My current diet, the diet I had been following faithfully for nearly a decade, is a diet which is as close to nature as possible and, while I am losing weight, restricts most starchy carbohydrates and most simple sugars (I have a bit of a chocolate problem 🙂 ). When I am maintaining, I throw in some yams and fruits and on occasion some white potatoes. At the time I am writing this, I have dropped about 182 pounds.
What’s that you ask? Did I use the word diet? Yes, I did use the word diet.
But Doc Joe, we aren’t supposed to use the “D” word. They say it sets us up for failure and makes us feel badly if we don’t stick to “a diet.”
If you have ever read my book “Obesity Undone,” you know I have very little use for what “they” say. I have even less use for weak-minded bullshit — the word is diet! I own it, it is mine and I am not willing to give it up just because “they” tell me I shouldn’t use it. However, I understand that years, hell decades, of misinformation from so-called experts can permeate our thinking. So, just for clarity, I will give my definition of the word.
Diet – anything I put into my gullet and swallow!
Also, when it comes to my diet, I don’t care what label one chooses to use; low carb, carb restricted, high protein, high fat, Atkins, Primal, Paleoleithic, Caveman, Ketogenic, JERF and on and on… People get so caught up in the label, they lose sight of what it is all about — eating a healthier diet than the one that we were eating before. Additionally, our diet is not solely or simply about losing weight — it is about living a better and healthier quality of life.
One of the incredible feelings of following a reduced carbohydrate diet is the lifting of The Carb Cloud, that brain activity suppressed feeling of being a mental and physical slug. For me, this happened about ten days into my renewed efforts to recapture my health. In the past it would happen around the third day. It could have taken longer because I am having trouble giving up chocolate this time around.
No matter, the important thing is how I now am feeling, which is much better. My mental and emotional states are improved — I am not longer drained of mental energy and my mood has noticeably brightened. I still have a way to go for my body to be completely fit and healthy — but I am on my way. Maintaining consistency is the key, and that is what I must do. And, I really won’t know how that shakes out for a couple of more months, actually more likely years.
Back to the Carb Cloud Lifting. I still remember that one morning, I woke up and my head was clear. I felt as if clouds were dissipating after a storm, light was overtaking the darkness, and the boat that is my mind, sails on smooth clear waters. That morning, it didn’t take me as long as it had been taking to start my day and throughout the day, I didn’t find my mind wandering and few large, loud yawns escaped my mouth. My energy level was elevated and I found myself not putting off routine and mundane tasks. That evening, I didn’t go to bed as early as usual — I simply wasn’t tired. Because I was up about three hours later, I thought I would have more difficulty waking the next morning — but I didn’t. For the first time in months, I slept soundly throughout the night. When the alarm emitted its annoying shriek, I wasn’t pulling the covers over my head — however, I must confess, I still wanted to fling the infernal machine against the wall.
It isn’t simply the increased energy, which is a huge benefit, but the mental clarity can be intoxicating. After eating, actually grossly overeating, the standard American trash diet I had been consuming the last few years, all I wanted to do was crawl into a dimly lit corner and crash, some days, die. I didn’t want to face the day.
The Carb Cloud has vanished and it is a fantastic sensation. It is difficult to put this feeling into words, however, a few years back I saw a movie that enables me to give an accurate description. If you have not seen the Bradley Cooper film “Limitless,” I highly recommend it, because the scene where Cooper’s character takes the mind enhancing drug that activates 100% of his brain — is how it feels when The Carb Cloud evaporates.
It is an entirely new outlook on life and the world.
It is said by many, myself included, that one of the best medications for feeling low, being depressed, sadness, difficulty concentrating, etc… is a healthy diet and exercise. I am beginning to remember why I was so convinced that is an accurate statement.