However ... these are my five favorite foods that come to mind:
- Salty snacks
If I give up all of those, I will not be happy--or pleasant to live with!
But beyond that, I have another concern. I've heard from multiple sources that consuming carbs increases the level of serotonin in our bodies. Serotonin is the natural chemical that gives us a sense of well-being. I am already taking a medication to boost serotonin levels, so why would I want to eliminate the food that helps my body produce it?
I would be happy to lose 30 pounds in six months, but not at the sacrifice of serotonin and the serenity it brings. I don't see a low-carb diet in my short-term future. I can certainly appreciate what it's done for some people, but no pasta? No cake? No chocolate?
What do you think? Have you tried a low-carb diet? What have been your experiences?
If you'd like to catch up with my 31 Days posts so far, here's the full list:
September 29: Intro
October 1: Which Way Are You Moving?
October 2: Views (breast cancer)
October 3: Shiny New
October 4: Learning (breast cancer)
October 5: Stuck
October 6: We Think We Know (breast cancer)
October 7: Just GO
October 8: Say It (public speaking)
October 9: When It's Hard to Join (public speaking)
October 10: Why Do I Care?
October 11: One-Way Street
October 12: Rest For My Soul
October 13: Housework: Friend or Foe?
October 14: Getting Away
October 15: Twenty-Five Seven
October 16: Life Adjustments
October 17: The Longing
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