Sunday, January 27, 2013
I've been spending the past few weeks trying to figure out which exercise/food routine will work best for my weight loss. It seems that different things have worked better at different times of my life. After Grad school and before pregnancy, I lost 20 pounds on South Beach. It wasn't easy, but it forced me to eat better. After having a child, I was struggling with the restrictive nature of South Beach, so I tried Weight Watchers. I lost ten pounds easily. In the past couple of years, though, neither of the above two plans has worked very well for me.
When I started dealing with my dietary restrictions last year (no sugar, caffeine, dairy), I started looking around online for recipes. I stumbled upon the Eat To Live program because it is so similar to the way I *should* be eating. The plan fits my food restrictions perfectly. But, there are two main problems I have been dealing with in Eat to Live. One: It takes a lot of time to prepare all of the foods for the day/week. Two: I'm getting tired of leafy vegetables.
So, I've gone back to the basics and for the past few days have been counting calories. What I'm finding is that due to the foods I can't eat, in order to feel satisfied on fewer calories I need to eat lots and lots of veggies which brings me right back to Eat To Live. For some reason though, perhaps because it isn't as structured, I feel better about eating veggies when I'm not being told which precise veggies I should be eating.
Today was the first day of reduced calories (1200 cals/day) where I don't feel like I'm starving at the end of the day. Here's what I ate:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie consisting of two cups of spinach, one cup of almond milk, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and one frozen banana.
Lunch: Five tablespoons of hummus with celery and two tablespoons of peanut butter with celery.
Dinner: A whole bag of Birds Eye Steamers Asian Medley on one and a half cups of brown rice.
Whether or not I lose weight, I like the fact that over the past few weeks I have been eating fewer carbs and more veggies.
Friday, January 04, 2013
So I'm going to try losing weight using the old Weight Watchers points method. Using this method, I am allowed 22 points a day. So this morning, I calculated the points in my multi-grain bagel and Earth Balance spread. Eep! 9 points! I'll be looking for a lower point bagel or other replacement.
Now, on to my crazy food restrictions.
1. Caffeine -- sometimes articles come out stating that caffeine is a drug and that some people get crazy side effects from it? Well, I'm one of those crazy people. In college, I'd fill up a 24-oz. travel mug with coffee and head to class (normal, right?). Well, Junior year I started getting frequent panic attacks and generalized anxiety. I went to a psychiatrist who tried to blame it on my parents. I decided to look at my diet instead, and realized I was drinking A LOT of caffeine. I stopped drinking it and the anxiety and panic decreased. A few years later, I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Between a low-dose med and cutting out caffeine, I can keep my OCD, panic and generalized anxiety under control.
2. Dairy -- about a year and a half ago, I started getting all sorts of strange physical problems. My abdominal muscles hurt like I had done hundreds of sit-ups, my abdominal mid-line hurt as though I had pulled a tendon, my bladder was tender (I kept going to the doctor to be tested for a UTI but didn't have one), I had irritable bowel symptoms, and my lower back hurt. I kept going to doctors trying to figure out what was going on, but they couldn't find anything wrong with me. At the point, at 35 years old, I had a doctor tell me that this is just what happens when you get to a certain age. I didn't agree with that statement and decided to go on an elimination diet. As I reintroduced foods into my diet, I found that the symptoms returned when I ate dairy products. I never thought I would be so happy to find out I had lactose intolerance! I finally had an explanation for all of these symptoms AND could do something about them!
3. Sugar. While all of the lactose intolerance symptoms were occurring, I was also getting monthly BV and yeast infections. During my monthly visits to the doctor, he would give me meds, but the problems never went away. By this point, I was losing faith in my doctors' ability to figure out what was wrong with me so I went to Google. A lot of people online with similar problems found that cutting sugar out of their diet helped a great deal. So I started by cutting out refined sugar, but I continued to use natural sweeteners and eat fruit. I continued having the same problems. Next, I also cut out natural sweeteners but kept eating fruit. No change in my problems. Finally, I cut out EVERYTHING including fruit. I went to the doctor twice for check ups (I couldn't believe it the first time), and they couldn't find any problems "down there"! I had monthly BV and yeast infections for two solid years until I stopped eating sugars. The best part, though? I also stopped getting colds. I used to be sick constantly through the winter -- one cold would turn into the next. My first winter of no sugar I got sick twice. I started Google-ing again and found studies that show that sugar weakens the immune system.
So, long story short, I avoid caffeine, dairy products, and anything with sugars (natural, refined, anything). I use artificial sweeteners, almond milk, and am able to make most anything I crave using substitutions. It has taken me two years of experimenting on myself to figure out all of the above. Now I feel that I have a handle on all of my food restrictions and need to focus more on the foods I can eat. I am overweight (5'5", 180 lbs) and am ready to reduce!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
So I'm back here after a two year absence and guess what? I'm still overweight and still don't have a second child. Well, this year I'm going to be practicing gratefulness and I'm going to take care of myself. I'll be posting some of what has happened over the past two years while giving updates on my current health and weight status. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
So today is officially day 1 of a new me. I'm spending the day trying to come to terms with my cravings: for food, for sugar, etc. I know I can do this, though! It is totally worth it and I know that hungry days will become fewer and farther between as I progress.
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