January 8, 2018 at 6:04 am #7187
Your story is amazing! I am doing a lot of things the same way as you, but a lot of things different… For example, the only type of cuisine that I truly know how to make good is Mexican. So I’ve had to adapt my diet to be low-carb with Mexican food. This is hard because we eat a lot of tortillas right? I mean how do you do low-carb if you’re eating tortillas all the time? Well what I did was I got myself a mocajete, and I started making my own tortillas from corn. And I don’t mean mixing up a batch of masteca, i’m talking about getting the whole corn and actually going through the process of nixtamalizacion. Not only is it incredibly delicious, authentic, but honestly it means I can only eat… One. Maybe two. Maybe. And it is very healthy. It’s actually the way my ancestors eat. All of this got me to thinking about something to… You know my ancestors on my dad side would have come from Mexico. And of course the conquistadors, but when I think about it, that’s the type of cuisine that really suits me. On my mom side I mostly Irish. I don’t really know what Irish people eat. Reg?? Lol
Anyway my point in bringing up the ethnicity factor is that I wonder if we evolve to be best suited to eat like our own ancestors. For example there are some people who are allergic to milk. There are other people who are not. Then there are people who like me who absolutely love milk. Well I did a little bit of research and it seems like milk is pretty prevalent in Ireland. Reg? Is this true? My ex-husband on the other hand, cannot drink lactose, so he always has to get special milk. He does not have the same European genes as I do. He’s from Mexico but he’s like…Mayan. I will be doing a DNA test on my son to figure out, and then I will know better what he is. But my ethnicity comes honestly from mostly Europe. I do also have Native American genes. So I grew up in the Southwest, that cuisine really is what suits me best. So I had to find a way to make it healthy.
I too am eating my biggest meal in the evening. Coffee and tea during the day. One of my biggest weaknesses is I absolutely love cheese. So do my sisters and my mom. That must be an Irish thing.
Before I found this answer for myself, I was doing everything the doctors told me to do. They told me to eat six small meals a day of about 400 calories. It’s just didn’t work. I’m too busy. And most importantly, I don’t know how to count calories. Yes I know there’s tons of resources. There’s calculators. There’s apps. There’s books… Need I go on? The problem is I’m a single mom. Life moves fast. I don’t always have time to plan ahead. I don’t always have time to prepare my meals in advance the way they told me to. And I don’t always have MONEY. So when we start running out of food, or something comes up with my son and I can’t get my meal preps and, the entire week is shot to hell. McDonald’s looks really friendly when you have to rush a kid after soccer practice. And you know what? I would still try to behave. I would order just a grilled chicken patty by itself from McDonald’s. Shit cost you like five dollars but when you’re in a hurry… what’s the problem with that you ask? Or read the ingredients of these fast food places. Even if you just get yourself some grilled chicken it’s not grilled chicken. It’s loaded with all kinds of shit that raises your insulin levels.
Eating once a day is also what I’m doing strata and it has simplified things for me like nobody’s business first of all I never knew before that you could eat just one today I was not raised that way. So it’s super easy it takes me about five minutes to throw what I’m gonna do in the crockpot in the morning, and it will be ready by dinner time. That’s if it’s a really busy day. But most of the time I have time to prepare one meal. I really don’t have the time to prepare six like the doctors wanted.
A lot of people have been really critical of me. And it’s funny because now I’m starting to see people get jealous. People want to know what I do and how I did it and yada yada.
Now I’m starting to face a really different type of challenge. I’m starting to look good, and men are starting to hit on me in ways that didn’t happen before. So I feel naked ALL the time. It’s in my head but it’s really scary. I feel more scared to go out and in some ways I feel like scared and I’m actually thinking about buying a gun just in case. On the other hand I’m excited. It’s like on one hand I want to dress all sexy but on the other hand I am afraid to. I don’t know if that makes sense.
January 8, 2018 at 6:25 am #7189
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@belen – six meals a day sounds like a chore to me. I don’t see the need to do that, for losing weight.
In the UK, we say (even the Queen says it): “beating them off with shitty sticks”. A gun isn’t always appropriate, that’s just because you live in the USA, and don’t settle things with shitty sticks.January 8, 2018 at 6:39 am #7190
I don’t get itJanuary 8, 2018 at 6:53 am #7191
Someone says “I’m going to look so good, I’ll be beating them off with shitty sticks.”January 8, 2018 at 7:21 am #7192
I’ll be beating them up with my bare hands Hahahaha…That’s where I’m really fucked up right now. I don’t want anyone near me. But changing body sizes makes people act different. I miss being invisible.January 8, 2018 at 7:32 am #7194
One thing this doctor talks about is homeostasis. The fact that to any stimuli is an adaptation. I never thought to think about my relationship with food as homeostasis.
What I’ve found is I can’t cut out any food completely. I’ve cut out what I call “plastic food” but that’s not food. And I never drink soda so that has never been an issue. Chips and salsa used to be my weakness. Now I just do veggies with salsa Or guacamole. Or, sometimes fried polenta.
What ive found now that I rarely eat is that when I do, I CANT (physically can not) eat a lot. It makes me mad because they wanted to cut open my stomach and staple my insides, telling me it was “the only thing that is going to make a difference, (my own primary care doctors words.)January 8, 2018 at 7:39 am #7195
@belen – “invisible”
– I know that other people have said it makes them feel uncomfortable, and so, they dress down.
I have no clue what it must be like. And I dress down anyway, or more like, I put clothes on.January 8, 2018 at 5:53 pm #7206
@belen – “What ive found now that I rarely eat is that when I do, I CANT (physically can not) eat a lot.”
– don’t get yourself an eating disorder, like bulimia. Just eat food in appropriate amounts to satisfy your day-to-day requirements. The difference with Dr Fung’s regime is that carbohydrates are cut out in favour of fats, as an energy source. It is all too easy to develop an eating disorder under these circumstances, as they sneak up on somebody. Just eat your fill – with vegetables, protein, and then get your energy from fats and restrict your carbs. Don’t let your food become a problem. It’s there to do a job – fill you up, keep you going, etc.January 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm #7211
If I wasn’t a diabetic, I would now inject some “walnut cake”. But since I am one, I’ve found it isn’t worth it, for half an hour of tea and walnut cake bliss, for two days of high blood sugar illness. But damn. It is said that “window shopping” – looking at a desirable walnut cake, at length, for example – satisfies the longing for something along the lines of a walnut coffee cake.January 9, 2018 at 7:51 am #7243
@belen – try not to look at that cake.
“cut open my stomach and staple my insides”
– maybe because they can make money from this. Probably there is no money to be made from you restricting your carbs intake in favour of fats, and eating a balanced diet.January 9, 2018 at 8:26 am #7246
BTW, Fong is fixated on how stupid people are. With great justification he alludes to the tendency to repeat myths and somehow bald assertions become ‘truth’. No examination. Nothing empirical.
In giving historical instances of how fasting is an old story and not harmful he points to prophet mohammed, moses and buddha. Paraphrasing him, he says that if it were dangerous they would not have advocated fasting. This is so stupid. Not only are there questions about the existence of at least two of these historical characters but what indication is there that a religious nut has any knowledge of physiology/nutrition or any concern? Seems they are a little preoccupied with other things, no?
And maybe he knows what he is talking about with respect to obese people not having to worry about nutrients but it is counterintuitive. Aren’t some obese people lacking in essential nutrients because they have had a poor diet?January 9, 2018 at 10:30 am #7250
The Buddha knew a lot about fasting, it was a regular part of the practice of the time. He advocated moderation, but if he said that fasting was a good idea, he would have had some knowledge of the subject.January 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm #7252
You know you have arrived when your name is one word and preceded by THE. Yeah buddha may be plausible or within reason.January 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm #7254
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