It’s now four weeks since I last blogged and I’ll be honest as to why – I’ve more or less stopped dieting. August is a tough time to follow a diet; all right so it’s ALWAYS a tough time to follow a diet. But we were blessed with a particularly lovely August in the UK this year and all I wanted was ice-cream! About as non-Paleo as you can get and yes, I know there is Paleo ice-cream but where, where?
The local ice-cream seller doesn’t appear to have it. And nor does any supermarket I use. Anyway though I’ve more or less stopped dieting now I am still trying to adhere to Paleo principles at least a little. I keep an eye on my carbs and consume them as little as possible (ice-cream not withstanding). I try to keep the protein levels up and where I am eating carbs, I try to balance it so there’s more protein.
For example I cut the crusts off sandwiches! And add slices of ham, cheese or hard-boiled egg to sandwiches so the thinly-sliced bread becomes just a means of holding it all together.
I love toast and love the smell of the house when I’ve had toast. I don’t want a life without it. What can I say? I realise all this goes against everything I said this blog was about but I’ve discovered something most of you probably already knew – a diet that restricts anything you like is always going to be a tough one to stick to long-term.
I never entirely gave up sugar in my coffee because I love the taste of it. But a quarter teaspoon of brown molasses in my coffee, what could it hurt…
I am going to continue to try to keep my weight under some kind of control and not go mad. I DO still want to keep Diabetes at bay and I believe I can with a combination of fairly sensible eating and plenty of exercise; mostly walking which I adore.
The diet blogs will continue to be infrequent like this though I’ll try to blog at least once a month. After 18 months of doing this, there really isn’t a whole lot more to say on a diet blog. I ate this. I lost this. Or I didn’t…
My weight has been fairly stable this year. I haven’t put the pre-diet weight back on and I don’t have Diabetes. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are fine and I’m in good shape. That’s the most important thing isn’t it? Sorry if anyone feels let down but I will try to keep this up a bit and show you can go a bit Paleo, at least, and lead a healthier life than one chock full of carbs.
Kids and carbs
For it still makes me cringe when I see kids in Costa with a tray piled high with packets of crisps and cake – as I did the other day. And when I donate to foodbanks I always put something high in protein in there – cans of tuna, say, or salmon or ham. Carbs by themselves, especially those full of little more than sugar, ARE I believe very harmful for you and cause blood sugar levels to rocket then plunge.
So if nothing else, I will try to eat more protein and little less carb. And always eat protein with carb. That seems fairly easy to follow. I’ll let you know how I go. Down but definitely NOT out!