This post is actually from March of this year. But I find it very timely for me….and for any new readers, it will give you a good insight into me and low carb dieting plans….and where I am right now. Hope you enjoy!
Living in a parallel universe….NOT eating grains and sugars when everyone around you does all the time…can (at times) seem like the hardest part of it…the living in the parallel universe part. Everyone expects us to join in. Everyone has seen us fail numerous times at other diets, and suspects that eventually we will at this one too. But even those that are curious and interested…when they ask us how we’ve achieved our level of success (that those of us who have gone grain and sugar-free have achieved), want to know HOW we did it. And that discussion, at least for me, is always a little more convoluted because there is no one socially recognized diet name like ‘Atkins’ or “Weight Watchers.” Sure, I can say ‘primal’ or ‘paleo’, or even ‘low carb’, but that always requires an answer to “what’s that?” Sure, I give the answers. I just wish it was easier.
Beyond that, I also wish there was a clearer distinction for those of us that are somewhere in between primal and paleo…who feel ‘low carb’ isn’t sufficient…I guess I just want a name or term that I can now hang my hat on. So this post, I’m going to discuss just THAT.
Let’s first look at the definitions of all of the above diet group/concepts that go along with giving up grains and sugars.
Paleo: Per Wiki,
The paleolithic diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. It is based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago, and that modern humans are adapted to the diet of the Paleolithic period.
The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. Certain portions should be established for balance of nutrients to maintain homeostasis.
Proponents argue that modern human populations subsisting on traditional diets, allegedly similar to those of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers, are largely free of diseases of affluence and that Paleolithic diets in humans have shown improved health outcomes relative to other widely-recommended diets.
Primal is basically paleo, except dairy is allowed, if one isn’t allergic, sensitive, or intolerant to it. It also includes a whole lifestyle that incorporates advice on sleep, types of exercise, mental outlook, etc.
Low carb is basically eat less carbs. Grains, starchy veggies, less fruit even. Not necessarily giving up entirely, any of those, though. Just less. Usually 60-100 carbs or less a day is the goal.
No Sugar-No Grain (#NSNG):
“In its simplest form #NSNG is just that. You eliminate all processed sugars and all grains from your diet. In other words, you eat real food.” And quinoa is a no; it’s a grain. Re fruits, they suggest you keep your glycemic index to 50 or less. (you can google glycemic index to see where various fruits and veggies rate.)
Like paleo and primal, they recommend grass-fed meats, not corn fed.
Upon research right now for this post, I discover there are several different versions, some even including whole grains…so for my purposes. Not going there. Eliminated this diet(s.)
Insulin Resistance Diet:
Well, upon researching it now, it’s similar to the non-inflammatory….healthy eating, small amount of whole grains allowed. So yeah, no, not going there.
Knowing all that I know, at this point in time, I’m coming up with my OWN diet plan name. NGNS-5.
No Grains, No Sugar with 5% wiggle room. That’s what it stands for.
I’d do NSNG-5, but I’m a dyslexic OCD person. Since G is my first name and S my last, I’m reversing the order to make it easier to remember.
So, officially now when I am asked, I’ll say I’m NGNS-5, and easily explain that in one sentence. If they want more info, they can ask. It doesn’t attach itself to any ‘caveman’ principle that becomes ripe for being ripped or ridiculed by others. I own up front my ‘evil’ that I succumb about 5% of the time (with the onion rings, the BBQ sauce, the processed salad dressing, the occasional mini foray into milk chocolate.) I’m human.
I’m still morphing in a forward direction as I increase my time in maintenance. I’m still tweaking my template…fine tuning it into a better version for me…all the time. We are EACH very unique individuals…what might work well for me might not work well for you, and visa versa. Or might not be necessary. But I still firmly believe that there isn’t a human body alive that wouldn’t benefit from giving up grains, and sugars…as much as they can. It’s what I truly believe in. I’ve read too much research, seen too many real life examples, to believe otherwise. I’ll continue peddling that concept here at this blog…take it or leave it.
Have a great day!