I have been a sparkie since 7/31/09 and started out tremendously. I was keeping my carbs low(I limited my breads, pasta rice to 1 a day) and I lost 11+ pounds in the first two weeks. I had energy and stamina I hadn't experienced in years. I noticed, however, that my fiber count was always too low at the end of the day. When I started trying to raise my fiber level to meet my spark daily goals I found a listing that showed that whole wheat pasta, some wheat breads, cereals and brown rice, had quite a bit of fiber, so I started including more of these into my diet.
Within the next two weeks, my weight losses decreased, which I had expected anyway. But my energy level also plummeted. Whereas I could hop up from a chair the weeks before, I now was having my previous difficulties getting up in the morning, where I had to walk around a bit before I felt the lethargy leave my legs, and I had a harder time getting up from the couch or a chair.
I had been in the supermarket over the weekend and saw a Woman's World magazine which showed "Oprah's diet discovery! anti-aging miracle plan!" Although I expected the article to be much of the same as the usual, healthy eating plans, it had , for me, one important exception. David Murdock, owner of Dole Foods, touts a nutritious eating plan
which includes an abundance of fruits, vegetables, fish and beans. Nowhere does his plan include any bread or pasta! And he claims that your energy will increase immediately!
That's when a light went off in my head!!! The first two weeks, I had limited myself to 1 serving of bread products a day. Now I was eating one at each meal (to increase my fiber count) and craving more!! When I limited my intake previously, I didn't crave it at all!
The breads, pastas, and cereals I had been eating to increase my fiber, were sapping my energy.
I have always felt that a high protein - low carb eating plan was what I needed. Since reading of David Murdock's eating regimen, I feel that low carb is not accurate - THE RIGHT
CARBS - fruits and vegetables are the most important in a healthy eating lifestyle. I don't know if I can eliminate meats and chicken from my diet, since he recommends fish, but I certainly will be increasing my fish and bean intake (and definitely slashing my bread intake) BRING ON THE
If you wish to check out this article it is Woman's World - the Sept. 14, 2009 issue, with Oprah on the cover.