Meet the Old Lilana.
Almost two years ago, after finally giving in to my husband's pleading to try LC (and after a 10 lbs additional gain from a disastrously successful foray into baking), I cut out all carbs cold-turkey. I lost 40 lbs over the ensuing 6 months (without doing any exercise--my knees were in a bad state from the extra weight), and discovered a lifelong wheat allergy that was responsible for my painful separation from physical activity due to asthma in my youth, and was also responsible for horrible mood swings and coldness!
Now, I'm not totally strict no-carb (sometimes I will still eat rye or gluten-free bread, but it's rare), but maintaining my weight is effortless and I continue to avoid wheat entirely. My 20's were spent declining further and further into misery, fat, ill-health, and bitchiness, and now hopefully my 30's will be everything I was supposed to have then! I also now have a paleo-breastfed infant, and he is bursting with personality, energy, and strength at a mere 2 months!
Meet Lilana Today.
What was the biggest challenge to adopting a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet?
Discovering that pretty much all desserts don't fall into the paleo category (except straight-up raw fruit).
What advice (if any) would you give to someone interested in trying a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet? Were there any obstacles that you overcame that could help future dieters?
Seeing the endless amounts of bread, rolls, bread bowls, etc. as if they were styrofoam just holding the food, and not edible in and of themselves. I used to adore bread, and now it seems very processed and unnatural to me.