Why I Decided to Avoid Sugars and Grains

1929931_41118940356_5476_nWhen I look back at my life, I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t dieting. I remember being a fifth grader and thinking I need to lose about 20lbs so that I could look like the rest of the girls in my class. When I was in 7th grade I decided to become a vegetarian because I thought it was a healthy way to loose weight. Somewhere between 8th and 9th grade I tried becoming anorexic. I knew this was wrong at the time, but I wanted to do anything to look like the girls in the rest of my grade and my sister who was known in our family for being stick thin. Luckily the last diet failed miserably, and after 15 hours of not eating I realized that this lifestyle was not worth it.

 

Right before I graduated College I became serious in running. Although there were other reasons I turned to running, one was because I thought I could finally loose that extra weight. As I ran more and more, I started wanting to learn about running more and more. I started to listen to different running podcasts to improve my running.

One day, I was listening to Runner Academy Podcast, and I heard Timothy Noakes talk about the affects of sugar on the body. When I heard him speak, I was skeptical because I was brainwashed that the body needs carbohydrates, especially during long distance running. The next week I was listening to Marathon Training Academy which had this crazy man called Vinnie Tortorich. For the first time, I began to consider removing sugar from my diet. Trevor and Angie-the hosts of Marathon Training Academy- had tried out the lifestyle and made me interested in trying.

Last January (It was the end of January, so it wasn’t a New Year’s Resolution) I decided to finally give up sugar. I soon learned that there are a lot of grains that also have sugars in them, so I gave them up too.

The first week was awful. I had this dull headache for the whole week that became worse every time I thought about food. Cupcakes just looked amazing, and I wanted to eat all of them!!!!! I loved Reeses peanut butter cups and I contemplated driving to the store and buying a whole bag to eat before I got home…But I resisted these urges and eventually they disappeared. One day I woke up and I just felt GREAT! For once I could focus my mind on one thought without being distracted. I could walk into the Teacher’s Lounge and resist the mountain of sweets that looked delicious! I felt empowered.

A year later, there are several things that I noticed that have changed with my decision to live No Sugar No Grains. First of all, I have reduced the stomach pains I received after I ate a meal. I never realized that these pains were something other than digestion until I eliminated digestion. Secondly, I realized that my acid reflux and heartburn was eliminated. I always thought that because this problem ran in my family I was screwed. Lastly I lost about 30lbs and reduced my pants size.

Now, I have a degree in Education, NOT in any type of health or medical field. I am not a

My Mom and I, by the bean in Chicago

My Mom and I by the bean in Chicago

doctor, nor would I ever try to be one. But this is a lifestyle that I believe in that works for me. I understand that there are many people who may disagree with what I choose to eat. Suck it up Buttercup! I am doing what I feel is best for me. Finally I feel like I have won the diet war!

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