23 May The Diet Post (part 1)
I’ve gotten so many requests to do a post on my diet and how I lost my pregnancy weight, and I’ve honestly been trying to write this post for months now. But everytime I start, I think I sound way too smug, preachy or self righteous. And we already have sooooo many people on social media telling us how its easy to eat clean and stay in shape. I LOVE the women who will tell you point blank period that it is hard and sometimes painful. So here I am telling you that I find it incredibly hard staying in shape. But the more disciplined I become, the easier it gets.
I love food. I adore carbs. Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, YAM!If it is a carb, I love it. I could go for days without eating any protein. Lets not even get to cookies, cake, chocolate and ice cream. I have a TERRIBLE sweet tooth. I’m that person at birthday parties hustling for cake and stealing children’s party packs so I can eat cookies (I’m not joking). Don’t invite me to your child’s birthday! For a very long time, I could eat whatever I wanted, work out moderately and be just fine.
Until of course, I went through the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth twice, in very quick succession. I gained a whopping 65 pounds with my son, and lost about 45 before I got pregnant with my daughter six months later. Then I proceeded to gain ANOTHER 40 pounds (when I’m pregnant NO LETTING GO NO HOLDING BACK with food obviously). I was able to lose the 40 pounds I gained by being very strict with my calories and working out like a mad person, most times twice a day. But no matter what I did, I couldn’t lose the last 15-20 pounds.
Since working out and starvation weren’t giving me the results I wanted, I knew I had to try something new. I got introduced to the Ketogenic diet by my sister Nkem in June last year. The Keto diet involves eating a High Fat- High Protein- Extremely Low Carb diet (no sugar or carbs, basically no fruit, very limited vegetables) and though it is extreme, I thought it would be a great way to break the hold of carbs on my destiny. I hated everyday of it because like I mentioned earlier, I’m really not a big fan of meat- but it forced me to think about food differently and learn about different ways to make protein exciting enough for me to tolerate. I did it for 60 days, ate until I was full, did not count calories, did not workout, and I lost about 5 pounds.
After my Keto challenge was over, I decided that it was way too hardcore for me but I’m still grateful that I did it because it really reduced my reliance on carbs and definitely changed the way I ate. I was ready to follow a not so intense version which is the Paleo diet where you can have all the fruit and veggies you want, some good complex carbs like sweet potatoes (HALLELUJAH!), no dairy, and of course meat and fish. So this is what I followed from August last year until late March this year. Until I discovered something that changed my life forever….. DUN DUN DUN! Find out more in the next post!
So…are you struggling with your weight? Have you heard of or tried the Keto and/or Paleo diet? What foods do you tend to avoid?
Let Me Know,