Last night I had a very rare bad night’s sleep. Normally, I’m the type that when my head hits the pillow, I don’t slowly drift off, I plummet into oblivion. I don’t even move very much and some mornings my hair’s perfect 🙂
Anyway, something went wrong last night, and I couldn’t get to sleep until around 3:30. I get up at 5, so clearly, I been “off” today.
What wasn’t off? MY EATING. Honestly, a few years ago a bad night like that would of had me snacking or binging on and off throughout the day. I would have gone from feeling bad to feeling miserable.
These past few years of eating more fat, and these past several months eating GOBS of fat, and …. nothing. No desire, no cravings, no inkling of an idea that eating might make me feel better. What a relief! I wish I had known about this when all my kids were little and I had over a decade of interrupted sleep, but better late than never.
Food cravings strike for many reasons; and food cravings can strike for absolutely NO REASON AT ALL. You just want the food,.. because. I think the science is pretty clear that CRAVINGS are a symptom of a high carb diet. Here’s a line from a study published by the NIH, comparing Low CARB diets (LCD) with Low FAT diets (LFD): Compared to the LFD, the LCD had significantly larger decreases in cravings for carbohydrates/starches and preferences for high-carbohydrate and high-sugar foods. The LCD group reported being less bothered by hunger compared to the LFD group.
Exactly! Our body is made out of Water, Fat, and Protein; a little bit of mineral, even less vitamins, and just a teeny, tiny bit of Carbohydrate. ( Most carb is converted to fat and stored.) For the past several decades, during the Low Fat push, our dietary fat’s decreased and our carb consumption has increased, greatly. What’s been the result? Obesity and disease, with the CDC predicting NO END IN SITE TO THE RISE OF EITHER.
(When they talk about statistics in 2030 or 2040, they’re talking about what OUR KIDS will be facing.)
Eating disorders, food compulsions, they’re also on the rise.
A day of cereal or toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for dinner, and carby snacks in between are a recipe for exactly the health and weight situation we’ve got. It’s also a perfect way to create food addiction. Substances in grains and sugar trigger the addictive pleasure centers in our brain. The glucose nature of grains and sugars causes them to quickly be digested and absorbed into the blood, sending blood sugar HIGH, along with the Insulin necessary to lower it. High Blood Sugar and High Insulin lead to: Inflammation, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Auto-Immune, Migraines, and I could go on and on.
It matters what we eat; stay away from the Cereal, the Bread, the Pasta, The cookies/cake/croissants/muffins/pretzels/crackers/waffles. Load up on good meats and eggs, healthy fats, TONS of vegetables, some fruit, some nuts and seeds, and some full fat dairy if you tolerate it. You’ll say good by to health issues, good by to excess body weight, and good bye to cravings, I promise.
Meals for the past two days:
Smoothie Tuesday: water w/flax and chia/Jay Robb protein/2 raw eggs/MCT oil/frozen spinach/frozen banana/cinnamon/ginger/coconut flakes/pumpkin seeds
Dinner Tuesday: ground sausage and liver fried in butter topped with a little cheese; roasted potatoes; and in the bowl: cauliflower, tomatoes, mushrooms in butter, w/ thyme and oregano.
Today / Wednesday:
Smoothie: I KNEW I NEEDED TO EAT VERY HIGH FAT TO GET THRU THE DAY: a cup of full fat coconut milk ( can, not box), flax, 2 raw eggs, vanilla and stevia, MCT oil, raw greens powder, coconut flakes, blueberries, nutmeg, and mace.
Lunch: out to eat: a big cobb salad with salmon, olive oil and vinegar.
And that’s it so far. Oh, Tip For The Day: Plan. Did you think each day would be a different tip? Planning is EVERYTHING. Plan your lists, plan your meals, plan around your schedule, plan when you’re going to chop and cook and pack. The busiest people in the world get the most done because they Plan. Eat well!