NOT a fad diet....it's my diet, AKA the way I eat. Here are a few pros I have found now that I eat differently. By the way, I thought all of the following issues were normal because I was getting older.
- Brain farts are gone (I swear half the time I felt like I had a brain injury - just couldn't think of the right word for the sentence) I'm not sure if this is from food or from the magnesium supplements that I'm taking.
- Hypoglycemia is gone.
- Dark dark dark dark eye circles are gone....I wouldn't go out in public without foundation on and then they still didn't look good, just not as horrible as they did.
- Excessive energy now - used to feel like I needed a nap every afternoon because I was completely wiped out, now I just enjoy laying down and doing nothing for ten minutes a day. I wouldn't let myself do that before because I'd sleep too long and feel worse afterwards. Previously I had to plan my day around the afternoon slump.
- Lost 10 pounds without trying. Even though I've been fairly thin my whole life (skinny genes from my momma) I've always had a large waist compared to the rest of my body. That is gone now!
- Inflamed ear (everything sounded muffled in my right ear - told it was seasonal allergies) is almost normal. Occasionally when I eat something it flares up again (I think maybe peanuts, but I'm not sure - still working on this).
- Went off birth control pill for acne. I'm still working on a few acne issues...I know that I can't use many different oils on my face. I can't eat coconut oil (which is supposed to be wonderful for most people). Can't take fish oil, again supposed to be great for most people.
- Not going into personal issues, but several problems were fixed by eating a different diet.
Of course, there were a few cons when I started eating differently. While I had excess energy for the first time in years, I also dealt with what people call low carb flu and/or candida (google for more info). This foggy feeling lasted for weeks and weeks and weeks. I think depending on how badly you ate before determines how long low carb flu and/or candida lasts. Since I ate "healthy grains" for the majority of my meals I think it lasted longer for me than it does for other people. Some people don't go through this at all - maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones.
The other major con is trying to figure out what to eat. Everything we ate was based off a carb - it was frugal and healthy to do so right? I'm still figuring this out. For example, take the carbonara recipe I posted previously. If you just skip the pasta it doesn't seem like it's enough to eat. Surprisingly it is! It's hard to describe, but it's almost as if you eat until you aren't hungry anymore instead of eating until you have a full feeling in your stomach.
Eating with other people always presents a challenge as well. In the beginning when I changed my diet, I didn't bake bread at all because it was way way way too tempting for me. Now, I make it weekly for my family and I don't really care about it. Occasionally I think I want to eat it, but really I think I just want the butter LOL! If my husband ever stops eating grains, then I won't make bread anymore...just because I've changed my mind about how bad I think it is, doesn't mean he believes it and I refuse to try to force them to eat the way I do. I try not to serve too many pasta dishes (ie. spaghetti) because of this.
Note: My husband was a personal trainer (in another life LOL) - that's where these figures are coming from:
- Body fat percentage is now 15.5690%
- pre babies in 1995 was 18.42%
- post babies in 2005 was 17.7%
I ate a lot of grain carbs during this time. My youngest child was a year old at that time. November 2000 I weighed a few more pounds and added more body fat, May 2002, weighed a few more pounds and was 18.4% body fat. Dieting/restricting calories is NOT a sustainable lifestyle.
Back in 2004 I had food allergy testing done - I was not allergic/sensitive to wheat; fast forward to 2010 I was definitely sensitive to wheat and dairy.
Current issues I think are diet related:
- my knees creak/grind when walking up the stairs....not sure if this is hereditary or not - a lot of family has issues with their knees
- acne - still working on
- occasional ear inflammation - not sure what is causing it.
- sugar/fruit - trying to figure out what I can eat right now. As my body heals, I know that I'll be able to eat more foods. I might have to adjust the timing as far as when I eat some fruit or honey. Right now I know I NEED a burger in the morning or I am starving after a few hours. Even if I eat enough protein/fat from eggs, bacon, pork, nuts etc. I still get hungry after a few hours. A burger with melted butter is what keeps me satisfied.
"Conventional Wisdom" says don't eat fat or you'll get fat. They are WRONG!
Here are some success stories that I find encouraging.
Where to begin?
- Read the PerfectHealthDiet (book and site)
- Jack Kruse - leptin issues (difficult to understand, critical to your health)
- Read Kurt Harris at Archevore.
- Research the controversies.
- Read Primal Blueprint 101.
- Read the blogs listed at Mark's Daily Apple "18 Underrated Blogs You Should Be Reading."
I had to stop trying to eat "breakfast foods" for breakfast. I try to eat a hamburger with veggies most mornings. Cost = $.80 and I don't get hungry for HOURS, therefore I don't need to buy and eat snacks anymore.
What's the difference between paleo and primal? Ummmm...I think the paleo group doesn't include dairy in their diet? Don't really care much what the name of the diet is, I just know that it works for me.
I would love to hear if you have had any success with any diet that you've done. By success, I mean long term success (feel great, good body weight/body fat, energy!) I think several people have had success with eating the "Nourishing Traditions" way.