A summary on the diet conversations I’ve been having so far……If you’ve never struggled with your weight, you won’t understand this. If you have, you so will.
If you haven’t read already, I’m just starting to follow a low carb diet. Not Atkins or other such plan, but my own kinda plan. I’ve always been extremely sceptical of such diets. But it’s making sense now, so time to put it to the test.
After a fair bit of research, (both the science writer Gary Taubes and Dr John Briffa have very interesting things to say.) I’ve started to believe that the low-fat, high-carb diet, that we are all mostly advised to follow, really doesn’t work for most people. Me included.
I know I need to have a healthier relationship with bread, potatoes, sugar, alcohol etc. but I never seem to quite manage it. (bread and butter is one of my Desert Island Dishes.) Diets leave me more hungry and craving more of the things I can’t have, as anyone who has ever followed a diet will recognise.
……If you’ve never struggled with your weight, you won’t understand this. If you have, you so will……
In only a few weeks of cutting back on starch and sugar, (very little alcohol since New Year.) I feel dramatically different and healthier. Yes I’ve lost some weight, but more importantly my mood is level and calm, and I feel really good. I am eating well, not feeling hungry, not wanting to snack in between times, not craving.
I want to prove that even with the restrictions of a low carb life style, I can eat amazing food. Not just ok, not diet worthy, but absolutely delicious food, I and you, want to eat. I will keep it as natural and seasonal as possible, no artificial sweeteners or overly processed foods and the like, just tasty, simple, good food, that won’t be expensive.
This is where I’ve wanted to be at for a very long time. One thing to remember is, never say never. I am not denying myself the joy of bread, potatoes, sugar or alcohol completely, but rather the enjoyment of them, every so often. Anyhow as I said, I’m not craving them anyway. Miracle!
I’m going to the Docs to check out my cholesterol etc. with a blood test, weigh in and blood pressure, (On this diet, these are often lowered, not raised.) so I’ll keep a check on myself and let you know, if you’re interested.
I need to look at my health long term, and I’m guessing the future isn’t so bright if I carry on the way I’m going. I want to be in this life as long as possible, but also healthy and happy enough to enjoy it as fully as possible, with nothing holding me back.
……If you’re really interested in all this…….then check out Woman’s Hour from last week. A woman called Sue Lyons contacted the programme to get some help as she was obese and didn’t know what to do anymore. The only person on the panel to make any sense for her, though controversial, was Dr John Briffa. (read his account of this.) The life coach also gave some interesting points, but the government advisor, Dr Susan Jebb, had little useful to add, saying nothing Sue, or I, hadn’t heard before.
Dr Jebb, I would like to say something. The low-fat, high carb and high exercise diet that you and the government are advocating, doesn’t work for most people and is possibly making most people more unhealthy. Is the government doing any detailed research on low carb diets? If not, you should be, then at least you could have a counter argument, instead of the ‘shuffle’ option you are adopting.
Simon (a low carb follower), in Indonesia, (also check out our conversation on my other post) he sent me this link for the Asian Food Channel, Big Fat Reality. “Recent studies suggest saturated fats may not be as bad for us as we have been led to believe.” Let me know if you can get it and what you think as I haven’t been able to watch it.
A low-carb (Ketogenic) diet was introduced in the early 1920’s to treat children with severe epilepsy and is still used today, with amazing results. “About a third of children who try the ketogenic diet become seizure free, or almost seizure free. “