mamavation-monday-graphicI’m finished being under the spotlight and have taken a couple weeks off to shake that off. Now I’m back and ready to keep on keepin’ on with the journey I started so long ago.

I was thinking the other day of the different reactions I get when I tell people I don’t eat grains. They’re pretty varied. Not many people are ignorant about it, mostly since I don’t tell strangers on the street or try to convince others that my diet is perfect for them.

Diet is the horrible problem word. Lifestyle has been just as abused.

The reason these terms get abused is because someone that had something work for them then goes out and writes a book and goes on television and tells millions of people it could work for them, too! The people get excited, go whole hog into something that doesn’t work for them, and the cycle continues.

Most of the other people are all “a calorie is a calorie” and you just have to burn more than you intake. Suuuuper simple, right?!

But it’s all bullshit. Really, it is.

There are many ways to eat, and some of those work beautifully for some and some ways will work beautifully for others. What we, as individuals, need to find is what works best for us.

I weighed in this morning at 286, which is up 2.6lbs from yesterday. I’ve been drinking water like it’s going out of style, so I’m pretty sure it’s not water retention. I did have kibbah yesterday (cracked wheat) and it is probably not fat I’ve accumulated since yesterday, but swollen, inflamed tissue. I always gain weight when I have kibbah. It’s why I only have it about twice a year at this point.

Also, another thing I’ve learned is if I eat a piece of pita bread with pretty much anything on it I gain .6lbs every time.

The takeaway from those last two paragraphs is this: A pita doesn’t weigh over half a pound and 4 little kibbahs doesn’t weigh over 2lbs. Since you can’t gain more weight than what you’ve eaten (I’m pretty sure on this but don’t quote me, I’m not a scientist or whatever you call someone who studies food professionally) the only thing left is either water retention or inflammation or … that’s all I’ve got.

Which is why I know what I ate, I weigh, and I use the limited informaton I have to extrapolate decisions about what to eat.

I started with Paleo as my jumping off point because it was the only diet I found that was okay with not eating breakfast or with skipping a meal if you weren’t hungry. I was worried it was like Atkins (which I lost weight on but was unsustainable) and Paleo seemed just as strict. Then I found Primal and it filled in the rest of the spaces where I could not make Paleo work for me.

This process took years.

But with tracking and progress I know what makes my body feel good. I can connect the kibbah to a weight gain. I know that up to a cup of rice is weight neutral and will start incorporating that into my diet when I get to the place where I am maintaining my weight instead of losing. Corn chips don’t affect me poorly at all as long as they’re from a mexican restaurant and not a bag at the store.

These are things I’ve learned over time, not from a book with a bright title and happy skinny person on the cover.

It’s sad that food is such a big deal and we can’t just talk about it without someone getting all freaky-deaky. From Jenny McCarthy telling people food cures autism to the 700 diets on the market that worked for (probably) about 700 people really, really well…it’s something we can’t seem to talk about without someone, somewhere getting all defensive and then everyone else gets defensive.

It’s a bummer, because I *love* talking about this stuff.

What works for you? Do you know yet, or are you still searching?

This post is sponsored by Schick Intuition and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and while I write these to continue my participation in Mamavation, this post also happens to be an entry into a giveaway for a razor.

2 Comments on The Difference Between a Diet and a Diet (#Mamavation Monday)

  1. You said it best – “There are many ways to eat, and some of those work beautifully for some and some ways will work beautifully for others. What we, as individuals, need to find is what works best for us.”

    I am still on this journey. I am still learning. I have moments when I completely screw it up. I am thankful for finding Mamavation because I now have a community of people who “get it.” It is a journey – full of highs, lows, turns, peaks, valleys. The hard part is reminding ourselves to stick with the journey, and press forward.

    All the best to you!

  2. I am Wheatless have been for 3 years, thanks to a daughter and husband that have allergies. I lost 30 lbs immediately in the first 3 months of going wheatfree. So far I haven’t gained it back. I can always tell when I have had wheat. I feel sluggish and have a hard time focusing. I miss the convience of eating wheat, ie drive thrus, but my family is healthier. The allergies won’t be going away anytime soon, if ever, so a wheatfree diet is my life. I know for me that I would not have chosen to be wheatfree but for my daughter I will do anything so I think of it as a lifestyle change not a diet.

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