Here is my history:
I was raised by a woman who lifted weights, did tae kwon do, and was very active throughout my childhood. she also practiced yoga. Guess what our diet was like? (1976 to 1994)
Meat, two veg. Starches -- corn, potatoes, white rice. On occasion (less than 1x week), pasta. As much fruit as we wanted.
As a matter of taste, I tended to avoid sweets -- which were only offered as treats outside of the house. I preferred fruit.
At 14, I started lifting weights with her. I practiced yoga from before I can remember (we have pictures). I played sports all through my growing-up years. I had unlimited fats in my teen years because my parents felt it was healthy for a growing child to simply eat to being full. I was never overweight.
In university, I lost 15 lbs in my freshman year, eating the way I did at home -- but more fresh foods than before -- and by having a walking-based lifestyle and getting into dance --african dance, mostly, as well as other forms of "anyone can dance" sorts of styles like scottish dancing and so on. (1994-1997)
I had an issue with my pituitary gland. This lead to weight gain. I was also eating poorly during this time (emotional eating). 1997-1999
After graduating, I opted to become vegan. I was a whole-foods vegan. This meant that I ate veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds, rice and beans. I do not prefer breads or oatmeal and the like -- never have. I might eat them once a week. I was still doing yoga and started training for triathlons. During this time, I lost all of the weight and according to my MRI's, my pituitary condition righted itself. 1999 -2004.
And, as always, I preferred fruit to sweets. During this time, I gave up all sodas in 2000 (i would have soda about once a week, if that -- and usually 8-12 oz only), switched over to dark chocolate when consuming chocolate, and discovered raw foodism (which is where i like to 'go to' for desserts and sweets these days because they are far less sweet than using sugar).
Around this same time, my husband discovered Weston A Price foundation. He transitioned his diet to what is effectively primal (he was already eating very clean, just . . . hard to explain. He's a body builder and has been since he was 19. He turns 40 this year. He rarely eats sweets -- you have to force him). This diet had two days of grains -- oatmeal on one workout day morning and toast on the other workout day morning (as part of a normal "primal" breakfast. Otherwise, he was grain free.
This is when we transitioned to eating locally, eating pasture raised foods, as well as mostly organic. Our dairy was raw, and so on and so forth.
That started in 1999.
In 2004, due to having low cholesterol (runs in the family), I transitioned back to vegetarianism. I consumed raw dairy, pasture-raised, free ranging eggs (i could see the chickens on the farm, so I know how they lived -- as well as the cows for the dairy), and stuck with my high-vegetable, bit of nuts and seeds, as much fruit as I wanted, low grain way of eating. You see, grains make me "puffy" -- so I don't eat them all that often.
In 2010, we moved to New Zealand. It took us a little while to source our foods locally -- at least 6 months before we got the connections that we needed. That first 6 months was really tough on us, and DH and I were eating a lot of locally made, but packaged foods. It was stuff that had ingredients that were real (no additives, etc), but still, prepared foods. We also ate a lot of rice, polenta, and oatmeal -- just to make things easy on ourselves. We also ate a lot of eggs, fresh veg, and so on -- as well as meats -- but, we were not eating to our normal standards.
In Nov 2010, we opted to go primal. I'd not heard of it, but DH had been having a severe, allergic-like reaction to wheat. He went to a naturopath, and she suggested going gluten free. We started doing research, and discovered paleo. Because primal also included dairy, we opted to go here -- not because of "cheats" or the 80/20. It just seemed closest to how we were eating, and how we would be eating since we decided not just to go gluten free, but grain free.
After being primal for the last 1.5 years -- as in "officially primal" -- I can honestly say that until we decided to try rice after workouts (and, btw, sweet potatoes work better so we've gone back to that) we were really only eating grains on special occasions -- such as. . . when we went to a wedding, or a birthday party, or some such. That is to say -- perhaps once or twice a quarter?
Sugar, that one might be a bigger one for us. I would say that once a week I eat dark chocolate. So, there's that. About 4 times a year, I have ice cream. I tend to be dairy free (butter 1-2 times a week, tops), so it's quite a treat. And then -- as I said -- I do occasionally have cake. I have had cake at least once a month this year -- and I had a rip-roaring week of it in either feb or march where my client got married (it was march), and another had a baby shower, and another got a new job, and so for several days people were bringing in cakes! LOL So, I had a sugar high going that week -- a piece of cake a day! Extravagant for me!
So, When you say that you have been doing this for a decade, and that I'll understand it when I've been there, I say "f-you."
You know why? I've been eating well my whole life. I have been low sugar since I was a kid. Yeah. I was that kid who still had easter candy at halloween, and you know what we got? Jelly beans (i would say, an oz or two?) and 1 chocolate rabbit. And Halloween? I never ate that stuff. Maybe a bit on halloween night, but after that? Not really. My preference -- always oranges.
Never been drunk. Never done drugs. I like to sleep. I meditate. I practice yoga daily.
No bigs. I'm not rubbing it in anyone's face, now am I?
Well, maybe yours.