Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I woke up pretty excited and full of energy at 5:30am. Yesterday was my first day of better eating. I have tried to go low carb in the past and it was successful both times. I didn't stick with it because my brain wasn't on board. I actually thought that I was doing something wrong by eating too much protein and fat. Then I read "Why We Get Fat" and what to do about it by Gary Taubes.
It's geared to scientific and medical explanations about our body and how it operates. It's not light reading and I skimmed a lot, but I got the message loud and clear. I now understand how insulin works in the body; it's the only hormone that we control by what we eat. I understand what our body uses for fuel depending on what we feed it. Wow what an eye opener! Bread, pasta, sugar, grain are easy and filling and what we grab first for hunger and immediate comfort. It gets processed as energy instead of from our fat stores. Reversing the balance of our diet towards protein and fat is healthful, restores energy, improves cholesterol and blood pressure, prevents diabetes and is now recently linked to helping reverse Alzheimer's. The book describes in detail how the great American Food Pyramid has misled us starting in the 60s when refined food and sugar became more readily available and cheap in the market place. It's where the Fear of Fat was born. Doctors today know this, but can't stray from these old AMA recommendations.
The book found me because I wasn't looking for it. I was simply doing a library search for any eBook that was available without waiting and this title came up.
I don't believe in going on a diet to lose weight fast, I need something simple that I can live with that my body will find balance with. The Spark people Diet and Fitness app has the best and easiest database around for tracking anything.
I'll get the sugar out gradually by replacing my coffee creamer with just cream, replace sweet yogurt with plain yogurt, replace potatoes with green veggies, replace candy with nuts, chips with cheese, bread with high fiber wraps.
I don't see limiting starches as a deprivation any more, I see it as helping my body to function more efficiently, thus providing weight loss and energy.
With Thanksgiving coming up, I don't look at what I'm not eating because the starchy food will only clog my system and build fat. I'm excited because I love turkey!