Posted in Diet, Journal Entry

The End of a Week of Trying Something New

Today is Saturday, March 19, 2016, the end of the first week of what I hope will be the final battle to get my health back before something worse comes to my body. I weighed myself this morning; 258 lbs. That’s 9 pounds since last Sunday.

I have been limiting the amounts and types of carbs I’m eating. Recently, I have come across some information that says grains  such as wheat, beans, lentils, and some seeds are not that great for human consumption. Yet the FDA says just the opposite. I don’t know how much of what I read is true, but this week has been a test of sorts.

It is more difficult than it sounds to go without grains, because, as I said,  it includes beans and lentils. I don’t eat a lot of beans, but, when I’m out of money they are usually my go to food. So is rice for that matter.

With more searching, I found out about a diet called, “the paleo” diet. Supposedly, it the way people ate in a period known as the “Paleolithic Era.”  This was before the age of agriculture and industrialization.

Essentially, it is a low carb diet, that cuts out all dairy and grains because of some of the adverse effects they can have on the body, especially wheat. This week I have done pretty well following the principles so far.  I have only gotten hungry shortly after a meal a few times, which is no big deal, because it is recommended that you simply eat (the right stuff of course) to satisfy your-self. I think a few times I might not have had enough calories on the plate to begin with. “Diet Mentality” as I refer to it is a habit to break as well. This diet is not about limiting or counting calories.

It is also similar to the Atkins Diet, causing the body to go into ketosis, which in turn is supposed to cause the body to burn stored fat. I learned that if your eat too few carbs, and they are not dense with nutrition, ketoacidosis can be the result. Essentially the body is starving itself. I don’t know about that, because that condition is usually associated with type 1 diabetes, but I’m not a doctor.

One of the articles I read claims that, “ketogenesis does not destroy muscle tissue, but instead is a process by which stored body fat is converted to ketones, a perfectly usable energy source for all body systems.” Low carb diets have been around for sometime. Even though the author of the diet may not tell you up-front, I think the goal is ketogenesis. I’m sure I’ll be okay as long as I continue to consume nutrient dense food.

So far I have been feeling okay; not hungry all the time. I am noticing some changes for the better in the way I feel. I’m looking forward to learning more about what I am doing. I have several books in line for reading.

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Was a music major. Spent 20 years in the Navy Band Program. Lived in in Florida 10 years. Have been in SC for 6 years.

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