Navel-gazing.

January 19, 2011 | 57 Comments

I’ve been meaning to write this post for three months now, but have put it off not quite knowing what to say and how. I’ve been consciously subtracting a lot of things in my life that have been weighing me down (literally and figuratively). The blog, meanwhile, has taken a back seat. I haven’t checked my blog-related e-mail addresses (all three of them) since March 2010. I will get to them, eventually, but to all those who wrote in, I sincerely apologise.

I do plan to blog regularly again. However, I need to get over the strange feeling I get visiting this site. You board a flight to Sweden. Several hours later, you snap out of a drowsy haze to a cheerful voice on the intercom: “Please fasten your seat belts. We are about to land in Swaziland.”

I’m having trouble reclaiming this alien space as my own.

Omphaloskepsis

[om-fuh-loh-skep-sis]
– noun – contemplation of one’s navel as part of a mystical exercise.
Origin: Greek omphal ( ós ) omphalos + sképsis act of looking

This bout of self-absorbed navel-gazing is part of that endeavour.

Let’s go all the way back to the full moon night when a whole posse of people saw me naked and screaming.

It was the night I was born. Genetic inheritance is a cosmic crapshoot and I must say I did mighty well. I had all ten toes and fingers, and my (Asian) Indian parents generously bequeathed to me their good looks, smarts and disarming modesty. Being South Asian also meant I had a higher genetic disposition to developing insulin resistance, diabetes and chronic heart disease “as a likely consequence of greater abdominal adiposity“. I was destined for a life-long battle with the jiggly bits.

Phase I -
My vegetarian south Indian mom raised me on the standard Indian diet, which was the “healthiest”, anyway. Lots of rice, wheat, lentils some veggies, tons of snacks deep-fried in vegetable oils and generous helpings of sweets on “special occasions.” India’s the land of festivals and if you include birthdays, anniversaries and school holidays, those “special occasions” would amount to about 25% of the year. Hey, not to worry. “Everything in moderation”.

I decided that I liked meat. No problem. Eat what you want as much as you want and focus on your studies. Sports are a distraction.

Food was entertainment and I was an overweight teenager with very low immunity.

In my early twenties, I lost both my parents within six months of each other. Both of them were in “normal” health, leading active lives when they got their first (and only) heart attacks.

Phase II
I became strict vegan, hit the gym and learnt to cook. Fat was the enemy. I cooked without oil, shunned coconut, nuts, anything with a speck of “fat”. Within six months, I was slim, toned and barely recognisable to those who hadn’t seen me in a while.

I was always hungry, always obsessed with what I’d be eating next. But I was adamant enough to maintain this lifestyle for a decade. No meat, fish, dairy, eggs, caffeine, or anything that would jeopardise what I considered my “optimally herbivorous”, very low-fat diet.

My favourite nutrition quote was from Harvey Diamond:

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.”

I noticed gum sensitivity and dental cavities. I attributed it to my increased sugar intake to keep up with my cravings and calorific requirements. As for the recurring joint pains, chronic fatigue and mood swings – well, those were just part of life. Deficiencies, in Vitamins K2, B12, zinc, EPA, DHA? That’s what supplements are for.

Phase III -
I met a nice south Indian guy with a perpetual grin on his face. He’d been a vegetarian all his life and ran marathons “because I like to”. He led a debauched existence teeming with tubs of ice cream, cheese, ghee, full-fat milk, coconut and deep-fried snacks.

I stopped being so anal about being vegan, he agreed to eat more “healthy”. Together we baked hundreds of breads and spent hours divesting recipes of egg yolks and fat in order to create “healthy” alternatives. We started this blog extolling the virtues of whole grains, demonising dietary fat and resolving valiantly to keep the jiggly bits in place.

In December 2009, browsing through National Geographic magazine, I read this article about the Hadza tribe – the last surviving hunter-gatherers in Africa.

“About a thousand Hadza live in their traditional homeland, a broad plain encompassing shallow, salty Lake Eyasi and sheltered by the ramparts of the Great Rift Valley. Some have moved close to villages and taken jobs as farmhands or tour guides. But approximately one-quarter of all Hadza, including those in Onwas’s camp, remain true hunter-gatherers. They have no crops, no livestock, no permanent shelters. They live just south of the same section of the valley in which some of the oldest fossil evidence of early humans has been found. Genetic testing indicates that they may represent one of the primary roots of the human family tree—perhaps more than 100,000 years old.

… The Hadza do not engage in warfare. They’ve never lived densely enough to be seriously threatened by an infectious outbreak. They have no known history of famine; rather, there is evidence of people from a farming group coming to live with them during a time of crop failure. The Hadza diet remains even today more stable and varied than that of most of the world’s citizens.”

Their diet consists of 60% plant matter and 40% meat – all parts of the animal from snout to tail. They especially cherish the fatty parts like the brain.

Traditional Hadza … live almost entirely free of possessions. The things they own—a cooking pot, a water container, an ax—can be wrapped in a blanket and carried over a shoulder. Hadza women gather berries and baobab fruit and dig edible tubers. Men collect honey and hunt. Nighttime baboon stalking is a group affair, conducted only a handful of times each year; typically, hunting is a solo pursuit. They will eat almost anything they can kill, from birds to wildebeest to zebras to buffalo. They dine on warthog and bush pig and hyrax. They love baboon.(Wiki)

No possessions, no ceremonies, no rituals, no sexism, no bullshit.

Gender roles are distinct, but for women there is none of the forced subservience knit into many other cultures. A significant number of Hadza women who marry out of the group soon return, unwilling to accept bullying treatment. Among the Hadza, women are frequently the ones who initiate a breakup—woe to the man who proves himself an incompetent hunter or treats his wife poorly.

No pot bellies. No adherence to industry-sponsored food pyramids. Certainly no “diseases of civilisation” that their “modern” neighbours suffer from, despite the Tanzanian government’s efforts to assimilate them into the mainstream.

Meanwhile, I exercised very hard (martial arts, kettlebells, yoga), was much fitter than the average person, and getting by just fine. Training for a marathon was out of the question because of the pain in my knees and joints. The chronic fatigue was just part of, well, “life” and my anaemia could be fixed with iron supplements.

Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion. ~ Voltaire

I began to dream of fried fish and polished off whole blocks of cheese. My body intensely craved fat and meat. When I ordered salmon at a restaurant and relished it, it was my Harvey Diamond moment. He’s the guy who crafted the rabbit and apple quote. Later, he had this to say:

“I was vegetarian for over a quarter of a century, but hey, things change. I’ve always told my readers that if they crave something for a long time, it must be something the body wants or needs, so have it and see how you feel. One day out of the clear blue sky, after not having meat for twenty-five years, I started to crave a charbroiled steak the way a lion craves a wildebeest. I couldn’t get it out of my head no matter how much I tried to ignore the craving or convince myself that it was some kind of aberrant desire. So finally I decided to eat the steak, throw it up and move on. The only thing was, I enjoyed it, and I felt great.” ~ in Fit for Life Not Fat for Life.

That sparked my interest in epigenetics and nutrigenomics – how nutrients in food affect gene expression. It led me to this essay by Dr. Arthur De Vany on evolutionary fitness. I read what these bloggers, researchers and medical experts had to say.

Genes are turned on and off by regulatory genes, and regulatory genes are controlled mainly by nutrients. ….there is no drug anywhere that can regulate genetic expression better or more powerfully than diet. ~ Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

WHAT I LEARNT

DIETARY FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT. INSULIN SPIKES DO.

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Your body metabolises glucose through insulin. Insulin converts blood sugar to glycogen. The body has a limited capacity for glycogen storage and excess glycogen is shunted to the cells as fat. When insulin is chronically high and insulin resistance sets in, the body metabolises glucose. Meanwhile, the fats in the bloodstream convert to free radicals. Insulin resistance eventually leads to diabetes, and causes, among other things, high blood pressure, osteoperosis, and increases the risk of heart disease. It also leads to cellular proliferation, which aids the spread of cancer. (Link)

Keeping insulin levels stable through stable blood sugar levels is the key to optimal health.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU DON’T EAT.

- Get off the carb-insulin seesaw. Eliminate foods that spike blood sugar and are not very nutrient-dense – like sugar and grains (that includes whole grains).

- Eliminate foods that interfere with your metabolism. Leptin resistance is the precursor to insulin resistance. Fructose (in sugar, agave nectar and high-fructose corn syrup) and agglutinin (in wheat) disrupt the ability of the leptin hormone to communicate to the hypothalamus that you are full.

- Eliminate foods that affect your immune response by causing inflammation and oxidative stress. These include polyunsaturated fats (refined vegetable oils), and common allergens like corn, soy, peanuts, gluten (in wheat, barley, rye, etc.) and casein (in dairy).

MUSCLE IS MEDICINE.
- Excercise is not optional. It is a necessary part of optimal health. Opt for spurts of high-intensity exercise rather than hours on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Being skinny is not an indicator of good health. Muscle mass is.

A year ago, I got rid of all polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

Several months ago, I went sugar-free. Still, getting to my 17% body fat target was a struggle – unless I went on the Eat to Live vegan “detox” plan. The minute I’d get off it and introduce gluten back into my diet, I’d find a little muffin top growing around my waist.

I’d read about “wheat belly“.

I call it the “Hot Toast Syndrome”. The only thing I’d crave after going off the detox diet was bread. My linea alba – that line running down your middle that gets lost as it navigates the pouch of abdominal adipose tissue – would reappear as soon as I eliminated bread from my diet.

Removing gluten made me feel so good, that I removed all grains from my diet. A month ago Jai read “The New Evolution Diet” by Arthur De Vany and decided to go grain-free as well.

Reducing gluten does not help. You need to eliminate it in order to eliminate the cravings and blood glucose spikes. I just remembered that we signed up to be part of the “Gluten-free January” initiative.

Guess what? We haven’t been consciously avoiding gluten. We just haven’t had it in a while, not even by mistake when we eat out. We were serious wheat addicts. Now, it doesn’t even occur to us to eat it. Out of sight, out of mind. Out of bloodstream, out of craving potential. Once you have stayed away from it for a couple of months, you can try eating it again as a special treat. I did, once in December, and felt so lethargic and rotten the next day, that I haven’t even wanted to try it again.

It’s not hard to eat well. It’s just easier to eat junk. In the past, I would have chalked that sensation of having to drag myself out of bed and feeling wiped out to “normal” fatigue, but now I know that

Fine is not better. Tolerated is not optimal. ~ Dr. Kurt Harris

Cutting out wheat and grains made my joint pains disappear. Think about it. More than a decade of knee and joint pain gone in a week. As Dr. Mike Davis attests, grains, especially wheat, cause cartilage destruction through glycation and inflammation.

Gum sensitivity? Gone. (Dental decay is apparently common in long-time vegans.) Besides, I no longer suffer from “foggy brain”.

A good percentage of the population is sensitive to gluten and suffers needlessly because “I don’t have celiac disease and can’t live without bread.”

As Dr. De Vany explains:

“You are not what you eat…..you are what your metabolism does with what you eat.”

SO WHAT THE HECK DO I EAT?

Most of the time:
Vegetables and fruits – 50% raw, 50% cooked.

A lot of whole eggs – at least two a day.

Some animal protein – non-denatured whey protein, wild-caught fish, free range organic poultry and wild game such as bison, boar and elk. Occasionally, grass-fed lamb.
Fermented full-fat dairy like yogurt and aged cheese.

Fats, saturated and monounsaturated – coconut oil, ghee, pastured butter, olive oil, avocadoes, nuts.

Herbs and Spices

Occasionally:
Brown Rice cooked after soaking/fermenting

Lentils cooked after soaking/fermenting

10% of the time, I allow myself to “cheat” – but I really don’t feel the need to.

Where do I get my carbs from?
Veggies and fruit, plus tubers (yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, potatoes) and starchy veggies (pumpkin, plantains, carrots, peas).

Is it necessary to eat meat?
I find it more convenient to eat animal protein. Jai is a lacto-ovo-vegetarian and manages perfectly fine without fish or meat. He eats a lot of eggs and some full-fat dairy and whey protein.

My daily exercise regimen.
Half an hour of yoga, plus an hour of kettlebells or taekwondo.

How’s this new lifestyle affecting my physical well-being?
I took that pic (the first one) on Jan 1, 2011. I will take one every few months just to compare. Besides, lab test numbers don’t lie.

If you’re a regular reader, yes, you’ve landed in a place you didn’t intend to go to. If you’ve recently stumbled upon this blog and are interested in our new lifestyle and its outcomes, hope you find our experiments useful. Either way, welcome and hope you enjoy your stay.

- Bee.

Disclaimer: THIS IS OUR THING. You must discover your own truth.

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57 Comments

  1. Sonia@7spice says:

    An awesome read in new year, Bee! I REALLY enjoyed this post and have to-read it.
    So glad to see you back. And above of your pic, OMG! :)

  2. Lakshmi says:

    I read every word of the post and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have a reason for it. I am currently on a ‘eat healthy mode’ too. Your experiments will definitely help me or should I say the above diet plan has already given me an indication of what to eat! Thanks Bee. Have a healthy year ahead.

  3. Navya says:

    Hi, I just love the amount of information that you put on your blog. Very very informative. Thanks!

  4. subhorup says:

    Appreciate your adventure. I’m done with
    the deadbeats in my life too.

  5. Manasi says:

    Have a healthy new year ahead J & B.
    Good luck with everything u do.

  6. TexasDeb says:

    It has been interesting watching the waves of nutrition advice hitting different beaches. Having surfed through No Eggs! No Salt! Low Protein! waters already, I am interested to see if the No Wheat! No Oats! gluten avoidance waters will have as universal an effect as initially proposed.

    I am heartened to read there is at least one source for a heritage grain that does not seem to be so high gluten as what is typically available. Although I can if I have to, the idea of ditching wonderful bread forever makes me sad.

    In the meantime, I am doing all I can to responsibly source all my foods – vegetables, fruits and proteins, balancing “local” “organic” “humanely treated” with as little processing as is possible. Part of my efforts will be (as always) to read here regularly to benefit from your own research and experiences. Thanks once again for all you do and all you bring to this blog!

  7. Mamatha says:

    “Nothing else in the world… not all the armies… is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

    Bee, I believe this post will forever change the lives of people who read it. I posted a question in your forum 2 weeks ago. No worries if you can’t get to it it right away, just thought I’d let you know.

  8. Anjali says:

    Bee I will not take a pic of my midrif as people might just faint! However if I have shed a few kgs then I would come back and thank you for building the awareness about what our food means.

  9. Mala says:

    What an interesting post.. I have a lot to think about the food at home and to work on it. :)

    Thanks a lot for such an informative post Bee !

    Fabulous Pic.. :)

    Mala

  10. Soujanya says:

    I am trying to adapt to this type of diet for few days. I will try eliminating grains and see if it helps my gums. How about beans? Can they be included on a regular basis if they are soaked and fermented? Pls. share your thoughts. Thank you so much for all the blog posts.

    • jai bee says:

      yes, but restrict yourself to lentils or pulses, not the larger sized beans. soak them for 24 hours and discard the water before cooking. and restrict your legume intake. get most of your carbs from veggies – esp green ones.

      to help your gums, you need to eliminate grains for a couple of months at least.

  11. Ithaca says:

    Bee, did you get tested for vitamin D deficiency? Many of your symptoms match those. Our brown skins block absorption when we’re in the sun, and we don’t get much sun anyway. I’ve had two desi friends diagnosed with this, with immediate relief post-tablet popping.

    Also, and more importantly, hugs for the loss of your parents…

  12. Subha says:

    Hi Bee, A very informative and energizing post. Thanks! If your schedule permits can you please post a diet diary?

    Thanks,
    Subha

  13. Smitha says:

    Dear Bee,

    Thanks for the information. Your post on ‘oils and fats’ made me eliminate refined oils, now we use only expeller-pressed peanut oil, extra-virgin Olive oil and organic butter-ghee. I also reduced my intake of Wheat after reading about it in your previous post.

    The post also set me thinking. We get so much of information on what is ‘good’ food and what is ‘bad’ food. Every lobby promotes their own product as the elixir of life be it dairy, be it soy, be it canola oil…How do we know what the truth is? Today’s ‘Good’ food is tomorrow’s villain. Besides as a professional researcher, I know the limitation of the ‘assumptions based and statistically correct interpretation of data’! Our genetic make-up is not controlled for in any of these food related researches. I mean technically I might be the outlier! So I decided to rely on the only large scale controlled experiment that seems to yield the list of foods good for my body.

    The experiment is the lives and diet of my forefathers, I mean folks back home in the plains of Karnataka!! Yes. They lived a healthy life eating mostly Ragi, Millets, unpolished rice, pulses, Vegetables, fruits, dairy and expeller pressed peanut oil. They were physically very active (i hope to be there some day). For now it is all about Ragi- Millets-pulses-fat-veggies.

    Good luck with your diet and wow looking at your picture, do you even need to work out? If I were anywhere close to the way you look I would never think of work outs ;)

    • jai bee says:

      that’s what epigenetics is all about – your specific genetic makeup and what your forefathers mostly ate in adapting to their environment. i’m sure they didn’t eat cheerios or pringles. :)

      • Smitha says:

        For sure.. they did not eat Wheat till the Public Distribution System started dumping wheat on them :) I guess I am going to cut down on wheat for a while and see how it goes.

  14. nags says:

    a very informative post. i am hypothyroid and have been struggling with unconditional weight gain for a while. i think i am prey to your quote now “It’s not hard to eat well. It’s just easier to eat junk”

  15. Jim says:

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

  16. Anupama says:

    “wild game such as bison, boar and elk” Going to start hunting? or something to explore during the Africa trips?
    Any reason for not eating organic free range cows and pigs?

    So, are we going to see “marinate the leg of lamb” posts..
    *runs away*

    • jai bee says:

      pigs are grain-fed and hence very fatty. i don’t eat pork. where i live, it’s not easy to source 100% grass-fed beef. most beef is “grain-finished” even if it’s free range. if i get 100% grass-fed, i’ll eat it. else i won’t. i get free-range bison in the regular grocery store and elk from the butcher.

      • Anupama says:

        There is a certain spiritual (not religious) strength in being vegetarian. You have heard of rajas, tamas and sattvic food… Of course,the riots of Godhra in a primarily vegetarian state of Guj are a bad bad example. Or maybe you are the crinkle-nose-at-the-word-spiritual person.
        I can *never ever* agree animal protein (animal carcass) is more beneficial than plant protein for the human body. Whole grains+Legumes is whole plant protein plus the needed carbs. I think animal food (incl milk) should be less than 5% of total calories consumed.
        Maybe there is some amount of gluten intolerance in most people, but I also think a good cleanse like “Arise and Shine” can really flush the plaque and get rid of joint/knee aches.

        Anyway, you know this and more. So.. say Hello to the dark side for me. :-D

        • jai bee says:

          Riots, plundering, etc have nothing to do with the type of food consumed (veg vs non-veg). Haven’t seen any data. Its a nice made up little story that non-vegetarians are aggressive and some people believe this wholesale. Some get a holier-than-thou attitude in being vegetarian. Spirituality is a very personal thing and it varies what one derives spiritual strength from.

          -Jai

        • jai bee says:

          when i was vegan i was perpetually pissed off.
          there goes the rajas, tamas sattvic theory. ;-)

          j, who is vegetarian, will attest that i’m much nicer to be around when i’m eating my salmon.

          bee

  17. Anjali says:

    Bee one question, why do you soak rice and lentils? is it becoz the cook quickly that way or something more?

    • jai bee says:

      ‘cos they aren’t good for you otherwise. i’ll have to post about that separately. see my response to yogini below.

      • Anjali says:

        Ah! Read it. That explains it. In the old days beans were always soaked overnight and dals soaked for atleast couple of hours and rice for less than an hour but after the arrival of the cooker the trend of soaking came to a halt. I think I will get back to the soaking thing. It has a therapeutic thing giving us the feel of a long drawn process.

  18. Ne says:

    I have been not eating all grains for over a month now and I definitely feel more energetic. Although I ate bread once, and just like you said, I felt extremely lethargic and disgusted the next day. I am genetically/ancestorily a vegetarian, so I never think about meat or ever have a desire to eat it. And I have a never ending, passionate need for fruits, I snack on fruits all day long. All my food is cooked with ghee and coconut oil.
    I am loving it!!! Your post makes me think that I am not the only crazy one :)

  19. Yogini says:

    Hey Bee,
    Awesome post!
    Talking about soaking lentils, legumes, beans and rice… is it healthy to soak them to reduce the phytic content in them?
    Please enlighten.
    Cheers :-)

  20. Johanna GGG says:

    I love my bread but having gluten free friends and family has made me aware that it is good to have alternatives for carbs and to use different grains – good luck with the jiggly bits

  21. Srivalli says:

    Very interesting to read Bee..I am more interested to know what Jai eats, can you write more in detail pls. Being a non meat, no egg eater it is quite hard to fathom what to eat…thanks for sharing, really appreciate the efforts you guys take in writing your posts!

  22. Jaya says:

    Hi Bee,
    I am a regular reader of your blog. It was very interesting to read about whole diary products , but on the other hand I have my own doubts about the gluten part of it. I am a South Indian and have been living on rice , but our North Indian siblings have been consuming wheat for atleast a century now. It happens to be their staple food. Do you have any thoughts or comments on this habit?

  23. suganthi says:

    I come here every so often to procrastinate.
    Intrigued by your post.
    I am a Tambram willing to now accept that our way of eating is not the best. Nonetheless, I have no desire to eat meat. I have slowly begin experimenting with whole grains and this post makes me sad.

    I have been lately thinking about food that causes inflammation, wondering how I can change my diabetic mother’s eating habits, but am discouraged. She does her best, but rice and Idli and Dosai will not cut it and it is hard for her. It almost seems like to be healthy.. eat lean meat and no carbs.

    Just yesterday I read about how someone completely got rid of pain ( not sure what, this was from a Facebook wall post)that he had for 50 years due to Myasthenia Gravis. They made a reference to “primal eating” and this book by Gary Taubes : Good calories, bad calories
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400033462/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1400040787&pf_rd_

    Wishing you good luck and I will be following your experiment.

  24. Cynthia says:

    Here in the Caribbean we’ve always soaked the lentils and all dried legumes actually overnight, drain and would rinse more than once until the water is clear. I’ve only started soaking rice now for about 2 years.

    As always, Bee, I learn so much from your posts. Looking forwards to your updates.

  25. Cham says:

    You both are very disciplined :) Good luck with this Healthy life style!

  26. pelicano says:

    Interesting interesting. It’s all correlating with some things I’ve been reading and doing recently too- and I’m noticing some differences in my body. I’ve been sharing some of the recent info (such as the toxins produced by heating polyunsaturated fats, the wonders of coconut oil, ghee, animal fats) with other food-conscious friends- it is NOT going down well…

  27. Smita says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the very informative post and for links to all the resources. I recently started reading about paleo food and the effects of grains on our body. I became interested in it due the fact that my doctor advised me to go on a low GI diet since I am pre-diabetic and because I come from a family with a long history of diabetes.

    I am slowly changing my diet to eliminate wheat from my diet. I just started in the second week of Jan, and so far I have eliminated my morning whole-grain wheat bread, afternoon sandwich wheat bread, but I am still eating 1 wheat roti for dinner (I rarely eat rice). I can see that I do not have energy spikes and crashes before and after meals. I am currently eating 2 whole eggs for breakfast, whey protein for snack, salad and beans for lunch, Greek yogurt/whey protein for snack, and beans/lentils with 1 wheat roti. In the process of eliminating wheat I realized I have started eliminating sugar as well. I know if I plan correctly, I can eliminate the wheat from dinner.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me :)

    I would love to read your journey through this process. Please keep us updated. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. Amu says:

    Hello Bee,

    I have been following a similar lifestyle for about 2 years and I can vouch for all the health benefits. Today my HDL is 56 and my cholesterol ratio is 2.8. Three years ago my trigyclerides were 4 times the normal limit and HDL was 36.My waist size was 38 and now I can slip into size 0 pants of my fav brand. However my main problem was leg/heel aches/heel ages and lethargy. There was a time I could not walk. I am 5 feet 3 inches tall and was 145 pounds then. Not exactly obese but the weight gain had slowed down my body and mind Today I weight 115 pounds and Iam fit as a fiddle.
    Here is my story if you need a little motivation:

    I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance and PCOS about 2 years ago though i had been suffering with the condition for over 12 years . The doctors were of no help and what helped me was my own research. Thanks to Google. I kept a log of my symptons, reactions/responses of my food to food I ate and a few months later I could see a pattern. I went to an endocronologist and confirmed my findings. I started reading books on IR and PCOS. I have realized carbs and not fats are the culprits. However,I do eat wheat,rice and ragi but in moderation. All the best on your health journey.

    • jai bee says:

      bravo. good for you.

    • jasper says:

      Amu, I would like to know more details about the diet that you had followed. Are you a vegetarian?
      I am an ovo lacto vegetarian and have IR and PCOS myself. I am about 5 feet and 3 inches tall and weigh about 140lbs and have a similar waist size ~ 38.

      You mentioned that you take wheat, ragi and rice in moderation. What are the other items that you have included in your diet, excluded from your diet? I find it challenging to eliminate grains totally, especially being a vegetarian.

      Jai & Bee, like many of your other vegetarian readers, I would appreciate if you could list the foods that Jai eats after eliminating grains.

  29. Kelly A. says:

    Preach it sister! I can’t wait to see some recipes when you have time, because I eat almost exactly this way as well. I’ve always loved yoga and almost bought some kettlebells yesterday. I think this is a sign that I need to JUST DO IT.

    Congratulations on your improved health!

    -Kelly

  30. Reks says:

    Hi Jai/Bee,

    I have been a reader of your blog for some time and I am surpried at this new approach. Want to give it a try. It’s going to be little tricky to get rid of lentils. ( I am a veg’ian). Have a doubt, do south indian grains ‘Raagi’ and ‘jowar’ also come under grain?? If so, are they gluten-free??

    Thanks for all the information.
    Look forward to more recipes in this line.

  31. Vidya says:

    Hi, I stumbled upon your blog recently. Thanks for your recent post on oils and fats. Very informative stuff. I do have a comment, though. I have been vegan for just over a year now, so maybe I will have a different opinion in 10 years, who knows? But, please don’t speak badly of veganism because it did not work out for you. It is such a powerful force in my life that I find it gives me great physical and mental strength. I feel good knowing that I am avoiding as much animal cruelty as I can while living a healthy lifestyle. You have such a great blog, I don’t want your numerous readers to develop a bad feeling about veganism after reading about your experience.

  32. poooja says:

    Awesome to see that you guys have gone paleo .. I live in India and its DEFINITELY not something thats easy to explain to people.. but it makes sense and I have made my parents switch (lots of coconut oil, ghee with their dosas, eggs, coconut chutneys) – similar effects .. more energetic, better workouts, lower B/F.. awesomenesss….



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