I've been on this healthy-eating journey for 3 years. I never expected I'd have such a restricted diet--let alone that I'd ENJOY it so much. What started out as merely an attempt at escaping a life of migraines (read about that here) has turned into, not only a new eating style, but an ever-evolving, and completely new lifestyle. Not only do I care what I eat, but I've learned how and why I care about it.
I'm not at my goal weight. I do have a goal weight, but I imagine that goal will change the closer I get to it. During my first year of very strictly following the Atkins diet, I lost over SIXTY pounds. I stayed on the first "rung" for over 6 months (which is drastic, but recommended if you have a LOT to lose). After that, I faithfully "climbed the ladder" and slowly began to add more carbs to my day, and then a larger variety of foods back into my diet. As expected, weight loss slows as you move up the ladder. So after the initial weight loss, I assumed I would move into slowly losing the rest, as I continued to follow the plan.
What I didn't realize, was that part of how amazing I felt during that first year was due to the fact that I never cheated, and by doing so, I had removed GLUTEN from my diet. When I began adding back "regular" foods, and yes, the occasional "cheat," I would feel like I'd been hit with the flu every time.
After more research, I decided to exclude gluten. Bingo.
I had been tested for Celiac disease, and that test was negative, so I didn't even consider this could be an issue. But I'm happy to report that I quickly learned that if something bothers me, I AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE.
Going gluten-free isn't a fad diet that you try for a couple of weeks. You won't lose weight just by going gluten-free. And you definitely should avoid most pre-packaged gluten free products. Even though they may be GF, most of them are still full of sugar and starches.
Basically, if you really, truly want to be healthy--really, really healthy--you're going to have to learn to cook, or get yourself a personal chef. Just sayin'. :)
Life is Good
Live Like You Mean It!
(and don't eat sugar, it's evil)
This little side blog of mine used to be mostly about food and health, and now it's mostly about Jesus.
Egg Nog Shake
Spicy Seasoning Mix
Spinach Pizza Quiche
Cheesy Broccoli Soup