I’m really struggling to eat Peat-ish and remain low fat.
I’ve given up starches because they were making me feel depressed.
I’ve given up eating lots of meat because it’s high in phosphorous.
I’ve given up alcohol because it made me depressed.
And now I’m reducing fat.
I’m trying to determine whether it’s all fat (not just PUFA) that blocks cells from using available glucose, keeping blood sugar high. My blood sugar has come down over the past week of lower-fat eating, but I’ve also completely given up starches at the same time. I’m trying to avoid changing more than one thing at a time, but the starches had to go. They were really messing with my mood. In the past when I gave up starches but kept fat intake (and sugar intake) high my fasting blood sugar would reduce from really high (140-150) down to the 120s, and that’s what it’s done again this week. I’d like to continue my low-fat eating for a while and see if it improves further.
Now about that…You know what’s left when you give up starches, most meat, and fat?
Sugar. Currently 200-250g of it. And maybe some vegetables, and some lean meat. Just a whole lotta sugary sweet stuff – fruit and fruit juice, milk, honey-sweetened coffee, marshmallows. Anything to keep me from being hungry and also not add to the dietary fat total. If I have a couple ounces of cheese and 2 eggs per day I’ve about maxed out my allowed fat intake.
I don’t even really like sweet stuff. I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, and now my diet is centered around it. Day to day I’m feeling pretty good, but I fear this is unsustainable because I just don’t really like it. I’m coming to dread my next sugary coffee/milk/orange juice. I know low-fat cheese is an option, but even that has 4g of fat per ounce. I’ve identified one brand that doesn’t have much in the way of unwanted fillers.
Anyway, my weight is down a pound this week…I guess that’s good, and I hope it continues.
I’ve been tracking what I eat on Cronometer. I don’t know what my baseline (maintenance) number of calories of fat grams is – I haven’t tracked that – but considering how I feel when I restrict calories/fat, I suspect I was maintaining my current weight on 2500-3000 calories per day and over 95-100g fat. A few weeks ago I was trying very hard to lower overall calories without making an effort to reduce fat, and I was averaging 1807 calories and 83g of fat per day. Hunger was (and still is) preventing me from going lower. This past week I averaged 1966 calories per day and 58g fat per day, and it was a struggle for the above mentioned reasons. The totals for the last 2 days of the week skewed the average because I was starting to tire of all the sweet food. I think I’ll try to stay under 50g of fat per day – that would be challenging but maybe not unrealistic.
Otherwise, I’m meeting all of my micronutrient goals, and my phosphorous/calcium ratio is about 1:1. It’s really just a matter of being bored with the taste of sweet.