Every once in a while, I read an article that describes the Sugar Freedom message perfectly.
I have been writing about what it takes to get off of sugar, and why quitting sugar can lead to a happier, healthier life for those of us who struggle with overeating.
The biggest barrier between health, happiness, and me has always been hunger. Constant, irresistible hunger has been with me ever since my mother replaced my favorite breakfast of two soft boiled eggs with cereal, toast, and orange juice.
Yesterday, I read an article on childhood obesity that could have been about me.
Here is a link to the article: Insulin Resistance and Hunger in Childhood Obesity: A Patient and Physician’s Perspective
It addresses the problem of constant hunger in a child who is being fed what is considered a healthy, home cooked diet. The underlying condition causing the unstoppable hunger is insulin resistance. The solution in the article is Metformin along with a change in meal composition.
Thankfully, I never got to the point where I had to take Metformin to manage my blood sugar, insulin, and appetite, but I did have to eliminate sugar and plants from my diet to the point where I was able to experience healthy hunger.
I define healthy hunger as an appetite that can be satisfied with a reasonable amount of unprocessed food. Healthy hunger is also the desire for food that nourishes and satisfies.
Once I was exposed to Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, and concentrated orange juice in childhood, the wholesome pleasure of eggs, bacon, and whole fruit couldn’t compete. What’s worse is that the processed foods I craved only left me hungry for more, even when I was physically stuffed.
My cravings and insulin resistance contributed to eczema, gum disease, glucose intolerance in pregnancy, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and finally obesity.
When I cut out sugar and grains in 2008, I recovered from obesity for good. When my weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar started to creep back up after menopause, I went Carnivore, and my good health returned.
I have returned to a state of health, happiness, and productivity by eliminating plant foods from my eating plan. This is the message I want to share now as more people become curious about what happens when a sugar addict gives up plants. In my case, the constant hunger of my youth is gone, and that makes room for all of the other good things in life. That is my carnivore diet experience. You may not need to give up plants to get relief. No matter what food works for you, I want you to be well, and eat for yourself.