Friday, June 29, 2012

Carb off-loading

A doctor told me earlier this week that I should be eating the following things: fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and eggs. That's it, dudes. No bread, no rice, no pasta, no cheese, no chocolate, no cereal, no fun, no sin.

There's a good reason for it, and I could tell you a long story about my ovaries, but let's save the vagina-speak for another time, eh?

So this is essentially a low-carb diet, but I can eat fruit, so thank goodness for that. Anyone who's ever tried this type of diet knows two things: 1. It works really, really well. 2. It's really, really hard.

Because: bread, beer, wine, cake, pie, chocolate, cookies, ice cream, bacon .... Adieu, my old friends.

But thankfully, the universe has been affirming my doctor's command in the following ways:

1. At least one friend is joining me in this here dieting adventure. There's nothing quite like the support of likewise miserable dieting friends!

2. A news report this morning stating that this type of diet is the best diet for kicking metabolism into gear. Done and done.

3. Yet another news report I heard today stating that over-consumption of sugar can lead to memory loss and possible brain damage. The study focused specifically on high fructose corn syrup. And by the way, to the corn syrup defenders: The issue is not that corn syrup is that much different from sugar, the issue is that it's in almost every packaged food out there, resulting in the average American eating about 40 pounds of the stuff every year. This is one of the reasons we are a fat nation, and arguments against that fact are lies.

Anyway, misery does love company, so you've probably not heard the last of this from me. I'll be back with a mean ice-cream craving in tow.

12 comments:

  1. I hope giving up carbs is a temporary solution, and you can get them back into your diet eventually. Although, now studies are saying that even runners, who are told to "carbo-load" all the time, probably don't need to eat an entire spaghetti dinner every night. More chicken. (I'm so sick of chicken.)

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    1. Well, fruit has carbs so at least there's that. If I have the condition that my doctor suspects I have, this may be my "lifetime" diet, in which case it's best if I not think too far into the future. :)

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  2. It's not far from the diet I keep flirting with, and that I know should be a good idea. (Anti-inflammatory diet, as I have the arthur-itis) Fortunately, Dr. Weil is down with a leetle bit of wine and dark chocolate.

    Curious to hear how you feel after a few weeks without all the other stuff.

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    1. Ah, yes, anti-inflammatory! My baby-making bible is down with this as well. I think there are pH strips you can buy to test your acidity. I've been considering doing this. :)

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    2. Oh, see, I haven't gotten that deep into it yet. All I've done is printed the anti-inflammatory food pyramid and attached it to my fridge with a magnet. It's a start.

      I also read Dr. Weil recommends 40 grams of fiber in your diet per day. So, speaking of zucchini ....

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  3. Hang in there, my friend!

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    1. Thank you! I will. You've inspired me.

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  4. Good news, I cut all that stuff out 2.5 months ago and I've lost 16 lbs. More good news, I still have some of those things once in a while and it doesn't kill me. And I'm a total carb and sugar addict, I could a loaf of Italian bread by myself. But it's really not that bad. And once you start to lose weight, it kind of takes away the craving for that stuff. You'll be fine.

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    1. That's encouraging! So far, it's not too awful, although I did have a couple of evenings of huge pizza cravings. And then my husband said: What do you want? A pizza, or a baby? Touche, sir.

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  5. I gave up bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, cereal and all those kind of carbs a long time ago. I felt like crap for the first week and then I felt great. I don't even miss them anymore. Haven't lost any weight from it, though. Grr. Might be because I do heavy weight-training and I may possibly be replacing fat with muscle. I keep thinking I should probably quit the diary too and have tried it several times but always fall off the wagon. I can't wait to hear how you do with this!

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    1. If you'd started off like me, you'd have lost weight! Hahah.... It's encouraging to know there's someone out there actually maintaining this diet. Confession: I haven't given up dairy yet. But all the other bad stuff is out!

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  6. You are my hero. I know you can do this. <3

    (And based on Suzanne's comment above, I guess I shouldn't be eating spaghetti dinners every night... Shit.)

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