Slow-Carb huh? I know, I know, but hear me out!
Keto’s been amazing to me. If you have read any of my posts from 2016, you’ll know how much of an advocate I was and continue to be of reducing the carbs in the diet. At least it helped me.
Carbs = Inflammation.
It isn’t as much a generalized blanket statement, as much as it is the truth for so many of us who have seen the benefits once we reduce them from our diet. Think of it as allergies. Some of us have, some don’t, and we do what we have to, so we can live better. I’ve had bad knees since my 30s and because of the surgeries and drop in cartilage, osteoarthritis is setting in quicker than it should. Like 30 years sooner than it should appear, but past is past, and no point going over the why, but I just have to pull up my socks and deal with it.
Keto is restrictive. As a
I cycle on and off restricting carbs – slow carb or low carb every few months, but 2018 has been a rough year. Our bodies are not just machines, chugging away. Emotions, life, and situations outside of our control tend to mess with our heads, despite however you hold your inner peace and well, our bodies are affected. Clinically put, Psycho-Somatic Disorders. Not an excuse, but despite doing what I normally do, my body has a mind of its own (haha) and that with menopausal changes (again, am frikking too young to be menopausing, but whatever), I put on 30 pounds.
I didn’t even have to weigh myself to know, my knees just couldn’t handle me anymore and I started crying into the pillows and with the general feeling of malaise and since Thanksgiving, it’s been a downer. The new year came and I was still feeling meh, doing my daily things, but not feeling as good and bright as I knew in my heart that I should be. THEN I go to the gym, and next thing I know I stood on the InBody Body composition Analysis machine and the printout says I have a whopping 42% of fat in me. WTF! Imagine that! It was a punch in the gut. How can 2 months of relaxing and eating some sugar along with cortisone do that? It didn’t, it just added on to the cortisol already developing in me over the year.
So what is this Slow Carb diet (aka the 4 hour body)
I listen to Tim’s podcast, and
I suggest you hop over and read the links below if you’d like to get a more in-depth understanding but in a nutshell, Ferris outlines 5 rules to follow for the diet.
- Rule 1: No white carbs. No carbs.
- Rule 2. Eat the same meals repeatedly, with at least 20% protein with every meal. Basically, your Slow Carb vegetables
- Rule 3. Have only non-calorie drinks.
- Rule 4. No fruits
- Rule 5. Take a day off and eat whatever you like.
Dissecting this from how easy or hard this was to adapt, (and even if I should) and some bulbs went off.
THINGS THAT MADE ME DO A DANCE
LENTILS AND BEANS – this group alone made me so happy! IMAGINE the possibilities!
- Sambar? Yes!
- Pesarattu? YES!
Minapattu? Urad dal dosa? YES!
- Mexican salad with black beans? YES!
- Rajma? Yes!
- Vegetarian Chilli? YES!
- Hummus? Yes!
- …and am sure more will pop up as I think, but how cool and how awesome is that for an Indian tongue!
NO CALORIES COUNTING OR MACROS: That doesn’t mean I stuff myself silly, but the pressure to hit all the macros isn’t that stringent. That’s a relief. The food journal will continue.
CHEAT DAY: Hello, cheat day. It’s your basic carb cycling, but it’s a weekly thing, so that’s a good thing right?
THINGS THAT I BELIEVE WOULD BE A CHALLENGE
PROTEIN: I worry about how much I can live on eggs. That was also a challenge for me while on Keto, and considering Whey protein is out, and so are the nuts which have to be consumed in moderation, so am unsure how I will manage to hit 20% protein every meal. Beans, Chia seeds and, Eggs are the only two sources for the Vegetarian.
THINGS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO KETO
- No fruit
- No dairy (no cheese here in SCD)
- No grains
- Must take supplements (Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium)
- Lift weights
- Fat loss program
The idea is to stick with the slow carb diet (loosely) for a month and see how it goes. I will be recording my daily thoughts and experiences (and will publish once a week).
Let me clarify, am tweaking his 4HB according to what works for me. If you read the book, he suggests cold showers and sleep broken into naps etc, those look and sound harsh and extreme and on occasion needless. Thing is, no matter what diet or science one would like to follow, it’s super important to use your head, your thinking and do what works for you with some trial and error.
There are posts on the internet that list the cons, like this one and this one, and a few that say it worked for them, like this one and then this. Just like Keto, there is a whole subreddit here. Ruled.Me has a fantastic post on all the various diets that work and why.
The “Getting Started to Slow Carb Diet” 29-page long summary is exceptionally written and recorded. The r/ user has boiled a 400-page original Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Body, down to this, and it’s answered most of the questions I have for now, and I have a fairly good idea of where am going.
Ultimately, it ALWAYS comes down to what works for you, your body, your lifestyle and if you are able to manage it and perform at your 100%, then that’s the
Just be mindful.
WHY AM I DOING IT?
I am trying. I have to do whatever it takes and fight against my body, to reduce fat percentage and drop 30-40 pounds, so I can live pain-free and function as agile as I feel in my head. I have menopause, bad stiff knees with osteoarthritis and my weight that prevents me from jumping into a
What I have realized, and painfully so, is that life and our journeys are in need of constant work. There is NO ONE end goal or pinnacle in sight. It’s just one long road and you find successes along the way, you will get distracted and fall on the scenic route and maybe drop down a cliff or two, but if you really want to, you will find yourself scaling back and will find your path again and it starts again.
This is 2016 all over again. If I could do it then, I should be able to do it again. Wish me luck. No, wish me diligence. There is no such thing as luck, mostly.