Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Feeling Good

I didn't realize that it was happening, but for the past couple of weeks I was getting sucked back into the diet mentality.

I heard of a friend following the paleo diet. I let a lot of the studies about this plan get to me. I honestly got into a panic and felt like I was going to get sick if I ate grains or sugar. I started following the plan for about a week. I did loose a few pounds. I was happy with that since the scale hasn't budged for me in quite sometime, but I did learn a couple of things.

I realized that I do get a bit sensitive to carbs such as anything made with white flour. I was happy to learn this about myself so I can try to incorporate more whole wheat based dishes into my diet. I really hadn't been good about doing that until now.

Also, I learned that anytime I restrict one food, I also end up with a binge. Of course this happened.

I'm back on track now. I went shopping stocked up my  kitchen with tons of fruit, veggies, nuts, greek yogurt and lean protein. I feel really great and I'm maintaining that weight loss so far. The best part is that I don't feel like I'm going by the rules of a diet plan, I'm making my own rules and that is just what works for me.

I went back to shopping at Trader Joe's this week. I forgot how much I loved that place! I need some more healthy snack ideas though. 

What are you favorite healthy snacks?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Carbs and sugar

For many years I have heard from people that sugar and carbs can cause you to binge eat. I just didn't believe it. I still continue to try and eat everything in moderation as I believe that telling myself I CAN'T have a certain food seems to make me want it more. Although, that is still somewhat true I think I have some proof that carbs and sugar do trigger more cravings for me.

I decided last week to try to stay away from sugar in the form of treats, I still ate yogurt and fruit. I didn't eat bread or any other carbs like rice, potatoes or cereal. I couldn't believe how different I felt! I no longer was craving a sweet right after dinner. I also didn't finish a meal and feel so full, or that foggy tired feeling. That is what kept me going, I just felt pretty great.

Since then Easter came so I did eat some pasta, some dessert and I did feel a difference. I was bloated, tired and craved more of that food.  Yesterday was really spent as an all out binge! I ate so much crap I can't even tell you. I don't know if it was really a true craving or more of me just trying to prove to myself that I can still eat that stuff. 

All I know is that I did feel better without eating the carbs. I feel like this week I want to eat less carbs and see where that gets me.

I guess this is what it really means to honor your body, and do what feels right for you. We all haven't different reactions to foods. We all have to do what is best for our body. I don't know exactly what that is right now, but I think i'm getting closer.