Aunties M & Em

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5 Things in the Low Carb Lifestyle

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list of 5 things image3Way back in April 2014, when I first started down the low carb path, my doctor told me to avoid 5 things:

  1. Bread
  2. Pasta
  3. Potatoes
  4. Rice
  5. Fruit

While he didn’t actually say it, I knew this list meant that I needed to avoid sugar, wheat, and other grains, as well as starchy root vegetables and super-sweet fruit. After several months of research, I decided to not only avoid these things, but to eliminate them from my life.

What I eat:

  1. Natural Fat
  2. Meat
  3. Eggs
  4. Cheese
  5. Vegetables

The emphasis here is to eat real food. That means we do a lot more cooking than before, and it’s good to know what all the ingredients are. We shop the perimeter of the grocery store for almost all our food. Once in a while, we do have small amounts of low carb berries, such as strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries.

The benefits of this way of eating for me are:sugar-free-rubber-stamp-8928189 black

  1. After the first few days, no more craving sugar. I never thought this was possible.
  2. After the first few weeks, I had blood work done. It showed that I was no longer borderline diabetic. My A1C was totally normal! In fact, everything was beautifully in normal range!
  3. I have fibromyalgia and the pain was lessened.
  4. My bowel schedule has normalized and no more irritable bowel syndrome. Sorry if that’s TMI. It’s been a struggle for most of my adult life.
  5. I’m no longer lactose intolerant. This way of eating doesn’t include cow’s milk, but I can eat cheese again!

And I realize this wrecks my “lists of 5” theme, but it’s a wonderful benefit of this way of eating…

  1. I’ve lost weight. I still have a lot more weight to lose, but since starting this way of eating, I’ve basically maintained a loss of almost 50 lbs. for over a year. In my entire life of 61 years, I’ve never ever maintained any kind of weight loss for anywhere near that long. I consider this to be worth all the lifestyle changes we’ve made!

I hope this helps to explain my way of eating. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle and I’ve learned to embrace it. The benefits easily balance out the challenges.

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

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Author: Auntie M

I'm Grandma to Dominic (he calls me Buhbo!), the Auntie of 11 nieces/nephews and the Great-Auntie of 12 great-nieces/great-nephews! Auntie Em is my wonderful daughter and she and her brother are both married to wonderful spouses. I've been married to my best friend for 40 years and we are truly blessed with this wonderful family! I know I say "wonderful" a lot, but I can't help it! Our God is a wonderful God and He has given this wonderful life to us! I'm so thankful!

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