So for the past couple of weeks I've been reading the The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! by Dr Mark Hyman. And I've become aware of processed carbs and their effect on my body. It is amazing how they can shut down my body really quick by putting me in a mini coma/nap after a meal full of refined carbs. I've also become aware that I need to have healthy food in the house and have shopped for healthy foods. I am not following the plan completely yet as I am still reading the book, clearing out my cupboards and shopping for my new pantry ingredients. I will still have additional snacks and regular lunches for my kids but I am hoping they give the healthier dinners a try. In the summer we usually eat healthy with our CSA (community supported agriculture) food co-ops anyway. Most of Dr Hyman's meals are GFCF (Gluten & Casein free) with very few processed foods.
I have been trying out some of the meals in the book even tho I am in the prep phase and I can say I feel like a new person already and I haven't even started. I am dreading seeing my doctor next week as I am suspecting my Blood Sugars are elevated, perhaps more than the pre-diabetic stage, we shall see. I can also feel the effects of eating refined carbs like never before! I am aware of the effects on my body and can feel them taking over and taking hold. It isn't pretty, I may get tired, I get ravenous hunger pangs perhaps an hour or two after a meal where my body is forcing me to eat again even after a very full starchy meal. Insulin isn't my friend when I want to lose weight. My body isn't as bloated as it was before just from the minimal changes I have done in the prep phase. I don't weigh myself often as it makes me sad but my clothes feel looser.
Now that the weather is better, I have been getting out and walking with friends, keeping my activity level going too. If you are getting any of these symptoms, see a professional, don't rely on a blog for your health and safety. But if you are in a similar position it is interesting to compare and contrast plans. Or perhaps you are healthy as a horse but need inspiration on 'what not to do'! LOL either way, do keep reading and keep coming back.