Thursday, November 17, 2011
Having tried almost every diet out there, I knew there had to be something out there that would work for me to get to a healthier life style.
I've tried most diets, and will gladly share the details of why any particular one did not work for me, but suffice it to say that even the ones that "worked" (temporarily) never lasted and weren't something I could 'live' with for the rest of my life. Worst of all, the type of food I was addicted to were the refined carbs (Did I mention I have a family history of all 3 types of Diabetes and heart disease including an Uncle who had a heart transplant?).
A few months ago my partner and I split after two years and at least a 20lb gain for us both. (I think we've both lost that weight already - why couldn't we loose the weight together?!?!). Ah well, another life lesson learned - need to find a guy who is just as committed to living a healthier life style as I am!
Immediately following the split I started seeking a "new" path towards my health goals again. I'd done well with diets based on "whole" foods before, and found another that appealed to me intellectually - but when I looked through the recipe book related to the diet, there was a lot of "fake food" being relied on on to get nutrients (I'm pretty sure I've never found protein powder growing in someone's garden - so it's a refined product as well...). But the rest made sense... Then I found Paleo - and it's so "young" that the rules are still being debated.
I really liked "Clean Eating" and will probably adopt that as a lifestyle once I hit my weight loss goals by slowly incorporating a few things back into my diet on a more regular basis.
So for now - I've been focused on protein and carb (veggies or fruit) with each meals/snacks, and a few healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, etc). I'm not being rigid, but am trying to loose weight, so I limit fruit (w protein) to just after breakfast or workout, am limiting starchy veggies, and am being careful to limit whole grain and dairy as well.
The best part, I'm not in the "insulin roller coaster" any more - which means no more Cravings. It's not for everyone, but for me this is a lifestyle I can actually live with! I enjoy cooking and travel weekly, so figuring out ow to incorporate the lifestyle into my life was difficult at first, but with determination, and some fabulous resources like "SparkPeope", I've been able to find a way to make it work for me!
"Seek first to understand" - I needed to identify why diets were failing Me, understand how my body reacted to certain foods, and be in a mental place to shift myself and my health back to being a priority.
Started modifying in early Setember, have been doing this for almost two months. Am down 20 lbs, and "fit" into a suit 2 sizes down from what I was wearing - depending on the cut/designer!
This is "do-able"... And it was kinda neat to get back in touch with what "hunger" felt like vs cravings ---- hunger can be satisfied by any food in the fridge, where as a craving for pizza or French fries can only be satisfied by another fatty starch!