Fat Adapting in a Carb Loading World – Part 6

For me, this has been a giant science experiment. As I’ve said previously, everyone is different. But, I will continue to argue that the lot of us do not need the carbohydrates. Especially the processed ones. You can live without them, or at least, with a lot less of them. And, you can still perform athletically.

Before the Low Carb/High Fat way of life, things were way different.

Breakfast consisted of opening the refrigerator at 5:45am and taking a bite out of any container of leftovers in sight. Then I would prepare a grapefruit or some pineapple and a cup of coffee. The leftovers I’d just consumed? Well, they didn’t count. No matter what they were. I considered them a “freebie” just to calm my growling stomach in the morning.

After my freebie, my fruit, and my coffee, I’d get the kids ready for school, and while I awaited my husband’s return from dropping them off, I might take a few more “freebies”. Then, it was workout time. And mainly they consisted of P90X with a twinge of acid reflux, and maybe a belch fest…after which I found myself famished again.

So, I’d make a protein shake laden with fruits and nut butters and rice milk.

Then I went on to run, if I felt I had the energy. If not, I’d suck down a GU gel or similar and drag myself out the door, or worse, slouch at my computer to get some work done. It wasn’t an hour or so later that I met my husband in the kitchen for lunch. Didn’t I just eat?!?

The mail would come, and in poured sample after sample from companies looking for blog reviews. I’d taste everything and give the rest to my husband. Hey! Most of them were gluten free! And they had natural sugars in them! What harm could come?

By 3pm-ish I was picking up the kids and looking for a snack to take in the car with me for the ride. Maybe another energy bar, or a gluten free cookie that I may have stashed in the glove compartment. And always, a cup of black coffee.

Then it was time to prepare dinner, and if I didn’t already get half my fill just preparing it, I made sure I made up for it all by helping myself to extra at the table. Dinner was always a protein, a salad or veggie, and a carb (or two) like potatoes, rice or bread, not to mention the sugar laden sauces, condiments and dressings that may have accompanied the meal.

After dinner, something sweet…mainly chocolate. Then maybe something salty to counteract it…like a Pearson’s Nut Roll. I mean, why not? I was going to work out the next day anyway.

 

Egads! What the heck? I look back at it now and I shudder. Was I really eating like that? It was no wonder I was 10 pounds (10%) heavier than I am now. And the crazy thing was, I ate like this because it was recommended to eat like this by the experts in the athletic and bodybuilding world. And, supposedly, I was burning it off.

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Let’s compare that to what I might eat now.

I start the day with no appetite. I take my supplements with a cup of water and amino acid powder. If I do feel a bit hungry, I’ll have a tablespoon of home made nut butter but it rarely happens.

I prepare a cup of bullet proof coffee or some bone broth, depending on my mood.

I’ll drink half the coffee or broth before a run, or work on it while I do my P90X workout. Then I’ll run afterward on some Energybits. Still, not hungry.

After I’m done with my workout and/or run, an appetite may or may not develop. If it does, it’s three farm fresh eggs fried in KerryGold butter or Jalapeno infused bacon grease with Parmesan cheese and some Sirachi sauce and a half an avocado. I may add some greens or Kimchi if it is available and depending on my hunger. Sometimes it is a salad with a half can of tuna, sardines, or salmon and full fat dressing and a half avocado. And occasionally it is another Bullet Proof Coffee with a Quest bar.

Then it is off to my office for computer work.

If I’m hungry when it is time to pick the kids up, it is another cup of Bullet Proof Coffee (if I didn’t already have two) or a handful of nuts or maybe a few pieces of chicken skin or crispy beef fat that I now keep stashed in the fridge.

Dinner is now low carb for all. And with no carbs to prepare, there is no snacking at dinner preparation time. Just a protein, perhaps pork shoulder, or roast beef or steak, chicken thighs, or salmon, (I try to mix it up all week long) and 1-2 veggies (roasted are best, with avocado oil, salt, and pepper), plus a salad or slaw. I’ll also have a half an avocado and full fat dressing and my own sugar free condiments.

If I’m still hungry before bedtime, I’ll have some avocado chocolate pudding, or a piece of sugar free chocolate, or a bite of a Quest Bar and a cup of decaf green tea.

Believe it or not, I go to bed satiated. And I don’t wake up hungry.

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Trying a new and healthier way of eating is one thing. Making it habitual is an entirely different animal. Anyone can go on a “diet” and see substantial improvements. The problem is, we get to where we want to be and then assume that we can slowly bring back our unhealthy choices and still maintain what we have worked so hard to achieve. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

Those of us who do find a way and realize the above, and then somehow manage to change our eating habits for the better, then encounter a whole new ballgame.

We begin to ascertain that the entire family would benefit from all that we’ve learned. If you think it was difficult to make yourself  accountable to follow a more fit and healthy lifestyle, try to influence someone else you love. I bet you they aren’t quite ready to give up what they are addicted to.

Notice I used the word addicted. That is what carbohydrates (sugar) do to the body and the brain. Your brain has been tricked into thinking it needs carbs (sugar) to be more energetic. It has been tricked by the body, because in reality, the system burns through carbs so quickly that your blood doesn’t have time to find an equilibrium. (This is where the terms high glycemic foods and low glycemic foods come into play. We will expound upon that later). Therefore, the percentage of sugar or glucose in your blood spikes radically. From there, all it can do is fall once you stop feeding your body the sugar, and then you crash. (Think about how you feel about 2 hours after that bagel in the morning, or around 3pm after the sandwich you had for lunch). You now find yourself hitting the vending machines or the convenience mart, because you are dragging, and hungry, and craving more and more of the unhealthy stuff because it made you feel so good for such a short amount of time not too long ago. You think you need more…and more…and more. It is a vicious cycle.

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How have I gotten the rest of the family on board? And, what has changed since I’ve become fat adapted?

 

Coming up in Part 7, ketogenic recipes, along with meal ideas, and bringing it all to the dining room table of the rest of my family.

Go back to Part 5 of Fat Adapting in a Carb Loading World.

And now for my disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. I am NOT a nutritionist. I am an athlete and a runner. And I like to look good and feel good. All of this information in these blog posts comes from my own personal experiences. It has worked for me. Consult your own physician before attempting any major life changes. Educate yourself first and foremost.

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One Response to Fat Adapting in a Carb Loading World – Part 6

  1. petitepacer says:

    Good, because that’s exactly how I’ve been eating. Booyah.

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