I just finished my first week on the zone diet. I've had zero refined sugar, and zero grains for the week. I'm consuming 18-20 blocks a day. I'm finding it really difficult to get enough carbs from the preferred list. 16 cups of any vegetable is just not feasible in one meal. So, I end up getting most of my carbs from fruit (apples/oranges & berries mainly).
1) Do most people end up consuming grains/non-ideal carbs in order to meet the carb requirements?
2) After a 4-5 block meal of of meat & veggies/fruit, my stomach feels physically full, but I still feel "empty" and hungry. Also, my energy level has dropped considerably this week. From my searching, I'm considering "grain withdrawal" as a possible explanation to this. Based on my past experience, I believe if I added in some rice or wheat to the meal I would not feel this way. What's your experience with this situation?
3) Are there zone coaches available for 1v1 counseling/training? I found this page http://www.zonediet.com/tools/zone-coaches
but it didn't have any direct links or contact information available.
my background: 6'3, 185lbs. I'm sitting all day for work, but I do crossfit 3x a week, and other occasional outdoor activities, and in general have a fairly high metabolism. Not really looking for weight loss, so much as a healthy diet & lifestyle. (I did drop nearly 2 pounds this week though)