Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Well it's been quite a long time since I've visited. Several things have happened. My husband (who was unemployed for over 2 years the last time I was here) found a job, and lost a job. I found out I had severe iron deficiency anemia. I have suffered with some depression. I have gained a bit of weight. I have read an amazing book that confirmed something that I knew deep down, but just didn't want to believe.
The bad. It's been really hard dealing with my husbands working and mostly lack of working. I know he is trying so hard to find a job, but it doesn't change the fact that I feel so drained from the financial worry. I've tried to ignore it, I've definately tried to stuff it down with food. All I can do at this point is plan. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.
My health problem wasn't a surprise to me, I had been feeling extremely fatigued, cold, moody, no sex drive . . and plenty more. I tried to follow my doctors advice and take iron pills, but they made me so painfully constipated that I had to stop. I had to find an alternative.
I spent a lot of time reading about Primal/Paleo diets the last few months. That led me to the book "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. I read through the book last week. It's nothing short of revolutionary. It's not a diet book. It's a nutritional science book really. It details the science of sugar and refined carbs in our diet and how our current dietary advice to eat low fat is killing us. I have always been interested in nutrition, and it was eye opening to me to ready about how the American people have been misled over the past 40+ years. Anyway, it really confirmed what I knew from my own experiences, that sugars and refined carbs (flours, white rice) aren't meant for regular human consumption. I cut them out last year for a few months and felt better than I have in my whole life. When I added them back in after falling off the wagon, that's when I really realized how bad off I was while eating them. I had really bad inflamation in most of my body, sometimes it was painful just to bend my elbow. My moods were so erratic, I was never happy. I was always hungry. I could go on and on with the negatives of eating sugar/carbs.
Today is only my second day cutting sugar/carbs and I feel amazing already. I don't feel that gnawing hunger at all, even when it's time for a meal. While eating sugar/carbs, I couldn't go 2 hours withtout eating - I felt so painfully hungry like I was going to starve to death. I guess in a way I was. The way that sugar/carbs effect your body your cells are starting to death while still getting fat. It's crazy. If you're reading this, I hope you will get the book "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. It is not an easy read, a lot of science, and it's long. But it is SO worth it.