I have to apologize for being so absent over the last few months. I haven’t been posting because I have had a few very significant changes in my life specifically with regards to what I eat and it has made me rethink the whole purpose of my blog. Over the course of the past year, I noticed some changes happening in and to my body that were not good changes.I was gaining weight, I started having trouble sleeping, I was getting either a UTI or yeast infection almost every month, and I was struggling to find motivation to do just about anything. I tried a few cleanses and short term diets and lost a pound or two here and there but they always came right back. Finally, I decided to see a Doctor about it. Without discussing exactly what the issues are one of the solutions was to start a reset diet.
The reset diet is used in conjunction with supplements and other treatments to help the body heal from a very long list of symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, poor concentration, mood swings, disturbed sleep, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, low sex drive, urinating at night, tired after eating, swollen ankles, headaches, shaky if hungry, elevated HbA1c, bloating, gas, acid reflux, burping, loose stool and/or constipation, stomach pain, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, gastritis, ulcer, recurring urinary tract infections or yeast infections, candida overgrowth. I was suffering from a number of items on this list so I was a perfect candidate. My treatment consists of the reset diet, several supplements, and acupuncture because I opted not to take any antibiotics or pharmaceutical drugs.
The reset diet consists of 4 phases; the first is very strict, and each one after allows for additional small modifications. It is essentially a low carb food plan where you should get all your carbohydrates primarily from fruits and vegetables. It requires you to cut out all grains (wheat, quinoa, oats, barley, etc.), and other foods that are high in starch/carbs/sugar such as beans, corn, rice, all sugars, honey, agave, maple syrup, dates, potatoes, and juices. You can see the full instructions and allowed foods here.
I am currently at 33 days and on Phase II of the plan although I am still being more strict than it requires. I have added back dairy only and am still not consuming any of the other restricted items and I have noticed the following improvements:
- Total of 6 lbs lost!!
- I fall asleep quickly and sleep through the night about 5/7 nights a week now (compared to 2/7 before starting).
- No yeast infection or UTI since starting
- Higher energy levels
- Faster metabolism, I wake up hungry now
- No more bloating at the end of every day
So why am I telling you all of this? Because this restrictive diet has made me have to rethink how I cook for myself and therefore what I share on this blog. I was thinking about what the purpose of this blog is (thanks to Anna at Panza Avenue) and I realized I didn’t really have a goal, or a theme, or really any reason to write except that I was occasionally bored. This diet has been a challenge for me, but I am finally beginning to see it as a lifestyle change, not a temporary “diet” and if it really is going to be permanent, then I will need to adjust my cooking and develop some new go-to recipes that fit this new lifestyle. Every time I tell someone about this lifestyle change the first thing they ask is “So what CAN you eat?” That is what I will be sharing with you from this point forward: recipes for a low-carb, health conscious lifestyle.
Now you might ask- “Why should I eat low carb?” and my answer for that is that you should probably do your own research and see if it is a good fit for you. Here are a few links to start you off: This one, this one, another one, and this one too which talks about LC in relation to diabetes as this lifestyle is particularly beneficial to those who are predisposed to diabetes.
This is going to be a difficult transition for me because as you all know I love food so much. BUT, I am very confident that this change is much needed and the best thing for my body to be healthy and serve me in this life. As I get to phase IV I will slowly add back occasional cheat meals or items into my diet, but for now I am on the straight and narrow so to say so wish me luck!