Diet…. I’ve been on some sort of diet my whole life to either be able to fit into clothes or to be lighter so I could run faster. As you probably know, it is exhausting.
The thing is, after having so many health issues with doctor and naturopathic practitioners both at a loss for my health not improving, diet had to be looked at.
Three years ago I started with the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP) which is a strict version of the Paleo Diet and it’s aim is to reduce inflammation. Anyway, after about 6 weeks I noticed my severe depression lessening. I mean, I actually had a moment in each day I didn’t want to die. It was so amazing and kept me on this diet for about two years. I am now totally free from depression. Other issues went like various skin problems, feet swelling, my poop was perfect, my energy started returning. Even though my depression disappeared, I still hadn’t cleared up other health issues so in 2017 I started the Wahls Protocol which is low carb. Within a couple of weeks my mental clarity was amazing. I could read heavy books and understand them, I felt calm and content, my heavy menstruation started to lighten and I stopped having migraines. I kept lowering my carbohydrate until I was doing a Ketogenic diet which meant I was only consuming about 10gms of carbohydrate a day. This equalled to green vegetables and a few nuts. Still, I hadn’t resolved all health issues.
So…March 2018 I went Zero Carb. This means no plants at all. I eat meat and some cheese and that’s it. And, you know what?! I am in the best health of my life. I have no joint pain, my heavy menstruation is no longer, I recover from exercise quicker with no DOMS, finger and toe nails are pink and grow quick, no brain fog whatsoever, I never have cravings – all that self discipline I used to use to not eat something is no longer needed. I love my food now. Each meal of meat I swear is the best meal I’ve ever eaten. It never gets boring. So weird! After over a year of zero carb I now eat about two meals a day and have no snacks. I literally forget about food until I am hungry again. For the first time in my life I take no supplements, do no “extras” other than live how I want and exercise because I feel so amazing and not because I have a race to train for, or “to be healthy”. I have never felt this free.
And so it brings up this issue….I’m not healthy and will end up with nutrient deficiencies. Wellll… I will point you to some great pages of others who have been Zero Carb for many years.
Good luck, my journey gets better every day 🙂