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I've taken a deliberate and conscious break from weight loss in the last month. A couple of ill-advised choices based on desperation to lose more weight (to wit: intermittent fasting and cutting calories too far) kind of screwed up the works. Weight loss ground to a complete halt and I was getting shaky really easily. I felt a bit fragile--and I'm not a fragile person.

So I upped the calorie count to maintenance, increased my carbs by a lot, and generally loosened the controls. It was good for me. It helped me relax and stop feeling shaky, and it seems to have nudged my metabolism back online.

But I've regained a couple of pounds in the correction.

That's because my doctor said that my diet was "damn near perfect" (meaning that he approved my macronutrient balance, my avoidance of gluten and nightshades and sugar, and my devotion to whole fresh foods cooked at home), right about the time I decided to give myself a break. My hindbrain somehow interpreted this combination as "Yay! Go balls! Eat the world!"

I learned three important things during this interim phase:
  1. I really do need some artificial boundaries constructed with my forebrain and based on research and stuff
  2. my good habits are now solid enough that even when I go balls, I no longer descend all the way to Cheetos and Diet Sprite
  3. Taking a break every few months is probably a really good idea
I'm not as keen as I used to be to lose more weight, but I recognize that it will take continued course-checking to maintain the 65 pound loss I've accomplished.

[personal profile] erastes's recent posts about low-carb eating have re-energized my course checking. For my constitution and makeup, a lower-carb, higher-fat diet works best. Under that regimen I feel energetic, even-keeled and satisfied; I sleep well and I don't get cravings. My huge data set informs me that a 20:20:60 ratio of carb/protein/fat is a good target for me.

So that's what I'm doing, and it feels good to be back.

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Jun. 6th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Personally I hate asparagus, but for those who don't, this is a pretty good time for, say, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto! asparagus with hollandaise! asparagus topped with a fried egg! for a luxurious gluten-free non-nightshade dish. Or maybe some nice creamed spinach to go with a small grilled steak.

I have some ricotta to use up and will probably be tinkering with the recipes for ricotta pancakes in both Nigelissima and Gordon
Ramsay's Home Cooking. Both recipes have so little flour that, although I don't think the pancakes would cohere if it were simply skipped, I bet rice flour, almond flour, or coconut flour would work well.
Jun. 6th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of asparagus, myself, and I LOVE it with butter, mayonnaise, butter-and-mayonnaise, cheese sauce, olive-oil-coarse-salt-and-vincotto under the grill, and just plain lightly steamed. It's my best vegetable. I don't think I've tried it with a prosciutto wrap, but that sounds fantastic. I do know I like it in the center of a ham and brie wrap, though.

I've had some pretty good luck with low-carb pancakes featuring nut flours and a little binding of teff or buckwheat, maybe a tablespoon of rice flour. Ricotta would be a good addition!

Now I'm hungry!
Jun. 6th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
I love your spirit of experimentation in this, and that your experimentation takes the form: thesis, preparation, exploration, practice, testing, review, evaluation, conclusion. I really enjoy that each step on this programme of reinvention is an evolution in both theory and practice, with demonstrable and reproducible results. If only you'd see it, you'd find you've a book in this.

(I leave you with my least appropriate icon)
Jun. 6th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
That icon. LOL.

The discovery that I could hack my own life with the application of science, technology and conscious intent has certainly been one of my greatest moments, and has resulted in a whole lot of interesting changes.

I was thinking about your book suggestion this morning, and you are quite right. There IS a book here. I'm not sure I can write it (the first thought that went though my mind was, "But I don't have a Before picture, and my After picture isn't good enough yet." Sigh. Me, huh?) but I did sort of start outlining something in my head.

It's your superpower, I swear. Well one of them. Generating great ideas.
Jun. 8th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ah. Does this mean the intermittent fasting thing doesn't work, or that it was bad for you specifically?

...boundaries. SO necessary. The least pat on the back and I'm eating pizza as if I were invincible.
Jun. 9th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
I'm kind of an absolutist, and pursued intermittent fasting a bit too diligently and consistently. There's apparently some science to say that it's not a great strategy for women, on the whole. I had some effects that my doctor associated with thyroid--racing heart, shaking hands (and wonderful mental clarity, at least at first).

Now I follow my more natural rhythm, which is not to eat anything much before 10:00 a.m. most days. The "intermittent fast" averages something like 13 hours rather than 16, and it's a BIG difference.

he least pat on the back and I'm eating pizza as if I were invincible.

That is perfectly stated, and true for me as well.
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