Friday, May 27, 2011

Busting Diet Myths

I feel like I have been on a roller coaster ever since I decided to try to eat "normal food" and eat a "normal diet". I have been operating under some myths that I want to address over the next few weeks.

Myth #1: I must learn how to eat anything but in moderation.

A few years ago, I read a book called "Potatoes Not Prozac: A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood, Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight, and Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel."  This book as the first I had heard of sugar sensitivity and people having addictions to sugar.  While I don't suffer from depression, I realized that I when I ate sugar and carbs, I just craved more sugar and carbs.  This frustrated me because I wanted to be able to eat whatever I want, just in moderation.  Completely cutting out sugar, candy and ice cream was just not something that I was willing to do.  I told myself I would rather be fat and happy then never be able to enjoy anything again.  However that doesn't change the fact that my body does not respond "normally" to sugar and carbs.

In order for me to be successful with weight loss and health in general, I must minimize the amount of sugar and carbs I eat.  I do have PCOS and there are many people that are moving to low carb diets for the treatment of PCOS.  40% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) and 10% get type 2 diabetes.  This is a very good interview done by Jimmy Moore of The Livin La Vida Low Carb Show with Dr. Daniel Jones, A Type 1 Diabetic Radiologist, about how low carb eating helps diabetes & blood sugar:  http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/4094/471-dr-daniel-jones-a-diabetic-radiologist-speaks/

 

In summary, I have busted the myth that I need to learn how to eat all things in moderation.  There are some things that I just can't eat!  I can't eat sugar and high carb foods.  They cause me to crave more and can make my PCOS worse and have certainly led to me being overweight.

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