1. I am less hungry. If I skip a meal, I'm not starving. I don't need snacks between meals.
2. I've lost several pounds. By eating a high fat diet. Eating fat doesn't make you fat. (It takes a lot of retraining to eat high fat foods without feeling guilty.)
3. My teeth feel great. This sounds weird, but my teeth would hurt quite a bit before the diet change, not exactly a full-on toothache, but uncomfortable, you know? That feelings is gone (and I notice it return when I do eat that are not part of the diet). And my teeth don't feel as dirty either, if that makes sense. The grime that seems to accumulate between brushings just isn't there anymore.
4. I don't have cravings anymore. Seriously! After I got past the first two-three weeks, I wasn't craving sugar or carbs like I once did. Of course, if you put a piece of chocolate cake in front of me, I'm going to want to eat it, but I don't just crave sweets out of nowhere.
Ok, so what is this miracle diet?
The Perfect Health Diet is a high fat, moderate protein, low carb, no sugar diet. If you've heard of primal/paleo diets, it's quite similar with the addition of a few select carbohydrates (white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes) and dairy (milk isn't suggested, but sour cream, cheese, etc. is). Here's a breakdown of the PHD food groups (click to enlarge):
The idea behind the Perfect Health Diet is that early humans ate this way for much longer than humans have eaten "modern" diets which include cultivated crops, so our bodies haven't had time to adapt to these dietary newcomers. I'm still in the midst of reading the book partly because it's very academic in nature, but I really appreciate that there is a depth of research behind this diet and that it's not claiming to be something "new" but rather a return to a very old way of eating.
We started this new diet to correspond with the new year, so we are almost two weeks in. It took a little bit of adjustment and a different mindset to figure out what to eat at first, but now that we are in the thick of it, we've found our new diet to be extremely satisfying and easy to follow. I'm planning some future posts to share meal ideas, recipes, FAQs, and tricks & tips we come up with as we get even more comfortable with our new way of eating. If you want to learn more, you can check out the Perfect Health Diet website, read the book (I love it in digital format so I can quickly search for different topics), and check out my Pinterest Perfect Health Diet board.