2016 has become a life project. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve set up personal milestones that I should achieve by the end of the year. Let me tell you that I only have five but these are not easy milestones. Most of them require a whole lifestyle change. 

One of the easiest (well, not really) is the “30-day no rice challenge” that I’m planning to up the stakes by turning it into a “no/low carb challenge”. I want to totally avoid all carbs (sugar, pasta, rice, noodles, etc) for 30 days. 

I was inspired by the book synopsis (?) I read from Blinkist (which is a great app by the way) entitled “Why we get fat and what to do about it” by Gary Taubes. 

He says that historically, humans did not need all these carbs to survive. Humans survived on meat, vegetables and fruits as hunters and gatherers. The addition of rice, bread, sweets, etc in human diets are fairly new to the human race and our bodies are not wired to process such volumes of carbs in our bodies. The result: obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 

I researched on the net about this low/no carb theory and found that it’s already the idea being used by several diets targeting a change in metabolism (Atkins diet, etc). But more than dieting, I’m more interested in the longer term health outcomes. Sugar (though I looooove desserts huhu CAKE) are cancer feeders and they are highly addictive. And there’s also that problem with producing too much insulin:

The longer, more regularly and intensely we generate high levels of insulin from carbohydrate-rich foods in our bloodstream, the more resistant our musculature becomes towards insulin, which inhibits our bodies from burning energy. In turn, the body reacts to this resistance by raising the insulin dosage necessary to lower our blood sugar. This strengthens the resistance and advances the growth of fat cells – a catch-22 situation.

Such resistances appear first in muscle cells and only later, if at all, in fat tissues. Insulin resistance usually increases with age, which is why older people are generally more prone to being overweight, even if they never had weight issues in the past.

It is surely no secret that we tend to get fatter as we age. However, popular wisdom describes the catalyst as a slowing down of our metabolism.

When we stuff ourselves with high doses of carbohydrates throughout our lives, we reinforce this process because we boost our insulin resistance.” in Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes on Blinkist

Since we have a history of diabetes, I’ll give this a try. It’s a lifestyle change all right! 
Guide to this shift is:

Huhu cake. I think I can live without rice. Pasta and cake is the bigger challenge. 

Challenge starts August 1. Wish me luck! 


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