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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...
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    Maybe your goals should be shorter than 30 days. Maybe 2 weeks or 1 week. I hope you can find something that works for you.
    2366 days ago
  • DEBI60X60
    I have tried several things over the years as well. Different diets with different plans. I am actually enjoying counting calories and tracking my food. I think this is working the best for me. We all have to find what works for us, I hope you find your perfect plan. emoticon
    2366 days ago
    I am really an idealist when it comes to the vegan way of life (or mostly vegan), but it didn't like me. My energy tanked REALLY BAD, I gained weight, and my albumin levels tanked too (indicating inflammation and protein deficiency). The vegan way did do wonders for my kidney disease though.

    I've had issues (with intense feelings) with the fasting, but I still have a hankering to do it. I like though to have a good breakfast of about 350 calories, and then a late meal of about 200 calories.

    I just recently wrote a blog about my journey with the various ways of eating. I'll add you as a friend if you want to read it.
    2366 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I sympathize with the effort to find "what works" in regard to food. Restricting doesn't work for me, but neither does wholesale anything goes eating. The only long-term plan that I believe I can follow with 100% accuracy is the 3-0-1 (3 moderate meals, zero snacks, 1 day at a time). This gives me the freedom that I seek for mealtime, but eliminates the junk foods, snacking and bingeing that lead to my significant weight problem. Following this simple, no fuss plan since April 4, I've lost about 20 pounds. Lots to go, but I feel so much better and I can see a path to a healthy weight for the first time, well, almost ever.

    The upside and the downside to the 3-0-1 is that the weight loss is modest compared to fasting, protein diets, etc. That is a downside because, like you, I want to lose weight FAST. But it is an upside because my body is adjusting to the weight lost without alarm, without extreme hunger or cravings.

    One more thing: the healthier I eat at meals, the less hungry I am in between, so there's a built-in incentive to eat healthier. I don't have to ... but I want to.

    Okay, one more thing after that: the food was not really my problem, but my solution anyway. Once I was able to establish a discipline I could follow regarding my diet, I found the real work is on my character (which I am working on through the 12 Steps).

    Best of luck to you!

    2366 days ago
    That why we are all a part of SparkPeople ~ to find what works for us and gather together to encourage each other.

    Keep searching! You will find what works for you ~ day in and day out.

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    2366 days ago
    I tried eating vegetarian for almost 7 months and gained almost 15 lbs with it. I know my exercise wasn't the greatest, but I also did my beloved hot yoga classes about 3x a week for almost 3 months towards the end and they burn a minimum of 900 calories. I have decided to incorporate meat back in. I love veggies and fruits, have always been closer to that side anyway so it won't be hard to stay healthy.

    I totally get what you are saying. We have to listen to our bodies. It's tough. Happy eating and happy Sparking!

    2367 days ago
    I'm an omnivore who counts calories, and that's a strategy that's worked beautifully. Barring metabolic abnormalities such as hypothyroidism, it's a strategy that can work for anyone...and if you add exercise, even better. I can't do all that much exercise, but it still worked fine for me.
    2367 days ago
    So, do you think the overeating at night are caused by the fasting? That to me seems a crucial question.
    If it IS, then it may be better to stop.
    However if you had the overeating at night part before you did the fasting, it may be so that there are other reasons for the overeating that you could tackle and keep doing the fasting.
    It could be that you are just very tired / overworked at night. It could be emotional eating. It could be other things. I have just written three blog entries about addiction and how behavior and self appreciation appear to play a role in 'food addiction'. So while it could be 'the food' (sugar, meat, wheat, etc.) it could also be other things.
    I'd love to hear your thoughts about that.
    2367 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/12/2013 6:58:36 AM
  • _VALEO_

    It is so difficult to figure out what is good for us. Even the science behind nutrition is not an exact science because it takes into account our culture, and there are new trends & diets every time you turn around.

    Good luck with your nutrition plan and your summer plans!
    2367 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/12/2013 3:45:31 AM
    Interesting. Only part I disagree with is the "for a while". It has to be a lifestyle change Meddy or you stay on the roller coaster. I hope you find a way of eating that can be a healthy permanent change. Hugs.
    2367 days ago
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