Saturday, August 20, 2011
I can hardly believe it. It took a year of STRUGGLING to take off 30 lbs., but only 2 months to lose the next 22, AND without struggling!!!!! How did I do it? I followed my doc's recommendations regarding foods I have an allergy or sensitivity to. That meant not eating foods such as all meats except chicken, seafood and buffalo; almost all grains except rice (no breads, sob sob but not bad once I got used to it); no dairy except for goat milk/products; no sweets or sugars or sweeteners of any kind; no starchy veggies like peas, beans, potatoes; no really sweet fruits like tangerines, raspberries. That left me with what is basically a Paleo type diet consisting of lean meats and seafood, fruits and veggies (except for those I am sensitive to listed above.)
I bought some books on low glycemic eating, pH diets (mine was WAY low!), and Paleo including a Paleo cookbook "Everyday Paleo". I have learned to get along without a lot of processed foods by making substitutions. For example, instead of mayo in a salad (although I COULD make my own using fresh ingredients) I'll use goat yogurt. Works just as well with a fraction of the calories. Instead of vinegar -- another no-no because it converts to acid in your body -- I use lemon or lime juice.
Besides the weight loss, I am no longer taking any meds or supplements for pain, my inflammation has about vanished, my hair is growing back (WOW!!!!!), my metabolism has increased, my pH is now normal instead of way acid, and I am perfectly satisfied with my meals. My favorite snack is an apple with almond butter (can't have peanuts either). We no longer have ice cream in the house, and once every couple weeks I'll make baked chocolate oatmeal bars for my DH but I stay away from them only because they contain brown sugar. I brush and floss and do the whole teeth cleaning routine right after supper, so I am not tempted to eat and have to do it all again.
One of the hardest things to get over was my way of thinking about food. Like everyone else, I was so brainwashed by ads, docs, nutritionists, and the government into believing we MUST have grains and dairy. Not true. If it were true, I'd be feeling really lousy now after about 2-1/2 months on this plan, but instead I feel really great! My body is working the way it was meant to work. The fruits and veggies give me plenty of carbs and fiber. The recommended allowance of 50% carbs a day is way too much. I am normally at about 30 - 35% now and that's plenty. Too many carbs/grains/sweets/starchy veggies just lower your pH and raise your glucose and insulin, making it hard to lose weight.
I still have a lot of weight to lose but now I KNOW I can do it, for the first time in my life!
Saturday, July 02, 2011
I saw the doc yesterday, and uncovered some more restrictions...nothing too drastic except for two things:
-It's really hard to find any kind of bread I can have, even the rice breads have some ingredients I should stay away from, at least for now.
-She cut my fruit servings to one a day, and none after dinner. That's the hardest.
I love my fruit. But the sugar in fruit makes my insulin go up, which makes weight loss difficult. I guess that why I lost only 5# the first couple weeks.
Now I feel like I'm not getting enough calories, although I certainly feel full and not deprived (except in my head!)
Also, to stop craving anything at all after dinner, I am brushing and flossing immediately, and the peppermint taste will have to do. I'm sure it will.
This is certainly an interesting adventure
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Last week I found out I have multiple allergies, causing inflammation, which in turn causes pain and makes it hard to lose weight. NO KIDDING! This past week has been an adventure in exploring new ways of cooking and eating.
I cannot have the following:
Beef or any products coming from beef, i.e., dairy
Pork, lamb, wild meat
Wheat or spelt or anything containing them
Oils or fats except for canola and sesame
Sweeteners of any kind
Starchy veggies including corn (does that mean cornstarch, too? I have to find out)
Sweet fruit, bananas, tangerines, raspberries, melons, and more
I can have:
Goat milk and goat products (cheese, butter)
Rice and non-wheat pastas
Poultry and seafood/fish
almond, rice, soy milk and cheeses
Avocados, sesame and canola oils
Grains except wheat and spelt (corn?????)
Citrus fruits, most of them
Other fruits, not too sweet
Green tea (coffee, only one cup a day; no black tea)
It has been an adventure in shopping and cooking. With these restrictions, it is almost impossible to eat too many calories in a day.
I lost 5 pounds the first few days, but have been stuck at the same place since then. So I'm am upping my exercise.
Nice side effect of all this: so far my pain has been considerably less.
Breafast: oatmeal, goat milk, strawberries
Lunch: turkey green chile cheeseburger (goat cheese) on rice bread toast, coleslaw (homemade mayo), cucumber yogurt salad
Dinner: tomatoes and shrimp on rice pasta, salad and lemon dressing
Snacks: Finn crisp, soft goat cheese, apple, cherries
So, it IS doable!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I'm still losing, between one and two pounds a week, steadily and without feeling deprived. I found that my body just won't lose weight at the calories recommended by SP, so I cut them down a little bit (about 130 a day). My metabolism is SO slow, and has been slowing down ever since my late 30's. Now, more than 35 years later, I've just accepted that I can't consume as many calories as other people, and with that acceptance comes ... what??? ....maybe the motivation to eat fewer calories, smaller portions, lower calorie foods so I still feel satisfied. I'm certainly not eating LESS food, just different foods. Gone are sugar, white flour, processed foods, cocktails (not as difficult as I thought). My main diet hasn't changed all that much, since I've always eaten a lot of organic foods, fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean meats. I think the difference is that I stopped : eating chocolate (it's what I miss the most), full fat and sugar ice cream, a lot of cheese, bigger portions, and eating in front of the TV all evening long. AND it helps to listen to Jon Gabriel's motivational CD. And doing interval workouts instead of longer, boring ones.
Well, that's what's working for me. and I'm writing this so I can come back and remind myself of what works if I should stop losing.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Less than 3 weeks on the low glycemic diet and I've lost 8 lbs. I'm thrilled. But I can see it's slowing down a little bit, and that means I have to watch portion sizes a little more closely. Lots of eating out during the last week....so maybe that's the reason it's slowing down. It's hard to put together a LGI meal when it's a potluck and everyone brings high GI foods. I have a good friend who is finally learning I simply can't eat sugar/white flour/high fat....I'm so happy my fasting glucose is coming down, too, so I'm sticking with it.
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