Gas Lighting has become one of those hot buzz words in the last few years. I can say I feel as if I am in gas lighting territory just because I am talking about food choices for healing. And, everyone knows, you don't talk about politics, religion, and now meat based dieting!!!
Today, on Valentine's Day, when chocolate is the prized celebratory sweet treat, I am disappointed. Why? Stick around.
I used to look forward to my chocolate break each day. It was dark chocolate with coconut or almonds. I would eat a couple of ounces if it stayed within my carb limit. Back then I was tracking carbs, protein and fats.
The change took place around last summer when I started to experiment with the carnivore diet. I found the zero-carb approach to be very intriguing but I ignored it for about two years because I really enjoy a variety of foods. I already gave up my sugar and grains many years ago and the thought of giving up even more so called foods was hard to accept,
It was around July 2019 that I decided the benefits of carnivore were very obvious. I was aware of the protein sparing fast and better understood the purpose of protein. When I finally absorbed the fact that carbohydrates are never needed, I said, "Why not? I've tried all the other diets. I'm diving in."
I'm not 100% carnivore. I call it carnivore/ keto cycling. I feel better without salad. I will eat small condiment portions of cooked veggies from time to time. I still cheat on occasion with a keto snack or small sweet treat, but something has changed.
The enjoyable anticipated taste is now only retained in my memory. When I actually taste an old favorite, it's not the same. It's definitely not enjoyable because it doesn't match my memory.
Most recently, keto bars, dark chocolate, and almond butter do not taste good to me. The almond butter is tasteless and dark chocolate is almost repulsive.
To me this is remarkable. I sometimes wonder how I will manage with less variety, but then I say to myself, "So what?" Is it a big deal? It's time for my head space to change. And this is the change people fight. I've been fighting it for a long time. How you programmed your brain becomes quite evident when you reach the point that you are aware a new positive change is out there and you are quarreling with yourself.
Peer pressure is a strong challenge, as well. Now, you are breaking from the pack and the pack "don't like it." Have you been gas lighted because your tribe just doesn't know how to handle your new behavior?
If you want to see the saddest form of gas lighting, watch Paul Saladino try to share his enthusiasm for the carnivore diet on the wildly ratings hungry show called The Doctors. You'll have to search for it on YouTube. Much of the episode has been chopped up into 4 minute clips, but other commentaries are available, as well.
Back to my carnivore preference for eating, I was very averse to giving up vegetables. I was vegetarian for ten years from 1992 to 2002 so I've been on both sides of the table, so to speak. But in fifty years of eating, the toxic side of plant matter has been downplayed very well. Just consider it.
Processed foods such as sugar, grains and seed oils are very bad. We accept this.
But what about the natural toxins in plants? Just a short list:
I have been drawn to the ancestral /traditional way of eating which matches nature more closely. For example, many plant foods are only in season for a few weeks, so we were not building up these toxins at high levels. We did more fasting in the "olden days" because we didn't have truck deliveries and refrigerators. Many plant foods were fermented for days to weeks to denature the toxic aspect. Meat was hunted and not fed corn and soy in feed lots.
Some people cannot tolerate high vegetable consumption. The digestive problems alone are now connected to autoimmune disorders. So, in the BFA Protocol of Feeding Your Brain, I focus on the Ketolox Phasing Program so people can promote their best ways to absorb all the nutrients in foods.
One thing I miss is going to a coffee shop and to chat with friends. I can still do it, but I have to ignore the donuts and hot chocolate. (I'm not a coffee or tea fan for other health reasons.) I just have to be satisfied with a bottle of water, or bring my own snacks. The company I am with is more important.
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