also reset my taste buds, improved my relationship with food and I can now eat broccoli without gagging!
I love this way of eating so much that it felt wrong calling myself Banana Wisdom so a few months ago I made the huge decision (it felt huge at the time) to change my handle to Potato Wisdom. I still love banana nice cream but potatoes are my main squeeze now.
This morning I launched my first eBook ever, something I never thought I could do, especially a recipe book – because let’s face it, I’m super lazy in the kitchen! But somehow I pulled it off and the result is a beautifully designed eBook that is fun to read, vibrant, filled with all my best tips on how to RESET eating the mighty potato AND finally: super easy and slimming recipes.
This may be my final post on here as I now have an official website that I want to put all my love and attention into. Invite you to visit my new online digs and let me know what you think: https://potatoreset.com
When I looked at the progress photos I was amazed to see my back-boobs were gone! I’ve decided to continue with this plan until I reach my goal weight, I will however include a small amount of fruit going forward – with the exception of when I run a 7 Day Potato Challenge in my group, I’ll be follow the rules along with the group.
I couldn’t be more excited to share this with you all! My potato diet is going fantastic and the weight is coming off at a very healthy rate. For the first 4 weeks I ate only potatoes. Then I added non-starchy veggies and later some fruit in small amounts.
There’s been a lot of people requesting a recipe and guide for this plan so I’m making it happen! Stay tuned for more info on that.
Half way through March and I’m on week 6 of the potato diet. For the first 4 weeks I ate nothing but potatoes then added in veggies and the occasional fruit.
I’m down 10.6 pounds so far – keep in mind I did not come from a shitty diet, I’m also 41 and I have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. This weight loss is solid and coming off at a healthy rate.
Check out this video to see what I eat in a typical day:
February 28th marked the end of the first phase of the potato diet/potato cleanse where I ate ONLY potatoes for an entire 4 weeks. March 1st I started adding in non-starchy vegetables and greens. I’m also allowing for the odd fruit here and there.
I have to admit, I put a lot of pressure on vegetables this week as did many others. “Your weight loss is going to speed up like CRAZY” one commenter said. So you can imagine when I snuck in an early weigh in on the weekend and saw that the scale went UP half a pound I was a little nervous about my official weekly weigh in – especially because my weekly weigh-ins are published on YouTube for all the world to see.
Here’s what I ate on day 36 of the potato diet and my weight results after 5 weeks:
I’ve wanted to try this for a couple of years but thought it was CRAZY and most likely that I would fail: eat nothing but potatoes for an entire month. It was an experiement to see if I could lose weight eating all the fries, hash browns, mashed potatoes I wanted – and most importantly, get over my junk food addiction. Inspired by “Spud Fit” Andrew Taylor, High Carb Hannah’s Potato Cleanse, and the Potato Man himself Dr. McDougall, I finally got the nerve to try this.
Something amazing happened, I suspected my taste buds would change slightly and they did, but much more than I ever expected. I’m absolutely blown away! This is my story about how I went from a finicky eater to a vegetable lover. Prior to the potato diet, I could not eat broccoli without gagging. Brussels Sprouts? Hell no! Even something as mild as romaine lettuce had to be smothered in hummus for me to eat it.
I always knew that I needed to get more veggies in my diet, especially if I want to lose weight and take my health to another level of awesomeness. I’m so happy I’ve been able to expand my vegetable menu.
Here’s a couple of videos that sum up what I got out of the challenge. First up is my results video, and the second is taste testing my most hated veggies – originally recorded live on YouTube.
I’m super excited to share my results of the Potato Challenge so far! It’s amazing losing weight without feeling hungry and cranky all the time. I’m 41, I have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and I’m losing weight EATING ONLY POTATOES!!
If you suffer from carb phobia, please watch this. You will not look at potatoes the same way again. POTATO ON!
No dairy, no refined sugars, no crap! Four simple ingredients: sweet potatoes, almond milk, cinnamon and maple syrup (optional). If you don’t eat it all in one sitting it freezes well – just leave it out of the freezer for 10 minutes before serving.
I encourage you to get creative with this and try different variations. How about a tbsp of cacao powder? Navitas Naturals Cacao is by far my favorite. How about some Chai spices? I’m very curious to know what variations you come up with.
Also, you can easily make this as a pudding instead by using refrigerated sweet potatoes instead of frozen.
This recipe is suitable for those on the Potato Challenge / Potato Diet / Potato Cleanse. If you are on McDougall’s Maximum Weight Loss or Chef AJ’s Ultimate Weight Loss omit the maple syrup and ad a smidgen more almond milk.
My cravings are almost non existent but when I do get them they are so much less intense. I no longer feel like I’m going BATTY for something sweet or snacky. Seriously, if you have a junk food addiction you have to try this!!
I will be on an all potato diet for the month of February. That’s right, potatoes only. Potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Actually, that’s a lie. I’ve only been hungry for lunch and dinner these days. And like I said earlier, my cravings are almost gone!
Want to follow along on YouTube? Check out what I ate on Day 10:
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!).