A Fond Farewell to SparkPeople and my SparkFriends
Saturday, January 07, 2012
I thought I might be coming back to SparkPeople some day. But it doesn't really appear that I will be, afterall. I am too deeply entrenched now in my rejection of the conventional wisdom regarding diet and health to turn back, and SparkPeople is, unfortunatly, too steeped in conventional wisdom for me.
I knew early on my journey, even while I was steadily losing three pounds each week following the "calories in calories out" method, that I would be unable to sustain my weight loss by counting calories and tracking fitness minutes for the rest of my life, which, unfortunately, is all I was truly learning here.
How many times have we heard that we can't just diet, we have to change our lifestyle. But nobody could tell me all these years just what that meant. Counting calories, constantly worrying about food, and constantly feeling hungry was not sustainable. But that was all anybody ever gave me.
In August, I began a different path, finally learning what changing my lifestyle means to me. It means not listening to conventional wisdom. Not trusting the USDA (agricultrurally-driven) nutrition guide. Not believing in the lipid hypothesis or the cholesterol lie.
It means eating whole, real, locally-grown clean foods (as much as they can be found and afforded) in whatever quantity my body needs. This basically means meat, fish, fowl, eggs, limited dairy (but alway high-fat dairy), lots of veggies, and good oils. And it means avoiding poisons, such as grains and grain-derived products, legumes, sugars, vegetable and seed oils.
It also means that while exercise is important - especially regular movement and occasional lifting and sprinting - overall health and body weight/weight loss are 80-90% about eating the right foods and avoiding poisons. Again, it's important, but exercising is not a good weight loss tool.
I will not say that I subscribe to one diet philosophy, but I have gathered and continue to gather elemental truths from the paleo/primal, whole foods, and various low-carb movements, including the low-carb-high-fat (LCHF) movement, as is taking hold in several Scandanavian countries right now.
Since actually changing my lifestyle, I have continued to lose weight effortlessly, without weighing, measuring, timing, or worrying. I eat the best foods I can find and afford, and I eat when I am hungry and only until I no longer feel hungry, and I skip meals whenever I feel like it without any drop in energy level or worries about my body holding onto fat because it thinks I'm in starvation mode. So long as I stay away from grains and sweets, I am free of cravings. I no longer graze. And I never feel that I am denying myself anything. I am satisfied.
Although I feel the greatest freedom now, and although I'm pretty darned sure at least minimizing grain and carb intake is important for every person, I know that there is not one exact solution for everyone. I hope you continue to find value on SparkPeople and that you find your lifelong solution.
Don't be afraid to question conventional wisdom, just like you would question the wisdom of any new fad idea that comes along. Unless you want to study 100% of the available data yourself, though, you'll have to trust someone. Listen to your heart, tho. Realize that since the government started giving us guidelines and advice about health (in the 1970s or thereabouts), the general health of Americans has declined at a rapid rate, and in general, we ARE complying. What must that tell us?
Anyway, I wish you all the best. I just thought I should say g'bye. I'll leave my page up for a week or two more, but I'll be gone by the end of the month.
Happy New Year!