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    I'm doing a diet experiment on myself



    This should be interesting.

    I'm tired of tracking my calories, macros, etc...so I'm just not going to anymore.

    A few days ago, I started eating similar to Paleo/Primal...well, maybe a bit closer to South Beach, or a Mediterranean diet, I suppose. I'm still using some Greek yogurt (unsweetened) and a little cheese, because I love it and just don't want to give it up. lol

    I've had issues with grains for a long time, and know from experience that I feel FAR better when I avoid them. So, that's what I'm doing.

    I'm eating meat, nuts, seeds, veggies, some Greek yogurt and a little cheese, and some fruit. I had a kick-ass pumpkin smoothie this morning (pumpkin puree, unsweetened almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, protein powder, frozen banana, and pumpkin pie spices).

    I'm already finding I have more energy, no bloat (like grains gave me, gah!) and I feel stronger in the gym.

    I'm eating when I'm hungry, not obsessing about anything, and working out 6 days per week (3 days of heavy weightlifting, 2 days of HIIT, 1 day of SS cardio).

    My goals are to lose fat and gain some muscle and improve my conditioning and endurance.

    I've been reading works by this author: Gary Taubes

    And watching videos of this endocrinologist speaking: Amazon.com: Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease (9781594631009): Robert H. Lustig: Books

    Anyway...I'm curious to see what happens. I'm going to start TRACKING my calories for the sake of my research. I'm going to see how many I eat on a daily basis now compared to what I used to consume.

    I'll update this with my progress.

    Do any of YOU eat this way? If so, what have your results been like?



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    Your diet sounds delicious!

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    I have to live on a even further refined version of that diet. Heavily cut down on gluten, completely cut out Dairy. All of this due to digestive issues. I increased the lean meat portions and use rice/quinoa as a replacement for grains. Fruit and vegetable content remains the same. I do eat a large amount of seafood, freshwater fish and poultry when it comes to meat (freshwater being self-caught, self cleaned and preserved in airlock bags). I do eat red meat from time to time, and it is usually organ meat (liver being the main one), as well as wild game (much healthier for you than farm/factory raised beef. Gets a bit gamey depending on what it is, plus you can use the remains for other things, such as bone jewelry or fertilizer (or use it to help raise bait for fishing or natural food for certain pets (never feed a cat or dog on an all vegan diet, I know someone who tried that thinking it is the best diet for EVERYTHING. Wound up killing her cat and severely malnourished her dog from it. Best to keep dogs and cats as close to their natural diet as possible.))


    Only issue with the grains part, I love beer, but I do drink it in moderation, a bottle easily lasting me an hour or two, and only have one maybe 1 or 2 times a week.
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    I have a few sips of red wine here and there, but very rarely. I stopped drinking beer years ago because of the gluten and extra calories.

    I read the book Wheat Belly last year and regularly follow the associated blog.

    Based on what I've read over the years, discussions with my GI doctor, and personal experience and the experience of friends and clients, I think everyone could benefit from removing gluten from their diet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snakecharmer View Post
    I have a few sips of red wine here and there, but very rarely. I stopped drinking beer years ago because of the gluten and extra calories.

    I read the book Wheat Belly last year and regularly follow the associated blog.

    Based on what I've read over the years, discussions with my GI doctor, and personal experience and the experience of friends and clients, I think everyone could benefit from removing gluten from their diet.
    I agree, and as for beer, and any alcoholic beverage, moderation does wonders. Beer, contrary to some belief, does have some good nutritional content (the heavier, more yeasty beers especially. I refuse to drink the swill that gets heavily advertised, I prefer supporting the local microbreweries.). You just have to keep it in heavy moderation to avoid the negative affects, and it is very much possible to avoid them.

    Even if you cannot completely remove gluten, even moderating or heavily reducing your intake of it does wonders.
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    If you absolutely can't handle no carbs other than veggie/fruit, I recommend low-gi carb - oat, sweet potato.. but you probably already know this.

    While you are in what appears to me to be yeah, similar to phase 1 of southbeach - remember you are permitted 2 tbs of natural peanut butter if you're dying for something other than leanmeat/veg/fruit/dairy. Been there, done that, and it kept me sane.

    But yeah, you can get results with this for damn sure.

    I also take multis, and extra d, and a fish/flax/somethingelseiforgot combo borage maybe?.

    Anyway, as far as I know, I'm not technically gulten intolerant, but when I go back to eating "normal," I feel shitty. A piece of wheat bread can really fuck with my life for example.. just.. can't digest it well, throat acts up, causes anxiety, brainfog. I think this is the case for a lot of people.

    It may have even been you, but someone posted something in the health forum about how wheat today isn't like wheat before all the processing and stuff.. its pretty much inedible.

    But yeah I have been doing that off and on for a long time. I just screw it up sometimes on weekends with pizza and wine (more than a "few sips" ; P)
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    Your diet sounds great! I have a question about the smoothie. What kind of pumpkin puree did you use--freshly cooked, raw, or from the can? I have this can sitting around and I've never thought of using it for a smoothie, but if you used canned then I'm gonna try it.

    Thanks!
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    Also, yes--wine and pizza are my kryptonite.

    Yesterday my work had these free donuts--I don't eat them usually, but I skipped breakfast and ate them that day and MAN did I get a horrible headache (and by donuts I mean about seven glazed donut holes). Not only that but also anxiety. I tried it again today, just to see if it was the sugar and again I got this major headache at the end of the day (after eating only like three donut holes). It's amazing how much sugar and grains can screw with you. Then you go about trying to "fix" it with other foods and substances and it's just no good. Your diet sounds really good to me right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Promethea View Post
    remember you are permitted 2 tbs of natural peanut butter if you're dying for something other than leanmeat/veg/fruit/dairy. Been there, done that, and it kept me sane.

    But yeah, you can get results with this for damn sure.

    I also take multis, and extra d, and a fish/flax/somethingelseiforgot combo borage maybe?.

    Anyway, as far as I know, I'm not technically gulten intolerant, but when I go back to eating "normal," I feel shitty. A piece of wheat bread can really fuck with my life for example.. just.. can't digest it well, throat acts up, causes anxiety, brainfog. I think this is the case for a lot of people.

    It may have even been you, but someone posted something in the health forum about how wheat today isn't like wheat before all the processing and stuff.. its pretty much inedible.

    But yeah I have been doing that off and on for a long time. I just screw it up sometimes on weekends with pizza and wine (more than a "few sips" ; P)
    Natural PB - and almond butter - are my saviors. Those, and some really dark chocolate here and there.

    I think so too - SO many people have told me they feel a lot better when they avoid gluten. It probably was me who posted that thread. I'm a bit obsessed with Wheat Belly.

    Have you tried making pizza with cauliflower crust? I made it yesterday and it was pretty damn good!

    Here's a link to the recipe:
    The Secret To Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust « Detoxinista
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltedsorbet View Post
    Your diet sounds great! I have a question about the smoothie. What kind of pumpkin puree did you use--freshly cooked, raw, or from the can? I have this can sitting around and I've never thought of using it for a smoothie, but if you used canned then I'm gonna try it.

    Thanks!
    I used canned pumpkin puree. I saw the recipe on Pinterest - I never would have thought of it either!
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