Last month, I tried a little experiment. I decided to go Zero Carb. Not low carb. Zero. The goal of zero carb is to eat only from the animal kingdom– meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and if you can tolerate it, dairy. No sweeteners, no chemicals, no processed food, no fruits, vegetables, grains, nothing but basically meat and water
Why did I do this? I have mentioned before that I am a sugar addict. It is real and it is strong. I am also addicted to artificial sweeters…my favorites are the kind that hide in Diet Dr. Pepper and Extra gum. I did some research into this way of life and for the most part it was an easy way to cut cravings for us insulin resistant people because you don’t ever eat anything sweet. Ever. Some people are pretty hard core and eat meat and drink water only.
I was getting into a bad habit of
possible definite grief eating in February. And even though I was working out pretty hard core, I was still gaining weight. Proof again that weight loss is 75% nutrition. I started eating this zero carb way, and lost weight. (the 5pounds I gained, plus 2 more! I can see some abs forming. I actually walked around the neighborhood with a sports bra on…like, without a shirt on top.) I had no cravings, and no nasty UC symptoms. No extreme urges to binge eat.* I had tons of energy and my skin looks good. I was rarely hungry, and didn’t constantly obsess about food. I know this way of eating sounds crazy, but my results are true. I did not even go hard core (meat and water only) for these 30 days. I need coffee to be a member of society, and I still ate dairy, just lowered my intake.)
So, what did I eat? Every morning, I made my Bulletproof coffee. Just coffee, 1 tablespoon of Kerigold butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
Scrambled eggs and bacon.
And more bacon.
Every week, I bought a giant pack of burgers and had my hub throw them on the grill. This was my lunch everyday. I am a creature of habit, so I didn’t get sick of this. I still actually want it every day for lunch! I made lamb chops, skirt steak, chicken legs, and pork.
Did I ever cheat? Yes. A few times. I chewed about 4 pieces of gum. Total. The whole month. I usually chew a pack a day. I have had a few cans of Diet Dr. Pepper. The whole month. This is pretty awesome.
There was one day that I ate an Atkins bar. Mistake. It was so bad/good and the artificial sweeteners/sugar alcohol triggered* me, so I ate the other 4 that were in the box.
I bought these at World Market because they were on sale…buy one get 2 free. Please don’t ask me why I bought these. It would be like a herion addict being clean for 30 days who just gets a little bump because it is on sale and they think they can handle it. I cannot handle it. These were gone in a day*. I had a little stomach ache that day…probably from the 4 Atkins bars I ate the day before. I thought the ginger would settle my stomach. FYI: Ginger is used to settle the stomach in small quantities….not 3 giant bars. Thank you for not judging me.
Oh. I also drank a little wine.
Here is a look at some blogs I read along the way:
Bottom Line: I haven’t felt this good in a long time. It is extremely freeing to not be hungry all the time. It feels amazing to not think about food constantly. It fee nice to not have stomach pain and to get poop like normal people do. On the other hand, I also actually like vegetables, (and think most humans should consume them) so I have started bringing them back in small doses. The vegetables are not a trigger for me. (they are for very insulin-resistant folks) My body and brain do not react to the vegetables, or the eggs, or even the dairy. It’s the wheat, the sugar and the fake stuff. I felt like I had to do something drastic like this way of eating to rid my body of all that gunk. This was an interesting experiment to take on, and I will continue to eat protein, fats and non-starchy veggies because that is what works for me.
Is this a diet you could test out for 30 days? Why or why not?