Well, I made it through my SNAP challenge. And for me, it really WAS a challenge. I learned a lot, but I won't address it all here, just the part that I think relates to ADF.
One of the aspects of ADF that appeals to me is...Anything I want, every other day. Since I am only eating (to any great extent) half of my days, I have started eating only things I really want. No wasting my time and calories on ho-hum foods. And sadly, on SNAP, it is mostly ho-hum. I would eat all of those meals again, but I would definitely jazz them up with extras, and not have them twice, or thrice in a row, as I had to do this past week.
So I felt the restriction of my diet a lot this week. Down Days were the easiest (except for not getting enough on Up Days leading to lingering hunger issues) because I wasn't looking for food enjoyment. Aside from my kombucha. Yay for kombucha!
I did go down more this past week (5 pounds versus my normal 1-2) and I hope to hold on to some of that, but it was not a pleasant way to do it, and I would not do it for weight reduction.
Very important to me in doing ADF is that it is a method I foresee being able to use long-term. (As I have already been doing it for 7 months, I think I am right about this. This is the longest I have held to any 'plan'.) The SNAP is definitely NOT sustainable long term for me, and I could feel the desire to 'eat, eat, anything, just eat' building in me, reversing my ADF control.
Yesterday was my first day off the SNAP challenge. By my schedule, it was meant to be a Down Day, but I made it a Medium Day instead. I treated myself to something I really like- sashimi- and immediately felt happy. Today I will be having a normal Up Day. I don't think I will go crazy with amounts, but I do anticipate enjoying eat whatever I like, and not just what is on the plan.
And then a normal Down Day on Friday. I'm looking forward to entering it with no hunger.