My metabolic health kind of sucks right now. I went through a period there where I gave up on it – wasn’t measuring blood sugar or blood pressure, stayed off the scale, and was just sort of getting by, focusing on other aspects of my life. It became so hard to manage after a while, and the things that had worked in the past (low fat) were no longer working.
To drop my blood sugar and weight at the beginning of 2017 I was following Weight Watchers and ate pretty much the same things every day – white rice, chicken breast, apples, grapes, watermelon. Since then I have tried over and over to repeat this ridiculous restrictive diet because it made my hot flashes go away, I felt amazing, and my blood sugar returned to the mid-80s (fasting). I can’t do it anymore though. My appetite and drive to eat has increased – probably doubled, if such a thing as appetite can be quantified. I assume I was missing lots of key nutrients and part of me is unwilling to go back to that semi-starvation state. Such is the pattern of dieting:
Restrict food –> lose weight –> realize you can’t continue eating that way –> regain –> blame self
Only I’m not blaming myself because I know this is why most diets fail.
I’ve now regained my weight, my blood pressure is high (still on two meds and still high) and my blood sugar is back in the diabetic range.
I’m tired of it all.