|Why I Started This Blog|
Plus, a Little About Me
Since I've personally moved on to a gluten-free moderate-carb lifestyle, and I'm eating a gluten-free, nutrient-rich, well-balanced diet now, I realized that discussing the current health and nutritional challenges I'm going through, as well as voicing my rants against a low-carb diet that doesn't work for the majority (including the low-carb gurus) was doing the Atkins and Keto readers a disservice.
Because a low-carb, high-fat diet like Atkins, Keto, and Nutritional Ketosis (LCHF) does work for some individuals.
Just not for me.
At least, not anymore . . .
Why I Started this Blog
Rather than disappear from the weight-loss niche completely, which wouldn't be fair to those low-carb readers, I decided to start a new blog here instead. This blog will expand on what I've already been doing and place its focus on the higher-carb, more-balanced lifestyle that many would rather follow today.
With only one in three overweight individuals insulin resistant, there is more need for a moderate-carb resource blog than there is for a low carb one.
So, this will be the place where I freely share what I am learning and discovering about:
- nutrition science
- intuitive and mindful eating
- body image issues
- eating disorders
- general health
- personal development
- weight-loss diets I have experience with
This way, I can allow the low-carb blog to be what it was originally intended for: weight-loss support and good, solid information for those following a low-carb lifestyle.
This blog will be similar, but slanted toward those following a more moderate approach to life.
When I first wrote this post in April of 2010, I had no idea that most of what I believed about low-carb diets was just theory and hypothesis.
I honestly believed that low carb was based on science.
Over the years, after looking at the scientific studies myself, rather than swallowing what the low-carb elite wanted me to believe, I've come to my own conclusions and realizations.
These conclusions have re-ignited the desperate need for this blog. While there are many weight-loss blogs written by those following one of the many moderate-carb diets available, there really isn't a useful resource that combines health, nutrition, and dieting.
Most of what I've run into is day-to-day weight-loss experiences that include a useful insight or two backed by a personal story. Blogs that don't focus on personal experience tend to focus on food and recipes.
I love reading personal adventures because they help me understand the dieting mindset better. However, taking charge of your health includes more than just dieting. While physical needs like recipes and diet structure are important, so are the issues that affect your mind, emotions, and spiritual existence.
This blog will seek to bring a more rounded attitude and viewpoint to all of the important aspects of life.
Low Carb Doesn't Work for Everyone
I am not against low-carb diets, even though I was seriously questioning their value and safety in 2010. I have a clearer understanding of why they work now, so I also understand who they work best for.
In 2010, I wasn't the only one struggling with the science and discovering that low carb doesn't work for everyone. There were quite a few of us that came to the realization that we are all individuals, so some of us will do better by returning carbs to the diet.
That sounds like a no-brainer idea, I know. But, you'd be surprised at just how few low-carb folks actually believe that's true.
Their one-track mindset and belief that everyone should be eating low carb, including kids, is what fueled the decision to separate this blog into its own community.
There really wasn't a way to co-exist with a group of people whose purpose in life is to convert the world into eating low carb.
Granted, individuals within the low-carb community are accepting, or at least tolerant, of those eating a higher carb diet, but the doctrine the low-carb community preaches is so contrary to science and reality that it's just not realistic to publish content over there that is focused on balanced living.
Low-carb diets are deliberately unbalanced.
Low-carb was originally designed to assist those with metabolic problems in losing weight to correct their individual issues through carbohydrate restriction. The problem is that overweight and obese individuals are NOT all insulin resistant.
Most of us are insulin sensitive, which means we won't do well on a low-carb diet.
While it's true that modern diets are excessive in carbohydrates, making them unbalanced and unhealthy, neither extreme is correct in their approach to life.
Thinking in extremes is one of the reasons why we're in the mess we're in.
And while swinging the other way might be an essential step for those who are severely insulin resistant or have Type 2 Diabetes, it's not necessary, nor optimal, for those who are not in that situation.
My Dieting Background is Extensive
I have a lot of personal experience with a wide variety of diets. Over the years, I've tried:
- Counting Calories
- Atkins 72
- Atkins 92
- Weight Watchers Exchange Program
- Weight Watchers Quick Start Program
- Atkins 2002
- Protein Power Life Plan
- Kimkins Diet
- South Beach Diet
- Thin So Fast (Weight Loss Shakes)
- Nutritional Ketosis (LCHF)
- Rapid Fast Loss Diet (PSMF)
- HCG Diet
- Paleo Diet
- Weight Watchers Online
Some of them were a bit twisted in logic, like the Candy Diet that had you pop a piece of nutrient-fortified candy about 20 minutes before meals.
The Grapefruit Diet was a lower-carb diet that told you there was something magical about grapefruit's ability to burn body fat.
|Can Grapefruit Really Burn Body Fat?|
I also followed an all-vegetable, non-fat, 500 calorie diet for two weeks once that was advertised to completely change the way I looked at food.
It did. But not in the way the diet promised.
All weight-loss diets work in exactly the same way, but some diets use gimmicks and tricks to hide the fact that eating less is the secret ingredient to weight management. While new diets come forth each and every year, there is nothing really new about them.
They are just a different trick to get you to eat less.
You can do exactly the same thing by staying aware of what you're doing and creating a well-balanced diet that will supply all of the nutrients the body needs to function optimally.
I Have Several Medical Conditions
Along with an extensive dieting history, I have several medical conditions, such as:
- multiple-chemical sensitivity
- vestibular dysfunction (Meniere's Disease)
- celiac disease
- Graves disease
I probably also have Lymphocytic Colitis (an autoimmune sub-type of microscopic colitis, common in those with celiac disease). My youngest son was diagnosed with that, but I have never been tested. I do have the symptoms, though.
Family history includes Behcet's disease, which is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the whole body. It's extremely difficult to diagnose. Tests are not reliable in Americans, but I did have an extremely high CPR marker value the last time it was checked. CPR measures bloodstream inflammation.
Both Lymphocytic colitis and Behcet's disease produce gluten intolerance. Lymphocytic colitis is not fatal like other inflammatory bowel diseases can be. However, I'm willing to entertain the notion that the celiac came first.
Up until I started having severe asthma attacks, around age 40, I was in perfect health, but everything seemed to go downhill after that.
I've always been Vitamin K deficient, however, and since celiac disease tends to begin long before you reach the point where symptoms begin to manifest, I'm also willing to accept the idea that I might not have been as healthy throughout my life as I thought.
My ex was a junk-food junkie, so our diet wasn't the best.
In 2002, I was struck down in my prime by a vicious vertigo attack that left me bedridden for several years. I literally could not dress myself, shower, or go to the bathroom without assistance.
Since the vertigo was 24/7, rather than episodic, my Primary Care Physician refused to accept the diagnosis I was given by the Neurologist he sent me to, and told me I was not disabled until a specialist told him I was disabled.
The ENT he sent me to told me that the balance mechanism in my left ear was not working. However, the vertigo I was having wasn't fatal, so I needed to stop being lazy and go back to work.
"You need to learn how to live with the vertigo," he said.
The state disability doctor wanted to train me for a sit-down computer job, even though I couldn't stay focused or walk without assistance. State disability doctors won't concede that you are disabled if you have the ability to work online.
With no one willing to actually help me, eventually, my current hubby and I packed up and left Southern California.
We moved to Utah where a holistic chiropractor I was friends with online was able to get the body's energy flowing correctly, so the mind could begin adapting to the vertigo problem.
Hubby carried me into his office, and once he adjusted the neck and upper back, I was able to walk out of his office under my own power. But that newfound freedom was short-lived.
The neck fell back out of place within a few minutes, on the ride home, but with chiropractic adjustments three times a week, training the neck to stay in place, I was finally in a position where I could begin to teach myself how to walk again.
Learning to walk for a second time was the biggest and most profound life experience I've had so far. There are no words to explain how I felt. People take so many things for granted. I know I did, until they weren't there anymore.
Today, I'm going bi-lateral. I'm losing the balance mechanism in my other ear, so I have consistent vertigo again, but I have a better understanding of what's going on this time, and how to care for myself.
My Professional Background
A large part of my life was spent working for typing jobs and raising 4 sons, but my more recent post-kids professional background includes working with developmentally challenged adults in a group home, independent apartment living, and workshop settings.
After teaching myself to walk again, I worked as a culinary specialist for a couple of local boys homes.
When I discovered that I have celiac disease, I quit my job as a glorified cook and kitchen supervisor for wayward boys and decided to put all of my efforts into writing online.
At that time, I already had the low-carb blog up and running, so I was confident that I could be successful at writing.
|Panda Algorithm Completely|
Changed Writing Online
When the Panda algorithm struck, and the site and its ranking power went down the tubes, I wrote for Textbroker as a ghost blogger and copywriter.
I also had a few private clients, and I expanded my blogs from two to six.
I joined Infobarrel, another content site that had surprisingly survived the Panda explosion, and moved some of my Suite articles there, but they didn't do as well at Infobarrel as they did at Suite 101. I'm guessing that might have been because at Infobarrel, I was writing under a pen name -- Lavender Rose. Plus, Google doesn't love content sites.
Today, I mostly work on my blogs. I do very little writing for outside sources. Partly, due to the vertigo and other health issues I have, and partly because I enjoy the freedom that blogging brings.
Textbroker is a nice content site for those wanting to learn what online writing is all about, but the strictness required to maintain your current rank there is difficult right now since the vertigo is acting up again.
Blogging doesn't have the same grammar demands that working for content sites have.
Hubby and I are currently in preparation for a major move. We are leaving Utah in the Spring and moving to Texas, so we can be closer to our 2-year granddaughter, and my oldest son and his wife. My youngest son also lives in Texas, but he's undecided if he's going to stay there or move to California.
Since Texas is flatland and Utah is a mountain valley, the difference in air pressure and air quality had a dramatic affect on my health.
In addition, the people we rent from are putting the house up for sale come March, so it's just as well that we are already in preparation mode since we'll be homeless in just a few short months anyway. There doesn't seem to be any real reason to stay in Utah.
What's nice is that online writing can just seamlessly follow me wherever I'm at.
The move won't disrupt my writing at all. I'll be able to continue blogging as I always have, and hopefully, get better at keeping up with all six of my blogs.
- My mind was clearer in Texas.
- My balance worked better.
- And I just all-around felt better.
In the meantime, I'll be devoting a lot of my blogging efforts to getting this blog up and running the way it was originally intended. I want to turn this site into the best resource there is for moderate-carb diets, health, and nutrition.
With your help and support, I know we can make Life After Low Carb a growing, thriving, and supportive community.