What do I eat, you may be wondering?
Here's a copy/paste from my food journal on My Fitness Pal
As you can see, my calorie goal that day was high - I rode my bike for 1.5 hours and earned an extra lotsa calories but didn't eat them all. Also, you can see that my net carb intake is somewhere around 50 g daily (don't forget that net carbs is total carbs minus fiber grams). I'm often way over "target" for a "normal" diet on fiber, fat, protein and way under "target" for carbs and sugar. This is good for someone that has high insulin and doesn't want to trigger a big overreaction by her body. A big insulin dump would mean an end to fat burning until the insulin "wears off (for lack of a better term, we will discuss that further in a future post)."
Are you interested in almond butter? I made it myself using this recipe. It's a great tutorial and the pics were really helpful when I almost panicked about the big ball 'o' nuts that was spinning around in my Cuisinart at the middle-stage. Just push through, its worth it!
How about the pulled pork I ate? I added zero carbs to this, so it only has what's in the pork naturally. I used this recipe, but instead of beer, I added low carb (homemade) chicken stock.
So that's what I'm eating right now. I try to avoid overly processed foods, but I eat "processed" dairy. This is the next step to limit/eliminate but as I said, I'm trying not to go "whole hog" just yet. We are easing into it at this point.
How do I feel? Well. Let's talk about that, shall we?
- I no longer have that sluggish "I didn't sleep at all last night" feeling when I wake in the morning.
- I no longer look all puffy like I got beat up in my sleep when I wake up.
- I don't need any more than ONE CUP of coffee in the mornings and if you know me, you know that's significant. I used to have 2-3 cups of coffee and a diet soda daily. Sometimes I still have a diet soda - I know its bad but honestly its twice a week MAX - because I want the carbonation and the taste, not cause I cannot live without it.
- I can exercise. I don't fall asleep on the couch every day at 8PM. I have worked it into my schedule (despite it cutting into my manuscript writing time!) and I'm enjoying it.
- I'm losing weight. SO FAR, the scale is moving down. We shall keep a close eye on that one because I plateaued very quickly last time I said that!
So how's that? Worth a diet/lifestyle change? I think so.