The Chocolate Factory, Seattle, WA, May 2011
October 24, 2011 - All Dressed Up
My Tigger Ticker (10/29/2011)
I'm a 47 years young, married (25 years) mom of five (ages 16-24). I work full time at a job that I love and feel blessed to have.
I've been a member of SP for quite some time, and I lost about 45 pounds this year using conventional means and spending a lot of time here reading, tracking, and participating in a few challenges. I have some great buddies here!
I don't come here as often as I used to, tho, because there are too many "conventional wisdom" concepts taught here that I no longer believe in, and I have been spending a great deal of time learning "unconventaional wisdom" from other sources. I do have an anonymous SP member to thank for setting me on this new journey, and for that I will forever be grateful.
Read on if you're curious about my beliefs that have changed...
- Fat is good for us, and fat - not glucose -is our body's prefered fuel source. I strive for about 50% of average daily calories from fat.
- Saturated fats are not only good for us, they are essential in our diets and are not the cause of heart disease.
- Cholesterol is not an enemy, but a dear friend. Heathy fats and cholesterol are required for proper brain and cell function. (An aside to this: statins are evil; please don't take them).
- Serum cholesterol readings are not readings of the amount of cholesterol in your blood, but of the cholesterol transport mechanisms (lipoproteins). Cholesterol is essential, and the ability of our bodies to move it to where it needs to go in our bodies is essential. The actual numbers are not as important as the ratio of LDL to HDL or the ration of lipoproteins to triglycerides. Too much to explain here, sorry.
- There are essential proteins and essential fats (nutrients our body's cannot synthesize), but there are no essential carbohydrates. We could probably live without carbs, tho plant foods do contain numerous useful micronutrients.
- Excess carbohydrates, not fat, is the real reason our bodies store fat. The hormone insulin has the job of making sure our body stores any excess nutrients and. Since we can only use so much glucose, insulin has no choice but to take the excess and store it in our fat cells, or we'd die from sugar overload in our blood and cells. Insulin is the ONLY hormone that does this work, and since we are eating WAY more carbs than our paleolithic ancestors (who never ate carbs the way we do and whose genes we still have), we are overtaxing this system badly. VERY badly.
- Grains are pretty much bad for us, as are legumes, vegetable oils and chemically altered oils (trans fats), and unfermented soy products. There are SO many reasons why.
I encourage you to read one or more of the following:
Good Calories, Bad Calories (Gary Taubes - technical)
Why We Get Fat, and What to Do About It (Gary Taubes - layperson)
The Primal Blueprint (Mark Sissson)
The Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf)
Primal Body, Primal Mind (Nora Gedgaudas)
I also recommend www.marksdailyapple.com as an excellent starting point if you're really interested in getting familiar with these strange, newfangled ideas.
Since I changed my thinking/eating/fitness to a more primarl/paleo/ancestral life-way (I am by no means "strict" yet), I have continued to lose weight with considerably less effort; my cravings for junk/processed food have vanished; digestion has improved; my skin is clear for the first time in decades; my energy level is high; my thinking is clearer; and I can skip meals with no ill effects (despite what Weight Watchers and other diet systems say about the evils of skipping meals, my body does NOT interpret missing meals as potential starvation, and I do not become listless or otherwise function poorly because of it).
You know how all the diet advisors out there say you can't just diet and lose weight and keep it off successfully, you have to change your lifestyle? Well, I knew, even as I was losing that first 45 pounds the conventional way, that my new "lifestyle" of counting calories, chronic exercise, relatively constant hunger, and a lifetime of craving for things that are bad for me was never going to be sustainable. I was going to fail if that's all I ever learned to do. Adopting principles of the primal/paleo/ancestral life-way IS sustainable AND provides a much increased chance of a long and healthy life (against conventional wisdom's chanting otherwse), and I'm sure I'll never go back.
Lose the other half of my excess weight. Sleep 7-8 hours/night. Hike more (lots more!).
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