I’m saying goodbye to very high carb, very low fat vegan today. I’ve actually been feeling really good, for the most part, but an issue MAY BE arising that I need to test. Friday night I couldn’t take it anymore and just HAD to eat fat. I have to admit, that although I love my starches and other carbs, not eating fat makes you always feel a bit unsatiated. The sensation of fullness is different on a very low fat diet, and I never really feel satiated even if my stomach is bulging. But, I would be willing to deal with that for great health. Anyway, for my meal before bed (I eat small meals 6 times a day on average) I had some rice cakes that I spread 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter on mixed with 2 tbsp. of coconut oil. Yes, that is a lot of fat. But, good God it was yummy! LOL
Now, I have difficulty sleeping most of the time, but I really struggled that night to sleep at all…and at one point in the very early morning hours, I felt like my blood sugar was off. When I finally got up and tested it, it wasn’t too low…it was actually a bit too high. My knee-jerk reaction was to blame the fat and say, “No matter if I’m bored to death with gluten free, very low fat, vegan food or not…I clearly need to stick with it.” So, yesterday I ate perfectly all day (meaning very low fat vegan) and checked my fasting blood sugar this morning to see…that it was still too high! It was 4 points lower than the morning before, but technically, pre-diabetic. Shit! Now, my friend has a valid point when she said, “Well, there will be day to day fluctuations in blood sugar. You need to just make sure it’s not a bad trend upwards.” But, my fasting numbers had been doing great in the low to mid 80s. Why are they suddenly in pre-diabetes territory even for 2 days? And, because I’ve not been monitoring my sugar regularly lately, maybe my numbers have been high for weeks. I have a harder time sensing when I’m high as opposed to low. There have been times when I could have sworn my blood sugar was too low, but when checked, saw I was high. Other times I thought I was okay, but was actually too low…but…those instances are the minority. I usually get very clear low symptoms.
Anyway, I’m starting to worry that the truckloads of carbs I’ve been eating as a #hclf (high carb, low fat) vegan are starting to backfire. There are gradual, subtle things I’m also noticing. My fingernails, which normally grow like weeds and are very strong have slowed down noticeably in growth and are breaking much easier since I quit nuts, seeds, peanuts, and concentrated protein vegan “meats” (due to their high fat content).
I’ve also had some minor (thankfully) chest pains back again the past couple of weeks. I get the chest pains if my diet gets too low in protein or carbs. I’ve tested that one. Yes, I do still take one dose of vegan protein powder at breakfast and I do eat beans, but I’ve always noticed that my body seems to utilize the protein in nuts, seeds, concentrated soy, and peanuts better than the protein in regular starchy beans and peas. I don’t know why that is, but I’ve noticed it before. So, going Starch Solution/McDougall my protein intake has dropped quite a bit.
And, finally, I’m noticing that I’m craving sugar more and more. That one snuck up on me very covertly. I never used to crave sugar, but more and more I’m wanting jam on things or agave nectar poured all over stuff. I even bought a box of gluten free, vegan cookies. (They are GOOD.) My 400 grams of carbs a day (or more) diet is triggering a craving for even more sugar. Uh Oh.
Then there is the stress and social issue. I’m SO tired of having to carry around truckloads of low fat, gluten free, vegan food. I’m SO tired of stressing about “Will there be anything for me to eat there?” I’ve caught myself not doing some social things because of it. And, quite frankly, I’m thinking about what I can and can’t eat way too much. I’m tired of it. Now, staying off gluten I have to do…no choice there…but I can loosen up on the whole fat free thing and actually TRY to stick to moderation. I’m a libra and we tend to swing to extremes before finding balance. Yes, I’m blaming my astrological sign! HA!
I think my digestive system (which has been better lately, but I don’t want to jinx it) will be happier with a bit less beans and starches, and a bit more oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. I already know that LOW carb is really bad for me, but I’m going to have to cut back on carbs some if I want to add in more protein and fat. Finding my “sweet spot” will be key…enough carbs, but not too many. Now, if my blood sugar continues to climb, then I’ll need to do something else…not sure what…but….sigh…
Less carb-ly yours,