Good morning! I am feeling pretty good today. I've been reading a book called The High Blood Pressure Solution and what really struck me (and I don't even know if this is the take-away message of the book, since I haven't read it all yet) is that when scientists studied various primitive, aboriginal, tribal, and modern diets in different places, the cultures that eat the most vegetables and fruits have the least number of people with high blood pressure, *regardless* of whether they also eat meat or grains or dairy or even salt. What I think the point of the book is, so far, is that certain vitamins and minerals abundant in plant foods are critical to a healthy blood pressure. They focus on potassium in particular. Well, I think they have a point there. And it made me think about *when* I actually felt the best physically over the course of my life.
When I was eating Atkins-style (lots of meat and fat, limited veggies, no fruits, very low carb at 20g/day) I felt sluggish and lousy.
When I was eating South Beach style (still plenty of meat but leaner cuts, less fat, more vegetables, moderate carb) I felt great! I had wonderful energy. First few days were hard, then better.
When I was eating Medifast (packets of whey or soy protein 'meals' with vitamins added, some meat, 3 servings of veggies, moderate/low carb at 85 g/day) I felt good as the weight came off but struggled with energy. I did feel awful for the first few days going back on plan but then felt better.
When I was eating Primal (no grains, no sugar, plenty of meat, high fat, lowish carbs at 60/day or so) I felt like crap for 3 weeks, had a constant headache and developed stomach pains. Felt better when I added beans.
When I ate a produce based diet when I started this blog, counting calories, eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits, meats, beans, but still some processed foods, I felt very good.
You know, I think really, the big key to health for me is eating a lot of vegetables and some fruit and avoiding the junk. All the other stuff... whether or not to eat legumes, whether to avoid dairy, whether or not to eat wheat and/or grains, how much meat to eat... is secondary to that. Notice I said health. Obviously *just* going whole foods/produce based hasn't been enough over the long haul. And while this might all be nothing new, maybe I have gotten so wrapped up in carbs over the past 3 years that I lost focus on the really big picture.
That's all I have to say about that for now.
Whole foods eaten yesterday:
Processed foods eaten yesterday:
2 Medifast meals
unsweetened almond milk
black coffee (is this a whole food?)
1/2 c sugar free frozen yogurt
Whole foods eaten so far today:
Processed foods eaten so far today:
coffee with 1 Tbsp sugar free creamer (hard to give this up again, working on it)
*edited to add: for dinner tonight I made a stew by simmering a steak in beef bone broth until tender, cubing it and adding it back with sliced carrots, celery, onions, garlic, seasonings, and mushrooms. Had a bowl of that and a small baked potato with a pat of grass fed butter and a spoon of sour cream.
Foot pain on a scale of 1 to 10
day before yesterday: 7
Staying off the sugar and the grains.
Have a great weekend!