I believe firmly that a low-carb or lower-carb way of life is the way to go, but I for the life of me cannot get my act together and keep it together when it comes to keeping my distance from carbs (or should I say BAD carbs, since fruit and veggies have--DUH--carbs in them). I am here to try and find out how to do that and do it permanently.
Back in the summer, I did "induction" and lost seven pounds in two weeks. It was a hard-scrabble effort to keep to the routine, but I did it, keeping in mind the goal of losing weight to (hopefully) eliminate the need for use of a CPAP machine (I have moderate sleep apnea).
It was hard because I was used to the immediate, if unhealthy, jolt of temporary energy and clarity that comes from carbs. And as much trouble as I had eating regularly with a high-carb diet (due mostly to work), eating an induction diet was much worse. Blowing off a meal to meet deadlines once resulted in the closest I have ever come to fainting.
Even after getting through induction, I struggled because, even though I have TREATED sleep apnea, I still start to fall asleep anytime I have a quiet moment during the day; I am desperate all the time for energy and focus, and low-carb eating of the variety that I have tried has not given me any. It's just given me headaches and a desire to sleep more.
In addition, because I am tired AND eighty pounds overweight, any exercise program I try never lasts long or is very strenuous. I have been walking slowly, three days a week, twenty minutes each day, for a month. Yesterday, I had a doctor's appointment, and I was startled to discover that my blood pressure was 125 over 50. Back in October it was 133 over 80. I think walking has something to do with that, but I'm not sure.
So as someone who absolutely lacks energy and focus and who is way too sedentary, I am here to find out what the heck I can do--what very simple baby steps I can begin to take--to a healthier way of life.
What I have seen of the "primal" approach seems kinder, gentler, much less of a grit-your-teeth approach. So I will continue to read, consider, eat the eggs, pork chops, and pecans that are now a regular part of my diet, and hopefully find some answers.