Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Nickie (40), a professional dieter for over 25 years and self-proclaimed food addict. For years I have struggled with my weight (as in 85 lbs too much), high blood pressure, swollen ankles, eczema / psoriasis on my hands, elbows and ankles, and two bouts of gestational diabetes during both my pregnancies. My mom has type 2 diabetes, which puts me even more at risk for developing this disease. I truly believe that all these issues above and my never-ending hunger could be linked to decades of eating junk food and that going back to “real food” can fix most of these ailments.
Long story short, I realized that low-carbing is the way to go for me. Priority #1 was: Getting off my blood pressure meds. I have a bachelor degree in Biology, so I decided that I’m no dummy and I can do my own research on how to best get those numbers down. Somewhere on the web, I stumbled across a study that suggested that a low-carb diet can lower blood pressure. I’ve done Atkins years ago and decided to give it another shot. I did really well and lo and behold, my urges to binge stopped as long as I stayed away from sugar, grains and starches. I also ate a bunch more veggies than I ever have in my life. I was flabbergasted. All these years I thought I was crazy, that I’m a loser because I could not stay on a diet and shed some weight. Instead, my body was screaming at me to feed it some nutrients. Real food! What a revelation.
After a few weeks, my aversion to counting anything (points, calories, fat grams, carbs) and the awesome podcasts like Living La Vida Low-Carb, Everyday Paleo, and My Low-Carb Journey I’ve discovered along the way, lead me to try a more primal approach. Yes, I still have times when I struggle – say on weekends and during celebrations, but it’s so much easier now to get back on track.
In this blog, I want to share the things I’m learning on my journey of recovery. Included are strategies that work for me, stuff I’m trying out and give my two cents, articles I read elsewhere that really got me thinking, and of course, new recipes that I’m adding to my low-carb “Make Often” list. And for those of you who are curious about my overall progress, I’m posting a weekly update with my stats & pictures and a short reflection on what really worked and what I’ve learned.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this blog. Drop a comment if you think a post has been especially inspiring for you. I love to hear from you.