||09-18-2013 03:10 PM
Newbie here..just introducing myself
I wanted to introduce myself. I'm so happy to have found this forum as I still have a lot to learn about this way of eating. I'm 46 years old and have been struggling to get the weight off I gained from quitting smoking and then 8 months of antibiotics as well as steroids thrown in there several times. I gained a total of 77 pounds. I was able to lose 24 pounds but it took me 9 months! That was through calorie counting and mildly exercising. I'm a very clean eater. We don't do processed food. I buy grass fed beef, pastured chicken and eggs from pastured chickens. I don't drink soda either. Most people that ate that way would lose weight. My body is different and I knew I HAD to do something out of the normal thinking. I've studied Paleo for some time but never took the jump to completely give up grains, legumes or root veggies. In studying Paleo I came upon the HFLC lifestyle. The more I read about it, the more it made sense to me. I am 9 days into and I'm LOVING it!!! I think it's possibly been easier for me than most because of the way I've been eating for quite sometime. Giving up processed food, artificial sweeteners and eating clean seems to make this transition somewhat easier than I anticipated. My body had already detoxed long before I started this way of eating, therefore I don't think I'm going through cravings that one might had they been eating the typical American diet.
My scale quit working about a week before I started eating this way so I have no idea what the scale would say right about now. I'm looking at that as a good thing because I would tend to let the scale determine my mood for the day. I've been measuring myself so I have that to go by. I can already tell in my face that I'm losing weight and it's only Day 9! My brother saw me last night and asked me if I had lost weight! It had only been a couple weeks since I've seen him. The benefit that I'm noticing the most though is the clarity in my thoughts. I was starting to get concerned because I felt like I was in a continual brain fog. If I do forget a thought I've noticed that I'm able to recall it very quickly. Whereas, before starting HFLC, I would walk in a room to get something, forget why I walked in the room and then end up doing something else. Does that sound familiar to anyone else?
Anyway, I look forward to gleaning as much info as I can from all of you. I know the support here is going to be priceless.