Hi everyone I thought I should start a diary cos I been loitering over here for a while now I'm not new to the forum as I have a diary in the JUDDD section and have been IF since January. Prior to that I was doing SW. I've been here primarily for weight loss but as time as gone on and I've got nearer goal, I'm looking for a healthier way to eat and live too. SW was a carb fest my body could do without and towards the end I was feeling bloated, sluggish and ill but, weirdly, hungry all the time. I now know why. My kidney function was bad and as I only have one that's not great news. I decided to start IF and started to feel much better - possible cos I was only eating grains every other day lol. I read Wheatbelly which was a revelation then some friends of mine started eating the Paleo way. I must be honest I thought they gone daft However after a bit of research I bought a massive recipe book online, looked at it and decided I couldn't do it at that time. I was still carb and grain addicted and listening to the cw that protein is bad for ailing kidneys. I've decided now it isn't protein that's the baddy it's sugar. I have no idea what my GP will make of this but if my bloods come back better next time they are tested then I will know. I've started slow. I gave up pasta in January and drastically cut down on my sugar intake. I stepped up my meat eating. Eating fat was hard after being conditioned for years into believing it is bad fat but I've taken to it like a duck to water. Another forum member put me on to Marks Daily Apple and I read the site over the last few days for hours. Now I'm off all grains and sugar and enjoying meat, fish and eggs and some veg and salad. I don't miss bread but I thought I would and have been experimenting with coconut flour to make tasty snacks. The first few days were hard and I had jelly baby cravings but they've gone now. Sorry this is so long.