by Anura Guruge
Yes, I have been on my low-carb diet, without exception, for over 3 years — having started it on January 22, 2013 when I was ‘diagnosed’ with prediabetes. I lost (close to) 30 pounds very quickly and until the start of this year, i.e., 2016, had no trouble staying at a steady weight, viz. 163 lbs, which represented a 26 pound weight loss.
This was not the first time I had done low-carb/Atkin. I had done it twice before, both with great success, albeit just for about a year each time. So this is the longest I have been on this low-carb diet. I am used to being on a specific, unwavering diet or regime for long periods. I was on my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK for 10 years or so! NO, it is not a matter of ‘willpower‘. I do not subscribe to willpower since it conotes a power struggle between you and your brain. That is not good. What you need instead is 100% cooperation and harmony between you and your brain. Then things like sticking to a diet becomes a piece of cake. I just finished writing a book about this. It is called “Brain Meditation” since that is how you achieve that harmony. More about that later when I get around to publishing the book.
Anywho … I have no problem, whatsoever, with dying. Have always been like that. What scares the life out of me is living through the complications of diabetes! I was 7 years old when my beloved uncle, a renowned doctor, told me that it would only be a matter of time BEFORE I got diabetes. So in 1960 he pulled out this brown bottle of Saccharin pills and said “no sugar for you”. Use this. Though I ate a LOT of sweets — cakes, desserts and puddings in particular — well into my 30s I never took sugar (other than on my egg-hoppers). [Yes, of course, I know I am strange.] So now facing diabetes it is a choice. Low-carb to delay it, or living with diabetes. More I that is a no-brainer.
Up until the start of this year I had found that I could eat as much meat and cheese as I wanted without adding to my weight (or losing weight during the early days). So I snacked on ham, chicken/turkey/pork ‘hot dogs’ and cheese. I LOVE CHEESE. I can live on cheese, if I had to. So for 3 years I put no limits on my cheese, ‘hot dog’, ham and meat consumption. I was doing good and my cholesterol levels were beyond enviable.
Then this January things started to change. My weight started to slowly creep up and I couldn’t shed it. That was strange. I was also having digestion issues — despite my daily Metamucil regime (of 25 years) and above-average consumption of vegetables, greens & fruits. I was not happy. My weight went up to 169. I could have, if I wanted, stayed at that. That would have been the 20 pounds I was told to lose. But I did not like being at 169. I was happier at 162 – 163. So, as ever, I gave it a lot of thought. Finally realized that it had to be the cheese, ham and processed ‘hot dogs’. Yes, the salt was making me retain water. So I basically eliminated, ‘cold turkey’, the cheese and hot dogs — which had been daily staples for 3 years. Yep, I can do that (and so could YOU if you practice ‘brain meditation’). So now I just eat a little bit of real (unprocessed meat) at snacks and maybe less than an ounce of cheese. Make up for that with fruit.
Today, after 3 weeks of that modified diet I was at 159. I like 159. I am going to stay on this. Let’s see if I lose more weight. As an adult I have been down to 142 lbs — when I started my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK diet. Went from 204 to 142 in about 6 months. At 142 I was a skeleton. You could see every one of my ribs.
Just wanted to SHARE with you. IF you are on low-carb for an extended period of time (and I hope you are) — then think about cutting way back (way back) on cheese, ham and processed meat. [I was never a big bacon eater though I eat a lot of pork.]
Egg Hoppers — the only thing I ate with (raw) sugar since I was 7 years old. But I haven’t eaten one in 24 years! Sad isn’t it?
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by Anura Guruge