A typical conversation in those rare times I come out of my cave and interact with other people:
Them: “OMG you look great!!! What are you doing?”
Me: “No wheat, no grain, no sugar”
Them: “No Bread/Pasta/Sugar??? Oh I couldn’t do that…..”
Me: <shrug> “It’s really not hard…”
Them: “What DO you EAT?!?” (usually said with great surprise or incredulity)
Me: “Vegetables, eggs and meat….whole foods…”
Them: “No Bread/Pasta/Sugar?!?! Oh I couldn’t do that… it’s unsustainable…”
At this point I change the topic of conversation as quickly as possible. I gave up a long time ago trying to preach the cause in this situation. By now, the person has made up their mind that I am in tin hat territory and they want to exit the conversation as quickly as possible.
You’d think that if a food doesn’t come in a box, processed, condensed, dried and reconstituted, that it’s inedible.
These are the same people who will then starve themselves while counting calories, eating unpalatable frozen “diet” meals and adding spoonfuls of sweet-tasting laboratory chemicals to their food… then follow that up by forcing themselves to do a half hour to an hour of cardio that they hate every day. To me, THAT is unsustainable.
I should know. Been there, done that, in more cycles than I care to count.
I’m 5’2″. In high school I was 125# and wore a size 10 jean with an athletic build. After my first pregnancy, I was 140#. I struggled to get back to 135 before my second pregnancy 2 years later.
Just after our son was born I weighed 180#. I was lucky to get back down to 145# within 4 years.
I tried calorie counting, low fat… I even tried to go vegetarian (very briefly – twice – talk about unsustainable!).
In 1998 I weighed 150# and went into the workforce, working behind a desk & commuting 2 and a half hours a day for the first few years, then working from home.
By 2006 I weighed 200#, was on high blood pressure medication and had a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. Due to these symptoms (and others) I asked my doctors about the possibility of my having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), but because my hormone labs were within range, they disregarded the possibility.
I went back to the track, walking 5 miles a day, and restricted calories everywhere I could, including skipping meals for as long as possible (competing with myself to see how long I could go).
In January of 2008 I weighed 175#. I changed jobs and began commuting 2 hours a day again, just to sit behind a desk for 8-10 hours…
My weight maxed out at 225# in 2012 and I had effectively given up. To me, this was a huge failure on my part, I KNEW I needed to exercise, but could not find the time between working, commuting & running the household.
In May 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer. During an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis, several cysts were found on my ovaries, confirming the PCOS. On June 20th, at age 41, I had a full hysterectomy and went on hormone replacement therapy. By the end of recovering I weighed 215# and was cancer free.
Five months later, my husband was diagnosed with diabetes (Mike’s Story). In support of the life changes he had to make, I followed the same plan. As he delved deeper down the rabbit hole, I happily followed. I do the majority of the food prep & shopping, so most of my research lies with menu planning and recipes. I already had some experience with Atkins from an attempt in the early 2000s, so the concept wasn’t outrageous to me. (I had minimal success because I stayed low fat.)
In December 2013, I was mostly paleo low carb but still ate a little fruit (I loved the Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad at Wendy’s for lunch).
January 1, 2014 I went full LCHF, keeping my carbs below 20g/day & logging everything I ate. I went to the gym 2-3 times a week (that lasted 2 months). In February I went off of my high blood pressure medication. In March, I got sick of logging my food, so I stopped and strictly ate to an LCHF plan…
As of this morning (June 29, 2014) I weigh 180.4 pounds (34.6# weight loss). Not as dramatic as Mike’s story, but between the hormones and work stress (which I didn’t handle well), a slower loss is to be expected. I have my annual checkup with bloodwork next month & I will be posting the results as soon as I have them.
For now, we’re LCHF, but with a very Paleo outlook. I’m not sure where one ends and the other begins anymore.
No grain, no sugar, no chronic cardio, no weight gain, no problem.
For me, that’s a plan that is sustainable
So….. what DO we EAT…