I'm new to this group, and just wanted to say hi!
I have believed for over a year now that sugar and refined carbs are not healthy, but until reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes, I wasn't 100% convinced of how bad they were for my health. I thought they just caused my cravings and some minor aches and pains. After reading that book I will never look at a baked good, candy or anything else made from those things the same.
I read the book over my holiday vacatoin last week, and finished up before New Years. I normally am not one for resolutions, or waiting until Monday to start a diet. However, I did start my "Smart Carbing" yesterday and intend to make this a lifelong committment. I will abstain from sugar in all it's forms, refined carbs (specifically all flours, white rice, processed starchy vegetables) from now on. I do plan on the occasional indulgence (holidays only). Cravings are usually a problem for me, especially sweets. In the hopes of ridding myself of the intense cravings faster, I will be eating no carbs for the next 2 weeks. After that I will slowly add in whole vegetables a little at a time. Then some low sugar fruits (berries). And lastly some starchy, whole vegetables (potatoes, squashes). I want to monitor how I feel with each addition to see if any of the ill effects of the years of carb abuse come back. I've been living a high sugar, high carb diet for more than 30 years, so I know it may take a while for my body to become normal.
My goals are really just becoming the healthiest me I can be. That includes losing the excess weight. I have about 30 lbs to lose. I want to get control of my iron defiency anemia and depression.
I look forward to getting to know you all!
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