Chameleon willing to change ... but what ??
Read the books. Read the 'start here' blogs. Read a bunch of great journals. Thought I knew what I was doing, yet I still can't figure out what is going wrong ... so maybe someone else can.
Got to this site after reading 'wheat belly' and have been reading it ever since. Decided that was exactly the issue - the perpetual six months pregnant look is not the look I'm going for at this point (in my head I think of myself as being much younger, until I pass a mirror - and, oh right!). Thought I'd have plenty of time - 5 months - to lose the belly before going on a trip which is now in 2 weeks and the belly is unfortunately still there.
I stopped eating bread and all grain products and sugars around Jan 1, 2012 or maybe a little before. I never ate junk or fast food; haven't had soda in 30 years; eliminated corn products 12 years ago; stopped all dairy about 17 years ago; went back to eating cheese and then gave it up again 2 mos ago. Never got the carb flu - giving up the grains was very easy and never had any real cravings.
I don't think I've lost any weight (don't have a scale, but measurements are still the same) and I am burping after almost every meal!! What's up with that? And I can't pinpoint it to any particular food - sometimes after having just a glass of water - so maybe it's just taking in air while I'm eating! I don't usually track foods but once in a while I enter them into fitday just to see where I stand - eating enough, not enough, what? It seems to fall between 1200-1300 calories - which may seem low, but I am 5'-4", very small boned and I feel as if I'm eating enough, just often not that hungry. Maybe too much fat and not enough carbs?
Hopefully, by posting here what I eat, I might figure out a pattern or someone will be able to tell me what to avoid. And since I realize it's not just about the food, I'll say in general, I do feel a lot better, swelling in fingers and feet is gone (we'll see what happens in the summer heat!); joint pain is much diminished and overall energy is increased. Probably not sleeping as well as I used to. Was walking or biking at least 1/2 hour daily through the winter with a 2-3 hour easy hike on Sundays. Kind of dropped off that habit since April, but have been doing work around the house: painting, sanding, up and down ladders, cleaning, etc. Out for a bike ride now as it is a particularly beautiful day here after several days of rain.
Last edited by strong chameleon; 05-29-2012 at 05:03 PM.
Change is good; but a Ben Franklin or three is better.