I mentioned that I'd like to try the Longevity Diet in a post a while back. My idea went over like a lead balloon. However, I still wanted to try it. So I ordered the book, "The Longevity Diet," online. The first few days -- as expected -- were difficult, but this diet is not rigid. I expected it to be rigid, but in fact, it's not rigid at all. You won't find any menu plans in this book. This diet encourages you to customize it to your own personality and tastes. Basically, the authors (Brian Delaney & Lisa Walford) want you to pay more attention to the nutritional-density of your foods vs. calories. However, because I was used to calorie-tracking from former diets, I decided to go with calorie-counting again, while being mindful of the protein content, etc., of my foods. What makes the Longevity Diet different? This diet works on the principle that greatly-reduced caloric diets result in longer lifespans. This diet used to be called "Calorie Restriction" diet, a name which is a little too generic for my taste. I thought the concept sounded extreme at first. But then I found out that the authors encourage you to find the level of calories that you are comfortable with. For me, this varies between 750 and 1400 calories per day. Was I hungry? The first few days, yes. It was difficult getting used to fresh produce again, especially after a winter of canned and frozen. Meal preparation took a little longer, but not nearly as long as I expected. Within a few days, my stomach learned to speak. Stomach: "Okay, I really liked the homemade bruschetta with fresh tomatoes yesterday. Let's have that for lunch in 20 minutes." Me: "Fine." Luckily, the Longevity Diet authors don't frown upon repetition. Stomach (later that day): "I heard through the grapevine you're planning to run errands tonight. That's fine by me, but I'll need 300 calories before we go. Fruit with a little peanut butter is fine. But when we get home, I'll need 600 more calories. I will need those calories in the form of Spanish Rice and refried beans. Got it?" Me: "Got it." Luckily, the Longevity Diet encourages listening to your body's healthy desires. I soon learned that my stomach still does not like an early breakfast. Stomach: "Ugh! Get that away from me! I need coffee, on the double." Me: "You're the boss." Luckily, the Longevity Diet authors recommend working with your body's food-demand schedule. Stomach (30 minutes later): "Listen up.. I'm going to be hungry in 20 minutes. I just thought I'd give you a heads up." Me: "You mean, no jitters? No earthquake-style stomach rumblings? No dizzy spells? No threats of passing out if you are not fed instantly? You mean, you're just going to be plain Jane hungry?" Stomach: "Just hungry. Not very hungry, either. I'll have the eggs with veggie cheese, green peppers and salsa on flatbed this morning. Got it?" Me: "Got it." Well, I thought I'd really be craving my old snacks that I used to eat at night after my son had fallen asleep. But instead... I was falling asleep. I was actually tired -- at night! And drifted off quickly. I learned - you don't snack if you're actually sleeping! (No Ambien here, thank goodness.) But I attribute better sleep partly to the non-GMO soy shake I took this month, which seemed to be working wonders with my peri-menopause and low energy levels. However, the brand I started on was so expensive ($50/month) that I had to start rationing it out. There went my perfect sleep. (Obviously, the soy shake is worth it to me, but I'm looking for a less expensive version.) Most days, I'm not hungry. These days tend to be in the 800-1200 calorie range. Some days I wake up with a warning: Stomach: "Um... hate to break it to you, but today is going to be a 'hungry day.'" Me: "Fine by me." Luckily, the Longevity Diet does not discourage a high-calorie day. It just suggests following it by a low-calorie day. My stomach seems to agree with this. One day, my son had a little bag of Doritos. I just had to test myself. I took one chip, and found out my tongue had a voice too: Tongue: "What?! What IS this?! Get it OUTTA here! What are you trying to do to me? Puh! Puh! Am... Am I ... ORANGE?" Me: "Sorry." Tongue: "Don't EVER do that to me again." Me: "Um... Sure." I got really stressed because I'm supposed to spend a few days with my Mom* later this month (*Miss I Just Lost 15 Pounds on Weight Watchers a/k/a Miss If You Try to Lose Weight at the Same Time as I am, I will have to Sabotage You.) So I thought I'd better test the waters. I went two days without recording calories or protein grams, etc. I thought it went quite well. I wasn't that hungry. I didn't eat that much more than usual. Maybe 500 calories more, max. My stomach had a different opinion: Stomach: "More? More?! You're killing me! I don't wannn any muf... more!" Me: "Okay, okay, I'll put the soy chips away. But you won't turn on me and devour potato chips at Mom's, will you?" Stomach: "No way, girl! I'm on your side now!" I think I love my new talking stomach! Oh, and the 'baby' fat is disappearing, too. The amount of weight lost isn't as important to me as whether or not my health is improving (it is,) but I want to try to keep my weight loss to less than two pounds every seven days. So far, so good. I do have to force a few extra calories now and then, but I think in the long run, it'll give me the balance I need not to lose weight too rapidly. My best friends (besides Stomach): tomato juice, herbal tea and olive oil. Plus, you can't hate a diet that permits a little wine and dark chocolate now and then ! Experiment Notes: I started the Longevity Diet on March 1st. As of today, I have lost 6.5lbs. A 20 gram soy shake was consumed two days on, one day off. I also stopped all supplements and prescriptions (allergy med & sleep aid; BTW, this action was not recommended in the book) on March 1st. -- On March 7th, I re-added my favorite supplement, Calcium Pyruvate 750mg 1x per day. I now take this with lunch. Gives me energy and improves strength -- On March 14th, I re-added Drinkables Noni Juice, about 1 oz per day. Reduces anxiety. I take this before driving or when irritable. --On March 21st, I added a new multi-vitamin with herbs (Total Woman, but not the new cereal vitamin) purchased by my father. I'm not sure yet if this agreeing with me. Am going to try taking this at night. I chose to start at a low level of calories. The book does not recommend this. Instead, it recommends starting slowly, cutting back, getting used to the new level, then cutting back some more. I have not re-added my prescriptions. I seem to be doing okay without out them now. There is quite a bit more information in the book, which can be found at a local libraries. Just a note that I am not endorsing this diet for anyone here; I just wanted to share my experience .