Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I spent some time looking over my last 2 weeks of food and moods. I totally see a trend, which doesn't surprise me. The days that I eat more carbs and have an artificial sweetener are moody, low energy days. The days I stay at or below 100g carbs and avoid the artificial sweetener's I feel better and have more energy. Coffee didn't seem to be the determining factor like I thought.
I also would like to add a little more structure to what I've been doing. I have read quite a few low carb books (Atkins, South Beach (not really low carb but close), Primal Blueprint, Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories). I love all the research that Gary Taubes has done, and totally agree with his conclusions. I don't agree with everything that The Primal Blueprint suggests, or actually I can't neccessarily follow everything that they want you to do (organic, 8 hours sleep, etc), but I really like his 'diet' plan. I've done primal eating before, but let life get in the way of sticking to it. I had great results and felt great. SO I have decided to follow the primal blueprint again.
I hope that it will make my food choices a little easier and give me a tool to measure my progress against. I will stay at or below 80 carbs a day coming only from fruits/vegetables/nuts. I will focus on getting atleast 95g protein and the remaining calories will come from fat. I am going to track all my food but not going to stick to a certain calorie range. I know the calories will naturally stay close to what's considered a range for weightloss. Mostly I want to keep track of macronutrient grams and have a way to look back over time.
I'm pretty excited to make this change.
I haven't been able to get in the workouts I planned. I am a little disappointed, but I won't let that get me of track. Today will likely be another no workout day, but that's okay. I will get right back on track tomorrow. I'm usually an all or nothing type of person, so to be able to not be perfect in one area yet still continue doing well in another (without stressing) is a big win for me. :)