Mr. Greasyjoan and I have been cooking and eating together for 43 years. And he had gained 5 pounds since high school. Don't cry for him, Argentina. That's a net gain of about 2 ounces a year. I had gained about 125 since high school. He also has about 5 or more inches on me in height.
Last August we became vegetarians. Mr. Greasyjoan bloomed and loved it. He started becoming a real foodie and devised a lot of risotto and pasta recipes. He thrived and ate a lot and lost those 5 pounds that have been HAUNTING him--yes, I say HAUNTING him for so many decades.
Since then I have not lost weight. I have not gained weight. My blood sugar has gone up and my Hemoglobin A1C went up.
I had a revelation. Mr. Greasyjoan thrives on carbohydrates. They give him plenty of fuel and they don't inspire him to overeat. Me, not so much. I had to struggle with cravings every night. I had to struggle with elevated blood sugars.
So here's the new deal: Mr Greasyjoan and I will only share a part of our dining together. We can share some vegetable dishes. He can make all of the pasta and rice and taters he wants, but I ain't touching them.
I am seeking a low-carb plan. I am reading books. I have some ideas in mind--I want to be able to eat a lot of non-starchy vegetables and I want to be able to fit in about two fruit servings a day. I will not eat the kinds of carbs that will fill me up for an hour and then leave me devastatingly hungry. I'll try to eat as low on the food chain as I can. I do not envision myself slobbering over steaks with blood dripping down my chin but I am going to try an experiment in which low-carb eating becames my main theme.
If I cannot find a specific plan, I will make up my own plan. I do not want a plan that permits an occasional "celebration" dinner or "eat anything you like on Tuesdays" or "wallow in fried foods on friday". I am more of an all or nothing person when it comes to carbs. One taste can send me on a binge. I can totally abstain much more easily then have one bite.
Some scientists, doctors, nutritionists, and enthusiasts make vegetarian dining sound like the best choice ever--the be all and end all of eating. Another group is equally persuaded about the virtues of low carb. Perhaps they are all correct, but one size does not fit all.
As a diabetic, the only foods that make my blood sugar go up are carbs. Going low-carb has meant a lot of frequent changes and adjustments to my insulin. It's great to take less insulin but if I take too much the only cure seems to be to eat something glycemic. So I'm working at striking a balance. Less insulin in my system may also mean it will be a tad easier to lose weight!
So--I'm going low-carb and Mr. GreasyJoan will continue his vegetarian ways and is likely to enjoy the weight he had at age 13 at the rate he is going! It's not been easy but I realize how addictive carbs are.