The way I am eating is starting to feel more natural... better. I'm staying grain free and I don't miss the grains at all. I haven't counted calories every day, but I have on a few days. For example, on Monday I ate 1351 calories, 74 grams of protein, 156 grams of carbs, and 56 grams of fat. My sodium was under 800 mg and my potassium was over 1800. The carbs, at first glance, would be concerning to any low carb veteran, myself included. But I am not aiming for low carb right now. My goals are: grain free, refined sugar free aside from extra dark chocolate, and 90% whole foods. My goal is nutrition, getting used to eating in this manner, and trying to lower my blood pressure. The carbs came from yogurt, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. I even had a small baked potato (with skin), mainly for the blood pressure lowering potassium. This is a very different mindset from my years of 'starches are bad', but yes, I am eating peas and carrots, sweet potatoes, acorn squash and even the occasional small baked potato now. I am carefully monitoring how these foods make me feel and how they affect my health and weight. So far, not craving, not crashing.
In case you hadn't noticed, my health has gone all to hell over the past year and a half to two years. I've been in pain almost daily and unable to even do some very basic things a woman my age should be able to do. The doctors haven't been able to find a root cause to the symptoms of ongoing joint and tendon issues, headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, difficulty losing weight even on quite low calories, insomnia, and other issues I have not shared. I do have a follow-up appointment with my doctor soon, mainly to discuss my blood pressure, and another consultation regarding my MTHFR and hormonal stuff. I honestly feel that I need to heal myself with nutrition at this point, if that is even possible. All I can do is try.
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