Still working the no grains diet. It is STILL about the best thing I have ever done for myself.
For anybody finding this by searching grain free, gluten free, paleo diet, zero carb diet - here are my factoids. For the rest of you, go read this instead.
I started zero-carb eating on June 19th of 2013. As of August 5th of 2013, I had already lost 25 pounds. 2 months, 25 pounds. By simply cutting out grains. This was my progress picture in August. (Before pic is from prior year but I remained the same gigantic tub of fat for the entire year - scales don't lie.)
I've lost another 10 pounds since then. As of today, I have lost 35 pounds. I went from 185 pounds down to 150 pounds, from a size 16 to an 8/10. By removing all grains from my diet. My weight-loss slowed down in September, because I relaxed my vise-like grip on ALL THE FOOD - and I let myself have French fries, or rice along with my bacon cheese burgers. I ate a bean burrito (or twelve). I managed to prove to myself that I could maintain my weight-loss and still have SOME carbs. But I am not satisfied with my weight yet, so I decided to crack down and get down to 145 pounds. Reason? ha, not vanity. Or not ALL vanity. I've had a front-row seat to watching my husband's parents' health take a nosedive - all of it exacerbated by their refusal to lift a finger nutritionally to help themselves. I'm 5 pounds away from that goal.
ALSO - more to the point - when I started allowing even those few types of carbs into my diet, I noticed an immediate uptick in the following:
Rash - uncontrollable itchy skin, again. In my elbow crease, on my back, on my stomach - it's horrifying. Not alleviated by cortisone lotions or anything - only by clearing out the glucose in my system.
Insomnia - it's bad at the best of times. With grains/glucose it's insurmountable, even with Ambien.
Gout - which can be caused by a fructose intolerance. Also the foods that are typically thought to cause gout (raising your purine levels) have been proven to not necessarily cause it - red meat does not cause gout. Neither does fat. It's an inflammatory reaction in your system to something that your body hates and is allergic to. In ME, high-fructose-corn-syrup (HFCS) is the cause of my gout - it is the absolute devil, it is evil, and I am very careful about allowing it in my system.
Depression - what carbohydrates do to my brain is not funny. They function as fake dopamine and serotonin, for a small time. Then they crash you into depression. If you are prone to depression and you are fat, there is a reason. The SAD (standard American diet) is BULLSHIT. And it is killing you totally dead.
I refuse to be SICK when all I have to do is stop ingesting certain 'foods'. I put 'foods' in quotes because grains are completely horrific for some people. Carbohydrates are what cause obesity and diabetes - not fat or doughnuts or candy.
Here I am just the other day:
I cut off my head because nobody needs to be subjected to my morning hair. I am STILL 5'4", and 150 pounds. I am still far to overweight to be called 'healthy' - yeah, the picture looks great but why do you think I chose THAT one? I still have 2 chins, I still have a fat belly, my back fat still swells up around my bra straps. But hey-yo - 35 mother freaking pounds, right?
Please - if you have realized that you may need to quit grains - if you have researched and come to the conclusion that a carb-free diet may be for you, if you are mostly BELLY fat and cannot lose it, please clicky the links in the linked entry.
ALSO - if you are researching depression, hormones, menopause - well, email me and I will send you some info, and some links. I will direct you to places to DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. YOU can figure your way out of the hell you're in - your doctor most emphatically WILL NOT.
Losing weight hasn't made my husband love me more (he adores me as I am! *snort*) (ack shoo lee, he does.) It hasn't made men flirt with me (I'm still 53 years old). It hasn't made me richer. Or any of that crap. But the research I did on how my body reacts to certain foods and the subsequent changes I made in my diet has helped my HORRIFIC depression. It helped me discover which anti-depressant would work for me, which I then demanded from my doc, which has since been MIND BLOWINGLY FANTASTIC for me. Losing weight has helped my knees. Eating this way means my skin doesn't itch. My sinuses don't drip. I never fart anymore. On that subject - no, eating a mostly all meat diet will NOT make you poop all the time. And it does NOT cause constipation. Just FYI - veggies have all the fiber you need. And your body uses almost ALL of the nutrients in the food you do eat, so waste production is minimal. Energy wise - I wake up at about 6:00 am and actually get out of bed. I'm able to walk 5 miles, 4 or more times a week - which helps weight loss AND dopamine production. I'm able to be around (some) people and not want to claw my own brain out.
YOU are the only cure for your health problems. The internet is a valuable, gigantic tool. USE IT.
My entry with more details: http://mypostcardsfrompurgatory.blogspot.com/2013/09/3-month-report-yes-more-diet-crap-shut.html
Scroll to the bottom of that entry, all the links are there. It's worth it. I wish I had started 10 years ago when menopause and depression started in on me.