I want to thank those of you who commented so thoughtfully on my Two Week Experiment post the other day. Especially reader Leila who stated that after giving up grains and sugar and embracing lots of good fats, she was no longer hungry all the time, she finally felt FED. I love that statement, because that is exactly how I feel.
Feeling FED is much different from simply feeling full after eating a meal. Feeling FED is true satisfaction, physically and mentally, not being hungry even several hours after a meal, not craving sweets after dinner or salty snacks while watching a movie. Knowing that what you are eating is nourishing to your body but still providing pleasure while eating. Feeling FED is freedom from food addiction, overeating and the end of the binge/diet cycle.
The subject of grain/sugar free may also have hit a few nerves because I lost a few followers soon after posting it. I wish people had commented their feelings rather than flouncing away. But I do I realize that there are many people out there looking to have their cake and eating it, too, when it comes to losing weight. But it's not all before and after photos, and when one is battling disordered eating, there is never an end point to learning newer, more healthful ways of doing things. The tenet of "never stop learning" truly applies to living a healthy life in the long term.
It's true, I have managed to regain my health and lose a good bit of weight and still eat homemade bread, bagels, cupcakes, potatoes, brownies, etc. But what I ate more of was vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, raw dairy, organic or pastured proteins. And when I ate too much of the former, I felt tired, bloated, hungry and cravey. I have read many articles about sugar and grains being the cause of many ills, including obesity and wanted to investigate further and see just how it made me feel living without them. It proved to be a revelation to me and once my eyes are opened to a better way of doing things, it's hard to my your back. I want to learn more.
I encourage you to give going grain/sugar light or free for a week or two while embracing lots of healthy fats (flax, grass fed dairy, meats, virgin oils, nuts and seeds) and see how it makes you feel. At the very least read more about it. Here is a wonderful article from The Nourished Kitchen giving 10 great reasons to give it a try. If you do take on the challenge, please come and post about it. I would love to hear how you got on!
My life is constantly evolving and this blog is going to reflect that. I will continue to write about things I learn about health and new recipes that I try, food porn and of course, my struggle with exercise (which still plagues me more than I care to admit.) I hope you continue on the journey with me.