Me, the omnivore
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I ztumbled on a challenge to stay away from wheat for 30 days to see what happened to the body healthwise. I have done that in the past, in fact I have stayed off a lot off things for 30 days. When I had breast cancer I read a book that stated that dairy products was causing cancer so I took away all dairy for a while - and that was among the hardest stuff to avoid because dairy is used a lot in cooking and this was before I had given up alcohol so a dinner without cheese as dessert was painful (because to me french cheese without red wine is really uninteresting, I eat french cheeses today but not at all with the same joy as when I combined it with wine)
And I gave up wheat and sugar after I had been to my first camp for compulsive overeaters where they firmly believe that sugar and white flour was the bandit in the nutrition plan and I had nothing of it at that week camp and coming home I stayed off it for another month or so. And could not notice any difference in energy, cravings or digestion. Of course I lost weight, I always do when I try to follow a healthy diet, but I have lost terrific amounts of weight following weight watchers plan also where there was no restriction of any special food just of how much of things...
Thinking about it I have had one problem with weight watchers - there was a time when they wanted you to drink a lot of milk - as I had found that drinking milk awakens my gastritis I thought that I would have sour milk instead - it is very common as breakfast meal in sweden and I could have that without any notions on gastritis - BUT shen I started to eat a lot more it was obviously affecting me.
When I tried to stay away from carbs and only had proteins my stomach would growl and my digestion would become very slow causing me pain in the bathroom.
So - healthwise I do believe that I am a true omnivore that can keep a balanced nutrition plan.
And I will have to give up this fasting although I like it a lot, my body seems fine with starving, it is the latest fashion around here and I have some friends that reports a lot of difficulties, their mood gets irritated, they feel faint etc. and nit should not be for them. I feel fine and it is a relief with the logistic when I am working, I don´t have to plan and prepare those really boring lunch meals. BUT I overeat at night and I get sort of obsessed and desperate because I am so sick from my overweight for the moment and needs to lose some FAST to get beck the energy I had last summer when I could exercise. That is really really hard for the moment. But as my starving does not work I will have to go into a sensible nutrition plan for a while. I do have this logistic problem with lunch, I just hate the whole thing and it has been nice to let go of that problem.
I have been on vegetarian food also, I get horrible cravings for meat after a while but that is the same mental obsession that makes me overeat after starving, I don´t think it is physical, but mental. And then there is the question about how the mind gets affected from nutrition changes...
Still a puzzle to solve...