Tuesday, June 18, 2013
After finishing Bob's Jumpstart to Skinny, I was feeling really good. Then I got off track. I find that worked really well with this program was prepping things ahead of time.
Life got in the way, as it does. My grandmother (at 97) passed away after experiencing a sharp decline in health, and I spent a lot of time helping care for her and my parents and preparing for the funeral. I didn't go fully "off the rails" but there was a lot unplanned in general at that time, which affected my meals. Plus, grief and carbs are old friends to me and I fell back on some bad habits.
After my grandmother's passing, I blew my back out. If you have ever read my blog, you know that this is a long-term issue I struggle with. A car accident in my teens causes me to herniate my disk easily. My hope is that through diet and exercise I can do preventative care to avoid injuries like this in the future.
I haven't been able to start exercising yet. I have been doing physical therapy and sticking to a fairly clean diet. I am not gaining weight, which at this point is a success for me. What I really took from Bob's diet in addition to prepping meals in advance was the reduction in grains. I have decided to implement a more reductionist/ancestral diet.
I read Robb Wolf's the Paleo Solution and recently bought Practical Paleo. Now, there are a few things I will not do as part of this lifestyle - (I just can't bring myself to eat roasted marrow, or Baconnaise), but the basic idea of the Blood Sugar plan in her book is very similar to other PCOS/Insulin Resistance programs I have read and participated in.
I know many people really believe that grains are okay for everybody. Let me be clear - I am sure that there are lots of people who digest grains well. People who have PCOS are highly, highly sensitive to carbs, and when I eat grains - yes, even "good" grains, it sets off a carb reaction in me, giving me brain fog, making me feel sluggish, and increasing my desire for sugar and more carbs, followed by a crash later. Complex carbs cause my heart rate to accelerate, and make me feel shaky and emotional. When I don't eat sugars, grains, etc. I feel like a totally different person. In addition, my plantar fasciitis which I have been dealing with for over a year is almost completely healed.
While my choice in carbs have changed, I have been looking to other sources for fiber. I have been eating lots of Kale, mustard greens, avocado, cabbage, apples, etc. I eat a lot more veggies than I ever have, and it feels great. Now when I eat grains, legumes, or processed food, I feel the effects almost immediately.
I have not only been tracking what I eat, but also tracking my level of inflammation daily. I plan on sticking to paleo at least through the end of the year.