I think that it's important to pause for a moment and just talk for a minute about how I'm feeling. It's been a few days of absolutely no meat, and only the slightest amount of dairy in my diet. (I haven't figured out a way to love my sandwiches without bread yet. I tried a wrap at work and something was...off...it was nasty.)
I have to say, I've noticed a difference. I feel more energetic, and I've noticed a huge difference in the way I feel hunger. I've been eating lunch around noonish, right when I start to get hungry. (I know, I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but frankly, I don't have time. I like sleeping in more than I like getting up to cook.) But, after I eat lunch, I don't get hungry again until much, much later in the evening, and it takes much less food to make me feel full.
On the down side, since I've stopped drinking coffee, I've realized exactly how addicted I've been to it. Like, I'm not functional in the morning without it. I've been taking vitamins and drinking lots of water in the morning, but man, I do miss my morning cup o' joe. Which means that I really need to not have it. If I can't live without it...that's not a good thing. When I can function and see it as a treat, then I can have a cup or two now and then.
I do feel better, and I feel more confident. Honestly, I think the reason I'm feeling so good is the lack of dairy in my diet. I don't feel bloated and puffy, or run-down, and I've noticed that my face is not as full. I was starting to get a little cold and felt phlemy and that's gone now. In an effort to eliminate more dairy out of my diet, I've found a vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free bread, and a mayonaise made out of soy. Once the last of the dairy is gone, it'll be interesting to see how I feel!