Two years ago (March 2017) when I looked at myself in the mirror I realized how unhappy I was with my body. I knew that I ate way too many carbs and I decided that if I wanted to lose weight I was going to have to give up carbs. I am not the kind of person that is able to "limit" myself with daily habits. I knew that in order to lose weight I couldn't just cut the carbs down, they had to be cut out completely. For the first three weeks, I was so tired, I couldn't do anything (I also gave up sugar two weeks before so that didn't help). After the first month, I felt SO much better! The water weight is real people!!! I lost 15 pounds just in the first month due to the excess water weight my body was holding onto from the carbs. I no longer felt "gross" or "huge". Every month it got easier and easier and before I knew it, it was a year later. One whole year of no sugar, no bread, no grain, and no starches, losing over 40 pounds.
At this point, I wasn't losing much weight and I was at the point of my plateau. Although I still had weight to lose it wasn't going to come off without exercising. 13 months after my diet change I found out that I was allergic to eggs, pineapple, and cane sugar. This hit hard for me as I ate three eggs every morning and had been for YEARS and pineapple was a pretty big staple in my fruit consumption. Not only was I only buying fruits, veggies, and meats, now I had to figure out what I was going to eat every morning, as breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Then came the HARDEST part. I didn't realize that cane sugar is in almost EVERYTHING. Seriously! Don't believe me? Look at the ingredient list of food you buy. Most of the time sugars are "hidden" with secret code names like Maltodextrin, Sucrose, and Dextrose. Not to mention all of the added hormones pumped into our food. UGH don't even get me started on that! So, not only did I completely change my diet and lifestyle in the last year, now I am turning it upside down again! I am not a milk person, gross, don't like it, no way. Seeing people drink milk straight from the glass makes me want to gag. For the last 5 years, I have used almond milk in my coffee. Yes, even with my crazy diet I didn't give up coffee. I don't think my husband would have survived a wife that is not filled with coffee every morning. FUN FACT: did you know that ALL kinds of almond milk contain sugar...YOU'VE GOT TO BE F***ING KIDDING ME. Don't believe me again? Trust me...even the "unsweetened" almond milk has those secret code names for sugar in it! Don't worry I will attach a list of the secret code name sugars for you all at the end of this rant! So, back to the topic at hand...Needless to say, I learned to live without eggs, sugar, and pineapple. Eating vegan ranch and mayo, lettuce wraps, and fresh fruits and veggies. Then, in the blink of an eye, it was two years later. Two years total of no carbs and no sugar. At about 18 months I felt like if I didn't add back in potatoes to my diet for a change...I was going to lose my mind feeling like I was eating the same things over and over again! Now, this is where life becomes very stressful for me.
In March 2019 with overwhelming medical bills, depression, and juggling a new business my stress was overcoming the best of me. About a week before my 25th birthday in April I told my husband, "If I don't get a cookie right now, I'm going to lose it". Oh the lovely PMS train was in town and It was NOT leaving the station until she got a damn cookie! WORST MISTAKE EVER! Let me say that again...WORST MISTAKE EVER! This is what happened to me after I gave it all up and ate whatever I wanted for 6 weeks after being so good for 2 years..
1. I gained 15 pounds (Probably about 5 pounds in water weight)
2. I had less energy & got severe headaches
3. I felt "fat"
4. I was so bloated I felt 5 months pregnant
5. My face seriously started to break out - I gave up wearing makeup in May 2018 just because my skin was so broken - after giving up makeup and carbs my skin looked SO healthy until I started eating carbs again *eye roll*
6. My skin became extremely oily thus creating the breakouts.
7. I could tell I gained weight in my inner thighs as they had started to rub together again
8. I had very noticeable cellulite in my legs
9. I hated looking at myself in the mirror
10. Depression sank in
Now, after about 6 weeks of eating whatever the hell I wanted, I gave up carbs, grain, sugar, and potatoes again...Let's just say I feel like it's harder the second time, but my husband said something to me that really stuck with me when I told him I was going to go back to my "old" diet. He said, "Well if you gained it, you can lose it". He is exactly right! Yes, I gained weight and yes I don't like it, but I CAN do something about it! So here's to take 2!
**LEFT Aug 2017** **MIDDLE Sept 2017** **RIGHT Oct 2017**
**LEFT March 2018** **MIDDLE June 3rd 2018** **RIGHT June 17th 2018**
**LEFT April 2018** **MIDDLE Oct 2018** . **RIGHT April 2019**
Left - May 2019 - 2 weeks after "giving" up no carb diet - Face starting to break out.
Right - June 2019 - 6 weeks after "giving" up no carb diet - Face patchy & breaking out.
Here is just a short list of "hidden" secret names for sugars in our food:
Dextrose (another name for glucose)
Fruit juice concentrate
Dehydrated cane juice