The Bone Broth Diet is a low a carb diet. It removes grains, corn, processed fats, artificial sweeteners, soy, all sugars (including natural ones), processed meats, white potatoes, beans and legumes. Since trying this diet, I have been learning more about the low carb world in general. For example, I recently learned about carbohydrate intolerance and how to establish a “safe” carbohydrate threshold. It’s called the two-week test. Most of us are carbohydrate sensitive to some extent, but the question is: to what degree? The preliminary symptoms are elusive; they include fatigue, intestinal bloating and loss of concentration. If it goes undiagnosed and unmonitored, carbohydrate intolerance can cause more serious conditions like hypertension, elevated triglycerides, diabetes, heart disease. The two week test eliminates the same foods as the Bone Broth Diet (plus all fruits, which I will do from now on), but reintroduce them after two weeks with the goal of assessing the person’s tolerance level. One carb every other meal (a piece of fruit for example) is added back into the diet while watching for symptoms to reappear (like bloating, depressed energy, craving for more carbohydrates). Before starting, it is a good idea to write down any symptoms. After the two week period, during the reintroduction phase. It is important to pay attention to any return of symptoms.
This second week on the Bone Broth Diet has been a failure for me. I had some dates a few times and some maple syrup twice. Many evenings my craving for sugar were so strong, I couldn’t resist. And that is exactly why I am doing this. I want to be in control of my food desires instead of my food desires controlling me. I will not go back to a more “normal” diet (including beans, legumes and natural sugars) until I feel I have victory of sugar cravings. I also believe that the two week test, or a variation of it, will help me establish a carbohydrate consumption level that doesn’t cause me to want more. I might struggle and fall a few times, but I will keep in mind that there is no need to go hungry during the test. The only requirement is to fill up exclusively on the non starchy foods allowed. I am planning on carrying out this experiment during the next two weeks. It might take more than two weeks if I end up cheating, but I will eventually get rid of my cravings and establish my craving free zone.