Thanks, everyone, I'll hang in there.
Eating crap, I felt fine. Giving up grains, legumes and sugar, I feel like crap. And it isn't the "carb flu" that others describe; it's just this stupid bloating and gas pain that's been pretty constant for the last few days. Not sharp pains, just that uncomfortable feeling of pressure, like I literally have a balloon in my belly. No constipation. No diarrhea. No headaches or nausea or body aches. No fatigue.
I'm not worried about losing weight in a hurry, I figure that will come with time. I just don't want to feel bad as a result of eating in a way that is more healthy than the way I was eating.
If it helps, the type of diet I ate before my foray into PB was basically PB but with added junk. I already ate butter. I already drank full-fat milk. I already ate fatty cuts of steak like Ribeye. I already ate leafy green veggies. I already fried my eggs in coconut oil. I already ate full-fat homemade yogurt. I already ate bacon. My body was used to that stuff already. So the only thing that has changed in my diet was getting rid of breads, chips, cereal, root beer, candy, desserts, pasta, peanut butter. I haven't added anything, I've just taken things away.
I could understand the tummy trouble if I was bombarding myself with all kinds of new foods, but I'm not. It just seems counterintuitive that eliminating foods that are supposed to make me feel bad but never actually did is causing me to feel bad eating foods that never caused me problems before.
So what have I been eating the past week? Lots of eggs. Pork sausage. Salad with lots of fatty dressing (olive oil based) and chicken. Maybe an apple a day. Milk. Ground beef stir fry with bean sprouts, garlic, cabbage and onions flavored with tamari and Chinese 5 spice powder. Pork chops fried in coconut oil. Tonight it's shrimp scampi drowned in butter and garlic, sans the spaghetti. Yogurt with some frozen raspberries. All stuff I ate before, just minus the toast, the croutons, the rice and the pasta. Didn't bother me before, but now it does.
I guess what I'm saying is I don't want to end up having to give up milk too. And cheese. And tomato sauce. And cabbage. And onions. And potatoes. And fruit. Just to feel better when I felt fine before I even thought of PB. I want to be healthy, and I do want to lose weight, but I also want to feel healthy.
Convince yourself with science and facts
The fact is I don't feel good, regardless of what the science says I should be feeling. That's my frustration. I guess I expected too much too soon, but reading over all of the PB success stories it's difficult not to have high expectations. Since I already felt fine I didn't expect to feel tons better, but I certainly didn't expect to feel worse--I just expected to lose some weight and miss bread in the process. I'll scale my expectations back a bit. Patience is not something I do well, obviously. It's only been 5 days. It's only been 5 days...
No one has mentioned that they had this gas/bloating issue when starting PB, or how long it lasted, so I guess I'm unusual. I know I'm being a baby about it, and if it only happened for say, an hour after dinner, I don't think it would bother me. But it's all day for the last three days. I'm getting tired of it.
But I'll stick with it and hope it goes away, and when/if it does, I'll be sure to update. In the meantime, I'll take all your kind words of encouragement to heart.