I was getting dizzy!
When I started SP last May I had a "plan" The American Diabetes Diet- I figured it must be a good "low carb" diet. After all I had Type 2 now. But it wasn't for me.
I soon realized I'd have to do Atkins if I really wanted something low carb to help my blood sugars. But I did not want the sugar alcohols this time around. Previously on Atkins in the 90s I depended on Atkins products to help. This time I wanted fresh clean food. Organic, farm raised, fresh. I wanted to support a farmer.
On the Low Carb Living Team (best Team in the world- shameless plug!) I learned about good fats (coconut oil was new to me) and moderate protein and all of the other veggies, besides my old stand by cauliflower, that are delicious as well as low carb.
And the best thing I learned on the Team- it's not a diet. It's a life style!
Quickly I was introduced to Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, and Dr Terry Wahls MS diet for mitochondria. New Science for why those carbs really don't nourish or help us.
There was so much to learn and try. And so many good books to read-and read and read!
The trouble was I was reading- no dairy-yes! dairy. Carb cycling or calorie cycling. Re-starts. Elimination starts. No decaf coffee, yes decaf coffee. So much contradiction! And the info on supplements was also overwhelming! I started losing my way. I felt lost and confused.
I knew the basics, I changed from LC to LCHF moderate protein. I added a little from primal, paleo. But I couldn't find my "groove". I questioned all of the contradictions and then developed a what the heck attitude. Carbs creeped up to 150. I didn't lose for months.
Going through my piles of new books I decided to donate most of them. Less is more! I kept the bare basics. Atkins, Science of LC, Jonny Bowden, wheat belly, grain brain, Dr Wahls. The rest, even the brand spankin new stuff just published- OUT!! and donated. Lesson learned.
Something kept drawing me back to Jonny Bowden. He keeps it simple. And I'm a simple kinda gal. In my 9/6/13 blog entry here, I wrote that my new plan was to list his 150 best foods (from the book-same title) and eat from that list daily. But I had wandered miles away from that. Why?
Because I kept thinking there was always something better, easier, smarter. Just like in my younger days when I bought any magazine or book that said "weight loss" on it. As if I'd lose weight just buying it! And I didn't.
So I re- typed my 150 most nutritious foods list. And I am back where I started. I get it now. There is no magic book/diet/article/Dr. There is just me and clean LCHF eating.
I can do this.
Next time one of the Drs I enjoyed reading writes a "new" book. I will plug my ears and sing "la-la-la-la-la-la!!" Because this IS simple! We can do this without hundreds of dollars spent on cutting edge information.
Whew! Feels great to be off the merry go round and back on terra firma.
NEVER GIVE UP!