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better by the day

A couple of weeks ago, I sent my husband a celebratory text message:

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“Gratz Deb!!!” he replied. Almost anyone else I texted with such a message would likely have replied with a “???” but Anthony knew what was up.

Me of five years ago sure wouldn’t have gotten it.

I first started eating clean when sustained exposure to specific toxins made me scarily ill in late 2012. After months of struggling to find effective answers or assistance, I finally discovered that I was experiencing chronic inflammation. I searched for ways to ease inflammation and found It Starts with Food, a book that outlined an anti-inflammatory food program.

I dived in, eating a little healthy fat, a little meat, and a bunch of veggies for each meal. Before long, I felt great.

I ate this way, more or less, for a few years.By late August of this year, I’d been eating and feeling like crap for about a year. Sick and tired of being sick and tired, I decided it was time to dive into clean eating again. I dropped coffee and ate all the good things.

Usually I start feeling improvements within a few days. This time around, I was sixteen days in and not feeling much better. I decided to drop caffeine completely to see if that helped.

It did, a little, but I soon noticed I felt terrible after eating my few sugar sources: sweet potatoes and berries. I decided to drop those for a month, too, and see if it helped.

Eventually, I ended up dropping all tea, the supplements that a doctor I admired had recommended, and both eggs and pepper. I switched out exhausting daily yoga for walking and meditation.

So what does all this have to do with being fat adapted?

When I’m running on carbs, I have to eat every 2.5-3 hours. I get cranky and feel terrible if I have to wait much longer than that.

When I’m running on fat as I do when eating clean, I can go 5-6 hours without eating and feel just fine. I might get hungry, but I don’t get hangry.

Being “fat adapted” is something the authors of It Starts with Food would call a “non-scale victory.” While you eat clean for thirty days, you’re supposed to ditch your scale and notice how you feel instead.

For me, with lots still not feeling as good as possible, it was important to celebrate that huge non-scale victory.

Having finally found what worked for me, I faced a challenging question: to go another thirty days without interruption or enjoy beer and other treats while my brother visited? Should I keep the clean-train rolling, or have some cake on my birthday, which would also have been my mom’s60th birthday?

I decided I’d be happier overall to have some beer and treats for a couple of days, and then eat clean for at least 25 days immediately afterward.

It was such a good choice!

Now, I’m several days back into eating the well that works for meWhole30 autoimmune protocol. (Though I don’t have an autoimmune disease, coffee, nuts, seeds, eggs, and nightshades do terrible numbers on me.)

Now, unlike before, I feel it. I feel the “tiger blood.” I’m sleeping better. My joint pain is almost gone, my psoriasis is clearing up, and my mental fog is lifting. I look at packages of food-like substance on grocery store shelves and feel absolutely no pull toward them; my body doesn’t even recognize it as fit for ingestion, or want any of the badness it brings to how I move through my days.

My weight is down a little, too, but that’s not central for me. For me and my body, added weight is a symptom rather than the ailment. If I address the root cause, many symptoms will resolve.

The appearance isn’t nearly as important to me as the feeling.

And right now? I’m fat adapted and feeling better by the day.

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  1. November 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Apologies to anyone who sees this post twice. Every few months, I’ll post something that doesn’t show in my feed or Anthony’s, and which gets 0-1 views. In those cases (as today), I delete and repost.

  2. November 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Love that you are looking at this systematically. Looking at the root cause. The why, the love those insights and observations.

  3. November 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    This is a great way to live. We have to pay attention to our bodies and accept the consequences if we don’t. About 6 months ago I gave up all red meat, pork, and chicken. I haven’t had one ounce of red meat in that 6 months, and only a smidgeon of chicken and pork on special occasions. I did it for personal ethical reasons, but I also did it because red meat (in particular) was making me feel like I had a big ball in my stomach all of the time, and I also felt lethargic. Add to that excercising 4-5 times per week now, and I feel more energy, happier, and I am honoring my love of animals in the process. Change for the better is always good-and that “better” is individually charged and shouldn’t be tied to any scale. XOXO

  1. November 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

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