People have been thanking me for sharing my story and commenting about it, but something a friend said to me after reading it really stood out. Now my friend will, I’m sure, realise that I’m talking about her when she reads this and might panic that I’m making fun of her. It’s funny, but I can assure you I’m not, and I do have a point (eventually!). So we were chatting about weight and health, and other stuff, then she suddenly said ‘yeah, I’m going to cut out some carbs and see if that works, not all of them, just some.’ I was mystified! ‘Why?’ I replied. The rest of the conversation isn’t really important (and I believe my cupcakes led her astray anyway!!) but it got me thinking.
One of the reasons I wanted to share my experience was to stop others making the same mistake and suffering the same problems I had, yet here was someone who loved my blog post and knew about my health problems considering jumping right down the same rabbit hole that I went down. Why? If I’m being completely honest, had someone had tried telling me that eating low carb was a ridiculous idea I would have told them, very swiftly, where to go (and in fact I probably did on several occasions)! So why should it be any different for anyone else? It’s the same as when somebody says ‘don’t touch the plate, it’s very hot’. What do you do? You touch the plate of course!
If you have struggled with weight/health problems for some time then you’re like a drowning man (or woman!) looking for a life raft. Trying this and trying that to get to where you want to be. So my point is that many people are going to try these things and my blog posts (compelling as they may be! lol!) are not going to stop them. I guess what I hope they will be is a different kind of life raft, a story that says ‘hey, we’ve all been there, we’ve tried it, it sucked, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there are people to share your experiences with.’ We all have the right to make our own choices, this is how we learn and grow. Just don’t expect me to be championing any silly diets any time soon!!
There are some signs that you can look out for though, that will make it easier to see if a diet is having a detrimental effect on your health, and I don’t just mean if you have a tendency towards being ‘hangry’ (a combination of hungry and angry for those who don’t recognise the word!), although this is a good marker! I’ll be talking much more about that in a future blog post so stay with me. Once again, thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings! Please remember they are exactly that, my ramblings, so remember to check in with your own thoughts and feelings. This is just me ‘thinking out loud’. x