robyn, maybe it is not too late for you to undo the damage done by being vegetarian. if you had a child, you can’t be too old yet 🙂 a young body can take a lot of abuse before it starts to fail. otherwise we’d be all dead, me too :-). exactly the fact that your problems started during/after pregnancy is the telltale sign that should raise the red flag. the pregnancy drained your body of whatever it was lacking already and it tipped the balance. last drop in the cup before it overflows, if you like. you can’t be healthy without meat, especially not if pregnant. if you don’t start eating quality meat (doesnt need to be too often or too much) it will be downhill for you from here. And if you lead your child to vegetarianism too (bad examples are catchy), you will do a lot of damage to him too. Don’t take my word for it but pls start investigating the pros and contras for yourself. I would recommend starting with Mark Sissons Primal Blueprint, then continue with Paul Jaminets Perfect Health Diet. From there, you will find your own path. You can’t fool nature, humans need meat. There is no vegetarian wild living tribe out there, no indigenous population that refuses to eat meat. Not one. And there is a very good reason for that. Period.
Wash and slice veggies, make a batch of salad dressing or sauce, bake or grill proteins, and portion out snacks in grab-and-go bags (and make sure you steal these meal-prep tips from the pros). The more that you prepare ahead of time, the less likely you’ll be to find yourself starving with nary a Whole30-friendly option in sight.
Conversely, the more food in front of you, the more you’ll eat—regardless of how hungry you are. So instead of using regular dinner plates that range these days from 10 to 14 inches (making them look empty if they’re not heaped with food), serve your main course on salad plates (about 7 to 9 inches wide). Instead of 16-ounce glasses and oversized coffee mugs, return to the old days of 8-ounce glasses and 6-ounce coffee cups. Try these other tricks for eating in moderation.
More importantly, “calories in/calories out” doesn’t account for nutrient partitioning. “Nutrient partitioning” refers to the way calories are used in your body: are they burned for energy, or are they stored as fat? If two people each eat a bagel, and one of them burns the calories to keep her body temperature up while the other stores them as fat, then technically they’ve both proven the laws of “calories in, calories out,” but with very different results!
Another sidebar to the same article, on page 2, is titled Replace Sugars With Healthy Fats can be read by purchasing the magazine at http://www.wellbringjournal.com, and part of the article is posted at this blog: http://deerfield.patch.com/blog_posts/replace-sugars-with-heatlhy-fats
The ketogenic diet focuses on manipulating the three macronutrients, which are fat, carbs and protein for those keeping score. The Paleo diet is more about the food choices. You eliminate dairy, grains and processed foods, but balance the macronutrients any way you want.
I was having issues losing weight last year even though I thought I was being really good with my diet and avoided gluten, and dairy for example and mainly eating paleo. It was frustrating because I was feeling very inflamed. Anyways… I had an appointment with my doctor who ran some tests and retested me for food sensitivities.
A second way to optimize nutrient partitioning is to manage inflammation. In the short term, inflammation is a perfectly normal immune response to injury. But when it goes on for too long, inflammation stops being beneficial and starts being downright dangerous. Chronic inflammation creates a hormonal environment that elevates hunger and impairs carbohydrate metabolism: it’s a recipe for overeating and then storing those calories as fats. To reduce inflammation…
Aah. Good question. No one ever talks about this one. Honestly, I lost a lot of friends. I’m sure my mother-in-law thought I had an eating disorder at the time and I know some of my girlfriends were talking about me behind my back, saying that I was compulsively exercising and anorexic. Since they had never been able to sustain any type of healthy weight loss themselves, I had to be doing something illicit. When someone has amazing success in an area that you yourself have not, it can highlight your failures and make you feel bad about yourself. A lot of people – okay a lot of women (let’s be honest) – will revert to subversive measures, i.e. gossip and backstabbing, to make themselves feel better about themselves. It was hard, but I lost a lot of friends. Also, those people who were happy for me now found me to be a huge pain in the ass when it came to outings, like going out for dinner. I can’t just grab a burger anymore. There needs to be attention paid to what restaurants I frequent and that requires planning. A lot of people stopped calling and asking me out places because I was no longer convenient to be around.
“When I wanted to fit into my skinny jeans again, I started running 20 minutes a day during my lunch hour. In two months, I’ve lost 20 pounds, have tons of energy, and just finished my first 5K. Those jeans? They’re too big now!” —Lauren Castor, Anniston, AL
Not true for all people, especially those with metabolic disorders. I recorded all food and all activity for 30 days. I decided not to to get on the scale during this time because I wanted to surprise myself at the end. I had a 900-1300 DEFICIT every single day. I should have lost somewhere between 7-12 Lbs. I got on the scale on day 31 and had not lost one single pound. I finally went in and had my thyroid checked and found out I had elevated TSH levels. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was that calories in vs calories out mean very little when your thyroid does not function normally. I had to eliminate all dairy, gluten, sugar, and all processed foods from my diet which is why I am now paleo. So for those not seeing results, it wouldn’t hurt to get your thyroid checked for underlying problems. Get your thyroid under control and you’ll start seeing results.
If you are a seasoned paleo expert, perhaps this plan sounds basic to you! Yet the unique way in which I recommend managing your fat and carb intake can be a real god-send. Most people on paleo don’t know that a low fat diet can actually work really well for some people… so perhaps it’s time you give it a shot!
Weight loss is not synonymous with health. The only requirement for weight loss is a calorie deficit; there is no need to exercise or eat healthy. A healthy lifestyle is much different and requires more than simple weight loss.