I have not made new year’s resolutions for the past few years, but I’m making at least one for 2017. As you can see from the picture, stopping champagne is NOT my resolution! LOL
My resolution is MODERATION in 2017. I posted something a while back about the Buddhist “Middle Way” and need to revisit that. For most of the past week+ I stuck to a very low fat McDougall diet…and although I did okay blood sugar wise, I noticed myself becoming not only increasingly bored with my dry, tasteless food, but obsessed with not eating fat. When you start worrying about lipstick containing oil, there’s a problem. I found myself having to say no to more social events because, “There will be nothing for me to eat that is gluten free, vegan, and fat free.” I also noticed bad breath, which is a sign of ketosis…or your body feeding on itself to survive. I had cut my protein intake dramatically by quitting my vegan protein powder and nuts/seeds and the bad breath could have meant that I wasn’t getting enough. Yes, I know that it’s supposedly very hard to not get enough protein, but, when you watch calories like I do and don’t eat 2,000-3,000 per day…some of the protein you do consume actually gets burned as fuel instead of being used for your body’s maintenance and repair. So, in theory, you should eat a bit extra protein.
Also, my IBS with idioathic constipation does NOT like really low fat diets. And, from what I’ve read via online chat boards, I’m not the only one who dries out internally and externally when fats are dramatically cut from the diet. My intuition tells me that plant fats just can’t be horrible for you. (Also, as a vata dominant person — see prior post — low fat is contrary to my constitution.) And Dr. Gregor recently mentioned that even a fatty whole foods vegan diet helps fend off heart disease (vs. a diet that contains meat, cheese, and eggs). — I’m not saying that he recommends high fat, in general…but simply said that some studies are showing a higher fat plant based diet also helps the heart, like the low fat plant based diets do.
I’m a Libra, and as the sign of the scales, I have often swung to extremes in an effort to find balance. The one conclusion I’ve come to for me, personally, is that extremes just aren’t good long term. Eventually, all raw, all cooked, no fat, high fat, low carb, super high carb, etc. diets backfire. Something eventually goes wrong, be it hair and eyelash loss, digestive woes, blood sugar freaking out, lack of energy, etc. So, for 2017 I’m going to eat a well-rounded, gluten free (don’t have a choice on the darn no gluten thing) vegan diet and stop obsessing about macronutrients. I’m tired of feeling overly restricted. I’m tired of having to carry lots of food with me because no restaurant would ever have anything I could eat. I’m tired of things going wrong. Now, something that I did discover years ago when my hypoglycemia was quite bad, is that I can tolerate supposedly bad foods IF I only eat a little of them. But, that brings me back to moderation! I do better with modest sized meals more often. It doesn’t cause my blood sugar to spike super high and then plummet (or, more recently, stay too high for hours). I will say that I’m to the point now where I often can get away with just 3 meals a day. At one point, I had to eat 6-8 times a day. That was sucky! I did get a little shaky yesterday before dinner when I hadn’t had an afternoon snack, but I think that was due to the free grande soy milk cappuccino I got at Starbucks which was higher in caffeine than I normally ingest in the mid afternoon. And, the soy milk contained some sugar. But, for quite a while now, I’ve been able to eat lunch and then not eat again until dinner and be totally fine.
I would like to add, since so many hypoglycemics have digestive woes, that taking probiotics and strong elemental magnesium have indeed been helping. Don’t take the magnesium, though, if you have IBS with the opposite problem as me. High doses of elemental magnesium WILL make you run to the bathroom!
I was a little worried that my fasting blood sugar would go up high now that I’ve put fats back into my diet mixed with carbs, but I was pleasantly surprised to be 73 this morning despite an almond butter sandwich before bed!
I’m going to be more gentle with myself and my body this year. Hopefully, 2017 will be MUCH better than 2016! This has been an upsetting year in many ways.
Happy, healthy, new year!