I wouldn’t be a Californian born and bred if I wasn’t prone to trying new health things. It’s a disease, folks… y’all just learn to live with it. I ate sunflower sprouts on sprouted whole grain bread in kindergarten. (Nom).
So, I’m going to try something new…. this time, it’s on my own.
Things that I have noticed:
- When people get proper nutrition, their appetite for junk food drops radically. (This is why that friend of yours who used to eat the SAD and switched to primal/paleo/vegan dropped five million pounds in half an hour – they finally got some vitamins).
- Different people require slightly different nutrition, and have different food sensitivities. My husband turns out to have a mild nightshade aversion, for instance. There’s no right and wrong here, it’s an individual body thing. It is valuable to spend time finding out your aversions – and the foods that cause your body to scream “hallelujah!”. (Okay – there is a right and wrong. I know exactly one person who needs to eat processed food, and that’s because she has an illness that leaves her perennially short of salt. Eat real food, whatever you eat).
- Different activities require slightly different nutrition. When I lift, my body asks me for protein. When I do more cardio, my body asks me for carbs. There’s even a different set of cravings for the day I work out and the day after and the day after that.
Things that apply to me particularly:
- I never ate a full-out SAD diet. Even when I worked 40 hours a week and ate a good bit of pasta, I was cooking and eating at home with a minimum of processed convenience food. What can I say? My mom thought Kool-aid was of the devil. See preface – I grew up here. My mom is “makes her own granola” crunchy. I learned to cook when I was a kid. Likewise, I was never a big soda drinker. My starting point for finding my best diet wasn’t off in sugarland. *This leads me to a rant. It drives me NUTS when people assume because I’m overweight that if I “just” did something or other, my weight would magically drop. No. It doesn’t work like that. It DOES work like that if you’re eating junk – I’ve seen it. But not everyone who is fat eats trashfood.
- I did primal for three years, which agreed with me fairly well – best when I was strictest, but hello – I have a family, and homie don’t play that. They wanted their pancakes, even if they were sad fake nutflour pancakes. (Yes. Going off primal I made a real pancake. Oh, I paid for it… but once in a blue moon, I’ll pay. I’ll leave the substitutes for people with celiac. I would rather eat the real thing seldom than a substitute regularly.)
- When my husband told me that we were no longer going to be primal, I added certain foods back into my diet. Wheat came… and I found that as much as I had missed biscuits, they hadn’t missed me. I can do two servings/wk of wheat without feeling it. More isn’t good. I brought corn back into my diet, and found out that zero servings of corn is correct for my body. Even corn on the cob. I *love* corn 😦 But I added oats back, and my body sang hallelujah. Hm.
- Among the things that don’t work for me are uncooked vegetables in quantity. Cooked veggies on the other hand, you may add those to the hallelujah chorus.
- I lift weights 3-5 hours/wk. My protein needs are very high, as are my calorie needs. I am *not* a desk-jockey. When I’m working, I’m walking and standing and moving. When I’m doing SAHM stuff, I’m walking and standing and moving. So, basically I only sit when I’m tired and goofing off or writing. If you want to see someone eat a 1200 calorie diet, look elsewhere. I eat – and I eat a lot.
So, what am I trying, and what are my goals?
- I looked up the ancestral diets of Ireland and Sweden, since most of my people come from the British Isles or Scandinavia, with a few from Germany. The diets were very similar. Loads of dairy, quite a lot of meat (particularly in winter), fish (yuck), cooked and/or fermented veggies – especially root veggies, ryebread, oats, and a very little wheat. Apples, berries, honey, kale.
- I am going to focus on eating more foods from that list, and fewer foods from other places. No, I’m not going to go all nazi-esque on myself. Adding, and with the adding other things get scootched off to the side and eliminated, simply because I have something better. I picked up a good multivitamin, because I’ve been taking a handful of vits at night, and that’s not sustainable.
- My goal is to feel better and more energetic. In my perfect world I could lift 4-5 days/wk, take long walks at the mall (aka work) a couple of times/wk, keep a spotlessly clean house, and not need to nap most days. Oh, and I could do that without crashing and burning, which is what happens now when I push myself. (Much to my disgust).
- Yes, I’d like to lose weight, but I am completely and utterly burned out on weight loss diets. I want to support my body in the things I ask of it, and I can hope that it might return my investment by dropping some pounds. My serious bouts of overeating tend to be tied to exhaustion, so if I can stave off exhaustion, it just *has* to help. I want energy, good deep energy, not the fragile crap energy that comes from eating sugar and drinking caffeine.
To that end, I have a countertop full of root veggies that are going to get chopped up and thrown in the oven. I ****love**** roasted vegetables. And I bought some rolled oats so I can grind them up and make oatcakes. I had a lovely breakfast of rye-krisp with goat cheese and an apple this morning, which I found quite satisfying.
Anyway. That’s where I’m going, and this is an experiment. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂