I know in the past I have tried to be too much of a perfectionist in my diet (and in this case I don't mean the definition of diet people tend to think of nowadays, I just mean what I eat and drink). I am trying to loosen up in some areas but there are some areas in which I do need to be a perfectionist.
For example, my daughter is celiac. She HAS to be a perfectionist when it comes to avoiding gluten. I have been told that I am highly sensitive to gluten, although not celiac.
This article talks about how the risk of death was highest for the people with ‘gut inflammation related to gluten’ and were not diagnosed as celiac. The celiacs did much better because they knew and avoided gluten. So, in essence, the best thing to do is try a trial period of not eating gluten and then reintroduce it and see how you feel.
When I eat the starchy carbs that I am sensitive to (and this includes rice, potatoes, & corn - I am only not sensitive to buckwheat, quinoa, & millet) my insulin needs go up for 3 days. My basal rate has to be 20 units. But after clearing my body of these grains, my basal rate can be reduced to 10 units. In fact, I have to reduce it or I start crashing a lot. Sugar, without grains, just seems to affect my insulin needs short term. But I am just eating sugar when needed for a blood sugar crash.
So, you see, a piece of cake or even a bite affects me for so long that it is just not worth it and it could also be causing gut inflammation. I need to be a perfectionist, unfortunately, when it comes to these starchy carbs.
This weekend I went to a neighbor's cookout and I enjoyed the non-grass-fed meat and a salad and bypassed all the desserts. They even had a made-from-scratch banana pudding with meringue on top where even the vanilla wafers were made from scratch. But I kept thinking about those 3 days. I am on 10 units of basal right now and losing weight (whenever I reduce the insulin I take I lose weight since insulin is the fat storage hormone). I avoided those desserts and don't regret not tasting them. When you eat plenty of protein and keep your blood sugar levels down, the cravings are just not as strong and sometimes are gone completely.
But I was not a perfectionist about the meat or the salad. I normally eat grass-fed and the salad had a dressing on it that I didn't know what was in it. So I can be a non-perfectionist in some areas. Oh, I forgot, I also had a couple of buffalo wings with some teriyaki sauce on them. What areas can you loosen up on and with what foods do you need to be a perfectionist?
I think Matt Monarch says in his books "It's what you don't eat that heals you" and sometimes that is so true!