I have reached the next evolutionary stage in my journey to great health. If you remember, in my last thread I was all excited to have found alternatives to donuts and with bagels and fat. Well, during last week's thanksgiving feast, it dawned on me after eating some rice that I not only have to quit sugar, I have to quit all carbs. Now by sugar, I'm talking about sucrose and fructose. And by all the other carbs, I'm talking about the grains and starches that turn into glucose. For the past year and a half, I've been reading things about how people who went on Low Carb High Fat diets experienced such great feelings in their bodies because their bodies' inflmmation problems were going away. Well, I never thought I had any inflammation problems in me. I mean, I knew carbs in general were bad, but never that bad for me. Until last week. A month or so ago, when I was feasting on excess pieces of bread, I started noticing that my body would sometimes develop some small spots of swelling on my hands within hours of eating the excess bread. So I thought okay, I should cut back on the bread. But last week, when I ate 3 bowls of rice, the same thing happened to me. This feeling of my heart rate rising, the pressure in my arms and chest increasing. Same feeling I'd get after eating a donut or a glass of orange juice. I then went a couple days without eating any sugars, grains, or starches. Let me tell you, by around the second day I felt my body releasing itself. I felt a weight being lifted off my internal organs. I then felt this strange general body sensation that's like as if I was hit by a truck a week ago and I'm recovering nicely in the hospital. Especially in my lower left foot, a soreness there (I walk 30 minutes a day). But this was a good feeling, a feeling of healing. It's also been two weeks since I've eaten bread, and I've noticed that my nose doesn't run anymore. Each time I'd eat more than 80g worth of carbs from bread a day, my nose would start to run. Not run with deep green snot that people with the flu would have, but a clear water type of thing. That's my body trying to get rid of the toxins in the bread and dealing with the glucose overload. The more bread I'd eat, the more my nose would run. I noticed this. Now remember, in my previous threads I've mentioned that I have not had the flu since 2006 because I stopped drinking sugary (soda, SunnyD) drinks and started drinking water and I've never had a flu shot. And the entire year of 2013 where I didn't eat any bread at all and felt so damn good because of it. I still want to know why I lost my taste for tea in 2012. I used to drink a cup of tea every damn morning with 4 teaspoons of sugar in it, then suddenly I took a couple weeks off and I lost my taste for it. So now, it's time for the next evolution in my health. I'm finally going truly low carb and high fat. Bread? forget it. Potatoes? no. Rice? no. Rice has been a staple in my family for, well, forever. We'd always eat it for virtually every dinner. When I first found out about low carb diets over a year ago I thought, "sugar, I get, but potatoes, rice and pasta? Nooooo, they have no fructose in them, it's fine, come on now." I was in denial. I rationalized it. It was hard giving up fruit as a health food, but I did it a couple months ago (and saw incredible improvements in my blood pressure too). I was eating so many grapes and oranges every week (no bread though!) and was just clueless as to why my blood pressure was still high. And now I have to come to terms with it and give up starches too. Now, I'm not a saint. I won't TOTALLY ban these things from my diet forever. But I'll have them in moderation. Perhaps one day I'll have two chocolate chip muffins, then no carbs at all for the next two days. Then after that, eat something like a couple slices of pizza and then no carbs for the next couple days or so. A banana or orange every other day. Stuff like that. But I am no longer making these things a staple in my diet. My staples will now just be meat, non-starchy vegetables, cheese, nuts, and other fatty things I can't think of at the top of my head. No grains, no starches, no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no smoking, no drugs. I already know I can replace pizza with a mixture of beans or tiny broccoli, pasta sauce, lots of cheese, and seasoned ground beef (and it tastes better than most pizzas I've eaten in the past. Think Hamburger Helper without the pasta.) I know there's a lot of things I can replace. This is the diet I believe in now. If I was to have a heart attack tomorrow and the doctor told me to eat extremely healthy, this is the diet I'd choose. Yes, I'd put my life on the line for this diet.