My diet is reverting and it’s great! It’s not a diet for weight loss, it is a diet based on my old principles.
I have known for several years that I have a protein metabolism; something that Paul never took too seriously. This is based on a book I read around seventeen years ago called “The metabolic typing diet” by William L. Wolcott and Trish Fahey; because Paul didn’t want to cater towards the foods I was used to for whatever reason, I as I always do, compromise what I want for being easy on others, so this meant that I increasingly ate a high carb diet.
This did not affect my weight at all, but I believe it did affect my health. I became really sick regarding eating and digesting food for quite a while to the extent I got out of the habit of eating food at regular intervals primarily because of digestive pain and the inability to keep things down!
Recently I was told by a doctor that I have no allergies or intolerances whatsoever like Paul believed I had – it is likely the big bouts of pain I have are due to IBD flare ups, because it would seem I would still have days like that, no matter what I was avoiding.
So, I have gone back into a normal for a human type diet – but I wanted to empathise to Paul about my dietary past, before I moved in with him and how I believe that I am not getting the right fuel for my metabolic type.
Just because he is worried about the lack of food I am in taking for the past couple of years and how sick I have been over the years, he has decided to cave into what he believes is this fad idea and he has been surprised at how my appetite is increasing and it has only been six days into the diet. This post was written on the 24th August, after some friends are still concerned online that I am not eating enough.
You see this change of diet I am undergoing was actually exactly what I ate before I moved in with him, thirteen years ago!
Since going onto a high protein diet, my appetite is coming back and I am regaining energy and I have already noticed a significant change in my skin, despite this, the caloric intake is not as high as you’d expect, I am now averaging 1900 a day, which is a vast improvement from an average of 1000 and not keeping it down!
Since my energy levels are improving, I have noticed that I am starting to get more energy to help around the house again and I am not shaky when I do physical activities anymore.
I knew my body very well, I used to be athletic, I used to go on nine mile walks a day, I would do weight training in the evenings, walk a dog, practise the swing ball, do my tae bo exercises twice a day and was always begging people to play netball, ping pong, darts or rounder’s with me. I had a mostly lethargic social group, but I motivated some of them!
Oh and I loved swimming, a true water baby – I can’t sit on the side of the pool, that’s not me, I love to dive right in there and get bratty like a kid if I am asked to get out of the pool! I think it’s because my inner child likes to think herself as a mermaid when she is in there!
I learned to know my metabolic type; I felt it is vital for everyone to learn that – because one man’s food is another man’s poison. You might very well love munching down on crudités, but if you were built for protein, you need to make sure that the vegetables you are consuming are high in protein; there are more than you think!
I poisoned myself for the sake of convenience and I believe it’s what nearly killed me!
I don’t do well on high carbs or high fat and lots of people have the misconception that high protein means high fat, not at all, it depends on the type of protein you are putting into your body!
I have seen such a vast improvement lately that I believe this time next week; I’ll be able to do some kind of light exercise again.
But at the moment my body is going through a healing process, where I feel that whilst I am getting the building blocks into my system, I need a bit of rest. I can sense my body asking me to slow down and take it easy – don’t leap into anything just yet and I am not going to ignore that!
One habit I never got out of when my diet became high carb was that I never got lulled into the habit by Paul of drinking mostly coffee or tea; I still stuck to three pints of water a day with a green tea, even though for years I did lose my daily cranberry juice, but I’ve got that back too! Yay!
Most people sneer at someone like me as they see a fat sick person and don’t realise that they are actually more switched on about nutrients, metabolism, dieting and exercise than the average Joe. Looks are very deceiving my dears, I wasn’t like this in my past! I got fat due to illness; I actually have a natural propensity for building muscle quite quickly – I don’t need to exercise as much as the average person as I bulk quite quickly. I suppose I am fortunate for that.
I think the one main thing that bought Paul around to my way of thinking was the fact that I told him, he doesn’t have to change his diet for me, but now I am turning forty in October I really need to ramp up the protein as I will start losing muscle mass at a quicker rate and really it could happen faster for me, because of my rheumatic arthritis.
In fact, eating a high protein diet could stop my muscle wasting so fast because of it too; this is something a friend told me online. She is an over fifties body builder and she’s been helping me get back on track with how I used to be!
I am also a natural hourglass shape, my waist has always been unusually small, and my bone frame is considered petit by the doctors, which has always worried them when I gained weight.
I am also planning to get back into exercising for my shape, with “escape your shape” by Edward Jackowski, which I loved twenty years ago and really helped me sculpt my body the way I like it! I am also 5ft 8.
So, these are the changes happening in my life right now.
My digestive health is certainly starting to feel like it is stabilising and I was told by my friend that my immune health should right itself in a few weeks’ time too!
I hope so!
It’s challenging with our budget, but I hope we can manage it!