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Since my Spark Page is private, I've decided to repost one of my blogs here because some of you may find it relevant.


It sure seems to be the case. Although, I know that I need to exercise extreme caution moving forward.

At my worst, I likely had a moderate carbohydrate sensitivity. There are quizzes to assess such things. I didn't need any quizzes for assessment. It was obvious to me based upon my experience. But, I do find the quizzes interesting, after the fact.

Here's a link to one such quiz:

The following passage from this page really spoke to me and appears to be relevant in my particular situation:

"Also, your score can easily change over time. Our ability to process carbohydrates tends to gradually worsen as we get older. Some people do fine with carbohydrates until they reach a certain age or stage of life—puberty, pregnancy, middle-age, or menopause. This is partly due to natural hormonal changes, but also may be influenced by the amount and type of carbohydrate we eat. So, even if your score is low now, it could rise over time. Choosing healthier forms of carbohydrate from now on may help to keep your score low as you get older, and keep your risk of carbohydrate-related diseases low."

Approaching and entering menopause has had profound effects on my body. It was at that stage that my body's ability to metabolize carbohydrates became seriously compromised. Thankfully, I have a body that appears to love healthy fats and metabolizes them quite readily.

This passage also spoke to me:

"There are also other medical conditions which can cause some of the symptoms mentioned in the quiz. This is another important reason to see your health care professional for an evaluation to make sure that your symptoms aren’t due to another health problem, such as a thyroid condition."

It became evident that thyroid function was faltering for me when I was in my 20's. By my 30's the thyroid condition had become clinically diagnosed. It was in her 20's that my late mother developed diabetes. It's difficult to separate the thyroid condition from the carbohydrate sensitivity though. It reminds me of the questions ... "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

And, quite frankly, it doesn't matter. What matters is learning to listen to, understand and respond appropriately to the needs of ones body.

And, accepting change!

Experiencing life lived through me has not been about arriving at a desired goal weight, arriving at a particular destination or achieving certain goals.

And, I'm not at all advocating that one let go of ones desires or goals ... not at all.

Those desires and goals can be road signs, glimpses of the direction in which life is guiding us as it lives through us.

So, I continue to surf the waves of change ...

doing my best to listen to, understand and respond appropriately to the needs of my particular body.

And, I continue to choose and have joy!

P.S. I am appending links to some additional articles that may be of interest to some folks:

These 5 foods and substances can cause anxiety and insomnia

Avoiding Alzheimer's disease could be easier than you think

How to diagnose, prevent, and treat insulin resistance

This passage from the article linked directly above caught my attention:

"The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recommends in its new 2015 guideline that people of all ages should limit sugar to less than 5% of total daily calories. So, if you eat 2,000 calories per day, the WHO says that no more than 100 calories should come from added sugars, including “sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.” That amounts to 26 grams of sugar per day, which is just over 2 tablespoons of sugar per day, maximum.

The WHO guidelines were created with healthy people in mind, not people with insulin resistance."

emoticon Wow!!!

Refined carbohydrate list

Are you carbohydrate intolerant?

Carbohydrate Intolerance: The Two Week Test

I found the Two Week Test described in the article directly linked above to be quite interesting. This is essentially what I did intuitively. Except the period lasted far longer than 2 weeks! I experienced and recognized the negative impacts of carbohydrate intake beyond my body's tolerance levels very early into my journey. I certainly did not understand it and had never heard of it. I've learned a lot over the past 6 years!!!

What is carb sensitivity and how to know if you have it?

P.P.S. emoticon emoticon you know who you are!!! Appreciate the information, knowledge and questions shared. They have supported my journey. emoticon

Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 1/17/2020 (15:49)
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND

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