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Does pain serve a higher purpose, then?
As a general rule - away from meditation - I think pain can be a great teacher. Recovered alcoholics, for example, prize their rock bottoms because that was the turning point that led to recovery.
In A.A. literature it says "Pain is the touchstone for all spiritual growth."
When I'm in difficulties, for whatever reason, I have at times asked "What can I learn from this?"
Hey Tosh thats a serious turn around. I admire your discipline to give up those things. I find sugar a big hurdle personally
I've a big pot of coffee keeping warm downstairs; I'm going to the gym, so will have a large mug in a bit.
I've stopped drinking, smoking, gambling, hugely reduced my sugar and carb intake; there's no way any living person or thing in the universe is going to take coffee away from me.
That's one attachment too far, I'm afraid.
Could I just say that, even though you eat pesto for the fat content, it also still carries carbs, (about 6 grammes) due to the cheese and oil.
I think it's fair to say that all foods have carbs, so even though you're counting the obvious ones, you're omitting the 'hidden' ones.... ('you're' being generic, not specific to you, @Tosh....) No matter how hard we try to omit carbs, the diet would be pretty taxing with just bare proteins (lean meat) and fibre (green leafy vegetables) and fat (flax seed oil, butter, olive oil....)
Yes, you're right, fede, I'm not that OCD about it, but I don't think you need to be unless you hit a plateau and then it might be time to try something different.
That Dr Sarah Hallsberg says the last thing she wants to tell anyone is that they have to count anything for the rest of their lives and the book I got most of my info from (Primal Endurance) advocates 'natural intelligence' and listening to your body. To just eat lchf when you're hungry. Train hard when you feel good. Rest or take it easy when you don't; don't be OCD about training either.
I'm like water so I'm experimenting in this direction since it seems easier.
Apologies if I gave the impression that anyone must stick to a rigid 20 grams per day. I think anything under 100 grams is considered lchf and 50 grams could be the 'sweet spot'.
wow, this carb counting is a bit intense!!
There's some hardcore advocates who calculate what their intake of carbs, protein and fats should be, and stick to that.
I don't, though we did do a few weeks of counting carbs and calories. What I (I do the cooking) did then was to keep the meals really simple; chicken breast, brocolli, and green beans would be a meal, with added fat (like pesto or a full fat cream cheese sauce), so I'd only have a minimum of ingredients to track.
A work lunch would be boiled eggs, some ham, a little cheese and a little mayo. Everyday.
The book I first got this from advocates 'listening to your body' with regards when and how much to eat, so I try (unfortunately my body often screams "CHOCOLATE").
Mrs Tosh is stricter than me mind; she does LCHF to run ultra marathons. Carb fuelled running relies on glycogen which is in limited supply, whereas fat-adapted endurance athletes have an almost unlimited fuel supply (body fat). It means she shouldn't have to fuel as much when she does those really long distance events (she ran 100 miles in June in 24 hours, but really struggled with eating after 70 miles; there was puke, snot and tears; it wasn't pretty).
For us pulses, lentils, chickpeas and beans are out. Green beans are okay though.