Waterfall Diet Diary Days 37 – 44

Day 44, Tuesday 21st October

Weigh in: 12st 11.0lb (179lb or 81.4kg), 20.6% body fat.

Up 1lb since I last reported on here but that figure is also the lowest I’ve been since the end of the wheat test and the completion of the dairy test.

Weight went up considerably during the first 2 days of the dairy test: it reached 12st 13lb on 15th October but there were two evening meals with prawns on the 13th and 14th which may account for some of the gain – I need to test prawns after the main experiment has finished.

Then slowly dropping to 12st 11lb on the morning of Saturday 18th and rising back to 12st 12.2lb yesterday (Monday) morning before dropping back 1.2lb to this morning’s weight.

Overall during the 5 days of dairy testing I put on 0.4lb.

Monitoring other things – mainly flatulence – both my friend and I noticed this increased during the wheat and the dairy weeks. Which strongly suggests that even if they’re not especially bad for us they’re not good either.

For the 5 test days I had milk with breakfast cereal, often with a glass of milk to follow.

On the first 2 days I had rye crackers with cheese for lunch. The other three days cereal and milk for lunch.

Evening meals as close to the previous week as possible except the leftover chicken curry was extended with prawns on both Monday and Tuesday.

Interestingly despite my weight being near enough the same during the first two weeks of the test, my belt is getting looser. It’s on the same notch (not quite loose enough to get onto the next one) but definitely looser.

Sometimes this diet causes me to investigate a bit more about the food we eat.

Dairy production is industrial. The average cow now produces 11,000 litres of milk per year – this is apparently double the amount they produced 30 years ago according to a recent issue of Private Eye.And between 6 & 7 times the production 100 years ago.

This American article has figures in gallons and a quick calculator check (remembering that a US gallon isn’t the same as one here in the UK) translates 8 gallons a day to 11,053 litres a year.

And the average cow is no longer out in a field happily munching grass most of the day.

Instead, they’re kept indoors in a stall, articially inseminated and pumped full of antibiotics.

Not as wholesome as we’d like to think.

There’s an article about it here including a picture of a dairy “farm” which to me looks a lot closer to a factory.

All of which explains why dairy is not as natural as we’d like to think. Yikes!