It’s been quiet around here all week as I’ve been super busy since returning from our Thanksgiving weekend in SF. It was good, except for the trip home.
MAJOR IMPORTANT TAKE AWAY: Never drive from SF to LA on the Sunday after a long weekend unless you REALLY like the feeling of sitting in a car and not moving. For hours and hours.
But aside from my hellacious ride back with a cranky husband and two whiny dogs, the trip was all great. BTW, have you tried AirBnB yet? OMG, we rented a two bedroom apartment in the Marina district and it was awesome!!! I may never stay in a hotel again!
I’m excited to write about this because there IS some!! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve gotten a little “fluffy” post competition as I went right back to eating the way I did before my competition prep, and of course, went right back to the same size. Not huge, but not midriff-exposing lean, either.
So here’s where I am after about 2 months of focusing on #nsng (no sugar, no grains) and optimizing fat. I’m pretty happy with the way I’m looking right now. I feel good about myself, and I also just feel REALLY GOOD. I’m not craving sugar at all. I’m not hungry all the time, and my pms (which has become a real problem for me since hitting 40) has settled down a lot.
This all tells me that my previous diet (which I thought was good for me) was clearly not helping me. I was insulin resistant to the point that grains, beans, fruit and processed sugar of any kind messed with my hormones. I’m gobsmacked that I thought I was eating a super clean, traditional high protein, low fat body building diet of oatmeal, egg whites, brown rice etc, and it was working against me. I was in a fog most of the time (due to the calorie deprivation and occasional insulin spike) and I was always hungry.
Now, I eat breakfast at 7:30 am and I don’t even think about lunch until about 1:30pm. If I do get peckish, I’ll grab a small handful of raw almonds (about 6 or 7) and that holds me over. Dinner is a protein and lots of non-starchy veggies roasted or pan fried in coconut oil or ghee.
This tends to satiate me for the day, I’m losing weight and I’m not in a caloric deficit. I’m even still having wine here and there, so the only thing missing in my life these days is a little spare tire.
Merry Christmas from the ab fairy!
Anyway, I’ve got big plans for the new year in terms of how I’m going to pull together more info on #NSNG for my lovely readers, but at the end of the day, it’s pretty simple:
- No sugars (I use stevia and xylitol instead)
- No Grains (for me, this includes quinoa)
- Optimize fat – bring on the olives, avocado, coconut and ghee!