My Military Diet Experiment

My Military Diet Experiment

Still unsure how I survived craving pizza and graham crackers.
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As my family and many of my close friends know, I suffer from a stomach disorder known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder). While many people that suffer from this only experience mild acid reflux or indigestion, I have a more serious case. I take prescription medicine to control the acid production within my stomach along with taking serious lifestyle changes. I have had to take multiple food sources out of my diet, including red meats, dairy, sugary products, fatty, and greasy substances. Since having this disorder, I thought it would be beneficial to try what is known as the "Military Diet." Now, I don't eat much as it is throughout the day due to my disorder. Occasionally, I have gone days at a time without eating so I figured this would be a walk in the park.

While I had to add in some moderation due to my luck of a stomach, here is my take on this 3 day diet:


Day 1 Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 1 slice of toast, 2 tbs of peanut butter, 1 cup of tea.

Eating this much for breakfast is bigger than what I am used to, so my stomach wasn't too pleased. I chose tea instead of coffee as it's easier on my stomach and put less than 2 tbs of peanut butter on my toast. I noticed I felt more full leading up to my next meal. Usually, my breakfast consists of a piece of toast or a protein bar and two bottles of water.

Day 1 Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna, 1 slice of toast, 1 cup of tea.

This time, I switched the generic tea for caffeine free. I noticed my stomach was a tad bloated; however, I'm sure for the average person this meal would feel close to nothing. Truthfully, I could go for some graham crackers and honey.

Day 1 Dinner: 3 ounces of meat, 1 cup of green beans, 1/2 banana, 1 small apple, 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.

For my meat, I decided to eat a turkey burger as I can't have many meat products and opted out of the ice cream as I can't have dairy either. I could have chosen to do a dairy free ice cream as those are now available (and definitely not as terrible as they sound!) Going to bed, I felt more full than I had in days which made me skeptical on how I would feel waking up.

Day 2 Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 slice of toast, 1/2 banana

My stomach was slightly queasy in the morning so I was skeptical to eat; however, I chose to keep the breakfast portion in tact for the day. I felt more energized the second I did, but I would've preferred my typical protein bar.

Day 2 Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 hard boiled egg, 5 saltine crackers

Let me begin my saying, cottage cheese HAS ZERO FLAVOR. If I had to describe how nothing tastes, I would use cottage cheese as the reference. This lunch isn't too far off from a typical lunch for me so I kept with it and added two bottles of water. Still thinking about the box of graham crackers in my pantry and my chocolate covered blueberries. *You can do this Jo*

Day 2 Dinner: 2 hot dogs (no bun). 1 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.

By this time, I was definitely craving sweets. I decided to eat a full turkey burger instead of the hot dogs and went for the dairy free ice cream. Food was a little heavier and I had a rough time going to bed from feeling so full.

Day 3 Breakfast: 1 saltine crackers, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 1 small apple

I actually woke up that morning feeling hungry, which is a rare feeling for me! I kept the breakfast how it said and added a bottle of water with a Crystal Light packet of raspberry flavoring.

Day 3 Lunch: 1 egg, 1 slice of toast

Okay, by now I was starving. Same lunch, just added in another water with a Crystal Light packet. All I could think about was avocado toast and a fruit salad.

Day 3 Dinner: 1 cup of tuna, 1/2 banana, 1 cup of vanilla ice cream

I definitely noticed that I felt much more full the day before than I did today. I chose the dairy free ice cream again and was surprisingly still hungry. I had a heavy debate about eating the whole pint that night.


Overall, I'm sure that for a typical person these three days must have been torture and endless cravings. I had a relatively decent time experimenting with the Military Diet and it's definitely something I would try again. I dropped a total of 6 pounds by the fourth morning. While I'm sure a good portion of it was water weight, I did feel slightly lighter and had less symptoms from my stomach disorder.

I am in no way recommending this diet to anyone and I believe everyone should consult with their doctor before trying such an extreme diet! It was a good experiment and I would give this life style commitment a 5/5! You're one tough cookie if you can beat this diet.

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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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6. Condom case

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That time of year has come around again. The fated pumpkin spice lattes have made their appearance. As a barista at Starbucks, I can personally say that pumpkin spice lattes are probably one of the most favored drinks we serve. However, having made and tried them time and time again, I just can't seem to understand the huge hype behind it all. Here are 13 other drinks that I believe you can get that are actually worth your money.

For all the pumpkin spice lovers reading this article, you do you, boo, but I'm just not sure its worth it.

1. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

Its a seasonal twist on the typical white mocha with a richer flavor, whipped cream, and seasonal toppings. This will definitely get you in the holiday spirits.

2. Caramel Apple Spice Latte

Steamed apple juice and milk, flavored with cinnamon dolce syrup, topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. It is almost as if someone wrestled fall and squeezed it into a cup.

3. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino 

This is honestly one of the better drinks I have had from Starbucks, especially if you're a fan of tasty treats and iced drinks all mixed into one. Its essentially a cinnamon dolce, white chocolate, vanilla bean, and coffee frappuccino topped with whipped cream and it could not be more heavenly. It is creamy and smooth and perfect for a hot day or a guilty pleasure.

4. Passion Tea Lemonade 

Now, this is my addiction, hard to admit but even harder to deny. Through working at Starbucks I have become really good at making the perfect balance between the tea and lemonade (which I have sweetened because I'm from Texas and unsweet tea is an abomination, but you do you boo). It is fruity and lemony and a perfect balance between bitter and sweet.

5. Ultra Caramel Frappuccino

Ok, this drink is not for the faint of heart and is designed for coffee cravers with a sweet-tooth. It is just a caramel frapp but the cup is covered in caramel drizzle and the bottom is filled with cold-brew whipped cream. Let me say this again, it has coffee whip cream and not only on the top but also throughout the drink.

6. Peppermint Mocha

MInty and chocolaty goodness? Yes, please!!! A perfect mixed balance between a creamy mocha drink and crisp peppermint is always a good choice.

7. Chai Tea Latte

It is spiced cinnamony wonderland that warms the heart and honestly brings thought of Christmas all year long. Which, let's be honest, Christmas time is amazing and I would love for it to be as present as possible in all times of the year.

8. Cordusio

This drink is basically a mocha on steroids. Its made with extra mocha, extra espresso, and whole milk versus 2%. A tasty, creamy, and highly caffeinate treat for those late night study sessions.

9. Pink Drink

The pink drink is a popular drink right now that is all the rage and perfectly Instagram worthy. It is just a typical strawberry acai refresher with strawberry slices but with a twist. Instead of being made with water it is made with coconut milk which gives it a cool pink color, thus its name, the pink drink.

10. Salted Caramel Mocha

Wonderful variety from your typical mocha by adding toffee nut syrup and topping it with caramel drizzle and sea salt crystals.

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Strawberry and cream frappuccinos are a perfect mix between creamy vanilla bean and strawberry. However, if you healthy people out there want both tasty goodness and some more to make you feel better about yourself, just add matcha. It is actually very tasty, trust me, as a person who cannot possibly claim to be healthy.

12. Upside Down Caramel Macchiato 

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13. Water

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