Hey, everyone, hope your August is off to a good start!
I wanted to write today about food. Like many people, I’ve battled with food and weight gain and fluctuations in my health for as long as I can remember. I learned at an early age that eating too much wheat made me break out in fever blisters, and in my 20’s I realized that excess sugar was not meant for me! (And boy do I have a sweet tooth!)
I’m 40 now and see that my metabolism is slowing and that fatigue is my nearly constant companion. This is no good, considering I’ve got decades to go, and my kids are still pretty young. I simply have to figure this out and get healthier to have more energy and not be a total bitch!
I’ve been following the blood type diet on and off for years. My blood type is O, which recommends a paleo type diet…meats, veggies and little grain. There are parts I can stick to easily and parts that are tough. However, if I follow it, I generally feel better, so there is some truth to it. I also appreciate the fact that it’s by blood type, so there are 4 distinct diets, not just one for the whole population. Let’s face it, our bodies are different, so not everyone should be eating the same thing – duh!
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My recent addition to the blood type diet is the Wahls Protocol. Dr. Wahls became famous when she gave a TED talk about beating her MS (multiple sclerosis) with a specific diet. (Which is pretty darn amazing). I sent this info to my mom, who has MS, and she’s had good results following Dr. Wahls’ diet.
I decided to start following the Wahls Protocol recently, too. Why? Well, MS, an autoimmune disease, obviously runs in the family. Also, Dr. Wahls’ research suggests that many autoimmune and other common chronic diseases like diabetes and depression may be caused by inflammation. The diet is designed to fight inflammation with lots of natural antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, while cutting out gluten and dairy.
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Since I like both of these approaches to eating healthy, I try to eat where my blood type O diet overlaps with the Wahls Protocol. So far so good.
Don’t get me wrong, these diets are not easy to stick to in our modern world. I mean, I really miss eating cheese and bread, for the love of ….well, you know. There are days I fall off the wagon and eat chocolate and pizza. But, I always dust myself off and get back to work the next day, trying to be careful.
My results? In a week and a half I’ve lost 3 pounds. I’m guessing it was bloat from eating the wrong stuff. Even more telling, though, is that I don’t feel as bad as I usually do during PMS time. My typical is feeling like I want to yell at everyone and shove food in my face 24/7. This month, however, the symptoms were much weaker, which I find amazing!
And what do I want from you? Do some research and see what kind of diet seems right for you. You might like these diets I mentioned, or you might prefer something else. Our bodies are unique and will not operate well under all eating plans. Find what’s right for you, and know that there is an answer out there, it just might take some digging.
Let me know if you find some good stuff!