Wednesday, August 24, 2011
So much has changed since my last blog post here on Spark. Right after I was elected leader of my TOPS group, my husband was offered a transfer/promotion and we moved to a new state. So, I transferred to a new TOPS group and I've continued attending here in our new home.
I've also continued tweaking my diet. After reading Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes and considering my own personal history with tracking, I decided to quit counting calories and/or points. I no longer track in any way at all. It simply doesn't work for me in the long term because I find it causes me to obsess about food and I stop tracking only to watch the weight creep back up.
Instead, I've switched over to a diet I'd call a cross between Paleo and Eat Fat, Lose Fat (Weston A. Price Foundation). It's a higher fat, moderate carb diet. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, pastured meats and eggs, nuts and seeds, healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, butter and ghee). I occasionally (about once a week) eat some properly prepared legumes and even more occasionally (about twice a month), some white rice. I avoid grains--particularly gluten grains, sugar, industrial seed oils, and dairy. I love cheese and have access to pastured and raw milk cheeses, but it's been giving tummy troubles so I'm leaving it our for now. I don't eat any processed foods other than simple things like canned tomatoes that only contain one ingredient plus water (and possibly salt).
So far so good. The food is amazing, my weight loss has sped up quite a bit since I made the switch, and there is no counting necessary. I can definitely see eating this way for life without much difficulty.