So a while ago I’d mentioned that I’d made some major dietary changes. If you must categorize what I have done, I am following a mostly primal diet which in a nutshell involves eating no grains and no processed sugar. There’s a lot of people who eat a primal diet (which is very similar to paleo) who are more restricted than I, but I am trying to make it easy on myself for now.
You see, I think if you’ve been a reader of mine you are probably tired of me whining about being pregnant and, well… tired. Back in June, I was having a really hard time. I was out of the first trimester, and was expecting things to get better, but they just weren’t. In fact, it was almost getting worse. I was tired all the time, was having dizzy spells, had to eat every few hours, and even doing just a little work was wiping me out.
I just kept thinking… this can’t be right! My body is designed to carry a baby, and it doesn’t make sense that I’m essentially an invalid who can barely handle taking care of my kids and getting dinner on the table, much less the other basic household chores. It was ridiculous. I was thinking… listen to my body. So I started listening. And I started researching. And I finally realized something. Actually, I have to say I think I knew for a little while but I didn’t admit it to myself because I didn’t want to believe it.
This healthy diet I was on – the healthy way I was eating, what with grinding my own wheat, making my own homemade sourdough bread, etc. was causing the problem. It was giving me nasty blood sugar swings that would leave me dizzy, lightheaded, and seeing spots when it crashed. And then, once I was able to replenish my blood sugar, I’d be pretty much wiped out for the rest of the day.
It was one Sunday when I went grocery shopping. I hadn’t been feeling great, as usual, so I had a healthy snack before I left – some homemade sourdough rye with cheese… just to make sure I’d be okay. Well, I wasn’t. All I did was grocery shop, and by the time I was gone I realized I was so dizzy and out of it that I knew I’d need to go grab a latte with sugar just to make it home safe. That was the last straw for me, and I couldn’t deny to myself that these “healthy whole grains” I was eating were ruining my blood sugar and making my life miserable.
So, I stopped eating them. That night, actually. And you know what? That blood sugar rush at the grocery store was the last one I had. The main changes that I’ve made are that I’m eating quite a bit more veggies, significantly more fats, focusing on animal fats, and I eat to satiation.
What is interesting is the other things that have happened since I changed this.
- I lost the weight I’d gained and am now less than I was when I started, and I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant on Friday. This was a concern for me at first, but considering the fact when I tracked my calories I was eating more than I had been before, and I feel significantly better, I felt okay. My doctor also told me that because I am as overweight as I am, it would be ok if I didn’t gain any pregnancy weight. I’m not worrying about it, I’m just going to keep eating the food that my body wants, as much as it wants, and leave it at that.
- No more blood sugar spikes and crashes
- No more sweets/sugar cravings. I’m serious. My whole 30+ year life I have battled cravings for sweets. Now I don’t really think about them, and if I do choose to make or have something sweet I’m satisfied with much much less.
- My rosacea is gone. I wasn’t even expecting this remotely to happen, but my skin looks tremendously better
- No brain fog, I can think clearly!
- My body signals don’t seem to be “confused” anymore. Meaning… I instinctively know when I need to eat more or less, or if I’m lacking in protein or fat specifically.
- Pretty much no cravings anymore at all. Some weeks I feel like eating nothing but fat, and some weeks I feel like eating tons of fruit, but it feels more like a signal (especially considering my pregnancy) as opposed to a craving.
Now, it hasn’t all been peaches and roses. There’s some hard parts about it. My kids are now eating a partially primal diet but not completely, and so is my husband. But since they still like or want certain foods, sometimes I just eat them instead of modifying it for myself, because I am still pregnant and tired. Just not… crazy tired. Budget is a concern as well, we can’t really afford for me to eat the way I would really like to. Grains are cheap! Having said that, once we achieve our goal of being able to live out on pour property where I can have a milk cow, raise meat and grow our own fruits & veggies, that won’t be a problem.
I actually have some pretty strong opinions about this now… it actually makes me kinda mad, to be honest. I think because I feel such a big difference in myself, and learning what I’ve learned since I embarked on this journey about who actually wrote the official “dietary guidelines” and not to mention all the interests involved, the fallacy of eat less/move more, and especially what I’m learning about insulin which is apparently what really makes us fat.
Have you ever stopped to think that there’s no way possible that we could eat as much grains as we’re “supposed” to if it wasn’t for the modern technological advances in agriculture? I guess God created us all wrong back in the day, and just in the last 50 years, thanks to our wonderful technological advances, we FINALLY have the ability to provide proper nutrition for ourselves? BS. Gosh, we’re sure lucky to even be around, having eaten all those “artery clogging saturated fats” that we’ve eaten pretty much throughout the history of mankind. Boy I’m sure glad now we have the technology to use solvents and chemical extractors to make canola and soybean oil instead of those nasty saturated fats that God created, because now we can be REALLY healthy!
Oh, and did you know that there has never actually ever been any credible scientific studies that prove any sort of link between saturated fat and heart disease? Oh, and cholesterol levels and heart disease? But we just take it all for granted that it’s bad for us.
I need to stop now before you all start throwing tinfoil hats at me! Though if you’d like, I could expand quite a bit more! Let me know what you think. So anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I’m not going to completely eliminate grains… I think I’d just cry if I couldn’t have baklava or my special cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and other special occasions… but I will certainly be sticking to the “very occasional occasion” for those things.