Mind Blown... / by Brett Sayles

Many across the vast expanse of the Intarwebz may not now this, but I've been trying to lose some weight for a long time.  About a year (maybe two) ago, I really got too it.

My goal was to lose forty pounds.  That would put me at 195lbs.  The way I'm built, going any lower would make me look like I was on a hunger strike.

The first twenty came off through sheer force.  Low carbing, low calories and high will power.  Some of you will get this.  Six days a week I did my best to stay on program, then one day I fulfilled my cravings.  I don't think I ever did really well at it, but managed to get 20lbs off.  I bounced around that 215lb mark for another extended period of time.

I'd get up in the morning and be thinking about the cheat day tomorrow.  While being good, I could only really think about getting as much yumminess out of the yum deprived day I was in.

I couldn't get the desire to eat the stuff I 'couldn't' eat, out of my head.  Then I had an accidental break through.  It is the perfect storm of ADHD ideas that all hit my squirrel brain at once.

My mind is blown.

I read recently about a study that said that artificial sweeteners promoted diabetes, not from messing with blood sugar levels, but through changing bacteria in your gut.  Since I was drinking a huge amount of diet soda, sweetener in my tea, on my food etc.  I decided to put all artificial sweeteners out of my diet.

About the same time, I watched a documentary about industrial meat farming and didn't like what I saw.  I decided to lay off meat that comes in styrofoam & plastic wrap.  Now don't get me wrong here.  I love meat, but I also care very much about treating my meat with respect (that sounded weird...).  I decided that I wasn't going to eat meat (maybe fish..) unless I killed it myself.  I'll make allowances for animals that friends kill...  I'm not crazy....

As you can imagine, that pretty much dried up the flow of meat products in my diet.

I also had the bright idea to stop eating processed 'food.'  I really don't know what came over me...  I make exceptions in what I call processed, for some yummy yakisoba noodles and locally made bread that's got that old school thing going.  You know, it's got bark in it I think.

Here's the good part...

Two or so days into this insanity, eating Irish oatmeal for breakfast (with real brown sugar and dried fruit), a loaf of bark bread and fruit for lunch and steamed rice & veggies or some home made yakisoba, a strange thing happened. 

All of a sudden, I realized that I wasn't craving stuff.  In fact, I started craving crazy stuff like water and veggies...  What??

After two weeks, I came to the conclusion that I'm not 'on a diet' anymore.  I'm just eating real food.  Real, as in doesn't come in a box.  Real, as in that stuff grows out of the dirt and you can eat it.  Real.

I've lost 7.5lbs in two weeks and haven't had a cheat.  Well, I decided that I needed some pizza and ordered this thing with eggplant, broccoli and basil on it.  I'm outta control!

In this short period of time, I went from looking at those bad foods, and being ready to kill for them, to looking at them and not wanting to put the garbage in my mouth.  I'm not sure if it's the artificial sweeteners, lack of meat or eating foods with some nutritional value, but it's working.

The only reason I'm sharing this, is to let my friends know what accidentally happened to me.  I'm not saying that eating like this will work for you, but it seems to be working for me.  It's really strange, but I'm not missing the old foods, I'm wanting the new stuff... 

If you have problems like I've described above, give it a go.  What do you have to lose?  

-Brett