This is day two of my blog journey I appear to have lost my initial blog and will try and recreate it in post two! So read that before this one OK?
I kept reading Primal Mind Primal Body and started adapting to my new way of life.
It was very difficult initially to get my head around it as it goes against all the diet advice we have had for ever. Simply put I needed to remove sugar, wheat, grains, unseasonal fruit unless it was seasonal berries low in fructose, and anything processed. I then had to add fat. Butter, cream, lard, ghee, cheese, full fat yoghurt (greek) and coconut oil to my diet. My meat needed to pasture fed, not a problem got a great butcher and I’ve sourced organic butter. I also replaced milf with almond milk and use stevia to sweeten food or cream for a snack as it is proein based and doesn’t spike your insulin. That is the whole point of this way of eating, you will no longer have spiking insulin, no more dramatic swings of blood sugar, and your body will use your stores of fat for energy not your stores of protein!
So day one I have a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs cooked in butter with some bacon. Lunch was baked tomatoes stuffed with pesto and cheese. Snack was macadamia and almond nuts, dinner was steak and a salad. This was how my days were for the next seven days.
This is the sucky part though too. Because I had cut off my supply of sugar and carbohydrates my body was slowly turning in a machine that burned fat not sugar. During this process you go through what is called the ‘carb flu’. It usually kicks in about day 3 and can last from 7 days to on and off for four to six weeks. Mine kicked day three, initially I felt tired and irritable. Then about day four I felt like my head was stuffed with cotton wool. I would wake up in the morning feeling like I had gotten into the vodka and had one too many. I love my vodka but during the week 2 vodkas are the limit as I don’t like the way the 3rd vodka makes me feel the following morning.
So I persevered knowing what I was doing was right. I read all kinds of forums, Marks Daily Apple really helped. I found that if I ate some pure fat it would help me feel better, so if I felt exceptionally tired I would have a drink of cream and some macadamia nuts.
I hadn’t told my husband what I was doing as I have to admit I didn’t want him to think I was batty and on a weird crusade. Because I knew in my heart of hearts that this was the right thing to do for my body and health. But I decided I would proceed for three months and see what the result would be.
Day seven dawned and I noted that I actually felt fine. The cotton wool feeling had disappeared and my mind felt clear. Throughout the next few days my energy levels continued to increase and the clarity I felt in my mind was continuing to amaze me. Plus I was happy, almost euphoric. I can honestly say I had not felt this alive in, well in ever! It was like I was on some amazing stimulant, it lasted from when I woke up till I put my head down at night. I was used to having nanna naps during the day because I felt so tired all the time. Not anymore, I tried having a nap several times but my energy levels make it impossible. I work on a friday night as a nurse and I don’t need to sleep before I go to work as I have enough energy to go 24 hours without sleep.
There were also some other interesting side effects of this new way of eating. My face looked different. At first I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I realised all the puffiness had gone! I could almost see my cheekbones and my eyes had always been puffy on the upper eyelids, not anymore. Wrinkly, yep! But fresher looking as no puffiness. Also I had stopped producing plaque on my teeth. My skin has alway been good but now it glowed and my pores have gotten smaller. My nails were growing strong and my body felt better, no aches or niggles.
The best part was I stopped feeling hungry!! One day I was busy doing something and realised I had this funny feeling in my stomach and it hit me, it was telling me to eat! I hadn’t eaten since 8 hours prior. I now find that I don’t eat till about 11am and then again I’ll have dinner with the family. I don’t think about food all the time, I’m not always opening the fridge or the pantry, so I have so much extra time on my hands. It’s great!