So I’m back on the wagon (with my HEP– Healthy Eating plan) after a stretch of stress that just wasn’t going away.
I knuckled down (warned my husband there would be a couple days of withdrawals– I was right), and just started doing what I know works for me: minimal carbs (none of them grains), very little dairy, plenty of protein and good fats.
“They” say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
What is it called when you know what will produce good results, but you don’t do it?
I already knew this works for me. I’ve done it before, and I feel so. much. better. when I eat this way.
But I get stuck on weird things.
Like: if this is so good for me (and many-many others), why is is there so much futzing and quibble (and sometimes meanness) against low-carb/high-fat?
Part of the problem comes from my everything-is-integrated mind, and some from my training/view of Ultimate Truth.
Granted, my Ultimate-Truth category has gotten smaller and smaller as I’ve gotten older, but it’s one of my default matters, and so it’s my position of origin that I have to negotiate (away) from.
If something matters enough for me to rearrange my life for it, how can it not-matter to anybody else? I might lose steam…
My awakening of understanding sort of grew out of this concept: You don’t know what you don’t know (until you know it).
I had no idea how much my body craved fat (in a good way) until I’d been mostly-off it for a while then went back on. Let me tell you: I could feel the difference.
But before that point I had no reason to question what I’d been taught.
One of the best/easiest ways to be patient with people who think differently is to assume they just don’t know yet.
I may have mentioned before I am in a minority (beliefs-wise) at my church. We’re eclectic enough as a group, I’m sure everybody feels this way sometimes, but I’m pretty convinced I get it more than the rest.
One week I asked an older man (who’d just been contradicted, rudely I felt, in a controversial topic) how he managed people who treated him poorly. Especially in relation to what he believed.
His solemn, serious answer made me want to laugh and cry at the same time, “Oh, mostly I just feel sorry for them, that they’re so confused.”
If you can be honest with yourself, and pray strength for others to be honest with themselves, we can come up with things that work for each of us and not be hung up on what we think someone else should or shouldn’t be doing.
And then it was nice to run across this free resource (it’s not actually free-free. You have to “pay” with your email address, but especially since you can choose to unsubscribe, the resource is worth it).
That’s a link to Dr. Mercola’s site and a video clip that introduces the test and his thoughts on it.
the part I found most-useful was when he said that in their practice (where they have everyone coming in for care take the test) the results divide almost equally in thirds.
One-third does best with little to no meat.
One-third does best with a (tailored) ratio of carbs to protein/fat.
One-third does best with few carbs, and mostly protein/fat (Guess what group I tested into.)
The price of your email addy also buys you a food list and meal plan to get you started, so I believe him when he says they’re serious about getting usable information to as many people as possible.
One other thing Mercola notes, and I found this back-door satisfying, is that the protein type is the one that shows up with the most health issues/challenges.
His explanation for this was that the protein types (of the three) are the ones most likely to be eating off-type, based on what’s culturally/commercially/readily available.
This sits really well with me, seeing how my health (physical and emotional) responds pretty directly to the way I eat.
SO: give it a shot.
Tell me your type if you feel like it. And is it what you expected?